Kesha talks about moving to country music and ‘devastating’ Dr. Luke lawsuit

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I have been pulling for Kesha ever since she entered rehab. I was not a huge fan of Tik Tok but I loved a couple of her later songs and I always kind of enjoyed her sass. Then we found out that Kesha was in a hellish living nightmare under her music producer, Dr. Luke. Her attempts to free herself of this situation failed and she was forced by Sony Music to continue working with her alleged abuser. Making the decision to move on, Kesha is back with a renewed strength, a return to her country roots and, understandably, the pain of what she went through with her contract at Sony Music. She gave an interview to Viceland’s Noisey in Nashville. You can watch her video *NSFW/language* here and below are some highlights:

On losing everything to Sony/Dr. Luke: When you work really hard at something, then to have it taken away from you is pretty devastating. I worked my ass off for a lot of years to be able to do it: I sang backup vocals and the first couple songs I was on. I didn’t give a f–k ’cause I just had this one vision. Once you earn that and make that happen, then to have it taken away from you is pretty devastating. It is definitely a mind f–k.”

On her country roots: I’ve always loved country music and listened to it a lot growing up and so now I’m kind of like allowing myself to tap into my musical roots a bit more recently. I just did pop music because that’s how it was produced.

On her comeback: I think I’m just finding my voice in the world and so, like, the last three years has been me taking my center and myself back. and my voice.

[From Us Weekly and Daily Mail]

Kesha goes through every emotion in the interview: she’s giddy, she’s angry, she cried and ultimately, she’s resilient. I really credit her for her optimism because to have been torn down and been told she held less value than her contract would have broken some. Instead, she refocused and fulfilled her contractual obligations to Sony. Per her attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, Kesha has turned over 28 new songs and made it known she wants to release an album as soon as possible. We’ll have to wait and see because as we know they have jerked her around before. To that, they say on the video they can’t broadcast Kesha’s performing and since we know Dr. Luke holds the legal rights to her performances as well as her songs, one has to wonder how tight a grip they have around her.

It’s good to see her back out there, with fans, being sassy. I wish she would lay off the Botox, though. At the point she started crying, the interviewer thought she was trying to hold off a sneeze. Everything about her – attitude, outlook, music – has new life however.

Some good news, Kesha posted this picture to her Instagram indicating she is making music with Eagles of Death Metal, the band playing at the Bataclan in Paris on that horrible night of the attacks.

See? Resilience.

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Photo Credit: WENN and Fame/Flynet Photos and Instagram

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  1. GreenieWeenie says:

    I think it was uh…Kylie Minogue’s sister (forget her name) who said recently that she notices women going through trauma do a lot of Botox/face tweaking. There may have even been some research on this (sorry, my internet connection sucks or I’d Google). And you can see it: Nicole Kidman went crazy with her face right around the time of divorce from Tom Cruise and all that happened afterward. I mean, it makes sense: as women, we’re socially conditioned to be emotionally invested in our appearance.

    Anyway, that might be what’s going on with Kesha. I can relate to her professional situation so much…just being in a bad place, seeing sexism in the way you’re treated, and having to fight your way out of it working 10x harder than anyone else. It’s hard not to emerge burnt out and bitter, but that’s the goal!

  2. detritus says:

    I loved the album Cannibal. Kesha is smart, and funny, and writes her own shit. There’s a lot of female empowerment in her stuff, and she’s unapologetic.
    I will always be rooting for her.
    Keeping being a bad bitch Kesha.

  3. MarcelMarcel says:

    Keshas music was a part of the soundtrack to my early twenties and I’m so amazed she’s continued to make music professionally under such duress. I really hope she (and every other survivor) continues to thrive in the face of institutionalised misogyny.

    I still can’t fathom how she was forced to remain in a contract with Dr. Luke. His insistence on controlling her just vadilated what she said about him.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    I’m rooting for her. I can’t imagine all that she went through, I hope things are a lot better for her now.

  5. Lucy says:

    This is a woman who has been dismissed and deemed as “dumb”, “talentless” and “slutty” for writing and singing fun songs about things many men write and sing about (and for which none of them have been called such things). Always rooting for her.

  6. Nicole says:

    I’m pulling for her as well. She’s resilient and I’ll be there when she’s finally free from Sony (F them) and Dr. Luke (I hope he chokes)

  7. nicegirl says:

    GO KESHA!!! I would love to hear her croon some country tunes. I am down.

  8. kri says:

    team kesha.always!!

  9. kimbers says:

    She looks like daryl hanna in thise pics. I don’t think i spelled that right.

  10. z says:

    and why are we still talking about her?

  11. Steph says:

    Hell yes, Kesha! Keep pushing forward! Her strength is admirable and Dr. Luke ( whom I highly doubt is a real doctor) will get his in the end, one way or the other. People who shit all over other people in such massive amounts always get some type of consequence. You cannot be that horrible and not have it screw up your life. And I agree with the person above you says they hope he chokes.

  12. La Montagne says:

    I’m really happy to see that she’s trying to get her life back. I still have the image of her breaking down in court and it was chilling. Sony and Dr Luke are the worst. However I’m kinda side eyeing her collaboration with EODM, whose front singer said such horrible things about how the Bataclan had to be an inside job because Muslims. Islamophobic and Trump lover. Jesse whatshisname is real garbage