Sony Music is seemingly distancing itself from Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) amid ongoing legal suits from Kesha alleging acts of rape and more against the hit-making producer.
According to court papers — as was reported Tuesday — Luke is no longer CEO of Kemosabe Records, the imprint he launched with Sony in 2011, and he no longer has the authority to act on the label’s behalf. As the music industry waits to see how this all plays out, we look back at the label’s chart successes over the past years. Turns out, most of them came from Kesha.
The Kemosabe Records imprint has charted 22 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, with its first remaining its biggest: Kesha’s debut smash “TiK ToK,” which ruled the chart for nine weeks beginning Jan. 2, 2010. The imprint has earned one other Hot 100 No. 1s, also by Kesha: “We Are Who We R,” in November 2010.
Notably, 13 of the imprint’s 22 charted Hot 100 titles belong to Kesha. Meanwhile, eight Kemosabe songs have reached the top 10, with all but one belonging to Kesha. The other: R. City‘s “Locked Away,” featuring Adam Levine, which became the imprint’s most recent top 10, peaking at No. 6 in October 2015.
Kemosabe has sent 13 songs to the Hot 100’s top 40 with, similarly, the majority (10) by Kesha. In addition to “Locked Away,” two other Kemosabe tracks by an artist other than Kesha have reached the top 40: Becky G‘s “Shower” (No. 16, 2014) and Juicy J‘s “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz (No. 29, 2012).
In addition to “TiK ToK” and “We R Who We R,” which blasted in at No. 1 on Nov. 13, 2010 and remains one of only 27 singles to have ever launched atop the Hot 100, Kesha also hit the top five with “Die Young” (No. 2, 2012) and “Your Love Is My Drug” (No. 4, 2010).