It’s hard to believe that an artist has to go through what Kesha has been through, but there it is. We’ll have more on this in coming days, but this post by @morayati is one of the better ones that summarizes the problems with the case.
One of the problems with the “savior” approach to A&R is that people lose sight of the reality that regardless of how effective the producer is, regardless of how great the songs are, hit records are a product of hundreds of people working their fingers to the bone to make something happen–starting with the artist. That includes everyone at the record company, the managers, booking agents, the entire team. And the producer. If you have that team and those resources behind a great artist, that producer may prove himself to be not that critical a component to the artist’s career after all.
Why Sony is allowing this to happen at all, but especially when the public is on a collision course with Sony Corp (aka “Big Sony”) is a mystery. They could do the right thing now or wait until Tokyo tells them to.
Even looking at it from that cold-blooded commercial point of view, it’s certainly not worth compromising your personal ethics over the A&R savior-du-jour.
Some reporting questions for the Kesha court case
The key quote from the Kesha/Dr. Luke court battle, which has just taken a dispiriting turn, is this, by judge Shirley Kornreich: “My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing.” A lot has been written, rightly, about what a chilling statement this is, and there’s been a lot of talk about how best to support Kesha.