March 7, 2016


Kelly Clarkson Claims Label 'Blackmailed' Her Into Working With Dr. Luke: Listen

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Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty Images

Kelly Clarkson was one of the many artists who supported Kesha after her push for preliminary injunction in her case against Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald was denied. Now the singer is speaking out even more on her feelings about the producer.

In a recent interview with Australian radio station KIIS 106.5, Clarkson claimed that her record label (both she and Kesha are under Sony Music Entertainment) pressured her into collaborating with Dr. Luke. "The last time I worked with him I only worked with him because literally I got blackmailed by my label," Clarkson said. "It was a really hard time for me. They were like, 'We will not put your album out if you don't do this.'"

She continued:

"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." 

The two have previously worked together on Clarkson's 2004 smash "Since U Been Gone" as well as "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and 2009's "My Life Would Suck Without You."

Kesha is currently vying to record songs without Dr. Luke, but her label has not released her from her contract. Check out our opinion piece on why the producer's career is in trouble (but not Kesha's) here, and listen to Kelly Clarkson interview (she comes in at the 1:15 mark).