Honestly, the fact that this hasn’t happened already says a lot about the music industry. The Wrap reported earlier today that Sony is thinking about ending Dr. Luke’s contract a year before it was supposed to be up, not only because of the allegations coming his way from Kesha, but also because it has created a PR nightmare for the company. Actually, the latter reason seems to be more of an issue for Sony. One insider at Sony told The Wrap, “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of is confusing, especially for people in the building.” Don’t worry, it’s also confusing for people outside of the building.
As you’ll recall, Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records, is a subsidiary of Sony Music (which is why they claimed they couldn’t actually let Kesha out of her contract). His contract is set to expire next year. In order to end the contract though, Sony has to have a good reason, because they can’t use his court proceedings. As another person told The Wrap, “No court has convicted this person, so there may not be any legal basis to terminate an agreement. It would have to be mutual.”
Listen Dr. Luke, there’s a large number of music fans who really hate you, there’s a large number of artists who have said they never want to work with you again and your own record label is over you, maybe it’s time that you mutually ended this Sony relationship and went your own way. Preferably somewhere far where we don’t have to hear your name anymore. Plus, your label isn’t even doing that well. As The Wrap notes, Kemosabe’s biggest name is Kesha (who hasn’t released music in four years) and other than that he’s got Juicy J and Becky G. And while Sony has made money of Dr. Luke’s other ventures (like when he worked with Katy Perry on a non-Sony album), the troubles he’s caused seem out weigh anything positive.
And while it is shitty that Sony is only thinking of doing this now because of the PR trouble and not because of what Dr. Luke allegedly did to Kesha, it’s still a step forward to get him out. Your thoughts? Leave them in the comments below.0