It leaked earlier this week ahead of its Friday release
EARLIER: Kesha endured a long and trying journey to record and release Rainbow, the singer’s first album in nearly five years. Friday was meant to mark the big unveiling, but the record has unceremoniously leaked online just days before the official drop.
Kesha’s reps declined to provide EW with a comment about the leak, which Billboard reported Wednesday.
“Praying,” “Woman,” “Hymn,” and “Learn to Let Go” were all officially released on their own as part of the album’s promotion. Kesha has done her part to perform some of these selections (watch her moving “Praying” performance here) on various platforms, but someone was too eager to hear the rest of her music.
The “Tik Tok” singer appeared on Good Morning America for a performance Wednesday, shortly before the album leak. “I’ve written every song on this album and they’re all so personal,” she told cohost Robin Roberts. “This record, quite literally, saved my life. I hope you guys like it and I hope you can hear it and I hope it helps people.”
Kesha used her new music to work through her experience over her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke. She attempted to get out of a contract with the producer over claims that he physically, emotionally, and sexually abused her during their time working together. Luke has repeatedly denied these accusations. His lawyer recently filed a subpoena to get Lady Gaga, who has long supported Kesha, to appear for a deposition regarding her involvement in the case.
“I just didn’t know if I was ever going to be able to put out music ever again,” Kesha said of her new album on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. “I really didn’t know and some days it felt like I was kind of clinging onto this ghost of an idea — that got me through a lot of years. You know sometimes it felt more real, sometimes it felt less real, and I kept waking up and I’d say, ‘Okay, you can’t just lay in bed, you got to get up, you got to go to the studio,’ even when I really didn’t want to I would. It’s kind of a testament that you got to show up for yourself.”