Why Kesha’s crying ‘happy tears’ these days
(CNN)Is Kesha’s new song going to be the fresh start she’s been praying for?
Time will tell. But the singer is certainly hoping that’s the case.
“I haven’t slept in, like, I don’t know how many days because I’m so excited and nervous,” she said in an interview with The Zack Sang Show on Friday. “I just feel like I’m on another planet.”
Kesha released ballad “Praying” on Thursday, her first new song in almost four years.
“Basically, there was a point where I didn’t know if I was ever going to get to put out music again,” she said, saying she’s been crying “happy tears” for days. “And here we are.”
The singer has been tied up in a long back-and-forth legal battle with producer Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald), stemming from 2014 allegations that he drugged, emotionally abused and sexually assaulted her.
Gottwald has long denied those claims.
The legal proceedings for some time kept Kesha’s career in a holding pattern.
Kesha’s last album was 2012’s “Warrior.”
In fall 2015, Kesha and her attorney, Mark Geragos, attempted to secure a judge’s permission to allow the singer to record with other labels and producers, stating in their petition that Kesha’s career threatened to “suffer irreparable harm” due to her lack of new material. The move prompted the #FreeKesha movement on social media, with fans and advocates calling for the singer’s release from her existing contract with Dr. Luke and his Kemosabe Records.