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Fly News: Kesha Will Be Performing At BBMAs, Dr. Luke’s Label Grants Approval

Yesterday, we reported that Kesha was no longer allowed to perform at the Billboard Music Awards after Dr. Luke‘s label Kemosabe Records rescinded their approval. Well it looks like the label has come to their senses and is allowing the “Tik-Tok” singer to perform.

Kemosabe Records released an official statement regarding matter that states,

“Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation. Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored.”

Kesha responded to the news with the following post on Instagram.

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It’s great that Kesha’s label was willing to come to an agreement and allow the singer to perform even of it is a shame approval was rescinded in the first place. The BBMAs will be airing May 22, on ABC at 8 p.m. E.T.. Will you be tuning into the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday?

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Kesha No Longer Performing At Billboard Music Awards, Dr. Luke’s Label Rescinds Approval

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Kesha will no longer be performing at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards and it’s all thanks to Dr. Luke‘s label rescinded their approval.

Kemosabe Records had given Kesha written approval to perform at the BBMAs on May 22; but ultimately took back their approval on Tuesday after reports surfaced that Kesha planned on addressing Dr. Luke during her performance.

Dick Clark Productions in charge of the awards ceremony released this statement Tuesday via Billboard

“Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records. Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday, May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs. Unfortunately, Kesha and Kemosabe have since been unable to come to an agreement for Kesha to perform on the show.”

Kesha took to Instagram to confirm that she was indeed no longer performing at the BBMAs.

“I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of “It ain’t me, babe” at the Billboard awards this year. I’m very sad and sorry to say I won’t be allowed to do this. I just wanted to make very clear that this performance was about me honoring one of my favorite songwriters of all time and has never had anything at all to do with Dr. Luke. I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to. thank u all for the continued support.”

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It’s unfortunate that Kesha won’t get to do what is apparently clear is all she wants to do, and that is perform. It’s shameful that Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records have fed into the rumors and rather protect their image than allow Kesha to partake in her art. Hopefully, Dr. Luke and the label reconsider prior to the BBMAs on Sunday. Keep your head up Kesha!

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Kesha’s Musical Silence Ends, Links With Zedd For “True Colors”

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Kesha hasn’t released any music since 2013’s “Timber” from Pitbull‘s Meltdown. Today she’s back with a collaboration with EDM producer Zedd, titled “True Colors.”

The duo debuted the track during Zedd’s Coachella set this past weekend where the singer made a surprise appearance. Originally released last year on his album by the same name with Rock Mafia’s Tim James providing vocals, Kesha’s version of “True Colors” is raw yet grandiose. You can feel the emotion oozing as Kesha belts,

“All my life, one page at a time. I’ll show you my, my true colors. No, no I won’t apologize for the fire in my eyes. Let me show you my, my true colors, it ain’t your rainbow”

You can sense that this record served as a cathartic experience for Kesha. She’s been caught up in a grueling legal battle with producer Dr. Luke after accusing him of sexual abuse and fighting contractual stipulations that barred her from recording with anyone but him. Zedd took to Twitter to clarify that the song’s release was done with the blessings of her label Kemosabe/RCA.

‘True Colors” will be available for purchase and streaming Friday April 29. The duo united after Zedd shared his support for Kesha on Twitter following a judge’s denial of her injunction against Dr. Luke back in February.

“Very very sorry to hear about your whole situation. I’ll be happy to produce a song for you if you want my help.”

The tik-tok singer thanked the producer for his support in a photo of her recording “True Colors” with the following caption,

“It’s a miracle when someone gives you a chance at finding your voice again with no reason other than that he is a fucking beautiful person with a heart of gold.”

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Music can serve as a source of healing and it’s only right that Kesha be allowed to continue to create her art regardless of the ongoing legal battle. Kudos to Zedd for choosing to ignore the music industry bureaucracy and being willing to give her an outlet. You can listen to the empowering “True Colors” below.

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