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[Rumor] Sony to drop Dr. Luke amid public pressure

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Onika    22,213
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“The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of is confusing, especially for people in the building,” one insider said of music company

Sony Music is expected to end its working relationship with controversial producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald a year ahead of his contract’s expiration, knowledgeable individuals have told TheWrap. 

The output deal has become a public relations headache for the company since pop star Kesha’s sexual abuse allegations against Gottwald have resulted in a nasty court battle — and a groundswell of support for the singer from influential fellow artists like Adele, Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson.

A Sony Music spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. Representatives for Gottwald did not return TheWrap’s requests for comment.

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“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,” one individual familiar with upper management’s thinking told TheWrap. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.” 

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It’s currently unknown how Sony intends to free itself from the relationship, a decision that would fall on CEO Doug Morris and his boss, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. Any unilateral dissolution of the contract would be a direct breach, so a negotiated exit would be most likely to save face on both sides.

“Somebody has been convicted via Twitter,” a second individual close to the decision said of Luke and the outcry over unsubstantiated accusations. “No court has convicted this person, so there may not be any legal basis to terminate an agreement. It would have to be mutual.”

It’s also unclear what would happen to Gottwald’s other signed artists. Many appear on Kemosabe as co-signees to more established Sony labels like RCA and Columbia Records. They include 27-year-old rapper Lunchmoney Lewis, who is expected to deliver an album with Gottwald in late 2016.

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After five years, though, Kemosabe has not emerged as a mini-Interscope. The label’s biggest star is Kesha, who has not released new music since 2012. Rapper Juicy J, who was featured on the hit track “Dark Horse” with frequent Gottwald collaborator Katy Perry, and pop star Becky G are also on the roster.

(source)

CUT HA LOOSE alex1 

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BJORK    7,357

nah i dont buy this.

dr, luke might be an alleged pig but he is a talent.

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Okan    7,361

yas2 

 

1 minute ago, BJORK said:

nah i dont buy this.

dr, luke might be an alleged pig but he is a talent.

recycling talents eve1 

when was his last hit song? eve1 

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Onika    22,213
3 minutes ago, BJORK said:

nah i dont buy this.

dr, luke might be an alleged pig but he is a talent.

He hasn't really made them any money in the last few years and he's sure as fuck not gonna make them any money now.

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Chapman    36,092
6 minutes ago, KeshaOverdose said:

yas2 

 

recycling talents eve1 

when was his last hit song? eve1 

Sugar from Maroon 5 carla1  not helping here carla1 

 

but dropping him would be a good decision, even in business.

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Lover    179,166

NNN

Talent always wins so rih8 Dr. Puke! 

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BJORK    7,357
2 minutes ago, KeshaOverdose said:

recycling talents eve1 

when was his last hit song? eve1 

 

1 minute ago, Onika said:

He hasn't really made them any money in the last few years and he's sure as fuck not gonna make them any money now.

Like it or not guys, Luke is one of the most important pop producers in the industry atm.

Sony is waiting for the backlash to die out just like it has in the past. Luke is a valuable asset and they won't give in easily.

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Okan    7,361
1 minute ago, BlankDreams said:

Sugar from Maroon 5 carla1  but dropping him would be a good decision, even in business.

2 years ago lmfao1 

if you're reading this puke rih8 

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BJORK    7,357
3 minutes ago, BlankDreams said:

Sugar from Maroon 5 carla1  not helping here carla1 

 

but dropping him would be a good decision, even in business.

Drop Luke so artists and companies have to resort to other producers like Zedd or Jack Antonoff?

Do you think Sony wants that? Do you think it would be profitable for them? Probably not.

They have to act quick because I think this time around the HIGH visibility of this case is damaging their consumer base.

 

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Lover    179,166
3 minutes ago, BJORK said:

 

Like it or not guys, Luke is one of the most important pop producers in the industry atm.

Sony is waiting for the backlash to die out just like it has in the past. Luke is a valuable asset and they won't give in easily.

His career is forever tarni$hed jj2 and Max>>> 

People will just start using other producers more like Max, Shellback, etc. jj3 Their productions > puke's 

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BJORK    7,357
Just now, TaylorNation™ said:

His career is forever tarni$hed jj2 and Max>>> 

People will just start using other producers more like Max, Shellback, etc. jj3 Their productions > puke's 

I think the REAL damage will come in when the case comes to a conclusion.

Since Kesha submitted her case Luke has still profited from high profile collaborations.

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loganlux    2
15 minutes ago, BJORK said:

nah i dont buy this.

dr, luke might be an alleged pig but he is a talent.

He might be a "Talent" but Sony won't continue to tarnish their brand by keeping him. That goes for anyone, no big company is going to knowingly continue to hurt their image to host a "talent", they'll just cut ties with them. 

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BJORK    7,357

I wonder what effect this case will have on Katy Perry dead2

She's so close to Luke, it wouldn't be surprising if a big portion of KP4 has already been recorded with him but because of the case and because she wants to save her brand she is being left with no option but to re-record lmfao1

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Andrew!    12,775

I'd love this but im not gonna get my hopes up dead2 

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Infrared    19,521

Sony would have to drop alot of coin to drop him. There's a huge difference between dropping an artist and an entire label wendy1 

 

and even if they drop him, Ke$ha is still signed to his label wendy1 

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Ryan    6,317
18 minutes ago, BJORK said:

 

Like it or not guys, Luke is one of the most important pop producers in the industry atm.

Sony is waiting for the backlash to die out just like it has in the past. Luke is a valuable asset and they won't give in easily.

This. He's not about to become another RedOne dead4 

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BJORK    7,357
1 minute ago, Ryan said:

This. He's not about to become another RedOne dead4 

!!!!The case is ruining his reputation he's gonna be dropped!!!

Didn't stop the Academy of nominating him for a Grammy in 2014, the same year the lawsuit was launched.

This is about money and power. The situation will become more dire if people begin speaking out WITHIN Sony.

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