Dr. Luke is embroiled in a lawsuit with popstar Kesha over allegations she was sexually assaulted by the producer. Kesha is trying to get released from her contract with Dr. Luke which has six more albums tied to it, but so far has not been successful. There have been unconfirmed reports that Sony is considering releasing Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) and his Kemosabe Records based on negative PR though that has not been disclosed one way or another. However Gottwald is hoping for other artists to stand in his corner, that won't be the case. Kelly Clarkson's mega career began with Dr. Luke but the relationship did not last long and she's spoken out against working with the producer/songwriter.
"Literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, 'We will not put your album out if you don't do this,'" she told KIIS 1065. "He's not a good person to me. Unfortunately when you have that poor of character so many artists don't like you, don't like working with you. That's not normal," she continued.
Clarkson made clear though that he had never assaulted her and just lied a lot. "I've never had that particular situation happen to me. I've never been that sex kitten pop star, I've never sold that part. I don't think anyone would do that to me, I'm totally Texan too. I'd just hit someone with my car," she laughed.
That blackmailing of course happened in the lead up to her 2009 release All I Ever Wanted. Clarkson and Dr. Luke worked on 2004's "Since U Been Gone" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes," the latter being a co-write. In 2006-2007, Clarkson took a different route for her controversial album My December which saw a public feud with then RCA CEO Clive Davis over the direction of the sound. Dr. Luke played a role in that public feud.
While fans eagerly awaited the new record that she had previewed songs for during the Addicted Tour in 2006, Gottwald took to a popular music forum and leaked the information that Davis was displeased with the collection of songs and would be shelving it. The message was soon taken down but the damage was already done. Dr. Luke wanted to work with Clarkson for the record, wanting all or nothing, so she gave him nothing. She came to the conclusion that she would write and record the record with her backing band along with producer David Kahne.
Davis tried everything in the book to get Clarkson to change her mind, including offering $10 million to replace or rework five songs to be more radio friendly. Compromising, the label released the album unchanged (but also put little effort into supporting it) and the next would be a pop record. That's where Dr. Luke and the label's blackmail comes in.
Davis heard the song "My Life Would Suck Without You" and insisted that Clarkson work with Dr. Luke to record the song. It was the last song recorded for the album which pushed back initial late 2008 release plans. The song was released in January 2009 and made history. In 2002, Clarkson broke a record held by The Beatles for fastest jump to No. 1 on the Hot 100 when "A Moment Like This" shot to the top. The record had been broken several more times before "Life" would retake that title. Released on a Friday, it had three days of sales and radio airplay, charting at No. 97. After that strategic move, the song bolted to No. 1 in just one week. That was the last time Dr. Luke and Kelly Clarkson have ever worked together.
Since media had swiftly picked up her words on the hitmaker, Clarkson took to social media to make sure it was known that was then and she no longer works with that team.
"Just want to clarify that my current regime at @RCA is not the same one that forced me to work w/Dr. Luke. Peter Edge is rad & a good dude!," she tweeted on March 8.
The changes at the label have been pleasant for Clarkson. Since Davis was released as CEO, RCA and other Sony labels have gone through several restructurings. Her 2011 set Stronger which took home the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, 2013's holiday album Wrapped in Red and 2015's No. 1 album Piece by Piece, Clarkson had control of the reigns making her work life much more easier.
What will come of Dr. Luke and Kesha is yet to be seen but one thing is for sure, his image will not recover in a fickle industry. Gottwald has also been criticized of recycling his own compositions (Katy Perry's "California Gurls," Kesha's "TiK ToK," Jessie J's "Domino" all sound the same though lyrics and melody were not Gottwald's).