Both Ke$ha and hit-making maestro Dr. Luke are looking at possible serious dings in their bank accounts after a lawsuit was filed against them last year by DAS Communications, former managers of the slutwave songstress. (And sorry, Kesh—but this isn’t going to do much to dissuade those Lady Gaga comparisons.) The firm is now asking the Manhattan court to speed up the ruling, according to E! Online, before Ke$ha’s career goes the way of of the D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R.
The Daily News reported last May that DAS signed Ke$ha back in 2006, when she was an unknown:
“Their agreement called for her to pay the New York-based firm 20 percent of her music income, but it gave her the option of ending the relationship if DAS didn’t get her a major-label record deal in a year, according to a copy of the contract attached to a lawsuit DAS filed Wednesday.
“A year later, there was no deal. DAS says Ke$ha waived the deadline, and the firm went on to line up a deal for her with Warner Bros. Records in 2008 — until Dr. Luke interfered with that arrangement and ‘induced, intimidated and convinced Ke$ha’ to cut ties to DAS in September 2008.”
Ke$ha subsequently went on to hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with her debut album Animal, and top the Hot 100 chart three times—as a featured artist on Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” and with her own singles “Tik Tok” and “We R Are Who We R.” Needless to say, Ke$ha eventually proved to be a hot pop commodity.
DAS is asking for $14 million from Ke$ha, as well as an additional $12 million from her producer Dr. Luke. E! Online now reports that the management company is requesting for the court to speed up its ruling because the singer is “is a very young and inexperienced artist whose ‘star’ may not continue to rise.”
What do you think—does DAS have a solid case against Ke$ha and Luke, or is the firm being shameless after smelling glitter-soaked $$$ in the water?
Further to that, do you believe, as DAS asserts, that the Cannibal singer’s career has cooled off?