Kesha recently got candid about the powerful meaning behind her latest album High Road, which was just released last Friday! In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kesha says that High Road is "about reclaiming my happiness and my voice and all aspects of my life, and not living in the tragedy of what everyone knows I've been through".
The past "tragedy" that Kesha refers to is her troubled history with music producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald. In 2014, she put forward a sexual assault case against Gottwald only to have him countersue her, alleging defamation of character and a breach of contract.
To make matters worse, in 2016 Kesha was told by a judge that she could not legally terminate her recording contract with Gottwald, which was under Sony Music. Still, she recorded High Road under RCA Records and Kemosabe.
Kesha wanting to avoid the trappings of being "pigeonholed"
Kesha goes on to mention how she doesn't want the world thinking of her only in relation to her past struggles. That's why she describes High Road as "kind of a defiance against being stuck and pigeonholed in one place forever, because of one situation".
She considers it an album of defiance, one that allows her to show emotional versatility. "I can still make happy music, I can still make pop music, and I can still be happy, and at the same time have the juxtaposition of the really emotional and intense," Kesha comments. "I really believe that High Road is the first record I've put out where I feel like I'm not trying to prove anything to anyone".