I don’t know about you, but I was devastated when Kesha stopped releasing music. Before Kesha released her most recent track, True Colors, with Zedd this past summer, she hadn’t recorded music since 2013. It’s hard to believe that the last banger she recorded was Timber with Pitbull. So, you can imagine how pumped I was when I found out that Kesha was going to be the University of Minnesota’s homecoming performer.
I never thought to ask myself why the singer had stopped recording, until it was released in October of 2014 that she was in a legal battle against her producer, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottswald. Kesha allegedly suffered emotional and sexual abuse from Dr. Luke and claimed that she was lying to get out of her music contract with Sony. That said, Kesha has received public support from stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Taylor donated a quarter of a million dollars to Kesha in support of her legal battle. Lady Gaga released the moving track Till it Happens to You, a song about sexual assault; Gaga also spoke up in support of Kesha and her ongoing legal battle in an interview with Carson Daly about her song.
Undoubtedly, Kesha has been through a lot. In February of 2016, Dr. Luke was ruled not guilty by the judge in the case, forcing Kesha to stay in her music contract. You might be thinking, what does any of this have to do with me? Well, fellow Gopher, you can support Kesha by going to the homecoming concert. Especially, as a woman on campus, I stand with Kesha. After being out of the music scene for around three years, Kesha has started her journey in overcoming all that she has been through, including sexual assault and an eating disorder. Let’s celebrate with her and show our support! Plus, Kesha’s music is upbeat, energetic, and just what you need to kick off homecoming weekend. Cover yourself in glitter and let’s watch Kesha slay.