Back in January, both Kesha and Dr. Evil’s spiritual son Dr. Luke asked a judge to amend the claims they had against each other regarding his ongoing contract lawsuit. Dr. Luke wanted his to include another allegation that Kesha, her mom Pebe Sebert, and her fans were smearing his name all over the place. Kesha, on the other hand, had a much longer list of amendments.
Kesha wanted to change her original contract comparison from slavery (which a judge denied) to something resembling more like divorcing an abusive spouse or dissolving a bad business partnership. Additionally, she wanted to alleged that Dr. Luke is punishing her for speaking up and not releasing music she has recorded, as well as withholding royalties for the song she recorded in 2013 with Pitbull, Timber. Kesha further accused Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records of breaching their contract by depriving her of royalties.
Pitchfork says that a judge denied all of Kesha’s amendment requests yesterday. Judge Shirley Kornreich says Kesha can’t possibly claim a contract breach against Dr. Luke. One of Dr. Luke’s earlier accounting statements showed that she owes him $1.3 million in royalties, and she never counter-claimed that. She also can’t claim breach because she never gave an accounting notice for unpaid royalties, which is something that was stated in the original contract she signed with Dr. Luke years ago.
In Kesha’s earlier amendment request, she alleged that she should be let out of her contract on a technicality because Dr. Luke’s contract with Sony expires this month. The judge said that’s “speculative.” So Dr. Luke’s contract with Sony may or may not expire this month, but we’ll only know for sure if we see Dr. Luke leaving the Sony offices carrying a box with some personal items sometime in the next 9 days.
I don’t know what that means for Kesha’s contract. I’m sure we’ll find out. All I know is that if Kesha says she still hasn’t received enough money for Timber, maybe Pitbull could earn himself some good karma points and throw Kesha a couple of dollars. Come on Pitbull, we all know there’s a questionably-earned $1 million sitting in your bank account.