Welp, that didn't last long.
A mere twenty-four hours after we reported that Dr. Luke had signed on as the final judge on the next season of 'American Idol,' The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that he will not be able to take the gig. As Dr. Luke signed a very lucrative exclusive deal with Sony Music back in 2011, his proverbial masters wouldn't like it very much if Luke appeared on the program. Why would Sony Music care about Luke's appearance on a television show? Well, because Universal Music Group holds the exclusive rights to all 'American Idol' recordings. So Sony Music's hottest producer would techincally be developing content for their biggest rival; there was no way this arrangement would have held up for both parties.
Dr. Luke (born Łukasz Sebastian Gottwald) is the hottest thing in record producing at the moment, being largely responsible for the successes of Katy Perry and Ke$ha, amongst others. He has more than 20 songs that have debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, and his biggest hits include Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone," Flo Rida’s “Right Round," Kei$ha’s “Tik Tok," Katy Perry’s “California Gurls," “I Kissed A Girl," “Teenage Dream," “Hot n Cold” and "Part Of Me," Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite," Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” and Britney Spears’ “Circus." Now that's a helluva resume.
So that squares away Dr. Luke as far as 'American Idol' is concerned, but don't fret--the man is doing quite well for himself, with his Kemosabe imprint primed for even bigger things in the coming year.
This does leave a vacant judge's chair for the next season of 'American Idol,' with a brief amount of time remaining to fill it. Apparently, someone being considered for the seat is Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun. The charismatic ex-party promoter and marketing whiz is seemingly open to the idea and has his own label deal with UMG, putting him on the right side of the Universal/Sony debacle.
Who would you like to see join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban at the judging table?