Pop star Kesha has filed to dismiss her sexual abuse lawsuit against producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and has provided new songs to fulfil her contractual obligations with his record label, in a bid to get her music career back on track. The singer has provided Gottwald’s label — Kemosabe Records, under Sony Music — with 28 new tracks recorded at her own expense. “Kesha is focused on getting back to work,” Kesha’s attorney Daniel Petrocelli told BuzzFeed News. “We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release the single and an album as soon as possible.”
If the new tracks are not released, Kesha’s legal team could argue that Dr. Luke and Sony Music are deliberately working against their artist, and may be able to break the contract she signed when she was 18. Kesha signed a deal with Dr. Luke in 2005, but sued the producer in 2014, claiming that he “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused” her during their 10-year relationship. As per the terms of their contract, Kesha has to provide five albums’ worth of material with Gottwald’s label, of which she has so far produced two.
The singer has provided 28 new tracks to the label
The singer lost a court case earlier this year that sought to release her from contractual obligations to Sony Music, with New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich deeming the agreement “heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.” Kesha’s attorneys said the agreement would force her to work with her alleged abuser again, but Sony said that she would be free to work with other producers, and away from Dr. Luke — a claim Kesha’s own legal team have questioned. It was reported that Sony Music itself attempted to cut ties with Dr. Luke earlier this year, but Gottwald’s own attorneys denied the claim.
She was indeed able to release a song with another producer earlier this year, and has made live appearances, but has yet to fully restart her music career, which was functionally put on hold in 2014 with the filing of the sexual abuse case. Kesha made her frustrations at not being able to produce new songs clear, saying last month that she thrives from making music, and “much like a flower with no sun, my soul slowly dies when I don’t get to create and perform.” The 28 new songs may spur Sony Music into releasing a new Kesha album — her first since 2012 — but Gottwald and the label may be able to argue that they are not commercially satisfactory and withhold them, entertainment attorney Laurie Soriano told BuzzFeed News.