After a long and gruelling court case which essentially left Kesha bound to her alleged abuser, Lukasz Gottwald AKA Dr. Luke , people all around the world stood up against the decision. The #FreeKesha petition received over 225,000 signatures to date and artists such as Adele, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Grimes and Lorde all publicly voicing their support.
This week Kelly Clarkson also came out against the label, saying to Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS FM that the Sony forced her to work with Gottwald. “I only worked with him because literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, ‘we will not put your album out if you don’t do this.’”
Now, thanks to this horror of bad press, Sony Music has come to their senses and is expected to drop their hit-making producer Dr. Luke from the label, a year before his contact’s expiration.
An ‘Upper Management Sony figure’ broke the story to The Wrap, saying, “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.”
It’s not yet been revealed how Sony will end the relationship. Due to the fact Dr. Luke has never been convicted in court, the legal grounds to simply terminate the contract are shaky and a mutual decision may have to be made.
Signers of the #FreeKesha petition had planned a third protest rally for Friday afternoon, but due to this recent news will instead hold it to say thank you to Sony.
Kesha has yet to publicly speak on the good news but fingers crossed this works out she can get back into the studio to make some long awaited tunes.
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