Kesha's career began in 2005 when she was just 18 years old. She was signed to Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Entertainment. I remember some years ago listening to Ke$ha and her wild, party songs that I kept on repeat. They were catchy and I liked them but they never really meant much to me on a personal level.
Then it happened. The allegations, the court battles, and what many thought was the end of her career. In October 2014, Kesha sued her producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, emotional abuse, and a myriad of other violations against her that had occurred over the span of almost 10 years working together. The lawsuit went on for about a year before Kesha sought a preliminary injunction to release her from Kemosabe Records which was denied by New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich. I remember hearing about it when it happened and how devastated so many of her fans were. Following that announcement, social media was covered with protestors demanding Sony to #FreeKesha so she wouldn't have to work with her alleged abuser anymore. Signs like this could be seen from her supporters all around the world.
Months later, Kesha has returned to music with some new branding, a new album, and seemingly a new outlook on life. Her third studio album titled "Rainbow" seems to detail her feelings throughout the court battles with Dr. Luke as well as many other personal struggles she has faced in the past such as depression and self-harm. It was released on August 11, 2017 and has quickly topped the charts.
Rainbow has been described as...
A new beginning for Kesha, one based around inner strength and musical exploration
Praying is the highest rated song from Rainbow on iTunes. It is an emotional song and depicts her innermost feelings. It is extremely personal which is what I think makes it so great. So many people can relate to songs like this. Anyone who has faced abuse, oppression, or any type of adversity and was then faced with the struggle of moving on...this song embodies what it means to have empathy towards someone who has hurt you, finding peace with what happened, and coming out stronger in the end.
I'm proud of who I am
No more monsters, I can breathe again
And you said that I was done
Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
Another powerful song from her album is Learn to Let Go, which again is about moving on after facing hardships. I love the parallels in the video between her childhood and adulthood. It takes on a positive, upbeat tone that really makes you feel encouraged to let go of anything in your past that could be holding you back from future happiness. Ultimately, we can't let past heartbreak and struggles dictate our future.
You don't gotta be a victim
Life ain't always fair, but hell is living in resentment
Choose redemption, your happy ending's up to you
I think Kesha has a beautiful soul and this album really reflects that. I feel that it holds so much more meaning than her previous work which really makes it soar above the rest. It has a great mix of heartfelt melodies such as Old Flames...
...as well as upbeat, truly empowering songs such as Woman.
Overall, I really love this album and definitely recommend everyone to check it out. It seems to have been made with the purpose of uplifting and empowering anyone who needs it. Yes, Kesha is back and she's stronger than ever!
And if you're curious about her own thoughts and input on Rainbow...
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