Kemosabe Records

Kemosabe Records is an American record label founded by American record producer and songwriter Dr. Luke and owned by Sony Music Entertainment. The label is based in Los Angeles, California.

Kemosabe Records
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Parent companySony Music Entertainment
FoundedNovember 2011; 9 years ago (2011-11)
FounderDr. Luke
  • Various[a]
  • (in the US)
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • (outside the US)
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California
Official websiteArchived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)


In November 2011, Sony Music Entertainment announced a partnership with American record producer and songwriter Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald to launch his record label Kemosabe Records.[1] The label jointly signs their artists with various labels under Sony,[2] most predominantly RCA Records for their U.S. based artists. Gottwald was given the rights to hire his own staff, sign artists and develop talent, but he was only able to produce records for Sony artists until 2016.[3][4] In April 2017, Sony distanced itself from the producer after singer Kesha accused him of rape.[5] As of April 26, 2017, the Kemosabe website is no longer accessible. On the RCA and Sony Music's Website, Kemosabe has also been removed from the "Labels" list, and the "Facts and Figures" page on Sony's website.






  1. ^ Kemosabe Records is a joint venture between Kemosabe and Sony Music Entertainment, giving the label the power to sign an artist to a joint venture deal with the label and any other label under Sony.


  1. ^ Christman, Ed (November 9, 2011). "Dr. Luke and Sony: Manager Says Luke Plans to 'Build the Label' Organically". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  2. ^ Halperin, Shirley (November 8, 2011). "Dr. Luke Signs Label Deal With Sony, Doug Morris Calls Hitmaker His 'New Jimmy' Iovine". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  3. ^ Corner, Lewis (November 9, 2011). "Katy Perry to stop working with Dr Luke". Digital Spy. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Sisario, Ben (November 7, 2011). "At Sony Music, a Plan to Dominate the Industry". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dr. Luke Is No Longer the CEO of Sony's Kemosabe Records Amid Kesha War". 25 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  6. ^ Romero, Angie (November 8, 2013). "Meet Becky G, Dr Luke's Latest Protegee". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ Vincent, Alice (7 July 2017). "Kesha's comeback: a timeline of her bitter legal feud with Sony and producer Dr Luke". The Telegraph.
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  9. ^ McGahan, Michelle (March 13, 2015). "Christian Burghardt on His New EP, Gavin DeGraw and the Girl That Got Away". PopCrush.
  10. ^ "Juicy J Enlists Megan Thee Stallion, A$AP Rocky and More for 'The Hustle Continues'". 26 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Juicy J Signs With Dr. Luke's Label Via Columbia Records". MTV News.
  12. ^ Payne, Chris (July 9, 2014). "Yelle Announces New Dr. Luke-Produced LP 'Completement Fou,' Shares New Song & Tour Dates". Billboard.
  13. ^ OMG!!! by Yelle on Apple Music, 2018-08-30, retrieved 2018-08-30
  14. ^ "Make That Cake (feat. Doja Cat) – Single by LunchMoney Lewis". Apple Music. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "G.R.L. To Release Debut Self-Titled EP July 29th on Kemosabe Records/RCA Records".
  16. ^ "Singles Lady: Bonnie McKee is Looking Out for Number One".