Kesha’s ‘Rainbow’ Title Track Is A Soaring Pick-Me-Up
Kesha completes the ultimate pop music fairytale today (August 11). After spending four years in limbo due to an ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, the pop star’s third LP is finally out. Not only that, but it’s a critically and commercial success — sitting at number 1 on iTunes in more than 15 countries around the world. She celebrates the moment by dropping a video for “Rainbow,” the album’s gorgeous title track. It’s a simple affair, that finds the glitter princess performing the ballad in one of the famed Capitol Records studios.
The 30-year-old opens up about the track in an essay, revealing that she wrote it while she was in rehab for an eating disorder. “[It] was the first song I wrote for this record,” Kesha writes. “I wanted to call the album Rainbow because after the storm, there’s a rainbow — and recently, I feel like I’ve gone through some things that have felt like a storm in my life. This was my way of telling myself that I was going to make it through.” To do that she needed to make some changes.
“I made the decision to take the dollar sign out of my name,” Kesha explains. “I did away with my cynical self-deprecating ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude and the matching Twitter name @keshasuxx. I let myself be 100 percent genuine, vulnerable, and honest in my music. I used to be very mean to myself. ‘Rainbow’ is my letter of encouragement, a promise that I want to start a new dialogue and be more supportive and nicer to myself.” Watch the video up top and read the full essay over at Refinery29.