Dr. Luke (Via Spokesperson) Says Kesha Had To Acquire His Approval Before “Praying” Release

Everyone is thrilled Kesha released a captivating new song and video today for "Praying." Everyone except Dr. Luke.

The disgraced producer had a spokesperson issue a statement on his behalf to Billboard after their they published their review on the pop star's lead Rainbow single, and it's revolting. In a nutshell, he wants everyone to know Kesha is still, in the eyes of the law, his pop puppet.

The statement reads:

"There was no change in Kesha's contractual recording obligations -- she has not succeeded on any legal claim or motion to avoid them. Instead, she was always free to record and refused to. Now, as legally required all along, the album was released with Dr. Luke's approval by Kemosabe which is a joint venture label of Dr. Luke and Sony."

With the "Praying" video, Kesha penned a touching note to fans detailing her public struggles. "I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I've overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach," she said. "I've found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal. This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can't control everything — because trying to control everyone was killing me. It's about learning to let go and realize that the universe is in control of my fate, not me."

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