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It’s been a long road back to the recording studio for Kesha and her new album Rainbow, but for her first album in four years, the pop singer had no shortage of personal tragedy and triumph to draw from.
Soon after the release of 2013’s Warrior Kesha became embroiled in a nasty lawsuit with her former mentor and producer Dr. Luke, with Kesha alleging that Luke was physically, emotionally and verbally abusive during their time working together. Kesha’s contract with Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe records meant she has been unable to release new music without him for the past four years, but now that Dr. Luke is no longer president of the Sony affiliated label, Kesha has finally been able to return to the charts. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially one with so much talent.
Kesha made her official comeback on July 6 with the soaring and triumphant “Praying,” dropping a music video for the track on the same day. Kesha followed up “Praying” with two more singles, including “Woman” featuring the The Dap-Kings Horns, and “Learn To Let Go,” which she released on July 27.
Last night, Kesha showed off her incredible voice during a live performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing her comeback single “Praying.” The inspiring rendition of Kesha’s lead track featured a full band and string section, with the emotion building throughout the ballad.
At midnight, Kesha dropped her long-awaited third album Rainbow, and surprised fans with a music video for the title track. Shot in studio at Capitol Records, Kesha and cowriter Ben Folds recorded the track with a full band.
Wearing a pink bouffant and heavy eyeliner, Kesha spends most of the video with her eyes closed, singing about her fight to get out of the darkness of depression and find self-love once again. The song is a difficult listen for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide, but for those battling through depression and mental illness, “Rainbow” is a beautiful and celebratory rally cry to hold on for a better tomorrow.
Kesha will be hitting the road for her first solo tour in four years since 2013’s Warrior Tour. The Rainbow Tour will kick off on September 26 in Birmingham and take Kesha throughout the U.S., with one Canadian date in Toronto on October 16.