As his legal battle with Kesha continues, more and more artists are emerging to share their opinions and experiences with Dr. Luke. Kelly Clarkson is the latest to disparage the pop producer, claiming that she was “blackmailed” by her label into working with the hitmaker.
Luke helped produce Clarkson’s biggest hit (and one of the greatest pop songs of the century) “Since U Been Gone” along with Max Martin, and the two worked with Clarkson again on her 2009 song “My Life Would Suck Without You.” But according to the former American Idol winner, returning to Dr. Luke specifically was not her choice.
She told Australian radio station KIIS FM that Luke is “not a good person” and added that she had to be forced to work with him again.
“The last time I worked with him I only worked with him because literally I got blackmailed by my label. It was a really hard time for me. They were like, ‘We will not put your album out if you don’t do this’…We have a whole crew to support, people that depend on us for their livelihood so sometimes you have to make decisions that you just have to swallow that pill.”
Perhaps that wasn’t the best choice of words, given Kesha’s allegations that the producer drugged and raped her. Clarkson was quick to add that her gripes with the producer were purely professional and that he “never did anything like that to me,” but she then laid out her case against the him, saying that he can be demeaning and that he “lied a lot.”
“We’ve clashed before. He’s difficult to work with, he’s kind of demeaning. Obviously he’s a talented dude but he’s lied a lot. Musically it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people and it makes the artist look bad.”
An injunction to release Kesha from her contract with Dr. Luke was denied last month, which sparked an outpouring of support from celebrities and fans alike, with everyone from Lady Gaga to Lena Dunham rushing to support the “Tik Tok” singer.