Protesters impatient with Dr.Luke

Julian Balboa/Staff Writer

Ke$ha, known for hits like ‘TiK ToK’ and ‘Blow,’ is going through one of the worst moments in her life and the worst possible part about it is that it’s public to everyone with access to the internet, but perhaps that’s a good thing.

About 35 fans gathered at Sony Headquarters March 11 and delivered a petition demanding to drop music producer Lukasz Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, from the label giant. 35 fans sounds like a small group of people, especially if they’re about to go to a major label and demand to drop a very successful music producer because of his gross sexual misconduct with artists.

However, the petition presented to Sony had accumulated over 411,000 signatures. If Sony thought that this issue could be ignored, the time has passed. It’s grown far too large of an affair to be ignored.

The tumultuous relationship between Dr. Luke and Ke$ha, born Kesha Sebert, started when she signed a six-album deal to his Sony Records imprint, Kemosabe Records, in 2005. Later that year, she went to a party hosted by Paris Hilton and claimed she was given “sober pills” by Dr. Luke after a night of drinking and woke up nude the next morning at his home. In 2010, “TiK ToK” is released and embarks on a nine-week reign on the music charts.

Numerous artists have spoken out in anger  against Dr. Luke over the hearing that took place Feb 18, which stated if Ke$ha wants to leave her contract with Dr. Luke she’d have to release three more albums. Recording artist such as Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Lily Allen, Lorde, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Wale, Demi Lovato, HAIM, Snoop Dogg, and many more have offered their condolences. Some have even cited similar behavior when working with Dr. Luke in the past.

Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first season of American Idol, has contested to how demeaning he is in the studio and that he is not a good person, further fueling the flames.

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