Kesha’s new album “Gag Order” addresses her personal struggles and ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke.
Background: Kesha, known for her hit songs from the early 2010s, has had her career overshadowed by a legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, whom she accused of drugging, raping, and emotionally abusing her.
* Dr. Luke countersued for defamation and breach of contract; the album was released under his label.
Album details: The album, produced by Rick Rubin, reflects Kesha’s emotional turmoil throughout the conflict with Dr. Luke.
* Critics have generally provided a positive reception for the album.
Relevant context: Last week, Dr. Luke was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2023 ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
* Critics suggest that Kesha’s album connects to wider issues faced by pop artists feeling confined or boxed in by the industry.
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