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After Kesha was Barred from the BMAs, Dr. Luke Releases New Statement

From Zedd producing a single for Kesha, to Diplo adding the singer to this season's Mad Decent Block Party lineup, some of the biggest names in dance music are doing what they can to #FREEKESHA.

Zedd and Diplo are among a host of music celebrities who are standing up for the singer as her grueling legal battle with Sony producer Dr. Luke continues. Kesha accused Dr. Luke of repeat emotional and sexual assault in a lawsuit seeking vindication from contracts that keep her tied to the producer and his Kemosabe Records. A New York judge dismissed the allegations, and Dr. Luke has since sued the singer for defamation and breach of contract.

The feud took another ugly turn this week as it was announced that Kesha would not be allowed to perform at the Billboard Music Awards. Kesha planned to cover Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" to pay tribute to her favorite singer and songwriter during the high-profile event on May 22, but Dr. Luke exercised his contractually right to cancel Kesha's broadcasted live performance.

Kesha's team reportedly assured Dr. Luke that she would not reference the producer or the lawsuit during the performance or in related interviews, while Dr. Luke's team declined to comment.


"Do you think there is one male singer who could ever be 'not allowed to sing' on the Billboard Awards by another man??" Rosemary "Pebe" Sebert tweeted in an epic rant yesterday afternoon. "How much more public abuse does my daughter have to take before someone says, 'Enough is enough!'...And how can one person OWN another person's right to sing?" She also called out other BBMA performers by adding, "Wouldn't it be nice if other artists stood with Kesha and refused to perform if she is not allowed to sing!" - Pebe Sebert, Kesha’s mom,

Just hours ago, however, Dr. Luke's team released a statement "okaying" her live performance originally scheduled for the Billboard Music Awards.

"Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation. Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored."

This back and forth comes shortly after Kesha broke three years of silence with the release of her Dr. Luke-approved Zedd collaboration. A month later, she covered Lady Gaga's song about sexual assault during a performance not sanctioned by Dr. Luke. While Kesha seems to have won this one, the power struggle rages on.

"We are pleased that Kesha and Kemosabe Records have reached an agreement and very much look forward to having Kesha perform."
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Jamie Lamberski Senior Editor

I'm a storyteller at heart, and music makes my world go round.

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