When Sony heard the cries from people begging them to #FreeKesha, they burped up a statement saying that they can’t let Kesha out of her contract even if they wanted to. Kesha’s contract is with Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe, which is a subsidiary of Sony. Sony said that only Dr. Luke can tear up his contract with Kesha, and he’s obviously not looking to do that. They basically said, “Your beef is with that bitch so stopping ringing our door bell.” But Sony’s pristine reputation kept getting smeared with chunky skid marks. One of their biggest stars Adele showed her support for Kesha as did Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson who called Dr. Luke “not a good person.” Sony is reportedly looking to wash their hands of Dr. Luke before the situation really screws with their cash.
An “insider” tells The Wrap that Sony is getting ready to break up with Dr. Luke before his contract is up. He signed a contract with them in 2011 and it expires in early 2017. The deal is reportedly worth $60 million, although one person said that number has been Kanye-ized (read: inflated). Kesha is also suing Sony, but they’re apparently not worried about the lawsuit. The New York Supreme Court has already sided with them in the first battle. Sony is mostly worried about what this mess is doing to their brand. The source says that the support for Kesha on Twitter and from THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN MUSIC (I’m talking about Adele, sorry Tay Tay) has shoved a rusty thorn into the assholes of Sony’s PR department. The insider said this:
“There is no contest. Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adeles of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive. The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
The insider also says that as of now, Sony doesn’t have any legal basis to break their contract with Dr. Luke, so they’d probably have to negotiate some kind of exit settlement with him to get him to walk away.
Correct me if I’m wrong (which I usually am), but if Sony and Dr. Luke decide to kill their contract with each other, Kesha’s world isn’t suddenly going to turn into the end of The Little Mermaid when Ursula the Sea Witch is killed. You know, the grey skies aren’t going to clear, a rainbow isn’t going to appear above her and she’s not suddenly going to get her voice back and be freed forever. Right? She’s still legally stuck with Dr. Luke’s label. I don’t know, but I do know that when any high-powered music executive signs a little artist to a long-ass contract, they definitely sing “Poor Unfortunate Souls” to themselves.
Update: Dr. Luke’s lawyer tells TMZ this story is a lie and Sony isn’t looking to drop his contract into the shredder a year early. However, Sony doesn’t have shit to say about this.