Anyone who was a teen in 2010-2012 remember’s Kesha’s party anthems, especially “Tik Tok” (a school dance staple).
No one expected the truth that came out a few years when Kesha sued her producer Dr. Luke for multiple charges including sexual assault and verbal abuse.
She endured years of back-and-forth in court that ultimately ended with her attempts to amend the case being overturned.
After her long legal battle, Kesha has returned in a remarkable comeback in spite of everything she’s been through.
In the last few months, Kesha has released singles off her new album "Rainbow."
The first was “Praying,” a beautiful tribute to victims of abuse. In the song, she sings about forgiveness and hoping her abuser has changed as a person.
Just listening to this gave me goosebumps; I could feel the pain Kesha felt and the strength it took to wish good things to someone like Dr. Luke.
The second track, “Woman,” has been called a feminist track by Kesha herself; she even says it written in response to Donald Trump’s infuriating jokes about sexual assault.
Her newest single, “Learn to Let Go,” is another song about healing from the past.
The title itself is a mantra for Kesha- and now, millions of people.
Kesha’s newest album is already drastically different from her past releases; she isn’t only singing about sex and parties, but she is finally able to talk about her personal struggles.
In the past, her content was always controlled by Dr. Luke. Kesha had little creative part in any of them, while in these recent singles, Kesha had an obvious part in the production.
She’s releasing songs about forgiving her abuser, overcoming depression and PTSD, and finally feeling empowered after years of powerlessness.
Kesha finally has the chance to reclaim herself and show her real self to the world through her emotional and truthful music.
We were here for her catchy Top 10’s and we’ve been here to see her rise up from the abuse she survived.
“Rainbow” will be available on August 11.
You can listen to her newest singles here and read her essay for Lenny Letter here.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-(800) 273-TALK
National Eating Disorders Association: 1-800-931-2237
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