Kesha Is Back In The Studio Recording With Zedd Three Months After Coming Forward About Dr. Luke’s Abuse

The past few months have been a  tour through the hell for the singer and songwriter Ke$ha following the court ruling that forced her to stay in contract with her sexually abusive producer Dr. Luke. In a surprising and refreshing piece of news and after months of traumatic court drama Kesha is back in the studio.

After Kesha unsuccessfully sought an appeal for her court ruling, claiming the binding contract was tantamount to contractual slavery, fans of Kesha and fans of justice were disappointed. Luckily, Kesha found a way to work within the loopholes of the legal mess so she could return to her craft.

In a neat bit of musical foreshadowing, Kesha crashed Coachella last week to do a surprise performance with the producer Zedd during which she sang “True Colors.” Her collaboration with him wasn’t limited to the stages of Coachella, though. He’s now serving as the legal alternative to Dr. Luke.

Technically Kesha is still bound to her contract with Sony, and in turn, Dr. Luke. However, a judge ruled that as long as she’s working within the constraints of the contract it is perfectly legal for her to record without Dr. Luke’s presence. After shit hit the fan months ago,  Zedd was one of the first producers to reach out to Kesha and offer his services. Now fans can reap the benefits of hearing new music from Kesha without her enduring more abuse.

While the whole situation is still technically fucked, it’s great to hear that she’s back at work free of the roaming dead-eyed stare of Dr. Luke. As much hope and relief this gives fans, Kesha feels twentyfold as made apparent by her Instagram post Tuesday.

She captioned it:

It’s a miracle when someone gives you a chance at finding your voice again with no reason other than that he is a fucking beautiful person with a heart of gold @zedd.”


Even the body language in her photos with and around Zedd show a comfort level that’s absolutely necessary to crack open the creative process. The night and day contrast of a tyrannical and abusive producer who denies his violence and implicates himself in a forced contract, and a musical collaborator who volunteers his services out of mutual respect and empathy is apparent here.