But it’s not that simple. While yes, this could eventually allow Kesha to work completely outside the influence of the producer whom she’s accused of rape and other abuse, getting there could be far more complicated entertainment legal experts tell Mashable.
And even if Kesha is free, what happens to the other, more low-profile artists signed to Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records? Of the at least 10 artists signed to Kemosabe, none is likely to have much say in where they wind up next.
Sony Music has not confirmed TheWrap’s report from Wednesday that they’re dropping Dr. Luke. His lawyers insist it’s not true, saying in a statement to Mashable that “Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.”
Back in 2011, when Sony Music Entertainment first launched Kemosabe Records, newly minted Sony Music head Doug Morris was so confident in Dr. Luke that he compared him to Interscope co-founder Jimmy Iovine, who was instrumental to the careers of Lady Gaga and Eminem.
LOS ANGELES — When a report surfaced that Sony was planning to drop Dr. Luke, #FreeKesha protesters put down their signs to celebrate instead, saying in a statement: “Sony cutting ties with Dr. Luke means our movement has left its mark.”