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Kesha denied Dr. Luke abuse allegations in a previous deposition

According to a newly unsealed 2011 deposition, pop singer Kesha had previously denied that her producer Dr. Luke ever abused her.

Her statements, which she delivered under oath, stand in contrast to her recent claims that Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, sexually and emotionally abused her over the entirety of their decade-long professional relationship.

The newly unsealed documents were part of a 2011 lawsuit on behalf of her old management firm DAS, which was suing both the singer and Gottwald for breach of contract complaints. A judge released the deposition after a request from Gottwald's attorneys. 

In the 2011 deposition, the singer, born Kesha Sebert, was asked, "Did Dr. Luke ever give you a roofie?" and "Did you ever have an intimate relationship with Gottwald?" The singer answered "no" to both questions, and later said that "Dr. Luke never made sexual advances at me."

Kesha's recent lawsuit, in contrast, claimed repeated incidents of Gottwald giving her drugs and sexually...

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Kanye West, Chemical Brothers lead Lorde's 'Hunger Games' soundtrack

The contestants have been declared in Lorde's tournament of experimental pop music on her soundtrack for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1."

The New Zealand electro-pop artist, who just played a well-received stand at the Greek Theatre, had previously been tapped to curate the soundtrack and contribute original music. The latter turned up early in the single "Yellow Flicker Beat," and now the rest of the soundtrack has an official track list.

The top names include Kanye West (on a re-mix of "Flicker"), the British big-beat rave duo Chemical Brothers joining Miguel for "This is Not a Game," Grace Jones' "Original Beast" and a track from Charli XCX that features Duran Duran's Simon LeBon. There's also a massive collaborative track "Meltodown" with spots from Stromae, Haim, Q-Tip, Pusha T and Lorde herself. 

Holding up the rest of the compilation are efforts from rising acts like Tinashe and Tove Lo, and a few veterans such as Bat For Lashes and CHVRCHES. Unsurprisingly for a "Hunger...

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Movement makes bedroom music that can also move a dance floor

For all the artists making sexually charged and sonically progressive R&B today, there's usually been one catch - it's music for the bedroom, not the nightclub. Maybe "2 On" can turn your party up, but most of the work being done by FKA Twigs, Kelela, Tinashe, Arca and others is meant to be isolating and overpowering, and not meant for a dance floor.

The Sydney trio Movement, however, has hit a perfect chord between the sonics of narcotic body music and the demands of a club crowd that's out to find someone to share it with.  

A track like "Ivory" has the doomed sub-bass, foggy synth samples and pitch-affected vocals that define this moment in music, but with the populist foresight to put a subtle four-on-the-floor kick and a ringing house piano in the chorus. It creeps along right at 88 BPM, too slow to be disco but hovering right at the edge of danceability.

If you need to see visual evidence of what the tune will do to a packed club or a late-night afterparty, go to the Vimeo...

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Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani top Oct. 24 breast cancer benefit

Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Iggy Azalea are among a raft of pop stars slated to perform Friday at the Hollywood Bowl in a benefit for a breast cancer survivor support organization.

Also on the bill for Friday’s We Can Survive event at 6:30 p.m. are Alicia Keys, Sia, Paramore and Lady Antebellum.

CBS Radio, which is sponsoring the show, will donate $25,000 to Haverford, Pa.-based Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a 23-year-old organization “whose mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support,” according to LBBC’s website.

The group “offers programs, materials, yoga events across the country and more to help women at all stages of diagnosis.”

Tickets cost $61.55 to $274.30, including service fees, and are available through Ticketmaster.

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Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy

Wearing a loose-knotted black sweater that revealed his carved torso beneath, the pianist, singer and songwriter known as Perfume Genius sat before a whisper-quiet sold-out crowd at the Roxy in West Hollywood and tried to explain the raw, full-throated wail he'd just unleashed.

Dubbing it his "general horror movie scream," the artist born Mike Hadreas had just poured forth during “Grid,” a highlight from his new album, "Too Bright," and devastating as performed live in a room with so much history.

It was a harrowing cry amid a remarkable set, delivered from the thin membrane that separates singing and raging, a place expertly inhabited by artists including Jeff Buckley and his father, Tim, Fiona Apple and the Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser. A realm that straddles an egoless display of creative emotion and uncontrollable onstage breakdown.

His “Grid” descent happened about halfway through the show, within a throbbing track that recalled both Kanye West’s “I Am a God” and the downtown...

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Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis reunite for 'Diva Classics'

Music mogul Clive Davis might be forgiven for sounding a bit emotional about “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,” the new album produced by Davis that arrives Tuesday.

In it, she takes on iconic songs by other female singers, among them Etta James’ “At Last,” Barbra Streisand’s “People,”  Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every  Woman,” Diana Ross & the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hanging On” as well as a couple more recent numbers, such as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Alicia Keys’ “No One.”

It’s shaping up as another key moment in Franklin’s half-century-plus recording career, artistically and potentially commercially rejuvenating her once again, the way Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler did after she’d languished for a couple of years at Columbia Records, and the way Davis himself did in the '80s in putting her back on the map with such hits as “Freeway of Love,” “Jump to It” and “Get It Right” after signing her to his Arista label.

Citing two of Franklin's '60s and '70s hits that...

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