Kesha has been M.I.A. since her personal anthem album Rainbow. The distinctly different tone of Rainbow signaled a change from her mid-2000s hits. Her hit songs changed from “TiK ToK” and “We R Who We R,” to self-celebratory singles like “Praying” and “Woman.”
Kesha told Billboard, Rainbow was the first album she had total creative control over, and it’s incredibly apparent. Her tune turns from dance-club beats to diversity in sound.
Rainbow was nominated for a Grammy in 2018. She performed a wildly emotional rendition of “Praying” with a bunch of female musicians at the awards show. The influential artists included Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, and Julia Michaels.
After sifting through hardships, self-reflection, and inspiration, Kesha has undergone a creative transformation she’s ready to share. She’s working on a fourth album projected to release in December.
The new album seems to be a pool of influential musicians and people in Kesha’s life. Her best friend Wrabel, her mother, Justin Tranter, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, and Nate Ruess all collaborated on the album. The infamous Jeff Bhasker and Ryan Lewis will produce the record.
“It’s the happiness that I began my career with,” Kesha said. “But it feels more earned and healthier than ever.”
And now, it’s time for Kesha to take the pop world back by storm.
“I dug through the emotional wreckage, and now… I really wanted to put a solid footprint back into pop music, like, ‘I can do this, and I can do this on my own.’ I don’t know if this is my last pop record, but I want to have one where I go out with a bang,” said the pop sensation.