What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

Singers laugh for various reasons, not all of them sincere. Take, for instance, the laugh that closes out Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”—a giggle some people find so fake, they made their own fan edits just to cut it out. There is intentional laughter, layered in to create a wild, maniacal atmosphere (“Thriller,” “…

Recording academy president says women need to “step up” if they want to win more Grammys

Though the bulk of the statuettes had been handed out before the 60th Grammy Awards telecast began, the ceremony was still a lively affair thanks to stirring performances from Kendrick Lamar, Kesha, and Childish Gambino. But as the night went on, astute viewers noticed how few female nominees were making their way to…

See Kesha bring the Grammys to tears with her powerful performance of "Praying" 

“We come in peace, but we mean business,” Janelle Monae said in her speech introducing Kesha at the Grammys, a speech that espoused support of and solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, expressed tonight by the white roses attendees wore on their lapels. This year, Kesha released her inspiring comeback album Rainbow,…

Lady Gaga will be deposed in Dr. Luke’s lawsuit against Kesha

Despite the best efforts of her lawyers, Lady Gaga is getting dragged into the defamation lawsuit Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald has filed against Kesha. Gottwald’s lawyers subpoenaed Lady Gaga earlier this year after she’d already supplied them with a written statement about some text exchange(s) she had with Kesha, who,…

Kesha finds her true colors on her comeback record Rainbow

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There are difficult follow-up records, and then there’s Rainbow. Since the release of Kesha’s second album, 2012’s Warrior, the pop shapeshifter’s music has taken a backseat to her contentious, complicated legal battle with producer—and accused abuser—Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. Even today, the case is far from…

Kesha praises the outsiders in new song, “Hymn”

Kesha’s new song is another family affair—following the release of the “Woman” single and video, which she directed with her brother, the Warrior artist has shared the song she co-wrote with her mother, Pebe Sebert. The new track, “Hymn,” celebrates all the weirdos and outcasts, who don’t fit into any one group, or in…

Kesha, The War On Drugs, and more music to expect in August

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Kesha enlists the Dap-Kings for profanity-laden empowerment anthem “Woman”

Soon after announcing her new album Rainbows and releasing “Prayer,” her first solo single since 2013, Kesha has released a second single, “Woman.” And although this song also comes with a personal artist’s statement in which she calls the process of creating it with Drew Pearson and Stephen Wrabel “one of the best…

Kesha announces new album Rainbow, releases single “Praying”

Her painful, extended legal battle with her former producer and alleged abuser Dr. Luke still isn’t over, but musically, Kesha is moving on. This morning, she announced Rainbow, her first new full-length album since 2012’s Warrior. (She released an EP, Deconstructed, in 2013, and a single, “True Colors,” with Zedd…

The Drag Race crew jumps in front of the camera for the makeover challenge

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RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 finally reached its potential last week with a hilarious, drama-filled episode with a jaw-dropping lip sync and elimination, and the show keeps the momentum going with this week’s makeover episode. It’s not on the same level as last week, but losing a frontrunner like Valentina has reminded…

Dr. Luke wants to subpoena Kesha’s fans now, too

Music producer—and increasingly experienced litigant—Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald has now added “Kesha’s fans” to “Kesha’s mom” and “Kesha” on his list of people he’s recently involved in legal action. Pitchfork reports that Gottwald has targeted #FreeKesha organizer Michael Eisele for a subpoena that would force him to…

Dr. Luke releases his own batch of emails pointing to Kesha’s “erratic” behavior

In response to that string of rather unflattering emails released by Kesha last week, embattled music producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald has filed a motion with some correspondence that he claims counters Kesha’s claims that he said terrible things about her appearance. Dr. Luke initially tried to shrug off the…

UPDATE: Kesha releases emails that make Dr. Luke look like a real asshole

Even for people who don’t always take Kesha’s side in her protracted legal war with producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (like his lawyers or immediate family members), it’s pretty easy to recognize that he rarely comes across as a good guy. That’s to be expected when you get sued by a popular recording artist because…

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