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“We will not put your album out if you don’t do this.”

Kelly Clarkson has claimed she was blackmailed by her record label into working with Dr. Luke, the producer accused by Kesha of sexually assaulting and emotionally abusing her.

Dr. Luke worked with the American Idol winner on her 2004 hit ‘Since U Been Gone’ and again on 2009’s ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, but in an interview with Australia’s KIIS FM said that her label threatened to withhold her music unless the producer was involved.

“The last time I worked with him I only worked with him because literally I got blackmailed by my label,” she explained. “It was a really hard time for me. They were like, ‘We will not put your album out if you don’t do this’.”

Talking about her time in the studio with the producer who she described as “not a good person”, Clarkson said: “We’ve clashed before. He’s difficult to work with, he’s kind of demeaning.”

“Obviously he’s a talented dude but he’s lied a lot. Musically it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people and it makes the artist look bad.”

Clarkson didn’t accuse the producer of abuse, but the situation has echoes of Kesha’s recent lawsuit, in which she sought an injunction that would release her from her contract with Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records.

The loss of the case was followed by outpouring of support for Kesha from artists including Taylor Swift and Grimes, and fans, who organised a protest outside of the headquarters of Sony Music.

Dr. Luke has denied the allegations and accused Kesha of extortion, saying: “Any claim Kesha isn’t free is a myth.”

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