Kesha is back and better than ever with the raucous, gospel-tinged single “Raising Hell.” This is the first single off her upcoming album High Road, out Jan. 10, 2020. The track also features a verse from Big Freedia.
“Raising Hell” takes the wild exuberance of Kesha’s early music and blends it with the hard-won insight that characterized much of her last album. The lyrics describe that age-old conundrum: how can you be good when it’s so fun to be bad? Kesha says it better with the gleeful refrain of, “Singing oh, mama raised me well // But I don’t wanna go to Heaven without raisin’ hell.”
The video, directed by Luke Gilford, features Kesha as a celebrity televangelist who takes revenge on an abusive husband. It’s pure ’80s camp fun and one of her most entertaining videos yet! In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kesha talked about the differences between this new music and her previous album, Rainbow: “I feel like this time around I reconnected to the unrestrained joy and wildness that’s always been a part of me — and in this process I have had the most fun I’ve ever had making a record.”
“On the last record, I feel like I had to address some very serious things, and now this time around I have reclaimed my love of life,” she continued. “To quote one of my favourite songs of all-time I’ve decided to ‘fight for my right to party!’ On my own terms. I won’t be defined by my past, but I will learn from it. I am so happy, and I hope that happiness is infectious.”
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