Kesha Is Officially Free from Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records

Her deal with the label finally ended last week, and the singer-songwriter has also "amicably" left her longstanding management

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 19, 2023

Kesha wasn't subtle in her May delivery of Gag Order, her final contractually obligated album for Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records label. She and the producer, whom the singer-songwriter has long accused of sexual assault and emotional abusesettled his defamation countersuit after nearly a decade-long legal battle in June, and now, her deal with Kemosabe — distributed by RCA Records — has finally ended.

As per Variety, Kesha's contract with Kemosabe officially ended last week, seven months after the album's release. The pop star has also "amicably" parted ways with her longstanding management company, Vector Management.

Kesha released five full-length albums, including her blockbuster 2010 debut Animal, and three EPs through the company. She fought to be released from her contract after claiming that Dr. Luke had sexually assaulted her in 2014, also alleging he had drugged and raped her at a party in 2005. The producer has been steadfast in his denial.

"Only God knows what happened that night," Kesha wrote in her statement accompanying the settlement in June. "As I always said, I cannot recount everything that happened. I am looking forward to closing the door on this chapter of my life and beginning a new one. I wish nothing but peace to all parties involved."

The singer-songwriter has also chopped her lyrical reference to Diddy when performing Animal smash "Tik Tok" live in light of Cassie's recent lawsuit.

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