A Fight for Musical Freedom

American pop star Kesha Rose Serbet (Ke$ha), 28, has been in a three-year court battle with her music producer of ten years, Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald (Dr. Luke).

The singer is suing Dr. Luke on multiple counts of sexual harassment over the past ten years, stating she no longer feels safe or comfortable working with him, but is trapped in a strict contact preventing her from releasing or recording any new music with any label except Sony Records.

After years of battling, the fate of Ke$ha’s career was expected to be revealed Jan. 26, but due to Blizzard Jonas, the court date has been pushed back until late February. The verdict will reveal whether Ke$ha may record music with another producer and get out of her contract with Dr. Luke, and also if the famous producer will be put behind bars for his client’s accusations.

Before discovering the delay of the hearing, Ke$ha made an emotional video to her supporting fans on social media. She began with a simple “Good morning everybody. I love you guys, more than you will ever know. I can’t put out new music, but I can sing a little something of someone else’s songs or something that exists,” and proceeded with a cover of the classic “Amazing Grace” which encouraged several Animals, the name of Ke$ha’s fan base, to protest outside of the courthouse where the hearing was going to be held.

The “We R Who We R” singer made a statement online after receiving news of the court date, reassuring her fans:  “Maybe my life will go down an unexpected path, but the message will always be the same. Love, acceptance, compassion, equal rights, human rights, animal rights. And that really is my passion and purpose. And no one can ever stop me from fighting the good fight. Don’t worry babes. love you all.”  She later added that no matter what the verdict, “It’s a roller coaster, but that’s life. And I will never stop making art.”

Megan Rosen, Staff Writer

Sophomore Megan Rosen is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the volleyball team.

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