Dr. Luke isn’t taking a hint of positivity from Kesha’s new song — instead he’s making it clear her new album is thanks to him.
The producer — who Kesha accused of sexual assault and battery in 2014 — weighed in on her positive new single “Praying,” from her first album in nearly five years, pointing out that he’s still in control.
“There was no change in Kesha’s contractual recording obligations — she has not succeeded on any legal claim or motion to avoid them,” Dr. Luke’s spokesperson said in a blatant statement to Billboard.
“Instead, she was always free to record and refused to. Now, as legally required all along, the album was released with Dr. Luke’s approval by Kemosabe which is a joint venture label of Dr. Luke and Sony,” the statement continued.
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Kesha and Dr. Luke (whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald) have been involved in a legal battle since October 2014 when she filed a suit claiming sexual assault with hope that she would be able to end her contract with the producer.
Earlier this year, she claimed the battle had prevented her from releasing new music, so Dr. Luke’s statement alleges she was only able to put out the album with his approval.
Reps for Kesha and Dr. Luke did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment.
The album, “Rainbow,” is due out on Aug. 11.
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In an interview for Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny, Kesha wrote of how praying for others has brought her great relief — hence the name of the song.
“‘Praying’ was written about that moment when the sun starts peeking through the darkest storm clouds, creating the most beautiful rainbow,” she wrote.
“Once you realize that you will in fact be OK, you want to spread love and healing. If you feel like someone has wronged you, get rid of that hate, because it will just create more negativity.”
- dr. luke
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