After several months of fighting in court about recording new music in a place where she might run into a certain producer with a dubious medical title, Kesha has found a studio that didn’t make her skin crawl and has recorded some new music. And that studio belongs to her new friend, Zedd. Two weeks ago, Kesha made a surprise appearance at Coachella by joining Zedd on stage and performing his song “True Colors.” Shortly after, Zedd and Kesha decided to record their collaboration as a single, and it will be released tomorrow. Praise be! It’s been far too long since our ears have been blessed with the dulcet drunk party goblin tones of Kesha’s voice.
Kesha confirmed the news that she’s recording new music again yesterday by posting a picture of herself in the middle of a recording session to Instagram with the following caption:
“It’s a miracle when someone gives you a chance at finding your voice again with no reason other than that he is a fucking beautiful person with a heart of gold @zedd #truecolors“
“True Colors” originally appeared on Zedd’s 2015 album of the same name, so it’s not exactly a new song. But it’s a new song for Kesha. “True Colors” is Kesha’s first new recording since she got into that whole contract mess with Dr. Luke and Sony. But that doesn’t mean Kesha has kissed and made up with Sony. Zedd is signed with Interscope Records, and releasing new music through Interscope would technically be a legal no-no for Kesha, since Sony has made it very clear they’re not ripping up her Kemosabe contract any time soon. However, Sony won’t be calling up their lawyers over all this.
The single that is being released tomorrow is a “Zedd ft. Kesha” situation, and that’s ok with Sony. At least according to Zedd it is. Zedd tweeted that his recording of “True Colors” with Kesha was given the thumbs-up by Kemosabe and RCA, and that their collaboration wasn’t the result of some shady legal loophole work. As for what Dr. Luke has to say about all of this, well…he didn’t have much to say besides thanking Zedd for letting everyone know that Kesha hasn’t packed up her shit at Sony for Interscope.
Thanks for the clarification @Zedd …
— Dr. Luke Doctor Luke (@TheDoctorLuke) April 27, 2016
As for Kesha’s legal battle against Dr. Luke, there’s now one less lawsuit involved. Entertainment Weekly says that Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert has dropped her counterclaims against Dr. Luke for causing her emotional distress and defaming her by saying that she and her daughter came up with a bunch of lies to ruin him. Her lawyer released the following statement:
“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.”
Dr. Luke’s people also had something to say about this:
“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.”
Kesha and Dr. Luke still have a whole bunch of lawsuits pending, so this won’t be the last we’ve heard of it all. But it does sort of look like she’s found a way to work around him for now, right? Just show up on other people’s songs as a featured artist. Better yet, keep working with DJs who don’t do any singing themselves. Even though “True Colors” is written and produced by someone else, it’s still new music for Kesha. And Kesha was already recording songs that were produced by someone else, so it’s not like it’s that much of an adjustment. I know Zedd says they didn’t find a loophole, but this totally sounds like a loophole. Work that loophole, girl!