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Kesha Releases New Comeback Single ‘Joyride’: Listen Now

Kesha? This is Ke$ha. The pop star celebrated Independence Day with her first single as a free woman – and under her own label imprint, Kesha Records. On Thursday, Kesha released “Joyride,” a return to the dancey, campy pop music she captivated audiences with on *Animal* and *Warrior*.

“You want kids? Well, I am mother,” she declares in one zany lyric. “Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t even try to gi-give me shit/I’ve earned the right to b-be like this.”

Kesha co-wrote the track with Madison Love and Zhone, who also produced the single. It’s a taste of what she’s calling a “carefree Kesha summer,” as per a press release. “Rev my engine ’til you make it purr/Keep it kinky, but I come first,” she sings in the infectious chorus. “Beep-beep, bitch, I’m outside/Get in, loser, for the joyride.”

Kesha has been teasing the new music with paparazzi photos of herself at gas stations and 7-Elevens holding slurpees with her single’s title. She also posed with fans sporting the metallic blue lipstick reminiscent of her “We R Who We R” days.

“I couldn’t have made it through without all of you,” she penned on X Tuesday. “Now we joyride.”

“Joyride” marks Kesha’s first song since she settled a decade-long defamation lawsuit with Dr. Luke last summer, years after she filed a suit against the producer in 2014 alleging sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. It is also her first release since leaving Luke’s RCA imprint Kemosabe in December.

In March, she shared a nude video of herself teasing her return with the website KeshaIsWaitingForYou.com. The singer started hinting at new music in January when photos circulated of her standing in a parking lot with a cardboard sign reading, “New music coming soon!”

The singer debuted “Joyride” during a surprise appearance at New York’s Planet Pride last month. She also performed her first show as a “free motherfucking woman” during WeHo Pride at Outloud Fest, where she introduced another appropriately named track, “Freedom.”

Kesha is set to perform at Philly’s Wawa Welcome America Festival Thursday night, followed by performances at Lollapalooza and in August at Mexico City’s Festival Hera. As informed by a press release, additional dates will be announced soon.

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