Legal differences between musical artists and their labels or management companies, ones that place their recording and/or performing careers in limbo, are nothing new but they must count among the most frustrating for both artists and their fans. Particularly frustrating are instances in which an artist's creative output is placed on hold, no matter how temporarily. Among pop history's many examples of this is the ongoing nasty legal battle between Kesha Rose Sebert, aka the artist Kesha formerly spelled as Ke$ha, and her former producer Lukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke).
The female vocalist has accused her former longtime producer of a decade of sexual and verbal abuse. She also filed a lawsuit with Sony to be freed from her exclusive recording agreement. In the ongoing legal proceedings Kesha's lawyer, Mark Gregaros, argued that the artist was forced into a position whereby she cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. That consequently had spun her career into frozen mode. This in turn led to the formation of the fan-based supportive #FreeKesha movement.
Regardless of who is legally right or wrong, for fans of the pop singer/sometime rapper the legal limbo meant nothing new from their favorite pop star whose releases include Animal, Warrior and Cannibal. But all of that changed recently with a surprise appearance at Coachella last month in which she joined superstar electronic producer/DJ/musician Zedd onstage to perform the title track from his 2015 album True Colors. That was followed two weeks ago with the release of the single of their studio collaboration of "True Colors."