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The reason we haven’t heard a drop of new music from Kesha is because she’s tangled in a legal case that prevents her from recording. The pop star says her career is at a standstill as a result of the lawsuit she filed against producer Dr. Luke alleging sexual abuse.


Kesha is now seeking a court injunction that will let her continue recording without the presence of Dr. Luke or his label, Kemosabe, which she signed to under Sony.


On Friday, Kesha and her lawyer presented a judge with a letter written to Sony, in which she requested the opportunity to move on with creating new music, despite the fact that she named Sony in her lawsuit—accusing them of putting female artists in “physical danger.”

After the label declined the request, Kesha’s attorney Mark Geragos wrote in a legal brief:

“The letters in response indicated both Sony and Dr. Luke believe the exclusivity clauses remain in effect, they will not agree to refrain from enforcement, and Sony specifically will not work with Kesha unless she agrees to work with Kemosabe and Dr. Luke’s company, KMI.”

In September, Kesha revealed an affidavit from a label exec who concurred that her career is in jeopardy if she doesn’t release or market new music. According to Billboard, the assumption is that “mainstream labels won’t take a chance on the pop singer at the moment—largely out of fear of being sued for tortious interference—and careers for entertainers can have short windows.”

The latest brief states:

“Kesha now faces an abysmal decision: work with her alleged abuser...or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away...She is precluded from working in perpetuity because the term of her contract can only be satisfied if she records three more albums. Kesha needs the Court’s assistance.”


Dr. Luke, in response to the lawsuit, claims this is all a ploy on Kesha’s part to get out of her contract with him.

His rep told The Hollywood Reporter in September, “If Kesha now regrets her career being mired in legal proceedings, it’s entirely her making. It was Kesha who chose to file a lawsuit falsely alleging abuse to gain advantage in contract negotiations, and now she must accept the consequences of her improper actions.”


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