Four years since her last album, Sony announced in a statement to Buzzfeed on Saturday that work will begin on Kesha’s next release as soon as possible.
“Creating a new album takes time, and everyone’s goal is to deliver a high quality album consistent with Kesha’s past releases,” said a representative for Sony Music. “We hope to share exciting new music with Kesha’s fans soon.”
The “Tik Tok” singer hasn’t released solo material since 2012’s Warrior album, only appearing on features with Pitbull and Zedd. New music was put on hold after Warrior‘s underwhelming sales and Kesha’s allegations of sexual assault by producer Dr. Luke. Further allegations that Sony Music forced Kesha to continue receiving abuse sparked an even more intense relationship between the singer and her label.
Kesha has reportedly submitted 28 unfinished tracks to the label. While Sony appears optimistic about the star returning to her career, an attorney for Kesha says the label has not approved studio time, promotion, or even a release date.
“Kesha has been trying for six months to record and release new music,” said attorney Daniel Petrocelli. “Only in the last month, after our last court hearing, has any progress been made, but it is hardly enough. Kesha still has received no commitments on promotion, songs, or even a release date.
“We hope things turn around fast. Meanwhile, Kesha intends to continue participating in the creative process in the hopes she can meaningfully return to work.”
An attorney for Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald feels that Sony’s slow pace is appropriate given the circumstances of the last two years.
“She had stopped her own career; no one else did,” Christine Lepera said in an interview. “For her to say, ‘Now I’m ready, so let’s hurry up’ — she could have been doing this all along.”
Ms. Lepera added that Dr. Luke has no choice but to follow through with his own lawsuit. “When someone who has so vigorously set out — consciously, clearly — to destroy someone’s reputation in the press is then backpedaling and refusing to prove those allegations in court, that signals a lack of credibility,” she said.
“It’s been frustrating and painful for me and my family to have to endure false accusations and watch people rush to judgment,” Dr. Luke said in his first comments on the trial since February. “Kesha has lost or dismissed her claims, and seems to want to erase what she started, without caring at all about the damage she has caused and continues to cause me, my businesses and my family.”
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All that matters in the end is the music, right? We’re pretty excited for it, especially since Kesha revealed she’s been working on a song with a ‘casual Grammy winner.’ Hopefully we’ll find out who — and dance to a new album — in 2017.Published in