Kesha has filed to dismiss her sexual abuse lawsuit against producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and has provided new songs to fulfill her contractual obligations with his record label, Kemosabe Records, which is under Sony Music, in order to get her music career back on track.
She has recorded 28 new songs on her own expense.
“Kesha is focused on getting back to work,” Kesha’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli said to BuzzFeed News. “We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release the single and an album as soon as possible.”
If the new music is not released, Kesha’s legal team could argue that Dr. Luke and Sony Music are deliberately working against their artist – and she may be able to break the contract she signed when she was 18-years-old.
In 2014, Kesha sued Dr. Luke, claiming that he “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her during their 10-year relationship. According to her contract with him, which was signed back in 2005, Kesha has to provide five albums worth of material to Kemosabe Records. She has so far produced two.
Kesha lost a court case earlier this year that sought to release her from contractual obligations to Sony Music. However, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich stated that the agreement was “heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.”
Kesha’s attorneys said that the agreement would force her to work with her alleged abuser again, but Sony said that she would be free to work with other producers.
While she was able to release a song with another producer this year, Kesha has yet to fully restart her career ever since she filed her sexual abuse case.
The 28 songs may persuade Sony Music to release a new Kesha album, which would be her first since 2012. However, Gottwald and the label may be able to argue that the tracks are not commercially satisfactory and withhold them, according to entertainment attorney Laurie Soriano.