The last five years have been a tough musical hiatus for pop singer Kesha with contract restraints and the ongoing court battle with music producer Dr Luke leaving her in music purgatory. During this time, the phrase “learn to let go” has become one of the singers’ mantras, which is what makes the third advance track from the upcoming album Rainbow more than just a song for her.
‘Learn To Let Go’ was written with the help of Stuart Crichton and Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert and was inspired by a friend of Kesha’s who possesses an unwavering positivity in the face of life’s most difficult obstacles. One of the first songs written for Rainbow, it finds Kesha choosing redemption and resilience over hatred and resentment – embracing and accepting the past without being defined by it, this is best represented with the lyrics “the past can’t haunt me if I don’t let it, live and learn and never forget it.” Kesha wrote about the songs inspiration and creation while also addressing how the song’s themes inform Rainbow in an essay which appeared in the Huffington Post.
“This song, and the ideas behind it were a big part of this record. This idea of learning to let the negative things go has been extremely helpful for me over the last few years and I hope it resonates with others.” – Kesha
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Along with assisting with the writing of ‘Learn To Let Go’ Stuart Crichton also produced the track with Ricky Reed. Musically the song serves as a bridge to Kesha’s earlier hits with her signature swaggering rapid-fire vocal delivery and a celebratory chorus while also introducing the organic sonic landscape of live instrumentation and liberating lyrical work which are both central to the forthcoming album Rainbow.
The touching music video which accompanies ‘Learn To Let Go’ was directed by Isaac Ravishankara and sees Kesha transported into the memories of her childhood as she watches home movies shot by her aunt. The video cuts back and forth between child Kesha and adult Kesha revealing the woman she has grown up to be and affirms that little girl still resides within her.
Along with previously released songs ‘Praying’ and ‘Woman’, ‘Learn To Let Go’ sets the stage for Rainbow – Kesha’s first new album since 2012. Rainbow is available for pre-order now and will be released August 11th via Kemosabe Records / RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The album marks a new beginning based on inner strength and musical exploration with an impressive roster of collaborators who helped to achieve that bases. Ben Folds produced the title track with Kesha, while Ricky Reed produced and wrote on numerous tracks as well. Wrabel co-wrote a collaboration that features the Dap-Kings horn section. Eagles of Death Metal are featured on two tracks and Dolly Parton guests on a version of her 1980 country chart-topper ‘Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle To You’. Finally, Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert co-wrote a bunch of tracks that feature on Rainbow, including ‘Learn To Let Go’.
Before Kesha’s contract struggles she had an impressive start to her music career, being named Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist the same year her debut album Animal was released, and her debut single ‘TiK ToK’ being named Billboard’s number one Hot 100 song and being the most played song and top-selling track of 2010. After this success, Kesha went on to have nine top ten hits on The Billboard Hot 100, including four number one singles at Top 40 Radio; ‘TiK ToK, ‘Your Love Is My Drug’, ‘Die Young’ and ‘Timber’. She has sold over 87 million tracks and streams and performed on dozens of television programs all over the world. All of Kesha’s many admirers are excited to see the success which will continue with Rainbow.
‘Learn To Let Go’ available here.
Pre-order Rainbow here.