Clarkson made the comments on Sydney, Australia’s KIIS FM radio program “The Kyle and Jackie O Show.”
“The last time I worked with him I only worked with him because literally I got blackmailed by my label,” she revealed. (See Below at 1:15:45)
“It was a really hard time for me,’ Clarkson added. “They were like, ‘We will not put you’re label out if you don’t do this.'”
Dr Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, has been embroiled in a bitter legal fight with pop singer Kesha. It includes shocking allegations of drug-induced sexual assault and rape. Luke has denied all of Kesha’s sensational claims.
Until today, the dispute has been largely a he-said, she-said stand-off. But Clarkson’s comments provided damning new condemnation of the music producer. There were no suggestions of sexual assault, however.
“We have a whole crew to support…people that depend on us for their livelihood, so sometimes you have to make decisions that you just have to swallow that pill,” Clarkson said.
Clarkson and Luke worked together on her 2004 hit single “Since U Been Gone” and 2005 song “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” Both were hits. Luke also produced a successful first album “Animal” for Kesha.
Even so, the Dr. Luke lawsuit, now buttressed by Clarkson’s comments, bolsters the worst horror stories about the music industry. Executives have often been accused of preying on and exploiting young up-and-coming performers.
Clarkson was first asked about her thoughts on Kesha’s predicament. She passed on commenting because she said she did not have any firsthand information to share.
But she volunteered comments on Luke’s character.
“We’ve clashed before… He’s difficult to work with, he’s kind of demeaning “Unfortunately when you have that poor a character that so many artists don’t like you, that’s not normal. Obviously he’s a talented dude but he’s lied a lot. Musically it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people and it makes the artist look bad.”
Kesha’s lawsuit, filed in October 2014, alleges that Luke fed her drugs and sexually assaulted her during the production of her first two albums. She also charged Luke with manipulating her with drugs and alcohol. The sexual assaults began when she was 18, she said.
Before she made the allegations, however, an artistic difference over the direction of Kesha’s musical style was reportedly at the heart of their dispute.
Kesha wanted to change to a more rock style and leave behind the dance-driven music that made her first album Animal a success. But her more rock-inflected second album, Warrior, did not sell as well.
A judge in New York City recently denied her request for an injunction that would have allowed her to make her third album without Luke’s involvement. She’s signed to his record label and indirectly Sony Music Entertainment.
Check out Clarkson’s comments below; let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest updates on Kesha’s case. Kelly’s comments start at 1:15:45.