After the infectious dance number “Tik Tok,” we couldn’t get enough of Kesha. But ever since the infamously titled Kesha vs. Dr. Luke story, there hasn’t been much from the hitmaker. Now, after five long years, Kesha is back with new music.
It finally happened! Kesha made a comeback after five years marred by a long battle against her label. She dropped the single “Praying” on July 6, the first offering from her new album, Rainbow. And she’s hitting back at Dr. Luke for her past difficulties! If you missed out on the pop star’s hard years and her feud with Dr. Luke, you need to take a look at this Kesha wiki right now.
Kesha Rose Sebert was born in Los Angeles to Patricia “Pebe” Sebert. Pebe raised Kesha and her brother, Lagan by herself. They struggled financially, while relying on welfare payments and food stamps to live. Pebe was a songwriter whose best work, “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” was popularized by Dolly Parton.
Pebe moved to Nashville with her kids after securing a new songwriting deal. Her kids accompanied her to the studio, where Pebe noticed her daughter’s talent and encouraged her to sing. Kesha, a diligent student and marching band musician, turned down a full scholarship to Barnard to pursue music.
Along with songwriting classes, mother and daughter bonding time consisted of writing songs after school. They recorded demo tapes and Pebe gave them to people in the industry she knew. Dr. Luke of Kemosabe Records was impressed by an ad-libbed song by the young singer, and that’s why he decided to sign her.
I used to think it was just a saying, but we do turn into our mothers, wether we like it or not. my mom was a single mother who raised me and I never ONCE was aware that we didn't have as much as other people when I was young. happiness and adventure and leading a magical life is what she told me what was important, and above all, being good and kind and loving at all costs to every human because we are all equal, that was in my blood because she treated everyone exactly the same. I not only heard her say that, but I saw her treat every human with the respect they deserve. sometimes we're up, sometimes we're down. sometimes we're just being. and I'm so happy my mom taught me to treat every human and animal with love and respect and kindness-ALWAYS-as is. and more than anything I hope I inherit her open heart and beautiful soul. sorry I was a shitty little teenager. I didn't get it. I love you and would be lucky to be half as magical as you. Happy Mother's Day, mom. thanks for making me, me❤️
Tik Tok, but the Party Don’t Stop
Signed with Kemosabe Records, Kesha was determined to succeed in music. She performed background vocals for artists like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, while working as a waitress on the side. But it was her uncredited and unpaid feature on Flo-Rida’s “Right Round” that brought her breakthrough success.
She landed a deal with RCA through Dr. Luke’s imprint and debuted the album that she had been working on for six years. Her debut single “Tik Tok” sold 610,000 digital downloads, the highest ever by a female artist since tracking began in 2003. Her debut album, Animal (2009) debuted at #1 on Billboard 200.
In 2014, Kesha went through troubles in her career and personal life. She checked herself into rehab to get treatment for an eating disorder. Later that year, she filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, accusing him of sexual assault as well as physical and emotional abuse. She sought to have her contract with the record producer voided. In turn, Dr. Luke sued her for breach of contract and defamation.
Fellow artists came out in support of Kesha. Adele, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Lorde, and more backed her publicly when a judge ruled that she must continue her contract. Taylor Swift even donated a substantial amount to Kesha to help with her legal fees.
Kesha has been ordered to honor her contract with Sony to record six albums with them. Sony claims they have made it possible for her to record without having a contact with Dr. Luke. But she is still contractually bound to Dr. Luke. Her legal troubles have drastically impacted her career. In 2014, she had a net worth of $40.0 million, which has now come down to $500,000.
Kesha is Fighting Back
After being in legal limbo for years, Kesha is set to release the follow-up album to 2012’s Warrior. She makes it clear that Rainbow will not contain the usual party anthems she’s famous for. The album is about her struggles over the last five years and she’s hitting back at Dr. Luke through it.
Before Rainbow is released, Kesha dropped the first single “Praying,” co-written with Australian artist, Ben Abraham and Macklemore’s partner, Ryan Lewis. To go with the song, the 30-year-old penned a personal essay for Lenny Letter.
Rainbow will be out on August 11. In the meantime, listen to Kesha “Praying” in her new music video below!