Kelly Clarkson is joining the long list of female musicians touting bad experiences working with producer Dr. Luke. The "Because of You" singer revealed on Monday that she was forced to team up with him on a past project and it didn't go well.
In an interview with KIIS 106.5 Australia, Clarkson said she'd been involved in "a couple really bad situations" with Dr. Luke — born Lukasz Sebastian Gottawald — when they worked on "Since U Been Gone." She acknowledged his talent to the radio show's hosts, but said he has a tendency to "lie to people." The former "American Idol" winner claimed his bad behavior reflects poorly on artists tied to him, which has a lot to do with why she and others don't like to work with him. In addition to a penchant for falsehoods, Clarkson said that Dr. Luke can be "demeaning."
"He's a talented dude but he's just lied a lot," she 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 artists 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 I got blackmailed by my label. They were like we will not put your album out if you don't do this."
Dr. Luke has been the subject of headlines recently largely because of his ties to Kesha Rose. On Feb. 23 the "TiK ToK" singer took to Instagram to voice her gratitude to fans after facing off with her former producer in court. She wrote that she was "beyond words" at the time. Kesha went on to say that her face was puffy in the photo because she had been crying, telling all those supporting her that she loved them dearly.
Kesha brought Dr. Luke to court in the hopes of being released from her contract with Sony Records, which would prevent her from being forced to work with him again. The case stems from 2014 allegations that Dr. Like was physically and sexually abusive to her during their partnership — claims he vehemently denies. On Feb. 22 Kesha addressed the lawsuit going to trial, telling her 1.4 million followers that she felt the need to be vocal about her abuse because it "was eating away" at her soul. The award-winning musician added that she was hopeful her story would inspire other victims of these kinds of practices to speak out.
I have nothing left to hide. I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. this is not just for me. this is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. sexually. emotionally. mentally. I had to tell the truth. so the outcome will be what it will be. there's nothing left I can do. it's just so scary to have zero control in your fate. but this is my path this life for whatever reason.... #Friday __
Kesha has been denied release from her contract with Sony. While she was not able to get what she wanted from the trial, she has sparked nationwide conversation, as well as the support of dozens of people in the music industry.