LOS ANGELES – Kesha has lost her case in Manhattan against producer Dr. Luke, and is currently appealing another New York ruling that determined she can’t be freed from her contract. She has ongoing cases in California and Tennessee, but as these continue, she is seemingly becoming more known for her long-running legal battles than for her musical success.
Kesha’s last single was released in 2013 and her last writing credit was in 2014. As things currently stand, she is required to record new music under Dr. Luke’s label. She’s been ensnared in legal battles since October 2014.
So will Kesha be able to move forward as an artist after her cases wrap?
Pop culture expert Cate Meighan believes she can, but needs to decide what she wants first.
“I think that Kesha most certainly can move forward as an artist but first she has to decide that she really wants to,” she explained. “The absolute best thing that Kesha can do is to pour all of her emotional energy from this difficult situation into a new album. It would show that she's still an artist to be reckoned with and after all that she has been through the response from her peers and fans alike would be tremendous.”
However, public relations expert Ronn Torossian explained Kesha has to get back to music soon if she doesn’t want her legal troubles to overshadow her musical career.
“Kesha is a very talented artist, but in recent months all we hear about her is litigation. Even if she has been wronged, and harmed, at the end of the day, fans want to listen to her music and not hear about legal sagas,” he said. “The singer is known for hits, including ‘Die Young’ – but even if she wins in the court of law, her career also may ‘Die Young’ if she doesn’t start making some hit music once again.”
On Wednesday, a New York judge dismissed Kesha’s claims because stating any incidents happened outside New York and are beyond the legal time limit. The singer has claimed Dr. Luke raped and abused her.
Entertainment lawyer Julian Chan believes the singer’s case has been misunderstood by the public.
“A court has not heard nor made a judgement on her allegations against Dr. Luke based on a trial where the facts are presented and challenged,” he said. “We are just dealing with allegations that have not yet been proven to a court… The usual reason for these laws is that when too much time passes, the evidence is too old to be trustworthy anymore. Her case in California is tied up due to the court ruling the contract terms required the case to be handled in New York.”
Meanwhile, Kesha is appealing an earlier ruling rejecting a bid to be freed from her contract. Dr. Luke's breach-of-contract claims against her are ongoing, and so are California and Tennessee lawsuits surrounding a dispute that has rippled through the entertainment business. Kesha has said that she cannot work with a “monster” whom she accuses of raping her a decade ago after giving her a pill that knocked her out.
Steve Baltin, host of Hulu series “Riffing With,” notes that now more than ever there will likely be a lot of interest in what Kesha does next with her music.
“Assuming… that she is at some point freed or comes to resolution with Sony, I absolutely think she can move forward,” he said. “There will be a TON of interest in what she does next and a lot of talented, high-profile people have offered to work with her so she will have industry backing, songs and visibility on her side.”
Taylor Swift, Adele, Iggy Azalea and Lady Gaga have offered their support for the “TIk Tok” singer, while several producers have offered as well. However, Chan believes that as a result of the litigation Kesha has endured, her career may be halted for some time.
“This litigation and the resulting uncertainty about her rights might keep her new music off the market for a long time,” he explained. “My personal guess is that at some point Kesha will reach some settlement to either pay to get out of her contract or they both will agree to some arrangement to minimize her [contact] with Dr. Luke but continue under the contract.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.