By Brian Ives
There’s been a lot of accusations back and forth in the ongoing controversy between Kesha and her producer Dr. Luke. The singer has accused the producer of emotional and sexual abuse, with Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) countering with a defamation lawsuit as well as a breach of contract suit.
“[Kesha’s] lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for 10 years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke,” a statement issued by Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, reads.
And if that sounds odd to you, you may have forgotten the much-talked-about, and then abruptly shelved Kesha/Flaming Lips collaborative album. After working together on 2012’s The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends album, the unlikely combo started working on a full-length effort, under the name “Lip$ha.” But in November of 2013, Coyne tweeted, “As of now …sadly there will be no Lip$ha…. I can’t say why… It is sad… ”
Now, however, Coyne is opening up a bit about why that album got kiboshed, and all signs point toward Dr. Luke.
Coyne compares working with Kesha to working with Miley Cyrus, who is a guest on their new album. “[Miley Cyrus] doesn’t have a dilemma like Kesha did, or does,” he tells Radio.com. “But the stuff that we did together [with Kesha] was just spectacular, and it made us want to do more. And I think we did like four or five songs, and then Kesha would remind me, ‘Wayne, I can’t put this music out, Dr. Luke will kill me.’ I was like, ‘Oh! I didn’t know!'”
Coyne notes that when he worked with Kesha, she didn’t behave as a typical pop star; for one, she had no handlers or entourage. “We just went to her house, and it was just her and us,” he says. “There wasn’t anybody else there, there wasn’t anybody telling us what to do. It was our songs, and we recorded until about 4 in the morning, and then we went home.”
While Coyne clearly wants to see the music released to the public, he’s kept a level head about the dilemma.
“If the music is great, all these other things that get in the way – like the Dr. Luke thing – it’s like, ‘We can get through that, it’ll be OK,'” he says. “I don’t really know the situation, only they do, I hope it works out. I hope that everybody can hear this music [that we made], it’s great. It will be great [even] if it takes five years to come out. The music that we did together, it’s just stellar and I know that’s why she wants it to come out.
“I don’t know Dr. Luke at all, but when we [Kesha and I] speak, I know there’s some anxiety about their relationship. I think she would like to have the freedom to do more things in that spirit. Where it’s not — again, I don’t know their situation — but where it’s not producers producing her. She could produce herself, that’s probably what she is wanting to happen with her own career. I love Kesha, she’s great. Miley is a lot more of her own entity, I think the success of Hannah Montana has allowed her to be the king of her own destiny. And I think Kesha will get to that eventually. She doesn’t have that sort of power now, but I think she will eventually.”
That matter will soon be in the hands of the court.
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