Monday, May 27, 2024

Trouble: Adele, Sony’s Biggest Artist, Supports Kesha over Record Label at Brit Awards


Adele is Sony’s biggest music artist of the moment. She’s sold 9 million copies of her “25” album with no sign of slowing down.

And now Adele has endorsed Kesha, the artist who is suing Sony in what is becoming every day a bigger and bigger headache for the record label.

Adele joins Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and two dozen more recording artists who have come to Kesha’s aide since she broke down sobbing in court last week over her Sony contract. Kesha wants to break the contract because she says her producer, Dr. Luke, raped and terrorized her for years. She is utterly believable.

Whatever the truth, Sony should really let her out as soon as possible. What pop star would want to leave a 6 album contract with one of the top 3 recording companies unless something was very wrong. Kesha knows that neither Universal nor Warner will sign her after this. She’ll become an indie act. She doesn’t care. But she doesn’t want to record under these circumstances.

Sony had better act fast. On Sunday Adele and Lady Gaga are each appearing on the Oscars. And they are going to be vocal about Kesha– particularly Lady Gaga.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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