When Will Kesha Release New Music? It Depends On The Singer's Next Steps
#FreeKesha is still going viral after the "Tik Tok" singer was denied an injunction against Sony last week. As she fights with Sony Music Entertainment in court, a judge ruled, she still has to honor her contract. Kesha doesn't have to jump into the recording studio after facing the jury, but the court's decision makes it tricky for her to move on with her career. So when will Kesha release new music? It depends on who you ask.
It's common for artists to sign long-term contracts with their labels. This is great if a musician loves who they work with and if the terms are fair, but there are plenty of opportunities for the relationship to sour. Katy Perry's struggles with her first label were outlined in her 2012 documentary Part of Me, and JoJo sued to get out of a contract. So, Kesha isn't alone, but the circumstances surrounding her dispute make this a particularly challenging case. Kesha alleged that Dr. Luke of Kemosabe Records physically and emotionally abused her, The Washington Post reported. She claimed that she was allegedly drugged and raped by the producer, and alleged that Dr. Luke threatened to end her career and ruin her family's lives is she spoke out about the rape, according to CBS News.
Dr. Luke's legal representation denied the accusations, according to Rolling Stone. In a statement released Monday, attorney Christine Lepera wrote that she thinks Kesha was financially motivated to pursue legal action against Dr. Luke:
Update: Linda Carbone, founder of Press Here, which represents Dr. Luke, also issued the following statement to Romper regarding Kesha's allegations that Dr. Luke physically and mentally abused her:
Currently, Kesha is contractually obligated to let Dr. Luke produce a minimum of "six songs on each of her albums," according to The New York Times. Lawyer Mark Geragos said that this brings her career to "a standstill." Dr. Luke's representation disagrees. In the same Monday statement, Lepera said that Kesha can still record music:
thank you for all the support in my legal case animals. i love all of you. it's meant the world to me. xoxo pic.twitter.com/arHNPSxFs8— kesha (@KeshaRose) February 18, 2016
Technically, it seems as though Kesha may continue recording music as long as she's willing to work within Kemosabe Records, even if she doesn't collaborate with Dr. Luke. She's not in a position to record music outside of her contract since the injunction was denied. Court proceedings will determine whether Kesha can ultimately escape her contract. If Kesha refuses to do any work under Kemosabe records, that may mean fans won't be hearing new music from her for a long time.