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    For Everyone Who's Standing By Kesha

    A woman who's being prevented from doing the one thing she's passionate about.

    Kesha has been embroiled in a lawsuit with her record label for the past three years, and as a result hasn't been able to release new music.

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    Kesha claims that her music producer, Dr. Luke, sexually and physically abused her for years and so she pleaded to get out of her exclusive contract with him. The contract requires her to make another six albums.

    The most simple summary of the case appeared in court papers from November, when Kesha filed an injunction for her case:

    "Kesha Rose Sebert wants nothing more than to be able to record an album. Her only condition is that she be allowed to record with a record label that is not affiliated with someone who has emotionally and sexually abused her."

    However, on Friday Kesha's plea to get out of the contract was denied by a New York judge, prompting Kesha to break down in tears.

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    The judge said that Sony would suffer irreparable harm if Kesha did not abide by the contract.

    All of which has led to many, many people expressing solidarity with Kesha.

    Appalled to live in a country where someone is ordered by the court to continue working with their abuser. #FreeKesha

    A woman's emotional, physical & mental health should always come before a contract. This is disgusting. #freekesha

    What has happened to kesha has broke my heart. I stand by kesha. #freekesha

    I stand by Kesha and all sexual assault & abuse victims that didn't get the justice they deserved. #FreeKesha

    Because Kesha has spoken openly to her fans about staying strong during adversity.

    She is passionate about making music.

    Look how excited she was to go and buy her new album.

    All she wants is to record and release music. She's dying to do it.

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    And, let's face it, she has churned out banger after banger.

    Let's be honest, there's no one in the world who doesn't know all the words to "Tik Tok."

    Oh, and she's also written a fuckload of songs for other people, like Britney and Ariana Grande.

    And the music industry has always been harsh to Kesha.

    Remember the days when she had a dollar sign in her name? That was an ironic touch, because she wasn't credited and received no payment for her vocals on Flo Rida's "Right Round", which went on to become an international hit. In fact, court papers from Kesha's trial reveal that she believed the song would "finally" be her "big break".

    And she's had to endure a lot of criticism of both her and her music over the years.


    The pressure of the music industry even led to an eating disorder.

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    And she's been refreshingly honest about her recovery, too.

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    But she's overcome the negativity – and tells her fans to ignore the haters too.


    All the while, standing up for minorities.

    In fact, she's always sharing positive messages with her fans, reassuring them that things will get better.

    Which makes Friday's outcome all the more sad.

    And now she's honest about how she feels about being put in an "abusive situation" by her record label.

    Because this is a woman who's worked hard to get to where she is.

    And despite every setback, she still wants to make music.

    Which makes this heartbreaking.

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