Kesha is back with new music that the pop singer/songwriter insists was inspired by a UFO sighting she had in the Joshua Tree National Park in California. She also insists that she was totally sober during the encounter and what she saw was multiple “spaceships.”
Appearing on the Zach Sang Show, Kesha, now 30, talked about the upcoming release of her third studio album, Rainbow, and revealed that the inspiration for the album came from an outing where she spotted a group of UFOs — twice. To commemorate the occasion, she penned a song, “Spaceship,” which was included as the last track on the 14-song album, and has several spaceships decorating her new album cover.
“I was in Joshua Tree, totally sober, let me preface – completely f***ing sober… I think people would be like, ‘She was on acid’ or something. I wasn’t. I was on nothing,” Kesha said.
“I was a totally sober Sally, just a lady in the desert. I look up in the sky and there’s a bunch of spaceships.”
Kesha’s insistence that she was sober when she saw the UFOs is an acknowledgment of past problems, like an eating disorder for which she sought treatment in early 2014, spending two months in a rehab. Later the same year, according to Yahoo Music, she filed a lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald), that claimed he abused her sexually, emotionally, verbally, and physically for more then 10 years and alleged that Dr. Luke at one point used the date-rape drug, GHB, on her, leaving her with hours of missing time after awakening in the producer’s “hotel bed, naked, sore, and with no memory of how she got there.”
Part of the lawsuit was a demand to be released from Kemosabe Records, which was controlled by Dr. Luke, who countersued Kesha for the lawsuit in California, has since been dismissed, according to Billboard. However, continuing legal battles are ongoing in New York where Dr. Luke filed his countersuit that accused the artist and her mother of defaming the producer in order to extort him and get a release from her recording contract.
Prior to the release of her lead single from Rainbow, Kesha hosted a press playback at a London club. She revealed not only “Praying” but five other songs from the the album, according to the Guardian. She emotionally told the gathering, “There was a very long, long, long period of time where I was not sure if I was ever going to be able to put out music again, and that’s all I’d ever wanted to do since I could remember being a person, so when I couldn’t, that was really difficult.”
But she said the last four years have been especially trying, but she got through it by going to work, by going daily to a “tiny little studio, and I would pour my f***ing guts out.” She added that the support of her fans also helped her through it all. As for her new music, she says she has “never been more excited about a piece of art I’ve ever done in my entire life.”
But not all of Kesha’s experiences were dark bouts that became cathartic songs — like her lonely encounter with spaceships in Joshua Tree National Park. She described the UFOs as “little balls of fire in the sky.”
“I swear to God,” she said on the Zach Sang Show, “there were like five to seven, and I don’t know why I didn’t like try to take a picture of it — I just looked at it. I was sitting on a rock, and I was like, “What in the hell is that?” I was trying to figure it out, and then they went away. And then they came back. They came back in a different formation than the one they were in previously. I was like, ‘Those are f***ing aliens.’ They were spaceships!”
Back in May, the artist posted her thoughts on UFOs on Instagram. She wrote, “ufos are real. i have seen them. not playing.”
Her first album release in five years (since 2012’s Warrior), Rainbow is scheduled to drop on August 11. Kesha’s first single from the album, “Praying,” was released on July 6.
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