Kesha released her first single in years today, which means it’s a day to rejoice, Animals.
It’s been three years since Kesha filed a lawsuit against Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald alleging that he abused her. She addresses the dispute in her new song, “Praying.”
And if you’ve been following Kesha’s life since the lawsuit debacle, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. The singer has made it known she wouldn’t be kept silent about the incident, and how it affected her.
The lawsuit spans three states and includes three separate suits, which started when Kesha filed a suit against Dr. Luke in Los Angeles in 2014; she alleged he committed sexual, verbal and contractual abuse. Dr. Luke denies these claims and was never charged. He then filed lawsuits in New York against Kesha and in Tennessee against Kesha’s mother for defamation, breach of contract and tortious interference. (Kesha filed a countersuit citing abuse and gender-related hate crimes, but a judge later threw this out.) In June, Dr. Luke dropped the defamation lawsuit against Kesha’s mother, but the breach of contract suit against Kesha is still pending.
Last August, though, the singer-songwriter dropped her initial California lawsuit against Dr. Luke and Sony Music Entertainment in hopes of returning to her music.
This is Kesha’s first single since the legal battle (last one was “Crazy Kids” off of her 2012 album “Warrior”) — and it’s a cathartic one. The new song hints at overcoming obstacles and finding peace.
But, in celebration of Kesha’s (solo) return let’s look back at the best songs she’s released over the years.
5. TiK ToK — the original party anthem, and Kesha’s first release. If this wasn’t your jam back in 2009, you must’ve been hiding under a rock or perhaps listening to Cobra Starship instead?
4. Blah, Blah, Blah — another song from OG Kesha, the “Animal” album, plus 3OH!3 make an appearance on the track. It’s like “Shut Up and Dance” but more raunchy.
3.5 Take It Off
3. Crazy Kids — this song may or may not have been my anthem in college when Kesha released the Warrior album. At the time I lived young, wild, and free — channeling my inner-Kesha, as I liked to say.
2. Your Love is My Drug — “I like your beard.” Nuff said.
1. Praying — this song showcases so much of what Kesha can do. She’s truly a talented songwriter, and I don’t think people recognize that. She can also sing; the auto-tune is just a fun part of her gig. (She played some unreleased music back in 2013, when I saw her in concert.)
I cannot wait for the new album to drop. Kesha, we’re so glad you’re back!