Kemosabe Records is downsizing.
Dr Luke – the producer at the centre of the controversial Kesha court case, having been accused of sexually and emotionally abusing the singer – has announced downsizing at the record label he runs, after rumours the label would soon be shut down by owners Sony as a result of the controversy. Layoffs at the imprint, Kemosabe Records, however, are “nothing to do” with Luke’s legal battle, say his team.
Dr Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, have appeared to be winning the court case, with all but one of Kesha’s claims dismissed in a New York court earlier this week. However, behind closed doors Sony are understood to believe that public opinion has largely sided with the singer, putting the future of Gottwald and the label he has operated since 2011 under threat.
“Kemosabe Records and Sony elected to downsize certain departments,” says a statement obtained by Pitchfork. “Some of those functions will be handled by Sony as part of their joint venture relationship. Kemosabe continues to be fully operational and is excited about its current releases and the upcoming year.”
As well as Kesha, Kemosabe Records have worked with artists including R. City, Becky G, Lunchmoney Lewis, Christian Burghardt, Sophia Black, Elliphant, and Lil Bibby. The trial is set to continue on April 13 as Kesha seeks to part from the label and Dr Luke, who she alleges drugged, raped and emotionally abused her. Gottwald strongly denies the accusation.
Yesterday, a “feminist” new Jennifer Lopez single was debuted online produced by Dr Luke.