Kesha Sebert, international pop phenomenon, has been denied her preliminary injunction to be freed from her producer alleged abuser, Dr. Luke. The pop star has been given radical support all across social media after the denial was given on February 19, 2016. However, there is a lot of background information to this case that needs to come to the surface.
Let’s start in the early stages of her career. In 2005, Kesha’s demos were heard by Lukasz Gottwald, an upcoming producer known as Dr. Luke, instantly wanting to strike a record deal on his beginning label, Kemosabe Records. The deal was for eight albums, and made her a performer and songwriter under his name. She moved from Nashville to Los Angeles, dropping out of high school and leaving behind everything and everyone she had known.
Fast forward to 2009, Kesha had not released any legitimate material of her own, until she was featured on rapper Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” but was not paid any royalties nor featured as a vocalist. Kesha’s vice on the song was so marveled about on the track that in summer 2009 she released her debut single, “Tik Tok.” It charted at number 1 on Billboard Hot 100, her debut album Animal charting at number 1 in multiple countries and selling 4.5 million copies worldwide.
She continued her success and released her sophomore album Warrior, including the worldwide top 5 smash “Die Young,” as well as recording a reality show, My Crazy Beautiful Life, about her life and making of her career on MTV. During this time, Luke was producing her albums, as well as being an executive producer on her reality show.
It takes a turn in January 2014, when Kesha admitted herself at Timberline Knolls Rehabilitation Center outside Chicago for an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts. A doctor in the facility detailed to press that she had the same blood levels as a heart attack patient, saying she could have died any day before admitting herself. There was minimal evidence surrounding why she went, but she was released in early March 2014 and remained very quiet about her career for months.
In October 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit on Dr. Luke on the allegation of physical and sexual assault. Specific pieces included Luke calling her as fat “as a fucking refrigerator” on the set of her music video for “Die Young,” drugging her with “sober pills” (the date rape drug), threatening to remove writing credits off of her songs, forcing himself to be an executive producer on her reality show, and threatening her career and family if anything was ever said.
The same exact day in 2014 the law suit was filed in California, Luke filed for defamation in New York, stating her allegations were false and were meant to get Kesha out of her record contract. The trial has been continuous to this day, with few things happening after it was initially filed. Later in June 2015, Kesha would add that representatives of Sony knew the abuse was occurring and did nothing to stop.
In February 2015, Kesha filed a preliminary injunction in New York to end her contract with Luke’s label and Sony’s RCA Records. She was not able to release new material, and because of this she could not tour, nor get sponsors. Her lawyer argued that if the trial goes on for much longer, her career will become seriously damaged.
A year later, in February 2016, Kesha was denied her preliminary injunction in New York, and given a final court date for May 18, 2015. Protestors outside the courthouse swelled in anger, spreading the hashtags “#FreeKesha” and “#SonySupportsRape.”
The general public caught onto the case and learned the outcome. Many musicians, producers, and actors tweeted and addressed support for Kesha, including Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Troye Sivan, Zedd, Lily Allen, Jack Antonoff, and Lorde. Taylor Swift also showed support, donating $250,000 to Kesha to help pay for legal fees, as well as Lady Gaga, dedicating her performance at the 2016 Academy Awards to the pop star, singing her Oscar-Nominated song, “’Til It Happens To You,” for the documentary about college campus sexual assault The Hunting Ground.
There is currently a petition to release Kesha from her contract with her alleged abuser, specifically to boycott Sony products until the pop star and her alleged rapist are not in contact at all. The link is below:
Pride Time Staff
With the Grammy Award Ceremony just hours away, the students at Pride Time were assigned to ask students at Brien McMahon High School who they would like to see win in the "Best Rap Album" category on the night of the Grammys, as well as deciding who should have been nominated in the category.
We averaged out each album, rated 1 as most desired to win, and 5 as least desired, with added comments on their position.
5. Dr. Dre - Compton
- "Dr Dre was my last pick because honestly I don't see relevance in him anymore. He had his time and now that new artists are rising and they are making something of themselves I just don't really care much for him." - Emily Davis
- "It was a good album, but I wouldn't say it was the best one. My two favorite tracks on the album were Talking to My Diary and Animals, but aside from that most of the tracks were not memorable enough for me to listen to twice." - Jamie Yngcong
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
- "Because he's a real artist. He's a visionary. New and different and constantly innovating while staying true to him self. He stands for something." - Annie Artell
- "I just really like Kendrick and how much of an underdog he's been. Also I really like how real his lyrics are and how socially aware he is about the black community and the meaning of the title." - Leticia Sanchez
3. Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint
- "I like who she is and who she's become over the years. I love the sassyniess in her music and how she has no care in the world. She will always put you in your place no matter who it is." - Tylla Oliver
- "She was never one to express her inner emotions before, and needless to say she showed those with this album. She is under pressure for being one of few successful female rappers in the game right now, but this album has proven her place and she is not going anywhere." - Chris Lea
- "All her song sound the same to me and in all honesty there is no rawness. Artist have to be open, pure in order to captivate an audience." - Annie Artell
2. J Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive
- "It's the story of a boy who had some troubles in his life, but through his come up journey he learns to be thankful to God for everything he has and that real love is the only thing you need. And that his mama is an amazing woman." - Liz Wimpfheimer
- "The message of his whole album is raw and real, more so than a lot of rappers would put out." - Deb Wimpfheimer
1. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
- "As a biased Drake fan, it only made sense for me to put the Champagnepapi himself on number one. The Beyoncé-like release of this album helped it retain a very deserved commercial success. I would consider If You're Reading This It's Too Late one of Drake's most memorable albums showing a darker tougher side of Drake in contrast to the emotional Drake that we used to know." - Jamie Yngcong
Here are a few extra opinions on the nominations in the category: