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QUINN    19,353

Sony Music is ending its partnership with Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), The Hollywood Reporterhas learned, after a long relationship that generated dozens of smash hits for stars including Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne and Miley Cyrus, as well as controversy when rape allegations were made by Kesha Rose Sebert.

Together, Sony and Dr. Luke established Kemosabe Records in 2011, after the former Saturday Night Live musician gained prominence for producing such songs as Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." The deal gave Dr. Luke extraordinary creative control in return for exclusive rights to his services as a producer. The label didn't have too many hits — R. City's "Locked Away" was one — but Dr. Luke did continue to churn out hits for Sony's roster including Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Pitbull's "Timber."

Nevertheless, in October 2014, Kesha came forward to accuse Dr. Luke of once forcing her to take a date rape drug and then proceeding to take advantage of her in a hotel room. She also claimed that Dr. Luke had exerted "suffocating control" over her life for a decade, bombarding her with insults about her looks, and denying her meaningful profits from her work, which included the multiplatinum single "Tik Tok."

Dr. Luke filed his own defamation claim against Kesha and framed her attempt to extradite herself from record and publishing contracts as extortion. But soon came a social media "Free Kesha" campaign, which went viral and raised the profile of her claims significantly.

A New York judge rejected Kesha's attempt at an injunction so that she could work away from the auspices of Dr. Luke, then threw out her "hate crime" counterclaims, then denied her a second attempt at counterclaims premised on an alleged breach of contract. Last week, Kesha filed a notice of appeal on a nixed bid to impose California's seven-year limit on personal service contracts — marking the third pending appeal in this Kesha-Luke dispute before a New York appeals court.

Now, Dr. Luke's relationship with Sony has apparently crumbled. He's no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records and the company asserts he no longer has authority to act on its behalf. A page devoted to Dr. Luke on Sony Music's website has also been taken down.

Attorneys for Dr. Luke and Sony declined to comment. Kesha's reps were unavailable for comment.

Although this may be seen in some respects as a victory for the "Free Kesha" movement, there are two potential problems for Kesha. First, in her own court papers, she previously cited reports that Sony's deal with Dr. Luke was imminently about to end and warned the judge that she'd no longer have Sony as a go-between, making her situation worse. Second, Dr. Luke's defamation claims against her are still pending, and in advance of the trial, his attorneys have been collecting evidence about how his career has suffered as a result of her rape allegations. Certainly, the culmination of Dr. Luke's deal with Sony will be spotlighted as the case moves forward.

[Hollywood Reporter]

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Hylia    83,406

So where exactly does this leave Kesha? Is she only under Dr. Luke now?

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RepuTAYtion    3,433

I thought it was good news until read the last two paragraphs brit2

His career deserves to end but I'd hate to see it continue to affect her 

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Urbanov    46,517
12 minutes ago, Hylia said:

So where exactly does this leave Kesha? Is she only under Dr. Luke now?

Yes and she still has an ongoing contract with him.

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Savage    17,255

BYE BYE DR. LUKE

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Sony Music is ending its partnership with Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), The Hollywood Reporter has learned, after a long relationship that generated dozens of smash hits for stars including Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne and Miley Cyrus, as well as controversy when rape allegations were made by Kesha Rose Sebert

 

Now, Dr. Luke's relationship with Sony has apparently crumbled. He's no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records and the company asserts he no longer has authority to act on its behalf. A page devoted to Dr. Luke on Sony Music's website has also been taken down

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edwinfg    7,942

But her contract with him is still ongoing, doesn't this means that she's being dragged to hell with him? 

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Darth Sidious    8,260
39 minutes ago, Chris Pratt said:

But her contract with him is still ongoing, doesn't this means that she's being dragged to hell with him? 

That's the catch, it depends on how a judge feels, does he still basically own his artists if the imprint has gone down? it'll probably go through court 

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edwinfg    7,942
3 minutes ago, Mom said:

That's the catch, it depends on how a judge feels, does he still basically own his artists if the imprint has gone down? it'll probably go through court 

We definitely need more info about her contract with RCA. But considering the fact that the Kemosabe website was closed, I'm assuming that her contract went void. Her lawyers better come through with a statement clearly specifying Kesha's situation from now on.

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Darth Sidious    8,260
3 minutes ago, Chris Pratt said:

We definitely need more info about her contract with RCA. But considering the fact that the Kemosabe website was closed, I'm assuming that her contract went void. Her lawyers better come through with a statement clearly specifying Kesha's situation from now on.

But does Kemosabe own her contract, or does he? That's the question jj2

we do need to find out more about the contract 

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edwinfg    7,942
32 minutes ago, Mom said:

But does Kemosabe own her contract, or does he? That's the question jj2

we do need to find out more about the contract 

Imagine if he's the actual individual that owns the contract and all of this effort goes for nothing rip3fall3

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Superficial    10,960
Spoiler

 

I talk about how Sony music should drop him in this video, near the end of it. It finally happen.  cry2

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Andrew!    12,807

KARMA!!!...

that may pull Kesha with him ny3

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ajp    9,237

I want to know why Sony waited so long to do this? brit15

What changed their minds that they didn't do this years ago?

something "material" must have happened recently... um1

 

 

 

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