Before the days of Facebook and Twitter, major record label execs didn’t worry about seeing their reputations hit rock bottom within minutes.
If a recording artist challenged a brand in the major label system, the brand would probably prevail.
However, as Bob Dylan sang: “The times, they are a-changin’.”
The lyric rings true with regard to singer Kesha and her legal battle with Sony Corp. The 2014 lawsuit claims producer Lukasz Gottwald—known as “Dr. Luke”—”sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” Kesha for years after she signed with his label, Kemosabe Records.
Dr. Luke denied the charges, and roughly 2 million people took to Twitter using the hashtags #FreeKesha, #DearSony and #BoycottSony in light of Friday’s decision from a New York State Supreme Court judge not to “free” the pop singer from her contract with the label.