Protect Sony or Free Kesha?

Staff Writer: Santana Lozano

Many people have the impression that the situation taking place between Kesha and Sony Music Entertainment is a newly developed matter, but that is not the case. This is a battle that has dragged along for a while now.

Kesha has been working with Kemosabe Records (a record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment) with Lukasz Gottwald, or Dr. Luke, since 2005. Kesha blew up big time from 2009 through 2012 with some of her big hits including “Tik Tok”, “Animal”, and many songs from her second album, Warrior.

During this time Kesha and Dr. Luke maintained a public friendship, exchanging conversations and pictures over social media and accompanying each other at public events. He was the one who co-wrote and produced the single that was her first step to fame.

In 2013, in a Rolling Stone interview, Kesha expressed her feelings about how she didn’t feel she had creative control over her music. She says, “What’s been put out as singles have just perpetuated a particular image that may or may not be entirely accurate. I’d like to show the world other sides of my personality.”

In 2014, Kesha checked herself into a Rehab center for an eating disorder and later that year, in October, she sued Dr. Luke for assault and sexual battery. The lawsuit proclaimed that she was controlled and abused by Dr. Luke for her entire career. “For the past ten years, Dr. Luke has sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused Ms. Serbert (Kesha) to the point where Ms. Serbert nearly lost her life,” the suit alleged.

The suit also claimed her continued association with the record producer would be “life threatening.” Dr. Luke and his lawyers responded to this by filing a lawsuit against Kesha, stating that her allegations were defamation and an “attempt to extort Gottwald into releasing Kesha from her exclusive recording agreement with Dr. Luke.”

In the fall of 2015, Kesha and her attorney, Mark Geragos petitioned for a preliminary in junction in her case, which meant she would be allowed to record with other labels and producers while the trial takes place. The judge took this into consideration and, in the meantime, Kesha’s struggle became more public than ever and her fans grew impatient and persistent. #FreeKesha, a popular slogan became as much about victims’ rights as it is about creative freedom and the legalities of binding contracts.

Quotes from celebrities’ tweets:

“I try not to comment on other artists’ matters 4 lots of reasons but as an artist & young woman in this industry my heart goes out 2Kesha.” – a tweet by Janelle Monae, Cindy

“There are people all over the world who love you @Kesharose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.” – a tweet by Lady Gaga

“Hey @Kesharose – don’t know what the legal specifics are, but if you want to make something together & then leak it for everyone I’m around.” – a tweet by Jack Antonoff that was followed by another tweet of his that stated, “@Kesharose or just make something and wait on it till that creep can’t block you anymore. Standing offer…”

“I didn’t rape Kesha and I never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.” – a tweet by Dr. Luke followed by another tweet by him stating, “It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something horrendous and untrue.”

The court ruling on February 19 was specific to the injunction request. In the final decision, the injunction was denied and therefore, any music Kesha wants to make now or in the near future will be under Sony’s control. The #FreeKesha movement continues on while everyone awaits the final court ruling on who’s guilty and who’s innocent between Kesha or Dr. Luke with Sony Music Entertainment.



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