Why Sony Can’t Free Kesha, According To Sony

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the corporation breaks its silence, as her fans plan a protest

Since the February 19th ruling where a Supreme Court judge refused to grant Kesha a preliminary injunction to free her from her contract with alleged abuser and producer Dr. Luke, the globe has been in an uproar. While it seemed like everyone had an opinion, there was one voice that remained quiet: Sony. The parent label to Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records, the imprint which Kesha is signed to, Sony has been mum through the celebrity outpour of support, Dr. Luke and Kesha personally voicing their sides, and #SonySupportsRape trending on Twitter.

That is, until today. Scott Edelman, a lawyer representing Sony Music, broke the silence, telling The New York Times, "Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha." Furthermore, he said, "Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party." We're not sure where that leaves us in terms of where Sony's feelings lie, only that they, sadly, have no involvement with her contract.

As the layers of complexity continue to unravel, Kesha's case has not only become a light exposing the normalcy of abuse within the music industry, but also a devastating example of the extreme bureaucracy that has long plagued it. While technically signed to a subsidiary of Sony, it's through a "furnishing agreement" with Luke's production companies Kasz Money Publishing and Prescription Songs. Her agreement rests, then, with Luke, and it is ultimately up to him if it is terminated.

Sony's statement serendipitously comes the day before a planned protest. Tomorrow at 10am EST, Kesha fans will gather outside of Sony headquarters, on Madison Avenue in New York City, in support of the #FreeKesha movement. Lacey Kohlmoos of Care2, the group organizing the protest, told Billboard: "Whether or not Kesha's music affected someone personally, this case represents the unfair treatment of sexual assault survivors around the globe. It is important for Sony to see the uproar they have caused, so protesters are bringing it right to their front door."

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."