Music execs reel from tacky Billboard survey

Kesha is the subject of a Billboard magazine survey that music executives are finding distasteful. (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Billboard, what were you thinking?

Music executives, including big-time manager Irving Azoff, are alarmed by a so-called “confidential survey” circulated by the music industry trade magazine that posed questions of questionable taste, including soliciting comments on whether they believe Kesha’s allegation that she was sexually abused by producer Dr. Luke.

The New York Post’s Page Six reports that other survey queries included: “Who is the most overpaid executive in the music industry?,” “Who is the most press-hungry executive in the music industry?” and “Who is the most high maintenance act in music?”

There’s more: “In three years, Justin Bieber will be: (i) Headlining arenas or (ii) On a VH1 reality show?” and, even worse, “Who do you believe: (i) Kesha (ii) Dr Luke.”

Azoff, who topped Billboard’s Power 100 list in 2012 and who manages Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, The Eagles, Maroon 5 and Bon Jovi, said he was appalled, stating, “If Billboard wants to survey the music industry, they should ask people in the biz what they think about their publication. Maybe then they’d understand how fully they’ve turned a formerly respected brand into an irrelevant joke.”

The survey was taken down on Thursday after the deadline for responding had passed, but captures of its contents are circulating online. The results were slated be published in the Sept. 19 issue.

Kesha’s lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against songwriter-producer Dr. Luke (aka Lukasz Gottwald), accuses him of rape and attempting to control her life for a decade.

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_ Wire reports

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