Kesha’s Comeback Single Will Give You Straight Up Chills
It’s been a while since Kesha has released new music, and her new album, ‘Rainbow’ is the first since she unsuccessfully sued her former producer, Dr Luke, for alleged sexual assault and harassment.
Kesha was embroiled in an 18-month court battle with the music star until her claims of abuse were dismissed by a New York judge last April.
She eventually dropped her charges in August, when she said: “this lawsuit [has been] so heavy on my once free spirit, and I can only pray to one day feel that happiness again.”
During the time of her legal case, it was unclear whether she was going to be allowed to release further music as she was tied into a deal with Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe — a part of Sony Music.
‘Praying’ is the premier single on the album, ‘Rainbow’, is being released through Dr Luke’s label Kemosabe Records — in which she warns: “We both know all the truth I could tell.”
In the accompanying video, she lies in a coffin while reading an emotional monologue recalling the pain of her alleged ordeal by begging to die.
She says: “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? Stranded.
“What is the lesson? What is the point? God give me a sign or I’ve got to give up. “I can’t do this anymore. Please just let me die. Being alive hurts too much.”
Kesha and Dr Luke’s story has been widely publicised, as the accusations against him surfaced, and she publicly switched from an ‘out there’ party girl, to a quieter, subdued version of herself.
Now, ‘Praying’ is a far cry from her usual pop hits, as the moving, slow ballad accurately communicates her pain, and her strength.
The equally emotional lyrics to the song appear to be directed at Dr. Luke, who was behind her biggest hits including Tik Tok and We R Who We R.
Speaking at a secret event in London on Tuesday attended by The Sun’s Bizarre column, she said: “Obviously my first song is a ballad which is always risky for a pop singer. But hopefully the truth in the message will shine through.”
Denying the claims made against him last year, Dr. Luke said: “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”