The Trailer For Kesha’s ‘Rainbow’ Film Will Leave You Speechless

 

A year since releasing her pivotal album Rainbow, Kesha has unveiled a surprise trailer for a new film about her battle to release new music while in a legal and emotional deadlock with her producer, Dr. Luke, who she’s accused of assaulting her.

“Sometimes things feel like they’re too much to handle,” Kesha says in the clip. “You may be able to pull it together, put on a front in front of others, but inside you’re trapped, suffocating slowly.”

The film will document the making of her Grammy-nominated return to music after years battling with Luke, and also explore the emotional depths entered to create the record.

Rainbow is out on Apple Music August 10.

 

Kesha & Macklemore Announce Joint North American Tour

 

People who graduated high school in 2012 everywhere are rejoicing: Kesha and Macklemore have announced a co-headlining 2018 North American tour.

The pair revealed their big New Year’s plans via a cute video announcement in which Macklemore decides to give up music to become a rollerblading coach, before Kesha gently suggests he tour with her instead. They recently collaborated on the song “Good Old Days,” which appears on the former’s new album Gemini. 

The tour comes fresh after the news of Kesha’s first two Grammy nominations, for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. Her new album, Rainbow, is her first since 2012’s Warrior, and her return to music after a terrible legal battle with her producer Dr. Luke.

You can pre-order tickets for “The Adventures of Kesha & Macklemore Tour” here.

 

 

06-06 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
06-08 Inglewood, CA – The Forum
06-09 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
06-12 Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
06-14 Mountain View, CA – Shorline Amphitheatre
06-16 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
06-17 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
06-20 Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
06-22 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
06-23 The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
06-25 Rogers, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion
06-26 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
07-10 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07-11 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07-13 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
07-14 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07-16 Toronto, Ontario – Budweiser Stage
07-18 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07-19 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07-21 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
07-22 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
07-24 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07-25 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07-27 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07-28 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07-30 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08-01 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
08-02 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
08-04 Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
08-05 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Kesha Releases Fourth Rainbow Track, a ‘Hymn’ For Outsiders

Kesha is continuing to crank out music ahead of the release of her comeback album, Rainbow, due out August 11. Her latest track from the record is “Hymn,” a slower, softer track than its predecessors, with a chorus that chants, “This is a hymn for the hymnless.”

Like the other songs Kesha has released lately, “Hymn” comes with a companion essay, published on MicIn the essay, Kesha explains how the song is dedicated to those who feel like outsiders:

“When I say “hymnless,” I’m talking about people who feel like they don’t fit in, people who feel like they don’t have a hymn,” she writes.

Certain lyrics in the verses of the song make it more political and topical than the other new singles we’ve heard so far, like “After all we’ve been through/ No, we won’t stand and salute… If we die before we wake/ Who we are is no mistake/ This is just the way we’re made.”

“I personally will never stop fighting for equality for all humans, she writes. “That is the passion behind this song. This song is dedicated to all the idealistic people around the world who refuse to turn their backs on progress, love and equality whenever they are challenged. It’s dedicated to the people who went out into the streets all over the world to protest against racism, hate and division of any kind. It’s also dedicated to anyone who feels like they are not understood by the world or respected for exactly who they are. It’s a hopeful song about all of these people—which I consider myself one of—and the power that we all have when we all come together.”

Take a listen. below:

Kesha Announces Fall ‘Rainbow’ Tour, Her First Solo Shows In 4 Years

Kesha has announced the tour in support of her comeback album, Rainbow, and it’s her first solo show since 2013. Yes, she did her “Kesha and the Creepies” tour last year, but that was with her whole band headlining. This will see her once again assuming the spotlight on her own.

The tour begins September 26 in Birmingham, AL and ends November 1 in Los Angeles, with 19 stops between those two. Instead of playing large stadiums, she’ll opt for more modest, intimate spaces, like New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and Boston’s House of Blues.

Kesha will sing music off of her new album, Rainbow, out August 11, as well as old hits. So far off the comeback LP, she’s released “Praying,” “Woman,” and “Learn To Let Go.”

“My new album Rainbow is dedicated to my fans,” Kesha said in a statement. “And I’m so excited to be able to invite you all to come boogie with me on my new Rainbow Tour. I would not have made it to this point without my animals and supporters so now come out and join the celebration with me.”

Tickets go on sale August 5 here. Take a look at the full list of tour dates, below.

September 26 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
September 27 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
September 29 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
September 30 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
October 2 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
October 4 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
October 6 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
October 7 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
October 9 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
October 13 – Lakewood, OH – Lakewood Civic Auditorium
October 15 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
October 16 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
October 18 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
October 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
October 23 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
October 24 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
October 25 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
October 28 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre (Daze of the Dead)
October 31 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium
November 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Kesha’s Euphoric ‘Learn to Let Go’ is Your New Mantra

Kesha’s comeback continues. On the heels of “Praying” and “Woman,” she’s just dropped the third single, “Learn To Let Go,” off her third studio album, Rainbow, out August 11.

“Learn To Let Go” takes us back to a Cannibal-era Kesha, where the singer dropped rapid, impassioned verses and soaring choruses. Clearly, the new song further muses on the themes of healing, redemption, and inner strength first introduced in “Praying,” though this song is less somber in its approach.

As with her previous two return tracks, Kesha released an essay with “Learn To Let Go,” published on Huffington Post.

“‘Learn to Let Go’ is more than a song title… it’s become one of my mantras over the last few years,” she begins. “As much as our past creates who we are, we can’t let it define us or hold us back. And especially if you’ve been through something hard, and we all have, you can’t hold on to resentment because it’s like a poison. You have to learn to let go of those bad feelings and move forward.”

The song was written along with Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, with lyrics inspired by the radiance of a close friend:

“I know some of the hard times she has been through, and I was inspired by how she didn’t let any of the darkness from her past creep into her life,” she writes. “Her beautiful spirit inspired me to consider how, even though we all go through tough things in our lives, we all have the ability to make the decision to just let it go and move forward. If my friend can do it, then I thought maybe I can do it too.”

The video, meanwhile, was directed by Isaac Ravishankara, who also helmed another, as-yet-unreleased film for the album, for a track called “Hymn.” The vid incorporates lots of home footage from when Kesha was a child, taken by her aunt Sonia.

“I wanted all of the videos on the project to have a colorful and idiosyncratic style,” she continues. “This video in particular I wanted to feel nostalgic and otherworldly because it’s about me reconnecting to my childlike innocence. I’ve looked at this record, ‘Rainbow,’ as me being myself, Kesha Rose Sebert, my name without the dollar sign, genuinely for the first time ever.”

Take a look and listen to “Learn To Let Go,” below:

Kesha Releases Powerful New Ballad, ‘Praying,’ and Announces Her First Album in 5 Years

Today is a glorious day, and also one of the most important pop culture moments to happen in years: Kesha is back. She’s released a new ballad, “Praying,” which addresses her intense legal battle that’s plagued her emotional life and career over the past several years, along with a colorful, moving music video. That’s not all – she’ll also have a new album, Rainbow, out August 11.

Kesha released an essay on Lenny Letter this morning discussing her new single. In it, she explains:

“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. 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 music has been long anticipated by her fans, who’ve stood by her side as she fought to gain freedom from her producer and sexual abuser, Dr. Luke. A profile in The New York Times last October revealed she’d been sitting on a 22-song album for some time, recorded at her own expense, but had been unable to release the music to fans because of her contract. Now, at last, she’s able to bring her new sound to the public.

“In the past couple of years, I have grown into a strong, independent woman,” she said to Lenny. “I have realized through this long journey of ups and downs that if I’m lucky enough to have a voice that people listen to, then I should use it for good and for truth. I’ve battled intense anxiety and depression, a relentless eating disorder, and all the other basic bullshit that comes with being human. I know I’m not alone in that battle.”

She continued:

“I’ve written a record that reveals my vulnerabilities, and I have found strength in that. In the past, I’ve always felt like I was trying to prove something, trying to be someone I thought people wanted me to be, but on this record, I’m just telling the truth about my life. This album is me. The most raw and real art I have ever created, and now it’s my gift to you. I hope you love it. Thank you for not giving up on me.”

The new video channels “G.U.Y.”-era Gaga, with undertones of “Alejandro,” but is vibrant, colorful, and ultimately spreads a story of resilience and hope. And, since it appears that on this wonderful Thursday morning all of our prayers have been answered, Kesha interacts with a whale in the ocean during a pivotal scene.

We haven’t been this excited and inspired by a new song in quite some time, and we smile up to the moon to think that our dear sister Kesha is finally free and able to heal from the horrors that have befallen her over the past half a decade. Rainbow is out next month and will save our sorry souls.

Oh, and one more thing – there’s a note in the final minute of “Praying” that will change your life forever. She sounds really incredible. Take a look at the video below.

Dr. Luke Is Not the CEO of Kemosabe Records Anymore, Likely Thanks to ‘Free Kesha’ Movement

Dr. Luke is no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records, according to The Hollywood ReporterHis name  has been separated from the company’s on court papers, and the label has said he no longer posesses the authority to act on its behalf.

Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) created Kemosabe with Sony in 2011, and was responsible for producing many of the label’s biggest hits: “Wrecking Ball,” “Since U Been Gone,” “I Kissed A Girl,” as well as seerving as executive producer for the music of one of Kemosabe’s most successful chart-toppers: Ms. Kesha Rose Sebert.

Kesha filed claims in 2014 that Gottwald had coerced her into taking drugs and then raped her, as well as verbally abusing her and withholding her proper share of profits on smash hits like “Tik Tok.” What has ensued is a long, ugly legal battle in which Gottwald has countersued for defamation, and Kesha’s request to break contract and separate from Luke is now entering its third pending appeal.

As rumors surface that Dr. Luke and Sony may split – his page on Kemosabe’s website has also been taken down – Kesha fans rejoice. But it doesn’t mean the end of the road for the “We R Who We R” singer. Gottwald’s defamation case continues to build evidence for a pending trial, and this split from Sony does nothing to help dissuade the idea Kesha’s lawsuit has hurt his career. Plus, without Sony in the mix, Kesha will have to interact directly with Gottwald, her alleged abuser, in court.

Beyoncé Mastermind B00ts is Working on Kesha’s New Album

B00ts, the legendary producer behind Beyoncé’s self-titled 2013 visual album, revealed in a tweet that he’s got a hand in Kesha’s newest album:

The news of the collaboration is made only more exciting by the fact that B00ts has turned down opportunities to work with such legends as Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and Mariah Carey.

Kesha’s album sounds like it will be truly amazing – previously it has been announced she’s worked with other producers like Captain Cuts, Ricky Reed, and and Ryan Tedder to perfect the sound. Unfortunately, though, we may never get to hear her new tracks, thanks to a continuing legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke.

Kesha Has 22 New Songs Written, Recorded, and Waiting for Release

Photo: @iiswhoiis via Instagram

In a profile inside The New York Times Magazineout today, Kesha revealed the horrifying conditions she’s been placed in as a result of continued legal battles against her producer and alleged rapist Dr. Luke.

“[Fans] were like, ‘Oh, my gosh, you’re free,’ and I was like, ‘No, sweetheart, I love you, but no, I am not, and I don’t know where you got that information,'” Kesha explained.

Kesha filed accusations against Dr. Luke of drugging, raping, and emotionally abusing her in 2014, and was countersued hours later for defamation and breach of contract. Since then, the singer has been unable to release new music, even though, she reveals in the Times interview, she has 22 songs written, recorded, and waiting to be released.

The Times profiler was able to listen to 4 of the 22, and reported the first being called: “‘Hunt You Down,’ which was a real country song with banjo and some real country sentiments: ‘If you [expletive] around, I’ll hunt you down.'” The next: “‘Learn to Let It Go,’ which sounded like something you’d hear in heavy rotation on radio with Kesha’s beautiful, low voice singing that a happy ending is up to you.” Third: “‘Rosé,”’a toast to an old boyfriend who has married. ‘The good things never last,’ she sings.”

And, finally, the fourth song, “Rainbow.” Taffy Brodesser-Akner of the Times described the song as: “If it ever emerges from private listenings, it will be your favorite Kesha song. It’s big and sweeping, and you can hear every instrument that Ben Folds and his associates played — it does recall a Beach Boys vibe, just as she wanted it to… In the final section, her voice becomes stronger and more strained, and the effect is devastating. I asked to hear it three more times.”

#FreeKesha.

UPDATE: Upon publishing this article, we received the following statement from Dr. Luke’s Lawyer, Christine Lepera:

“The New York Times Magazine profile piece that ran today unfortunately has many inaccuracies.

This article is part of a continuing coordinated press campaign by Kesha to mislead the public, mischaracterize what has transpired over the last two years, and gain unwarranted sympathy.

Kesha filed a shock and awe complaint of alleged abuse against Luke Gottwald in 2014 — for contract negotiation leverage. It backfired.

She never intended to prove her claims. She has voluntarily withdrawn her California complaint, after having her counterclaims in New York for alleged abuse dismissed.

Nevertheless, she continues to maliciously level false accusations in the press to attack our client.

The reality is that for well over two years, Kesha chose-and it was entirely her choice-not to provide her label with any music.

Kesha was always free to move forward with her music, and an album could have been released long ago had she done so.

She exiled herself.

It was not until months after the denial of her injunction motion – for the first time in June and July 2016–that Kesha started to provide the label with music.

She provided 22 recordings created without any label consultation which were not in compliance with her contract, were in various stages of development, and which Kesha’s own team acknowledged needed work. Then, and for the last several months, the label has been in discussions with Kesha and her team to choose the best music, create additional music, and work on the tracks created.

A&R representatives of both Kemosabe and RCA have provided Kesha with detailed feedback in writing and in person on the tracks she provided to help her further develop the material. Kesha has also agreed with Kemosabe and RCA on a list of producers who will work with her on these tracks, a studio has been reserved for these sessions, and a budget for certain work provided.

The creation of an album is a process, however what has clearly been communicated is that the aim is for a release date as early as possible. It is in the economic best interest of the label and Mr. Gottwald to put out a top selling album, and that takes time. In fact, the label suggested an early release of an advance Kesha track. It was Kesha’s team who rejected this proposal.

Kesha’s claim in the article that she has no ability to earn money outside of touring is completely rebutted by well documented public court records which apparently escaped the article’s attention.”