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Not So Fast, Sony Dropping Dr. Luke Isn’t Quite a Victory for Kesha

In an ongoing war of attrition that has lasted far too long, Sony Entertainment appears to have finally made a step in the right direction a whopping three years after Kesha first publicly accused Dr. Luke of a myriad of abuse. While it is unclear whether or not Dr. Luke’s career will actually take a major hit, as of this week, he is no longer the CEO of the record label he established with Sony called Kemosabe Records, and the company has removed a page dedicated to the producer from their website. While it seems like Sony may have taken a definitive stand against the producer, in reality, the contract between the company and Dr. Luke has merely expired.

“I know I cannot work with Dr. Luke. I physically cannot. I don’t feel safe in any way.” The fact that Kesha’s words meant next to nothing to a major, multi-billion dollar entertainment company who had invested money and time into the talented pop star is sadly unsurprising, but still completely deplorable.

On an extremely basic level, Dr. Luke is infinitely more sus than Kesha, with an impressively slimey track record as her controlling creative collaborator. Their partnership first began over a decade ago, when Dr. Luke convinced the then-18 year old straight-A high school student to drop out and move to Los Angeles. Thanks to Dr. Luke, Kesha was officially uncredited on her first major feature – Flo Rida’s “Right Round.” The smash hit went 6x Platinum in the US and she didn’t make a dime off the track on which her soaring vocals are essential.

Kesha’s lawyers have stipulated that Dr. Luke would brag to her about his sexual conquests, getting women drunk and performing anal sex on them. In at least one instance, he allegedly forced Kesha to consume drugs and alcohol, then proceeded to slip her a GHB pill – also known as the “date rape” drug – and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

Kesha went to rehab for her eating disorder in 2014, and there is plenty of evidence showing that Dr. Luke did nothing but encourage it with forms of aggressive body shaming. Regardless, it seems pretty clear that even without her eating disorder, Kesha was going through a lot due to this utterly abusive creative partnership with Dr. Luke.

Toss the mounting evidence that Dr. Luke is a less-than stellar human being aside – Sony could and should have done more to support and protect Ke$ha as soon as she revealed Dr. Luke had been abusing her for a decade. It’s far too convenient that Sony is only attempting now – when the contract is expiring on its own – to wash their hands clean of the filth Dr. Luke has clearly expelled everywhere for at least the past decade.

Kesha has made Sony lots of money, and so has Dr. Luke, and it is more than unfortunate that with their relative silence on the matter, they chose to protect just one of their assets… Surprise! They picked the older, white male one. In response to an injunction filed by Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos demanding Kesha’s release from her contract, Sony and Kemosabe responded by saying it was a “transparent and misguided attempt to renegotiate her contracts.”

In a perfect world, one that I assume most sane people would prefer to live in, Sony would have just supported Kesha in the first place. Like far too many women, Kesha has experienced sexual abuse only to be told that she’s lying and exaggerating. Or even, as Dr. Luke has claimed, Kesha is “motivated by money” in going through the painstaking, rarely lucrative or satisfying process of formally pressing charges against him.

Kesha’s latest lawsuit against Dr. Luke was rejected March 21, 2017, and it remains to be seen whether or not this expired contract will even come close to derailing Dr. Luke’s career in the same way it has Kesha’s. Sure he’s no longer CEO of Kemosabe Records, but it didn’t make Sony much money anyway.

At the very least, there are thousands of sane people out there that believe Kesha, stand with her, and are actively supporting her – Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Lorde are just a few fellow popstars who have said #FreeKesha. Taylor Swift even donated $250,000 to Kesha last February to support her after a judge ordered she was obligated to continue her contract with Dr. Luke, more specifically, that she would be forced to record six more albums with him.

There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.

— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2016

standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone

— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016

Frustratingly, Sony distancing themselves from Dr. Luke may seem like a victory for Kesha and her fans, but it might actually make the whole situation more difficult for her. Kesha had stated in the past to the trial judge that when Dr. Luke’s contract with Sony expires, she would no longer have Sony as a go-between, making her situation worse. Additionally, Dr. Luke’s deformation claims against her are still pending, and the fact that his deal with Sony has expired adds to his attorney’s evidence that his career has suffered as a result of her allegations.

This whole ordeal – a rancid stew brimming with misogyny, Hollywood bullshit, and requisite late capitalist insanity – can be boiled down to the following hot, spicy take – BELIEVE SURVIVORS. Kesha should never have had to deal with any of this in the first place. Period. If we could all just believe people when they accuse others of abuse, survivors would not have to be unjustly forced to interact with their abusers.

In any case, it is heartening to see Kesha working on music in spite of all this, and we can’t wait to hear what she’s working on. We’re rooting for you Kesha.

If you have been sexually assaulted, there are resources to help you.

Donate to Rape Crisis here (UK) or RAINN here (US).

The views and opinions expressed in this piece are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of Highsnobiety as a whole.

The North Face & nanamica Are Dropping These Pristine Pieces Tomorrow

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Brand: nanamica x The North Face Purple Label

Season: SS17

Key Pieces: The mock neck grey T-shirt with the Purple Label logo (on the right in slide four) is a definite vibe.

Editor’s Notes: The latest capsule collection between Japanese brand nanamica and iconic outerwear giant The North Face has arrived. It features modern updates to menswear classic, like the brand’s oversized oxford shirt in a mainly white pinstripe and a sleek windbreaker in white, blue and black. It also includes more trend-focused pieces like the oversized anorak, in an almost translucent white, blue and black, and a mock neck midi-sleeve T-shirt.

The limited edition collection will be available this Saturday, April 29, at nanamica stores only.

In other fashion news, here are five versatile jackets you should check out this season.

Reebok Streamlines the Pump Supreme With the “Black & White” Pack

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In the wide world of sneakers, you’d be hard-pressed to find a colorway that succeeds on style more than all-white and all-black. With a myriad of packs already on the market, Reebok’s all-new Pump Supreme silhouette has the aesthetic bases covered—from truly techy design details to military-inspired camo uppers. In its latest release, Reebok streamlines the Pump Supreme to its simplest colorways yet. Introducing the Pump Supreme “Black & White” pack.

As its tonal title suggests, this drop sees the Pump Supreme reworked into solid, simple colorways that should prove to be just as functional (and fashionable) as the Pump Supreme itself. From the Pump Technology activator to the outsole, each shoe in this pack is either wrapped up in white, or cloaked in all-black.

Pump Supreme signatures make a return as well—and it’s not just the style’s namesake Pump Technology air bladder. Engineered mesh zones for breathability and ventilation, a carbonated foam midsole, and a compression fit sleeve round out the Pump Supreme’s must-have features. Whether you’ve purchased from a previous Pump Supreme pack, or are starting your personal experiences with the silhouette, you can’t go wrong when a shoe this future-facing receives an aesthetic overhaul in something as versatile as all-white and all-black.

Simply put, this is where modern design meets the monochromatic. To secure a pair for yourself right before the swell of the summer months, stay alert: the “Black & White” pack hits Reebok retailers on May 4.

Watch DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” Video ft Chance, Bieber, Migos & Lil Wayne

DJ Khaled has linked up with Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne and Quavo from Migos on his new track “I’m the One.” The video for the all-star track dropped today, featuring executive production from Khaled’s son, Asahad. The video finds the crew stunting outside a lavish mansion, with fellow Migos member Offset and Takeoff also joining in the capers. Watch it in full above.

The track will appear on his new album Grateful, which already has Nicki Minaj, Drake and Big Sean all confirmed to feature. Khaled recently revealed that Rihanna and Nas will jump on the already-massive list of featured artists for Grateful – which drops on May 19th – in an interview with Power 107. Watch it in full below.

In other music news, you can listen to Gorillaz hotly-aniticpated new album ‘Humanz,’ right here.

Nintendo Surprises Gamers by Announcing the 2DS XL

Nintendo has announced that it will release the 2DS XL, an updated version of the 2DS portable gaming console, this summer.

Since the release of the Nintendo Switch, fans were worried the Japanese brand would disregard handheld devices in favor of its new portable console. News of the 2DS XL has shocked many, proving Nintendo is still willing to invest into the DS line.

With a C-stick, Amiibo-compatible NFC reader and extra processing power, the core of the 2DS XL is very similar to the 3DS XL — just without the 3D functionality. Importantly, the 2DS XL is compatible with all of the games exclusive to the new 3D XL.

For the exterior, the 2DS XL goes back to the original DS clamshell shape, thankfully disregarding the newer 2DS cheese-like wedge shape.

Despite having the same size screen as the 3DS XL, overall the 2DS XL will be smaller and sleeker, though Nintendo claims that the handheld console still “packs the same power” as the larger 3DS XL.

The 2DS XL will retail for $150 and will be available from July 28.

In other tech news, Apple might be planning to charge your future iPhone using WiFi.

Nike Is Dropping the Air VaporMax in an Icy “Orbit Blue” Colorway

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Brand: Nike

Model: Air VaporMax

Key Features: A Flyknit upper, a Flywire lacing system, a midsole with Air VaporMax technology, and an outsole with integrated TPU lugs for traction.

Release Date: Unknown

Price: Estimated $190

Availability: Nike

Editor’s Notes: First peeped last month, we can now take a closer look at this icy “Orbit Blue” iteration of arguably the world’s most in-demand sneaker. As ever, look for further release information as it emerges.

If you missed out yesterday, the Supreme x Nike Air More Tempo is releasing again tomorrow.

Katy Perry & Migos’ “Bon Appétit” Is One Weird Food-Sex Joke

Pop stars are rarely subtle; the qualities of being loud, bold and dramatic are key ingredients in the recipe for chart success. Yet even in a career marked by a lack of subtlety, Katy Perry is remarkably transparent. This is, after all, a woman who wrote a song titled “Peacock” in which she sang the refrain “I wanna see your peacock, cock, cock” a total of eight times. Her latest single, “Bon Appétit” ft. Migos, skews heavily in her tradition of extremely candid earworms, but it may actually be her most absurd outing yet.

The frenetic, bouncy synthesizers are upon us as soon as we press play, and Migos have time to treat us to a syrupy roll call before we’re thrown headlong into the most bizarre food-sex joke in recent memory. “Got me spread like a buffet,” Perry chirps, before adding that she’s a “melt in your mouth kind of lovin’, bon appétit baby.” And that’s just in the chorus. The verses give way to Perry comparing her lovemaking to a Michelin five-star rated eatery, while Migos extol the virtues of her “sweet potato pie” and the subsequent suggestion to “make her do a donut while she ride.”

While this sort of poetic language is normally reserved for the scrawlings of a high school bathroom stall, the track’s musical qualities are both robust and insidious enough that we’re able to ingest the ridiculousness with relish. This is—literally—what million-dollar production sounds like. The sheen that sparkles off every individual second evokes both the dancefloor and the beach, the middle-point of which is exactly what Miss Katy ‘California Gurl’ Perry has been trying to create her entire career.

In short, buckle up and prepare to hear this song just about everywhere for the next six months. We would say it’s destined to be a guilty pleasure, but how could you listen to this and possibly feel anything like guilt? Well, unless its a sexually-anticlimactic, food-fetish related guilt.

For more of our track reviews, check out our thoughts on the latest from Frank Ocean, “Lens,” right here.

ZDDZ FW17 Is a Sartorial Statement Against Austerity

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Brand: ZDDZ

Season: Fall/Winter 2017

Key Pieces: The ‘Self-Unemployed’ long sleeve T-shirt is a uniform for our generation, to be frank.

Editor’s Notes: London-based brand ZDDZ is helmed by Russian designer Dasha Selyanova, and the brand is basically a sartorial nod to the banal artifice of corporate culture. The latest collection draws inspiration from the soulless lighting of humdrum office spaces, all while subverting traditional office dress codes, by offering a selection of bold graphics and strong statements like “Mediocrity”.

Given the sensation of “mediocrity” is the most viral fear among a generation of attention-seeking post-millennials, ZDDZ’s collection is a statement against an age of austerity where young people are increasingly denied opportunity.

Want to see more from fashion’s new guard? Check out our selection of brands to watch.

Champion and BEAMS Release Collaborative Hoodies for SS17

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Champion and BEAMS have returned with their second collaboration, releasing a new full-zip hoodie in multiple colorways for SS17.

Here pictured in blue as well as white, the jacket features a large “B” BEAMS logo on the back, in addition to a Champion graphic on the chest and two branding hits on the sleeves. The reverse weave garment is then finished off with BEAMS signature zipper detailing.

You can purchase the new Champion x BEAMS full-zip hoodie today trough END. for $149 USD.

In other fashion news, Anti Social Social Club and BAPE have just announced an upcoming collab.

Police Need Help Catching Thieves Who Robbed a Truck Full of YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Cream White”

What lengths would you go to for a pair of YEEZY Boost 350 V2s? Hopefully not this far. Danish police are calling on sneakerheads to help track down a group of thieves who robbed a truck as it delivered the coveted “Cream White” kicks.

The GTA-style heist went down in Copenhagen as the truck attempted to drop off its oods to Rezet Store — a renowned mecca for sneakerheads in the city and beyond. While the exact amount of loot the gang made off with is still unclear, The Sole Supplier estimates at least four (!) containers were stolen. Regardless, those in Denmark can still enter the raffle for the shoes, which drop on Saturday, although it remains to be seen how numbers will be affected.

If you have any information or have noticed pairs of the creps being moved online in bulk quantities around the Copenhagen area, be sure to contact the store via this page.

Here’s an on-foot look at the sneaker.