REVIEW | Kesha is back and stronger than ever

Following a lengthy court battle against her producer Dr. Luke, Kesha is back with new music and we are stoked.

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The song is about her being independent woman who paves her own way.

Kesha just released new music and we are all here for it. Her last album Warrior was released in 2012 after which she noticeably stepped out of the limelight. Though ongoing since 2014, the reason for her absence circulated the media more prominently in early 2016. In October of 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against her producer Dr. Luke for a slew of sexual assault and violence related charges. She later amended and added charges against Sony Music for their lack of action in stopping Dr. Luke's misconduct. This case has seen many forms since then. After reaching courtrooms in both California and New York, unfortunately, there was no justice for Kesha after her charges were dismissed in New York by Judge Shirley Kornreich. Kesha soon later dropped the charges in LA stating that, "this lawsuit [has been] so heavy on my once free spirit, and I can only pray to one day feel that happiness again."

There was a tremendous reaction from other celebrities and the public. Many celebrities expressed their condolences to Kesha via Twitter. Lena Dunham wrote a blog post on her publication Lenny to express why she stands with Kesha and why the issue is bigger than just this one case. She said, "What's happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers." Many public figures admonished Sony for not willingly terminating Kesha's contract. Jack Antonoff and Zedd offered to work with Kesha in the future. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to help her with any expenses. Though Kesha has been through unimaginable circumstances over the past few years, she has recently returned to the pop culture front lines with music that does all of the talking.

Kesha released her first single since 2012 in 2016 with Zedd called "True Colors." On July 5th, 2017 through Dr. Luke's record label Kemosabe because she wanted to get new music out there for fans, she released another. Her next album Rainbow is anticipated soon. Her single "Praying" seems to speak directly to Dr. Luke:

"Well, you almost had me fooled
Told me that I was nothing without you
Oh, but after everything you've done
I can thank you for how strong I have become"

Released with an accompanying music video, the song and video seem to reflect upon the eccentricity of Kesha in the past, but is extremely visceral and authentic in nature. She recently released three other singles, "Learn to Let Go," "Hymn," and "Woman" recently that share the genuine nature of "Praying."

My personal favorite is "Woman," where Kesha starts off with a satisfyingly sassy dialogue:

"Let's be serious, come on
This is a real, this is, excuse me?
Ok, shut up"

The song is about her being independent woman who paves her own way. This song is triumphant and shows that even though she's been through the worst imaginable Kesha will not be treated like a victim. I think her new music is just proof that she's an incredible artist and vocalist, something she's always wanted. I remember reading in a magazine during her hey day that people often overlooked her talent for her smart and strategic branding. If this album isn't just a testament to her ability to get back on her feet, it's a testament to what a strong artist she always has been and always will be. We love you Kesha! Kesha's new album is set to drop on August 11th, 2017.

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Anie Delgado is a contributor to Popdust and is an actress and musician based in NYC. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @anie_delgado and on Facebook and check out her music on Spotify.

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