Kesha releases song amid contract dispute

NEW YORK • Singer Kesha, whose career has stalled amid a drawn-out contract dispute with her producer Dr Luke that has rattled the industry with its claims of rape and abuse - was to release her first song in years yesterday. And it is Dr Luke-approved.

Kesha was to be featured on True Colors, a re-recorded version of the title track from DJ-electronic producer Zedd's 2015 album. A representative for Dr Luke's label Kemosabe said the song would be jointly released by Zedd's label Interscope, RCA and Kemosabe, both subsidiaries of Sony Music to which Kesha remains signed.

In February, a New York judge denied Kesha's request for a preliminary injunction against Dr Luke and her record labels, in which she argued her career would effectively end if she could not release new music, without Dr Luke, during the case. Sony said then that it was "ready, willing and able to approve a producer with whom Kesha can work other than" Dr Luke, though he would retain rights to her recordings through the existing contracts.

Kesha claimed in a 2014 lawsuit that Dr Luke subjected her to emotional and sexual abuse and unfair business arrangements. He has denied the accusations and is suing her.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2016, with the headline 'Kesha releases song amid contract dispute'. Print Edition | Subscribe