Rainbow (Kesha album)

Last updated on 21 August 2017

Rainbow is the third studio album by American singer Kesha. It was released on August 11, 2017, by Kemosabe and RCA Records. On July 5, 2017, Kesha announced via her Instagram account that she was releasing a single, titled "Praying". The song was released alongside its accompanying music video and the album's pre-order.

Kesha - Rainbow (Official Album Cover).png
Kesha - Rainbow (Official Album Cover).png

Background and recording

Writing for Rainbow began during and after Kesha spent time in a rehab clinic in January 2014 and lasted until October 2016. Kesha also appeared during Zedd's slot at the 2016 Coachella Festival to perform "True Colors", a track from Zedd's second studio album. The appearance marked her first high-profile public performance since her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke.[2] A studio version of the song was released as a single on April 29, 2016.[3] In the summer of 2016, Kesha embarked on her third world tour, the Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour. The tour commenced on July 23, 2016, in Las Vegas and ended on October 29, 2016, in Maine. The tour included various covers of songs and several rock and country reworks of her own hit singles.[4][5] During this time, it was revealed that Kesha had recorded 22 songs on her own and had given them to her label.[6][7] It was later announced that Kesha was in the process of recording a third studio album.[8][9]

Composition

Kesha has said that Rainbow was inspired by her "true" musical influences: Iggy Pop, T. Rex, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, James Brown, and Sweet.[10] The album contains a combination of both mournful cuts and upbeat dance tracks such as "Woman" and "Bastards". The album opens with the country-infused cut "Bastards", which, as Katie Baillie of the newspaper Metro analyzed, is "about not letting the bullies drag you down." "Woman" was inspired by a "pussy grabbing comment" Donald Trump made, which angered Kesha and made her yell "I'm a motherfucking woman!" This line is included throughout the song. Kesha wrote the title track on a toy keyboard while in rehab. It opens only with vocals and basic chords played on a piano.[11] The first line Kesha sings is, "Got back the stars in my eyes, I see the magic inside of me." Baillie writes that the track "builds in both sound an emotion [...] as a full live orchestra kicks in." Kesha was inspired to write "Learn to Let Go" by one of her friends who went through "the worst childhood imaginable." The track is also based on Kesha's struggles while making Rainbow.[11]

Promotion

Kesha plans to perform in Japan at the Summer Sonic Festival on two dates: August 19 in Osaka and August 20 in Tokyo.[12] Following this, Kesha will stage a solo concert in Nagoya on August 21.[13]

In September, Kesha is set to perform at the 2017 KAABOO and iHeartRadio festivals.[14]

In promotion of the album, Kesha will embark on the Rainbow Tour 2017 beginning on September 26 in Birmingham, Alabama and ending November 1 in Los Angeles, California.

Critical reception

Rainbow has received acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 81 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim" based on 25 reviews.[16]

Baillie, who reviewed Rainbow a month before its release, called it a "powerful, emotional and strongly feminist record that is worth the four-year wait." She wrote that the "vulnerability of some songs will bring a tear to your eye, while others are so close to Kesha's old sound it'll have dance floors filled everywhere in no time." She described the album as "a roller coaster of emotions, making you weep at the sadness of Rainbow and fist-pumping the air with Woman, and it was so worth the wait."[11]

Commercial performance

Rainbow debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 116,000 album-equivalent units, of which 89,000 were pure album sales.[27] It is Kesha's second US number one album.[27] It also debuted at number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart with sales of 10,000 units.[28]

Track listing

Adapted from Amazon.com and Apple Music[29]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Bastards" Kesha Sebert
3:51
2. "Let 'em Talk" (featuring Eagles of Death Metal)
  • K. Sebert
  • Stuart Crichton
  • James Newman
Crichton 3:05
3. "Woman" (featuring The Dap-Kings Horns)
3:16
4. "Hymn"
  • Reed
  • Price
3:25
5. "Praying" Lewis 3:50
6. "Learn to Let Go"
  • K. Sebert
  • Crichton
  • P. Sebert
  • Reed
  • Crichton
3:37
7. "Finding You"
Reed 2:52
8. "Rainbow" K. Sebert Ben Folds 3:38
9. "Hunt You Down"
Nowels 3:17
10. "Boogie Feet" (featuring Eagles of Death Metal)
  • K. Sebert
  • Pearson
  • P. Sebert
Pearson 2:53
11. "Boots"
  • Reed
  • Chahayed[a]
  • Mercereau[a]
3:03
12. "Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)" (featuring Dolly Parton)
  • Kesha
  • P. Sebert
4:26
13. "Godzilla"
  • Reed
  • Pearson
2:08
14. "Spaceship"
  • K. Sebert
  • Pearson
  • P. Sebert
Pearson 5:15
Total length: 48:36
Japanese edition[30]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
15. "Emotional"
  • K. Sebert
  • Pearson
  • Wrabel
Pearson 3:44
Total length: 52:20

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.

Charts

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[31] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[32] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[33] 56
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[34] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[35] 55
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[36] 10
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[37] 26
French Albums (SNEP)[38] 62
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[39] 33
Irish Albums (IRMA)[40] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[41] 39
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[42] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[43] 13
Scottish Albums (OCC)[44] 4
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[45] 66
South Korean Albums International (Gaon)[46] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[47] 25
UK Albums (OCC)[48] 4
US Billboard 200[27] 1

Release history

List of regions, release dates, showing formats, label, editions and references
Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s) Ref.
Various August 11, 2017
  • Explicit
  • clean
[29]
Japan August 16, 2017 CD Sony Bonus track [49]

See also

References

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  3. ^ Lindner, Emilee (April 27, 2016). "Zedd Announces Joint Project with Kesha". Fuse. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Kesha Announces Kesha and The Creepies: The Fuck the World Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Spanos, Brittnany (July 19, 2016). "Kesha Announces Tour, 'Creepy' New Music Project". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  6. ^ McHenry, Jackson (October 26, 2016). "Kesha Has Already Written and Recorded 22 New Songs That Are Just Waiting to Be Released; Dr. Luke Claims 'She Exiled Herself'". Vulture. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
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  38. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 33, 2017)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  39. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kesha – Rainbow" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  40. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 18 August 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  41. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 33 (dal 2017-08-11 al 2017-08-17)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  42. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
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  44. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  45. ^ "2017년 32주차 Album Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  46. ^ "2017년 32주차 Album Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
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