Kelly Clarkson has way more than anyone might imagine with singer Kesha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert. The women don't sing in the same genre and their personalities are about as different as they could possibly be, but the two share something neither would wish on their worst enemies.
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Kesha has been in the news recently for a court case in which she tried to get out of her contract with producer Dr. Luke. The judge denied her request.
Now Kelly Clarkson claims in a new interview with Kyle and Jackie O of the popular Australian radio show, that she, too, was blackmailed by Dr. Luke.
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"He’s a talented dude but he’s just lied a lot,” Kelly Clarkson said. “I’ve run into a couple really bad situations. Musically, it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people. It’s like ‘What?’ It makes the artist look bad. He’s difficult to work with, kind of demeaning, it’s kind of unfortunate. People are like well you’ve worked with Max [Martin] and Luke and I’m like Max and Luke are very different. Obviously the dude is a talented guy but character-wise, no. I only worked with him – even the last time I worked with him – because literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like we will not put your album out if you don’t do this.”
She went on to say Dr. Luke is of "poor" character, and said she and Kesha are certainly not the only celebrities in the music world who don't like working with him.
“I get along with everyone I work with. I love everyone I work with. He’s just not a good guy for me,” she said.
Kelly Clarkson was among many celebrities to show their support of Kesha following her recent court case.
Trying 2 not say anything since I can't say anything nice about a person... so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG
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Kelly Clarkson admits she doesn't know any of the inside details of Kesha's dealings with Dr. Luke. Kesha alleges sexual abuse at the hands of the producer.
“He’s never done anything like that with me […] I don’t know that situation,” she said. “I don’t know that situation. But if it’s true I can’t imagine working with someone who had done something like that.”
This isn't the first time Kelly Clarkson has spoken out against Dr. Luke either. She challenged some of the stories published in Clive Davis's memoir. One claims Clarkson cried while writing her hit song, “Since U Been Gone,” with Dr. Luke and Max Martin.
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“First, he says I burst into ‘hysterical sobbing’ in his office when he demanded ‘Since U Been Gone’ be on my album,” Clarkson said at the time. “Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo, and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.”
Do you suppose now that Kelly Clarkson has spoken out about her unpleasant experiences with Dr. Luke, that even more will hop on the bandwagon, too? These displays of support might not change the outcome of Kesha's court case, but will likely make her feel like she has a wealth of support from many within the music industry.