Kesha now allowed to perform at Billboard

By Newsbeat

Kesha’s performance at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards is back on, after Dr Luke’s record label gave it the go-ahead.

Earlier this week, the production company behind the show said Kemosabe Records had withdrawn its permission for her to sing at the event.

It followed reports that Kesha planned to criticise the record producer during the show.

Kesha had denied that saying she wasn’t going to mention Dr Luke in any way.

She’s been in a long-running legal battle with her former producer after she accused him of sexually and emotionally abusing her, something he’s always denied.

Now in a new statement, Kemosabe Records says: “Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith.

“Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation.”

It adds that it’s now had assurances from Kesha, her representatives and the show’s producers that neither she, nor her supporters, will refer to the allegations during the show.

Kesha had earlier posted about the Billboard performance on Instagram, saying she had simply been planning a tribute to Bob Dylan.

On Wednesday, she performed a cover of Dylan’s It Ain’t Me, Babe on stage with Ben Folds in LA.

Later, in a message to Folds on Instagram, she said: “Thanks for believing in me. Thanks for being a good friend in this scary business.”

Kesha’s been trying to get out of her contract with Sony Music, which owns Dr Luke’s label, for the last year and a half but has lost her legal cases up to now.

Dr Luke argues Kesha made up the claims to ruin his reputation in the hope of getting out of her five-album contract.

“Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister,” he wrote on Twitter in February.

Sony has previously said it is “not in a position to terminate the contract” but that Kesha can continue to record “without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever”.

Kesha released her first single since the legal action started last month, a collaboration with producer Zedd.


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