The outpouring of support for Kesha continues with the announcement of a rally on Friday outside Sony’s New York City headquarters, demanding she be released from her contract with Dr. Luke’s subsidiary Kemosabe Records imprint via RCA.
This follows a judge’s ruling last Friday denying her injunction bid against Dr. Luke, which would have allowed her to record outside of his purview. The pop star alleges rape and abuse against Dr. Luke dating back a decade.
“The #FreeKesha movement has shaken the pop culture community,” said Care2 online organizing strategist Lacey Kohlmoos in a statement. “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.”
Celebrities including Adele, Demi Lovato, Jack Antonoff of Bleachers, Zedd, Lena Dunham, Anne Hathaway, Mariska Hargitay and others, as well as countless fans, have voiced their support. Taylor Swift even donated $250,000 to her cause.
The event’s lead organizer Michael Eisele added in a statement, “Kesha was offered by Sony to record music with producers other than Dr. Luke. However, Kesha is signed with Kemosabe, Dr. Luke’s recording label, which is under Sony Music’s umbrella. Therefore, any music Kesha is expected to release will be under his label, have his name on it, earn him profits and will be undoubtedly left to plummet…regardless of who the producer is.”
Sony Music is in the midst of relocating to new offices further downtown but RCA has not yet made the move.
The rally will be held Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in front of the Sony Headquarters at 550 Madison Ave. in New York City.