Kesha’s last album arrived so long ago that the singer still had a dollar sign as part of her name. But a follow-up to 2012’s Warrior has been held in limbo as Kesha and producer Dr. Luke battle each other in court.
“Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse. She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour,” Kesha’s attorney Mark Geragos wrote in court papers filed last month. “Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return.”
“I’m dying to put out music, I’m like dying, literally,” Kesha told EW in a new interview to promote Jem and the Holograms, which features the singer in a cameo role. “But while I can’t, I’m just gathering ideas and just praying for the day to come soon that I can put out music.”
According to Kesha, 28, the new material is “all over the place” and she still isn’t sure what it might sound like.
“All I know is I have a lot to write about. There’s so much to say right now,” she said. “Nothing to speak of for sure yet, but just pray for it.”
While she waits to record again, however, Kesha has focused on acting: in addition to Jem, she also filmed a cameo appearance for Jane the Virgin.
“It’s fun to explore different art mediums and right now my [music] career is kind of on hold,” Kesha said. “I’m finding other ways to express myself and have outlets and connect with my fans. I’m [also] kind of open to all of it. Creatively, my brain’s been exploding. I’ve been painting and redecorating and reupholstering — I’m all over the place and literally creatively exploding all over my life. Some of it’s horrible, but some of it’s good. I think the most important thing when you’re an artist is you can’t ever let your artistic creative fire be stifled. You have to get it out somehow.”
Jem and the Holograms is out now.