Just when you though Kesha was having a bout of good luck after New York Supreme Court justice Shirley Kornreich ruled in her favor in a February 4th court hearing, things go and take a turn for the worse in the most significant aspect of the case: whether or not the pop singer can record without being subject to Dr. Luke’s label.
Today, it was officially announced that Kesha would not be granted the legal permission to free herself from the contract she entered with Sony and Dr. Luke. According to Kornreich, who definitely can’t be accused of any sort of feminist nepotism, Kesha’s reasoning behind being unable to record is nullified by Dr. Luke’s offer to “allow” the singer to create music through his Sony imprint, Kemosabe Records, without his involvement.
Kornreich went on to defend the intentions of the label by remarking, “I don’t understand why I have to take the extraordinary measure of granting an injunction…you’re asking me to assume an entity like Sony, who are in a competitive position, will not want to make money on their investment.” Then again, Kesha is a drop in the bucket–especially when Beyoncé is the only cash cow they’ll ever need. And when someone like Kesha speaks out against the trauma that’s befallen her, it’s no surprise when the “hand that feeds” decides to Josie and the Pussycats one of their previously viable artists (and if you don’t get that reference, please watch the movie. God knows Kesha should be in these next few weeks of recovery).
In any case, at least we have a Lindsay Lohan-esque courtroom photo of Kesha so that the true nature of the injustice is visually manifested. Can someone please free Kesha already?