Kesha's New Single Is a Gift from Heaven

Kesha's New Single Is a Gift from Heaven

Kesha releases "Raising Hell," a preview of what's to come on her new album.

Kesha releases "Raising Hell," a preview of what's to come on her new album.

Text: Cullen Ormond

Kesha released her new music video for “Raising Hell,” which is the prelude to her new album High Road which is slated to release on January 2020. The video was shot by photographer and director Luke Gilford, who has worked with V on several projects.

It opens with Kesha as a televangelist preaching the gospel with a honey pot hairstyle that is so voluminous it is reminiscent of Dolly Parton. Her abusive husband can be seen brooding in the corner. Eventually, she becomes so sick of his behavior she kills him. No one messes with Kesha while she’s wearing a feather robe and white gloves (and not to mention her hair is still intact). It was her quest all along to get to heaven—but with a twist.

“Oh, my mother raised me well / I don’t wanna go to heaven without raising hell,” Kesha sings.

And so, she does what every cinematic woman on the run does: dyes her hair and stays in a cheap motel. She is eventually tracked down by the police but along the way dons a fabulous headscarf and red outfit.

For Kesha, High Road is a celebratory album reflecting how she feels about life. In the album trailer, she states, “life is a vacation from where we go when we die.” Her last album Rainbow (2017) was reflective of her in a different headspace but now, with this new single and album she revisits her “roots of pure and utter debaucherous joy.”

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