Kesha Is Back With Brand New Music
Okay, Animals. It’s official.
Pop singer and songwriter, Kesha, is back.
Since 2014, there has been a back and forth legal battle between Kesha and Sony music producer, songwriter, and Kemosabe Records founder, Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald). Kesha’s accusations include assault and battery, sexual assault, and endangering her life by causing her eating disorder. In 2016, Kesha’s accusations and counter-claims were dismissed, which sparked the #FreeKesha campaign, where fans and celebrities posted on social media with the hashtag to show their support for Kesha.
More background about the Kesha v. Dr. Luke case can be found here.
Because of the legal issues with Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records, a division of Sony Music, Kesha hasn’t been able to release solo music in the past four years. Now, she is back, and her talent and spirit is stronger than ever.
Kesha’s new album, titled “Rainbows” will be released on August 11. The 14-track album was produced by her previous record label, Kemosabe Records. Yes, you read that right. Kesha is not “free” from her previous record label, but Sony Music has cut ties with Dr. Luke, who is no longer the acting CEO of the label.
It seems there is still a long road ahead, but Kesha is already proving just how strong she is by emerging after this nightmare and not letting it stop her from what she loves to do: writing songs and performing for her fans.
On July 7, Kesha’s first single from “Rainbows” was released. The track, titled “Praying,” is a beautiful ballad about forgiveness while also being a powerful “eff you” to wrongdoers. The imagery in the music video along with Kesha’s impressive pipes will give you goosebumps. Just wait until the high note around 3:14. The range of Kesha’s voice in this song is breathtaking.
“It’s been very therapeutic to finally let it into the world,” Kesha said during an interview with the Zach Sang and the Gang the morning it was released. An emotional Kesha hid behind funky sunglasses, saying her tears were mostly happy ones. She went on to explain that her fans are “the most wonderful support system in the entire world…this album and song–just everything, is dedicated to them…my animals.” Kesha goes on to explain that forgiveness is part of her self-healing journey. The full interview can be viewed here.
Since the release of the song and music video for “Praying” on July 7, three more singles and two more music videos have been released. So far, every song is different and proves that Kesha is still the queen of pop. Not only does her strengths as a songwriter shine through, we’re given a different perspective on her singing talent as well.
“Woman” is a fun anthem for badass females, and features The Dap-Kings Horns. The song and music video was released on July 13, and it’s my go-to song for when I want to get pumped up or feel good. The music video is just as fun, and starts with a sample of Kesha singing country music before the song starts, further showcasing her talents.
“Learn to Let Go,” which has the pop-vibe of her older songs, was released on July 27. It’s a feel-good song about, you guessed it, letting go.The song gives a positive view of letting go the bad things of your past, and spreading love in the future.The music video features snippets of a young Kesha in home videos, along with the present Kesha.
“Hymn,” released on August 3, didn’t come out with an official music video, but it doesn’t fall behind the shadows of the other singles. It’s another feel-good song, a “hymn for the hymnless,” as it states in the chorus. It’s slower paced, but still makes you want to dance along to it.
Just like so many of her other fans, I eagerly await August 11, the release date of the full album, to get here. So far, “Rainbows” does not disappoint. Below are the music videos for the singles that have already been released.
This is only the beginning for the new Kesha.
You can pre-order her new album, “Rainbows,” out on August 11, on her website here.