■ Kesha pushed a judge for a preliminary injunction to expedite her lawsuit against Dr. Luke because she fears if she can't record and release new music soon, her career will suffer irreparable damage.
"Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse," states a memorandum supporting an injunction that would bar Dr. Luke from interfering with her signing with another label. "She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour. Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return."
Jim Urie, who was president and CEO of Universal Music Group Distribution from 2003 until this past January, agrees. His statement reads: "No mainstream distribution company will invest the money necessary to distribute songs for an artist who has fallen from the public eye, as is happening to Kesha at this very moment," he says. "Accordingly, if Kesha cannot immediately resume recording and having her music promoted, marketed, and distributed by a major label, her career is effectively over."
A dismissal motion from Dr. Luke's side claims Kesha is pushing this lawsuit where she claims the producer drugged and raped her as a means to release her from a binding contract.
A rep for Dr. Luke says, "If Kesha now regrets that her career is mired in legal proceedings, it’s entirely of her making. It was Kesha who chose to file a lawsuit falsely alleging abuse to gain advantage in contract negotiations, and now she must accept the consequences of her shortsighted actions. As long as she continues to stand by these false claims of abuse against Dr. Luke and remains in breach of her contracts, he will continue to protect his professional and personal reputation as well as his contractual rights in a court of law. He looks forward to obtaining judgments in his favor." [The Hollywood Reporter]
■ Emilio Estefan debuted his star-studded music video for "We're All Mexican," a response to Donald Trump's racist remarks against the Latin community.
"There’s a message being sent out to the world where people are giving opinions that are plain wrong," Estefan told Billboard earlier this month. "We need to lift up our pride and show the world what we’re doing."
The video features Pitbull, Thalia, Wyclef, Carlos Santana, Rita Moreno, Luis Coronel, Carlos Vives, Banda El Recodo, as well as Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Perez Hilton and chef Jose Andres speaking who contribute their support for the community.
Watch it here:
■ Ed Sheeran recorded a cover of Tory Lanez's "Say It":
■ Listen to the RAC remix of Troye Sivan's "Wild":
■ Stream Chvrches entire new record "Every Open Eye":
■ George Ezra performed "Blame It On Me" on the TODAY show:
■ Joe Jonas says of DNCE's new single "Cake By The Ocean," “working on the record, these Swedish producers that we were working with, they kept confusing ’sex on the beach’ with ’cake by the ocean,’ so that’s how the song started,” Joe explained. “Then, it became this kind of lyrically wacky song, and it kind of embodies the band. It’s funky, it’s fresh, I think it’s something that people can dance to.” [MTV]
■ Here's Sia's cover art for her upcoming single "Alive":
■ And finally, The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" is No. 1 for a third week.