Kesha has even more reason to celebrate. Not only is she able to release music, but her first album in five years has gone number one. Billboard reports that “Rainbow” topped the “Billboard 200″ chart for the week, putting her on the shortlist of female artists to debut at number one this year.
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Kesha’s holy war for the soul of the music industry is continuing in a big way. The singer hit the world with a one-two punch of new music as she brought down the house with “Praying” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and dropped a music video for “Rainbow,” the title track off her new album.
Kesha’s “Tonight Show” performance marked her return to late night TV following the lengthy and ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke. She also hung around to join NPR stalwart Terry Gross in a dazzling display of not knowing Snoop Dogg’s catchphrases during a game of Password.
The music video for “Rainbow” documents her flexing her vocals during the live studio recording of the track. The song features Ben Folds on piano and Kesha looking like a healthy, pastel-haired Amy Winehouse.
All of it comes as Kesha’s new album is officially out now. It drops with an accompanying letter from Kesha, in which she explains how she wrote the song during her eating disorder rehab and lays out her message for the entire project. Kesha celebrated the release rocketing to number one on iTunes with her fans on Instagram.
Check out Kesha on “The Tonight Show,” her new music video and listen to “Rainbow” in full below.
(Photo credit: Kesha Instagram account)
After a drawn-out legal battle that saw several twists and turns, Kesha has finally returned to music. While she didn’t get her way in her case against alleged sexual assailant Dr. Luke, it looks like Kesha is ready to try the case in the court of public opinion.
“Praying” is the first track from of her new album, “Rainbow.” The piano ballad is a confessional full of her hopes for Dr. Luke now. Kesha sings to someone who “put me through hell,” saying she hopes whoever it is is praying and that his “soul is changing.” Kesha wrote about the new track and her journey at length in a new Lenny Letter.
“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 writes. “This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you.”
An official video dropped simultaneously with the track. It’s full of Kesha in evocative situations like fighting off pig men in a bed, being stranded at sea and praying at a few colorful altars. At the end, she goes full-on Christ-like as she heads towards a rainbow in the distance.
Watch the video and hear the track below.
(Photo credit: Kesha VEVO YouTube account)