In Fuck The Patriarchy, Seriously You Guys News: For speaking out against abuse, Kesha’s career might be over. Last year, Kesha filed a lawsuit against her producer, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, saying he abused her physically and verbally, drugged her and raped her. When Dr. Luke filed a countersuit, claiming extortion, she expanded her suit to include Sony Music, alleging that they knew about Dr. Luke’s abuse and failed to protect her or other artists.
Now, Kesha is asking the judge in her case to issue an injunction so she can make music again. Kesha’s contract says she can only work with Sony and Dr. Luke; since Dr. Luke filed a countersuit claiming she’s lying, there’s no way to break the contract forcing her to continue working with her accused rapist. It doesn’t help matters that Sony Music is backing Dr. Luke; after all, he’s a big moneymaker for them — Dr. Luke was involved with over thirty top ten singles, including “Since U Been Gone” for Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry’s “Part of Me”.
Lady Gaga’s new video, “Til It Happens To You”, directed by Christine Hardwicke (director of Twilight, Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen), is a bracing look at sexual assault on college campuses. The song is the theme from The Hunting Ground, Kirby Dick’s new documentary about campus sexual assault. Dick was also the director of The Invisible War, about sexual abuse in the military. The video is hard to watch with its explicit violence, but it’s an important subject.
All proceeds from sale of the single will go to fighting sexual abuse. If you need help, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
This October, Snoop Dogg is opening his new website, Merry Jane, a site devoted to the intersection between cannabis and pop culture. This news is not surprising, but it does look like it’ll be cool. If nothing else, the front page with the billowing green smoke is hypnotic. However, if you want to see what’s beyond the smoke, Snoop is letting 420 people a day into the site to get a sneak preview. If you don’t get in, though, you’ll just have to wait until October with the rest of us.
Some material from the site is starting to make its way out, though. Merry Jane will feature Deflowered, a documentary video series featuring people who have benefited from medical marijuana. The first episode, featuring two veterans, is up now.
It turns out Martin Shkreli is into punk bands when he’s not price gouging sick people or spending time on OKCupid. Shkreli has been funding Collect Records, the label run by Geoff Rickly of bands Thursday and United Nations. Collect puts out records by post-hardcore bands like Wax Idols, Creepoid, No Devotion and Nothing.
In a Facebook post, Hether Fortune of Wax Idols said:
Hi everyone. So, I want to address this situation with Martin Shkreli. Here are a few facts I can give you:
1) I have never met this man and did not know anything about him beyond the fact that he was a young millionaire who wanted to be a patron of Collect Records and Geoff Rickly, because he was a huge fan of Thursday.
2) I use the word “patron” rather than “investor” because as far as I know, Martin does NOT recoop a dime from Collect Records. He essentially donates money to the label.
3) Therefore by supporting Wax Idols and buying our record, you are NOT contributing to this asshole’s bank account.
With that being said, I as well as the other people involved with Collect Records are completely blindsided by this information and to say the least, we are horrified. Collect is working on how to address this situation RIGHT NOW – no one is taking this lightly.
I personally 100% am NOT FUCKING OK with this guy and his business tactics. If any of you have learned anything about me through being a fan of the band, I hope that you would know by now that this kind of advantageous rich guy greed goes against everything that I stand for.
I love Collect Records. Geoff Rickly is an incredible person who I’ve known and admired since I was 13 years old. I stand behind him and know that he would never willingly put himself OR me into a situation like this had he been aware of what was really going on. We are going to handle this.
Wednesday, Collect Records severed ties with Shkreli.
New Music This Week: Peaches’ fifth LP Rub comes out today.
Riot Grrrl Founders Bikini Kill are finally re-issuing their very first demo tape on CD and LP for the first time — Revolution Girl Style Now — with three bonus tracks.
Jr. Jr., formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., have their first LP under their new name, Jr. Jr., and their third album total.
R&B star Avant has a new album, The VIII.
Electronic musician and producer Kaskade has his Warner Brothers debut, Automatic, out today.
Bargain-bin LP mainstay and music industry legend Herb Alpert has his forty-third album coming out today, Come Fly With Me.
Meg Remy’s U.S. Girls project has their first LP for seminal label 4AD, Half Free.
Rhino Records is releasing Five Years 1969-1973, collecting all of David Bowie’s officially released material during that time frame. Special HD Audio versions of Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane are also coming out today.
The rap star behind “Trap Queen”, Fetty Wap, is putting out his self-titled debut.
And, finally, indie-pop band CHVRCHES is putting out their long-awaited sophomore album, Every Open Eye.