Update: Kesha has been rescheduled at the Billboard Music Awards.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (which is owned by Prometheus Global Media, the same company that owns Billboard), Dr. Luke and his record label Kemosabe have given the go-ahead for Kesha to perform this Sunday (May 22) after she reassured them her set would have nothing to do with the lawsuit.
Kemosabe put out a statement that reads: “”Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation… Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored.”
Kesha plans to perform a rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’ with Ben Folds on piano. She joined him at his show in Los Angeles, where the two covered it. Watch below.
“Any claim Kesha isn’t ‘free’ is a myth.”
Billboard reports that Kesha will no longer be performing at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, as Dr. Luke’s Sony imprint Kemosabe has rescinded its permission to allow her.
Dick Clark Productions said in a statement: “Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records… Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs. Unfortunately, Kesha and Kemosabe have since been unable to come to an agreement for Kesha to perform on the show.”
Kesha’s battle to be released from contract with Kemosabe after allegations of sexual and mental abuse against the producer has been one of the biggest music news stories of the year. It’s not only big because of the claims that Kesha has made against Dr. Luke, but partially because of his team’s unrelenting denial that not only are her accusations not true, but that she is beholden to working in the confines of his presence.
When a preliminary injunction for her case against Dr. Luke was originally denied back in February, his team released a statement in his support and to further bolster his side of the case. It partially read: “Kesha is already ‘free’ to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t ‘free’ is a myth.”
There are no further details on why Kesha and Kemosabe could no longer come to an agreement regarding her performance on May 22. Her most recent notable public appearance was at the Humane Society Gala in Los Angeles earlier this month where she covered Lady Gaga’s ‘Till It Happens to You’, the Oscar-nominated theme from campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground. This could, perhaps, have something to do with Kemosabe’s decision.
One of Kesha’s main concerns with being attached to Kemosabe was her inability to continue on with her career. Further into the statement form Dick Clark Productions reads: “Dick Clark Productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha. We hope that the parties can come to an arrangement such that we can continue that long standing relationship with a performance by Kesha.” While she has, so far, not been able to have a judge see her side, this could potentially give her a little bit more of a push.
Watch Kesha perform ‘Till It Happens to You’ below.
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