Kesha drops her new song “Raising Hell” ft. Big Freedia, further cementing the legacy of a modern pop icon who has always used her rebellious spirit, irreverent sense of humor, quick-witted songwriting and undeniable heart to reinvent herself and bring joy to her fans. It’s the first taste of what’s to come off her upcoming album ‘High Road’, which will be released January 10 on Kemosabe/RCA Records, available now for pre-order HERE.
The song begins soft with a piano and Kesha’s lush vocals before Big Freedia commands “Let’s go!” and a club-ready beat drops while Kesha unfurls fun-loving bars about embracing life’s wild moments. Co-written with Wrabel, Sean Douglas and Stint and produced by Stint and Omega, “Raising Hell” is a raucous celebration of the artist’s trademark IDGAF nature. As Kesha says during the chorus, “Mama raised me well, but I don’t wanna go to heaven without raising hell.”
Following the monumental success of her GRAMMY-nominated album ‘Rainbow’, the release of ‘High Road’ finds an artist on a joyful musical journey of self-discovery. For ‘High Road’, Kesha enlisted an eclectic roster of collaborators/songwriters/producers including John Hill, Dan Reynolds, Stuart Crichton, Jeff Bhasker, Drew Pearson, Brian Wilson, Sturgill Simpson, Nate Ruess, Justin Tranter, Stint, Wrabel, and Pebe Sebert among others.
The emotional and stylistic range found on the album is a blend of heavenly highs and emotional depths. Kesha’s swagger is front & center, paired with brilliant kiss-off one-liners, dancefloor grooves, and reminders to pay the haters no mind. Frisky, rap-based tracks show-off her skills as a lyrical spitfire, while elsewhere on the album a folkier side emerges. With a dream-pop ode to a best friendship, a reflective ballad about growing up without a father, and plenty of lust and laughter, ‘High Road’ traverses the emotional spectrum.