Supporters of Kesha are planning to protest in front of Sony’s headquarters in NYC tomorrow morning, and well, Sony’s like, “Errr, please go and protest in front of Dr. Luke’s house, because we have nothing to do with this.”
Kesha’s contract is with Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe, which is a subsidiary of Sony. Kesha owes Kemosabe 6 more albums and she’s suing to get out of her contract because she wants nothing to do with Dr. Luke who she claims regularly abused her. A judge in NYC said “NOPE” to Kesha’s preliminary injunction to release music outside of her contract with Dr. Luke’s label, so the fight will go on. Kesha said in a statement she released yesterday that she’s willing to work with Sony as long as Sony “does the right thing” by breaking all the ties that “bind” her to Dr. Luke. Sony can’t do that. In a statement through their lawyer to The New York Times, Sony said that it’s between Kesha and Dr. Luke. They can’t break Kesha’s contract even if they wanted to.
“Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha.”
Kesha remains signed to Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Records, a subsidiary of Sony, through a separate deal with his production company, Kasz Money Inc.
“Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party,”
Dr. Luke already denied Kesha’s allegations and he’s also suing her for defamation and for breach of contract. Dr. Luke claims he’s invested over $60 million in her career.
Everything I know about contracts I learned while watching Alexis Carrington’s office scenes in Dynasty, so what I’m saying is that I know everything about contracts. But couldn’t Kesha just spend an afternoon in the studio quickly making 6 albums full of her spitting out gibberish on a beat? Wouldn’t that fulfill her contract? But then again, Dr. Luke would probably release them and they’d probably make a lot of money. I mean, Iggy Azalea’s last album was a huge hit.