Friday, June 14, 2024

Sweet Pop Revenge: Kesha is Number One on iTunes, Amazon with Post- Scandal Album “Rainbow”


Kesha is back and she’s number 1. Her “Rainbow” album was released at midnight. It’s number 1 on iTunes, and the number 1 new album on Amazon. (Glen Campbell is blocking her with three old albums, may he rest in peace.)

“Rainbow” is suddenly poised to be a Grammy nominee for Album of the Year, with plenty of choices for Record and Song of the Year. Plus Kesha is on track for Best Female Vocal. Her competition will be Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.

But as one top Sony executive told me recently, “She has a great story.” It’s a great story, but a tough one, too. Kesha has publicly battled Sony and her former producer Dr. Luke in court. Dr. Luke has denied, but she’s accused him of a litany of things including rape. The parties are still at each other’s throats in court.

Kesha’s “Rainbow” is just great. It’s not about empowerment. It’s also a damn good rock pop album. Whatever happened between her and Dr. Luke, the result is she finally born as a pop star. From the opening track that warns “don’t let the bastards get you down” to the very GoGo-ish punk “Let ‘Em Talk” to the funky F word littered “Woman” (with the Dap King horns– Sharon Jones RIP she’d be proud), Kesha asserts herself with shocking aplomb. “Rainbow” has the potential to be HUGE.

Wait– did I mention a duet with Dolly Parton? “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You)” should push “Rainbow” into even dizzier heights. (The arrangement is sort of Beatle-esque too. Cool.) What a thrill for mid August.

PS Not just for streaming. I actually want the “Rainbow” CD for my car. I think a lot of people will!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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