A few months ago I did an article on Kesha where I briefly touched on her court case against music producer Dr. Luke. You can read that here and at the time the trial wasn't completely in full swing.
Kesha has filed legal action to be released from her contract with recording producer Dr. Luke. According to her statements he has raped her, drugged her, emotionally abused her. You can do your own research on that. Some of it's very graphic and she feels unsafe to work with him.
This complicates matters. She is working directly on Dr. Luke. He is supposed to produce her records and what safety can she have working with a man like that. Her stint in rehab over her eating disorders were caused by Dr. Luke.
Kesha asked Sony music to just release her from working with Dr. Luke. That she was willing to have her music released from Sony, she just didn't want to work with her abuser. Which, seems perfectly reasonable.
They refused. Sony is choosing to protect Dr. Luke instead of their artists, because he's a hit maker. With Kesha and Dr. Luke in a lawsuit, if Kesha loses her career is essentially over. Dr. Luke can shelve any album she makes. Release it and give it any promotion. He has all the power. There is no way Sony music will be able to make any money from Kesha if she's restricted to this contract.
Kesha gave Sony Music such a reasonable alternative to this continued lawsuit and they decided to support Dr. Luke. They have aligned themselves with a rapist in the terms of profits. Supporting Kesha would have lost them nothing other then some irritation on the part of Dr. Luke.
I support Kesha completely in her decision not to release any more music with Dr. Luke. I love Kesha and I would love more Kesha music in my life, but it's so much more important that she isn't put in hostile situations where she has to deal with this man.