Dr. Luke Claims Kesha Owes Him a Whopping $1.3M in Royalties

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Photo: Getty

Last week, the beleaguered pop star Kesha filed a countersuit against Dr. Luke, the Svengali-esque music producer who has allegedly held her music and her creativity in a vise grip, alleging that among other things, he owes her money for royalties that he has not yet paid. Now Dr. Luke is alleging in new papers filed Monday that Kesha is the one that owes him money, not the other way around.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, papers filed Monday allege that Dr. Luke has actually paid Kesha all the money she’s owed, but Kesha actually owes his ass something in the neighborhood of $1.3 million in “ancillary royalties.” For what it’s worth —$1.3 million, apparently! —THR is quick to point out that it’s been quite some time since Kesha’s released new music. There is also this:

One of the exhibits lodged in court yesterday is Kesha’s amended agreement with Dr. Luke’s Kasz Money. Thus comes word that Kesha has agreed to pay his company 10 percent of her net receipts from the exploitation of her name and likeness. In other words, Dr. Luke gets a cut every time she’s featured on T-shirts or posters, or in video games. Additionally, Kesha pays the company the greater of 10 percent of her net tour receipts or 5 percent of adjusted gross tour receipts.

Even though Kesha hasn’t released an actual album of new music in a very long time, she’s performed here and there. I don’t know much about what a pop star like Kesha would command for say, showing up at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this year and performing a song or two, I can’t imagine it would be anywhere near the neighborhood of $1.3 million.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

Whew, some good news here: after suffering a very horrible ATV accident over the weekend, Jamie Lynn Spears’s daughter Maddie Briann Aldridge has regained consciousness, People reports.

“With her father, mother and stepfather by her side, Maddie regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday, Feb. 7,” reads a statement from the hospital. “Doctors were able to remove the ventilator today and she is awake and talking. Maddie continues to receive oxygen and is being monitored closely but it appears that she has not suffered any neurological consequences from the accident.”

Excellent, excellent news all around.


Nikki Reed wrote a blog post in the caption of this Instgram post that should effectively shut down any further whispers about whether or not she and Nina Dobrev are feuding. If those two names mean nothing to you, just look at and imagine how long it must’ve taken to type all of this out with your thumbs.


I can’t believe I’m saying it, but this is where the Notes app would’ve come in handy!!


[MTV News]

  • Oops, Beyoncé is being sued by Messy Mya’s estate for accidentally-maybe-on-purpose lifting some shit from one of her songs without permission. [TMZ]
  • Scottie and Larsa Pippen are trying to work it out. [Page Six]
  • LOL oh my god, Pamela Anderson paid a visit to Julian Assange. [Daily Mail]
  • Lena Dunham invoked Mother Feminism to defend Taylor Swift’s dating choices. [Time]
  • Jessica Simpson’s dad Joe is undergoing radiation for prostate cancer. Godspeed, sir. [People]
  • At least she’s consistent. [TMZ]



J.K. Rowling isn’t fucking around.