Just as we all thought that the long battle between Kesha and producer Lukas "Dr. Luke" Gottwald was finally coming to an end, the singer/songwriter announced yesterday that the court date has been delayed following last weekend's snow storm.
As a result, a protest planned by fans has also been delayed. Scheduled to take place outside of New York State Supreme Court, fans and bloggers alike spread the word on Tumblr with a post including the date and time of the hearing. (The post has garnered over 20,000 shares and likes, and is still being circulated.)
The singer took notice of her dedicated fanbase's efforts with a heartfelt Instagram post, saying:
"Tears because I know my animals spent time and money and love and effort to come support me and I cannot help in any way. I'm so sorry. I just spent the past hour reading about everyone and how much effort they went to to come and I'm heartbroken and I'm so sorry. I wish I could control this somehow but I can't and it's so frustrating..."
Prior to the disappointing news, she took to her Youtube account with a heartfelt, tear-inducing cover of "Amazing Grace," saying "I can't put out new music, but I can sing a little something of someone else's songs or something that exists."
The much-publicized legal battle between the two started back in November when Kesha Rose Sebert filed a request to record music with anyone other than Dr. Luke. She alleges that over the course of her career, the producer inflicted physical, verbal and sexual abuse upon her, going all the way back to her career beginnings when she was just 18 years old. The allegations include several instances of being forced to drink alcohol as well as being drugged and threatened with the confiscation of her publishing rights.
According to her camp, there are a number of therapy records and witnesses that she confided in to support her claims. "She's still scared to death of him," attorney Mark Garegos told The Hollywood Reporter.
In response, Dr. Luke (below) countersued, claiming that Kesha is attempting to blackmail him as a way of renegotiating her contract. The case, originally set to be handled in Los Angeles, was moved to New York City after the producer won a motion to delay the case.
Dr. Luke has produced and written some of the biggest songs in recent history for artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and of course, Kesha. His label, Kemosabe Records, exclusively owns the rights to all of Kesha's music.
And therein lies the problem; Kesha is unable to record or release any music unless she works with her abuser. She would not be released from her contract until she released 8 more records.
Kesha is also going after her parent label SME (Sony Music Entertainment). According to her official complaint, "Sony has given Dr. Luke a platform to continue his abuse." Her reps have also alleged that Kesha is not the only victim, and for that, Sony should take partial responsibility.
Before Kesha came forward with allegations of abuse at the hands of her producer, her fans were creating petitions to free her from his control. The most famous was the #FreeKesha campaign, which has since amassed over 51,000 supporters. The singer herself acknowledged the petition in an interview with Rolling Stone saying:
"I feel like my fans are really protective of me. They just want to see me grow as an artist, which I agree with. Hopefully in the future, I'll be in a position where I can put out a ballad or a more vulnerable song."
When asked about the amount of creative control she had over her own image, she had this to say:
"What's been put out as singles have perpetuated a particular image that may or may not be entirely accurate. I'd like to show the world other sides of my personality. I don't want to just continue putting out the same song and becoming a parody of myself. I have so much more to offer the world than that and I can't wait till the world gets to hear that on the radio."
She was referring to the last album she released, 2012's Warrior. The album (undeservedly) performed beneath expectations, despite being a sharp, infectious collection of pop hits. However, Warrior, as Kesha saw it, was very different than the Warrior the public received. Why? Because of her management. In a now deleted tweet, Kesha claimed she was "forced" to sing the lyrics to "Die Young" but later backtracked and said she wasn't exactly forced, but that she didn't feel comfortable doing so. While she may have just misspoke, it's also possible pressure from Dr. Luke and his team to retract her original statement.
Furthermore, a rock-inspired track called "Machine Gun Love," originally intended for the album, was axed from the album. The singer debuted the song on her MTV reality series My Crazy Beautiful Life and implied that Luke discarded that song, and several others like it, in favor of more poppy cuts.
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, who appeared on a song with Kesha on the deluxe edition of Warrior, hinted that Dr. Luke blocked their collaboration in a cryptic tweet, followed by a confirmation in an interview with Radio.com.
"The stuff we did together with Kesha was just spectacular," he said, adding that, "It made us want to do more, and then Kesha would remind me 'Wayne, I can't put this music out, Dr. Luke would kill me.'"
Coyne also added that he noticed some tension between the singer and producer. "When [Kesha and I] speak, I know there's some anxiety about their relationship. I think she would like to have the freedom to do more things in that spirit."
Kesha's mother, songwriter Pebe Sebert, has been very vocal about the situation. In a series of tweets, she blasted both Dr. Luke and Sony by likening the abuse to slavery:
As the case has garnered more attention, more celebrities have tried to show their support of by tweeting the petition to release Kesha from her contract.
Kesha deserves to be allowed to record and write music on her own terms. She has proven her versatility, melding her voice to whatever type of song she chooses to perform. Pop? Rock? Doesn't matter, Kesha can handle it. Not to mention, she has a knack for writing hooks that get lodged in your head for years. I still cannot get "TiK ToK" out of my head.
She has blessed us with some of the most memorable songs, and has even written for the likes of Ms. Britney Spears. Kesha should have the right to mold her musical identity to how she sees fit, unfortunately, her fate remains in the hands of the court until the new trial gets underway on Feb 19.
We'll be watching.