Kesha’s Rainbow Debuts at No.1: Inside Her Journey to Release the Album on Her Own Terms

Not only did Kesha come back with a vengeance when it came to releasing her third studio album Rainbow, she did it with massive success—and all on her own terms.

Rainbow was released Aug. 11 and debuted at the No.1 spot on the charts, selling 116,000 units throughout the week ending Aug. 17,  according to Billboard.

The singer took to Twitter to share her appreciation for the news,writing, “Many days my music was simply a coping tool – anyone has the power to turn emotion into art SO MUCH LOVE.”

But Rainbow tells a story that’s much bigger than album sales, which is why its success has been applauded by so many musicians and fans alike.

You see, Rainbow‘s release marked a new chapter for Kesha after years and years of battles, both personally and publicly.

For starters, it’s her first album in five years, following 2012’sWarrior. It also marks her first solo effort since her 2013Deconstructed EP as well as her first single since “True Colors,” the 2016 collaboration with Zedd.

It’s also the first album she’s released since her on-going legal battle with Dr. Luke began in October 2014. Kesha signed a contract with the Sony producer (real name Lukasz Gottwald) when she was 18-years-old, and after a decade of what her lawyer hasdescribed as “mental manipulation [and] emotional abuse,” she decided to sue Luke for sexual assault and battery and sought to invalidate recording contracts with him.

The singer claimed Luke drugged her, made sexual advances toward her and even criticized her weight, which eventually led her tochecking into rehab for an eating disorder (which we’ll get to later).

In a countersuit, Luke called her allegations “defamatory” and claimed she was in breach of contract and attempting to extort him.

A New York City judge ruled in favor of Luke last year and denied Kesha the ability to invalidate her contract, calling it “heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.”

Though Sony said they “made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever,” Kesha’s camp told The New York Times Magazine that “Dr. Luke has insisted Sony’s participation is just an ‘accommodation’ and has not denied that all decisions regarding the album are still being made by Dr. Luke.”

However, Luke was released from his contract with Sony in April as the company’s legal team explained he is “no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records and does not have authority to act on its behalf.” (EN)


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