Kesha Makes Peace With the Past In Raw New Music

Kesha Makes Peace With the Past In Raw New Music

"I hope you're somewhere praying, I hope your soul is changing"

After almost four years out of the music industry- with the exception of a single put out with Zedd last year, Kesha has returned with new music. Weeks ago the 28-year-old released her new single "Praying" by an equally equally powerful and thought provoking music video.

Praying is probably Kesha's most personal and powerful project to date, especially if you keep in mind what she's been going through these last couple years. expensive lawsuits, her personal pain being dragged through the media and publicized. And above all else being forced to work with a man who she claims assaulted and abused her for a decade.

Kesha's career has been stuck in a limbo since 2013, In October of 2014, she sued the man who arguably discovered her when she was just 17. Her producer and manager, Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald). Gottwald is one of the biggest and most powerful producers in the music industry. He's written hits for countless artists, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, P!NK. He's written most of Katy Perry's catalogue of hits as well as songs for Britney Spears, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Becky G, and Maroon 5. He recently produced and co-wrote Jennifer Lopez's new single Ain't Yo Mama.

above: Kesha sobs in court last year as a Manhattan judge denies her to request to be freed from Sony music and Dr. Luke.

In her lawsuit Kesha alleged that Gottwald abused her emotionally and sexually throughout her career. She even recounted a specific incident in which Gottwald allegedly drugged and assaulted her. Kesha claimed that Dr Luke's abuse caused her to develop an eating disorder. One that she has to go to rehab for. Unfortunately, the contract that Kesha has signed with Gottwald was extensive, binding her to Dr. Luke, his label Kemosabe, and Sony music. Kesha asked the courts to sever the contracts that she had signed with Gottwald years ago. The highly publicized lawsuit rapidly sparked a social media campaign and movement #FreeKesha

"I hope you're somewhere praying I hope your soul is changing"

The video for Praying has a dystopian vibe and featured plenty of loaded imagery, angel wings, rainbow birds, religious symbols and what looks like tears of blood. The song seems to be a testament not only to her battle with Dr. Luke but to all the struggles she's endured over these past years including feelings of depression and hopelessness. At the same time Kesha seems to be focusing on finding peace of mind, even in the mist of a truly horrific situation. She is determined to find something better, and to rid herself of that hate and anger. In a personal essay Kesha wrote for LennyLetter she had this to say about her new song.

"Praying," my first single in almost four years, comes out today. 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. I've found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.

Praying is one of a couple songs recently released by Kesha that will be featured on her new studio album Rainbow, which is slated for release this fall

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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