We’ve been praying for a new Kesha album — and the superstar is delivering!
Kesha announced that her fifth studio album, titled Gag Order, will come out May 19, and will be produced by legendary rock and hip-hop producer Rick Rubin (Metallica, The Strokes, Linkin Park, Johnny Cash, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy).
Gag Order will be released on RCA and Kemosabe Records, the latter of which was founded by producer and Kesha’s alleged abuser Dr. Luke. In 2017, the singer sued Dr. Luke with allegations of sexual assault and abuse, however, the legal battle has dragged on, and Kesha is still unable to break her contract with the label.
She told Rolling Stone that the title of the album is inspired by that legal battle.
“I feel as if there has been an implied gag order for a very long time now.” Kesha added, “With my ongoing litigation hanging over my head, I have not been able to speak freely because I know everything I say is scrutinized.”
Kesha also announced that her first two songs from the album will be coming out this Friday, April 28.
Her last album, High Road, was released in 2020 and debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, making it Kesha’s fourth top ten album.
Along with her announcement, Kesha released some visuals teasing the album, including a shot of her face wrapped in a plastic bag. “Gag Order. The Album. May 19. Eat the Acid. Fine Line. April 28,” she wrote.
Kesha has previously opened up about being attracted to both men and women and being in an open relationship.
"It was always there," she told Attitude
in 2019. "I think I had a conversation with a gay magazine in the U.S., and they just asked me, 'Oh, are you bisexual?'
and I was like, 'Obviously!'