Kesha made her triumphant return to music. As promised, Zedd collaborated with the singer amid her ongoing legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke.
Kesha and Zedd first debuted the song “True Colors” at the 2016 Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The singer made a surprise appearance during Zedd’s set on Weekend One of the event. Kesha and Zedd then told fans that they were planning on recording the song and releasing it once it was finished. Both artists took to their respective social media accounts to share photos from the studio.
When teasing a photo of their collaboration, Kesha captioned the photo of herself recording the song while showing gratitude for Zedd’s ongoing support.
“It’s a miracle when someone gives you a chance at finding your voice again with no reason other than that he is a f***ing beautiful person with a heart of gold.”
It’s been three years since the pop star has released a single. She released her last effort, Warrior, in 2012 to disappointing sales. Since then, her music career had been on hold since she filed a lawsuit against her former producer and accused rapist. Now, she’s trying to take back the reigns of her music career, by releasing her first single since 2013’s “Timber” with Pitbull.
Kesha’s new song with Zedd is finally available for purchase and is streaming today on iTunes. Earlier this year, Zedd tweeted his support and offered to record with Kesha. Then, he followed up on his word by inviting her to perform during his Coachella set where they first performed “True Colors” together. The official single is finally released, and is a new version of the song on Zedd’s album of the same name. The original version featured Rock Mafia’s Tim James as the lead vocalist.
According to Zedd, “True Colors” was released with permission of Kemosabe Records, Dr. Luke’s recording label, which has prevented Kesha from breaking out of her contract.
Just to clarify:
We didn’t use any loop holes. Kemosabe / RCA gave us permission to release this song!
— Zedd (@Zedd) April 27, 2016
“Thanks for the clarification @Zedd…,” Dr. Luke tweeted in response.
Thanks for the clarification @Zedd…
— Dr. Luke Doctor Luke (@TheDoctorLuke) April 27, 2016
Check out Kesha and Zedd’s new track below.
Though Kesha’s voice is featured on this new version, most of the lyrics are the same. Still, it’s powerful hearing Kesha sing the lines such as, “I won’t apologize/ For the fire in my eyes/ Let me show you my/ My true colors. It ain’t your rainbow.” It’s as if this song was made for her.
It seems like Kesha isn’t the only one who wants to move on from this ugly legal battle. Her mother, Rosemary Patricia “Pebe” Sebert, has dropped a countersuit against Dr. Luke after he filed for defamation. Her lawyer has released a statement on her behalf to E! Online.
“The litigation with Dr. Luke has been a nightmare for Mrs. Sebert and her family. She has decided to move on and find peace and forgiveness in her heart rather than dwelling in the cancerous past of an ongoing lawsuit with no end in sight.”
Sebert previously sued Dr. Luke for claims of “intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, misrepresentations and fraudulent inducement.” Kesha has sued the scorned music producer for emotional, mental, and physical abuse. Luke, however, is still moving forward with his defamation suit, claims The Hollywood Reporter.
“Pebe Sebert’s voluntary withdrawal of all her claims against Dr. Luke is her acknowledgement that her claims are meritless. Dr. Luke’s defamation and other claims continue against Pebe and Kesha Sebert.”
It was previously reported that Kesha will still have to testify under oath regarding the sexual allegations she made against Dr. Luke. She has been issued a subpoena by the New York City court to be questioned during a recorded disposition in June. Kesha has been asked to be released from her Sony Music contract, but was rejected by the court earlier this month.
This news follows a hearing back in February, when New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich denied Kesha to be released from her record label. The result caused the hashtag #FreeKesha to trend on social media.
What are your thoughts on Kesha and Zedd’s new track? Do you think the singer still has a chance to make a comeback? Sound off below in the comments section.
[Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella]