Most pop divas would sell their soul to work with Dr. Luke. His involvement basically guarantees a hit record (see recent chart-toppers by Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus for proof) but Ke$ha’s fans believe he’s stifling the diva’s creativity and single-handedly killing her career. So much so that they have started an online petition to free K$ from her eight album deal with the hitmaker.
Why are Lady Dolla’s usually peaceful Animals in revolt? It’s complicated, so bear with me. Even the angriest Ke$ha fan doesn’t deny the role Dr. Luke played in her success. He helped craft international hits “Tik Tok” and “Take It Off” — catapulting the newcomer to the top of the pop ladder. It was a match made in heaven but seems to have soured somewhat.
First K$ complained about being forced to sing “Die Young” and then made it clear in her reality TV show that she didn’t have full creative control of her still excellent sophomore set Warrior. Animals are seriously concerned about where that leaves their idol. “Dr. Luke is controlling Ke$ha like a puppet, feeding her what she doesn’t want and her creativity is dwindling,” states the extremely detailed (and dramatic) petition.
Their conclusion? “You can almost say and assume that Luke is almost trying to dismantle her career.” But wait there’s more. “When Ke$ha, young and naive at the age of 18, was signed to Luke’s 8 album contract, it’s obvious that she was unaware of the severe pop puppeteer act she was soon to play by. What our fear as her fans should be is that she will soon lose interest in playing this industry game and stop releasing music.”
This has to be the first time in history that fans have rallied to “free” a massively successful artist from the hottest producer in the game. Animals are obviously frustrated by Warrior‘s chart fortunes (which is understandable) but the annals of pop history are littered with underperforming second albums. No doubt, the 26-year-old will bounce back with album number three.
The petition does, however, underline the fact that many Ke$ha fans are happy for their fave to explore other genres and deviate from the mainstream. Perhaps this will embolden the pair to be more adventurous next time around. However, if you think Dr. Luke really is an evil puppetmaster bent on destructing his protege’s career, sign the petition. 1250 people already have.