Photo: Kesha._MMVA.jpg: Jeff Denberg derivative work: Fixer23 (talk)

Kesha Releases ‘Joy Ride’: Look + Listen

After formally ending her commitment with producer Dr. Luke’s record label, Kesha has released her first independent single.

On Thursday (7.04,) the Tik Tok singer celebrated America’s Independence Day by dropping ‘Joyride,’ the song she first debuted at Brooklyn’s Planet Pride over the weekend. 

Reminiscent of songs like ‘We R Who We R’ and ‘Tik Tok,’ ‘Joyride’ represents a return to the musician’s earlier electronic pop sound, with such lyrics as “Get in, loser, for the joyride.” “You want kids? Well I am mother.”

Born Kesha Rose Sebert, the pop star’s brand new song references the 2004 teen classic ‘Mean Girls,’ and prior to the drop, Kesha thanked her fans through her X account, writing “I couldn’t have made it through without all of you. now we joyride.” 

Celebrating its release via Instagram, the musician posted a video of her singing the song in a dressing room with drag queens, and after the track ended, she screamed and told her fans, “I love you.” 

After her embattled departure from Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records following a lengthy legal battle, ‘Joyride’ marks Kesha’s first release as an independent artist.

Alleging that the music producer had drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005, Kesha sued Lukasz Gottwald (pka Dr. Luke) in 2014 after which he responded by counter suing her for defamation claiming that the songstress fabricated her accusation in order to get out of her recording contract.

After a nine-year legal battle, they settled the case out of court in June 2023, with Kesha saying at the time, “I am looking forward to closing the door on this chapter of my life and beginning a new one. I wish nothing but peace to all parties involved.”

In December 2023, the 37-year-old artists was released from her Kemosabe record deal months after dropping her final contractual album Gag Order. However, she noted in February that she wasn’t free to release new music until a certain date.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Kesha._MMVA.jpgJeff Denberg derivative work: Fixer23 (talk)