Kesha released her first solo single in nearly four years — an emotional and empowering track about perseverance — amid her drawn-out legal battle with Dr. Luke, the record producer she accused of sexual abuse.
In her new song “Praying,” which premiered Thursday along with a music video, the pop star sings about overcoming the exploits of an unidentified tormentor while praying that someone who hurt her can change.
“You brought the flames and you put me through hell/ I had to learn how to fight for myself,” she sings. “And we both know all the truth I could tell/ I’ll just say this is I wish you farewell.” She then breaks into the heavy chorus, where she sings: “I hope you’re somewhere praying, praying/ I hope your soul is changing, changing.”
Kesha first announced she was releasing the single on Wednesday when she shared a short preview of the track to Twitter. It’s her first solo song since 2013, when she released her last EP, “Deconstructed.” She also released a double-billed single called “True Colors” with Zedd in 2015.
Kesha announces new single ‘Praying’ amid Dr. Luke legal battle
She further explained the meaning behind “Praying” — which was co-written by Macklemore’s longtime collaborator Ryan Lewis — in a memo posted Thursday to the Lena Dunham’s online newsletter, Lenny.
“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,” she wrote. “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,” she continued. “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.”
In 2014, Kesha accused Dr. Luke — who produced her music for Sony — of slipping her a pill that made her unconscious and sexually assaulting her in 2005, near the beginning of their work together. She also accused him of years of emotional abuse.
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To no avail, she tried multiple times to break her contract with the Sony label, with both sides filing lawsuits against each other in the past three years.
Dr. Luke has denied all of Kesha’s allegations. A Manhattan judge tossed Kesha’s civil lawsuit against Dr. Luke last year, partially because her allegations were too old.
Sony was said to have discontinued its partnership with Dr. Luke earlier this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but Entertainment Weekly reported the studio “still has a relationship” with the producer.
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