Dr. Luke Signs Contract With Sony
The deal was revealed in a New York Times piece on the future of Sony Music Entertainment and its new chief executive, Doug Morris. The paper says the Dr. Luke signing is the first major deal Morris has completed. The agreement creates a new label, Kemosabe Records, and keeps Luke under Sony control for the near future.
The 38-year-old producer, born Lukasz Gottwald, told the paper about his vision for his new label: “I plan to sign only artists that I really love and really want to work with. I also believe that songs are the bloodline of a label, so I will still be instrumental in creating and acquiring them.”
Morris praised Dr. Luke and compared him with veteran producer/executive Jimmy Iovine. Morris said of Luke, "He’s the best guy at the moment, as far as a writer and a producer. He and Jimmy are very different, but it’s the same kind of level of intellect and talent.”
Dr. Luke's collection of hits over the past several years is almost unmatched. He produced and co-wrote nearly all of Perry's hits, including 'Hot N Cold,' 'I Kissed a Girl,' 'California Gurls,' 'Teenage Dream,' 'E.T.' and 'Last Friday Night.' Perry is going to have to find a new creative partner, because Luke's new deal means he can no longer work with her, since she's recording for EMI.
Luke has also written and/or produced tracks like Britney Spears' 'Till the World Ends,' Kesha's 'Tik Tok' and 'We R Who We R,' Miley Cyrus' 'Party in the U.S.A.,' Flo Rida's 'Right Round,' Taio Cruz's 'Dynamite,' and Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone.' Luke has won the Songwriter of the Year award at the ASCAP Pop Awards for three consecutive years.