In the News: #FreedomforKesha

Kesha who? 

Let me jog your memory Kesha (formerly Ke$ha) is a pop artist from the good ole’ U S of A. Known for songs like Tick Tock, Your Love is My Drug, Blah Blah Blah and Timber with Pitbull. She had a short stint as a judge on Rising Star which was only aired for one season.

Where’s She Been?

Any Kesha fan has probably noticed she hasn’t put out any music since around 2012, and she’s basically been out of the public eye since a rehab stint last year. Why is that you may ask? Well let me break it down for you. Kesha signed an exclusive recording contract with producer Dr. Luke who has worked in the past with the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, and many others as a writer, producer or both. Kesha’s mother was the first to suggest Dr. Luke was not as great as he seemed saying his words and treatment of her daughter were a key factor in why she had to go to rehab in 2014 for an eating disorder. In October of last year Kesha herself sued him for “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault.” Dr. Luke sued back claiming she was extorting him to get out of her exclusive agreement with him.

What now?

When this was released fans started the #FreedomForKesha which was quickly trending worldwide. Like JoJo before her Kesha is now at a stand still, she can’t record, write with or release music with anyone else, she obviously does not want to work with Dr. Luke whether or not the allegations are found to be true. Many people on the hashtag have been pointing to Chris Brown who very publicly beat Rihanna and faced little to no repercussion on his career, all the while keeping up his bad behavior, while Kesha who was allegedly drugged and assaulted by the producer at only 18 is now locked down on her entire livelihood until these court proceedings are over.

I will update this story again as more unfolds but for now maybe this will shine a light on the misogynistic tendencies the music industry holds and maybe, just maybe some changes can be made.

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