Kesha is back with a brand new, powerful ballad titled ‘Praying’ — her first single in 4 years! She also dropped major album news that fans are freaking out over! Watch here and get the details about her new music!
It’s Kesha, 30, like you’ve never heard her before! She dropped her highly anticipated track, “Praying” on July 6 and we have all of the feels. Kesha opens the video with a powerful monologue, where she speaks about dying and the struggle of not being able to continue on. She also put her strong vocals on display and we have to say, this is a brand new Kesha! And, the biggest news of all? — A new album is coming your way on August 11, titled, Rainbow.
“Am I dead? Or is this one of those dreams? Those horrible dreams that seem like they last forever? If I am alive, why? Why? If there is a God or whatever, something, somewhere, why have I been abandoned by everyone and everything I’ve ever known? I’ve ever loved?,” she asks in the start of the video, which was directed by renowned music industry mogul, Jonas Akerlund. “Stranded. What is the lesson? What is the point? God, give me a sign, or I have to give up. I can’t do this anymore. Please just let me die. Being alive hurts too much.”
Kesha got candid about “Praying” in an essay for Lena Dunham‘s Lenny Letter, which was published on July 6, the same day she dropped the single. Kesha wrote about her epic return to music and how her past experiences shaped her new material. “I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I’ve overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach,” she said about her new track. “I’ve found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It’s a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone.”
The song seems to address her legal battles with music producer, Dr. Luke. She sings about a person who “brought the flames” and put her “through hell.” Then she sings about hoping that this person finds peace. “I hope you’re somewhere praying, praying / I hope your soul is changing, changing / I hope you find your peace falling on your knees, praying.” And, then she sings, “I hope when I’m finished / They won’t even know your name”.
Kesha sued Dr. Luke in 2014, in hopes of being released from her music contract with his Sony-affiliated label, Kemosabe. The two, along with her mother and business affiliate, Pebe Seibert, have been emerged in messy lawsuits for years. Kesha also accused Dr. Luke of “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally” abusing her during the time that they worked together [when she signed with him at age, 18]. The music producer has consistently denied the claims.
And, the latest in the lawsuit? — In 2016, a New York City judge denied Kesha’s request for an injunction; which, if granted, would have allowed her to create music apart from Dr. Luke’s, Kemosabe label. However, Dr. Luke is no longer the CEO of Kemosabe, after his Sony contract expired in March 2017. Now, Kesha is awaiting her day in court.
Kesha thanked her fans for their endless support on July 5 when she teased the release of “Praying” in a Twitter video [above]. “Praying” is Kesha’s first solo project single since her 2013 Deconstructed EP, aside from her “True Colors” collaboration with Zedd in 2016.
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