If any of you have been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard of the #FreeKesha campaign. I’m writing this post to educate everyone about this urgent situation, and to make a call to action so that we can help Kesha make music again.
Kesha is a pop star who was mostly popular from 2010-2013, and she has also written countless chart-toppers for some of the biggest names in music, including Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson. Kesha also writes the majority of her own material. Her most famous songs are “Tik Tok,” “We R Who We R,” “C’mon,” “Blow,” and a collaboration with Pitbull called “Timber.” Not only is Kesha a prolific singer-songwriter, she has spoken out for anti-bullying, LGBT issues, and animal rights. However, she is involved in a legal battle that could take away everything she’s worked for over the course of her lifetime.
In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records, which is affiliated with Sony Music. On her 18th birthday, Dr. Luke forced her to drink and take drugs, and then raped her while she was under the influence. When Kesha realized what happened, Dr. Luke threatened to destroy her career if she told anyone about it. Over the past 10 years on Kemosabe, Kesha has been subject to physical and emotional abuse from Dr. Luke. According to BuzzFeed News, “Kesha also alleges Dr. Luke harassed her about her weight, calling her a ‘fat ******* refrigerator.’ Kesha later checked into a rehabilitation treatment facility for the treatment of bulimia, severe depression, post-traumatic stress and panic attacks, according to court documents.” In October 2014, Kesha sued Dr. Luke for drugging and raping her on her 18th birthday and causing her to suffer from bulimia because of his emotional abuse. Dr. Luke then sued Kesha, stating that she made up the entire story just to get out of her contract with Kemosabe. This past Friday, New York Supreme Court Judge Shirley Kornreich denied Kesha’s request to be free from working with her abuser. According to BuzzFeed News, “Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Shirley Werner Kornreich said releasing Kesha from the contract under Sony would cause irreparable harm since the ‘Tik Tok’ singer would no longer have to fulfill her contractual obligation to make six more albums with Dr. Luke for the record label.”
As if that weren’t enough, Dr. Luke has stifled Kesha’s creativity throughout her entire career, making her sing the same bubblegum-pop type of song song over and over and over again. Kesha has stated on many occasions that she wants to do more creative, meaningful songs, but that Dr. Luke refused to let her do so.
As a fellow creative female, I am calling every single person reading this to visit freekesha.com, read more about the case, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and sign the petition there. The goal of the petition is to get the CEO of Sony Music, Doug Morris, to terminate Kesha’s contract. Share the link to this post with everyone you know and on your social media. In the end, this case is not just about one pop star, it’s about the fair and ethical treatment of a human being. No one should ever be forced to work with their former abuser, and every artist deserves complete creative control over their work. Also, listen to the collection of Kesha’s unreleased music on http://freekesha.com/music.