Kesha subsequently signed to RCA
, and her debut album, Animal -- featuring collaborations with Dr. Luke, Max Martin
, and Benny Blanco
-- was released in early 2010. Animal proved to be a big hit, reaching the top of the Billboard 200 and spinning off the number one single "TiK ToK." The nine-song EP Cannibal appeared at the end of the year. Its single, "We R Who We R," became her second chart-topper, and "Blow" also reached the Top Ten. Cannibal was followed in 2011 by another stopgap release, I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album. In 2012, she was called upon by rocker Wayne Coyne
for The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends, a collaborative album that partnered Kesha with Biz Markie
on the track "2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)."
Dr. Luke was back on board for her second official album, Warrior, but the more rock-influenced effort also found space for Coyne
, punk godfather Iggy Pop
, and the indie pop band fun
. Preceded by the Billboard Top Ten single "Die Young," Warrior was released in December 2012 and reached the Top Ten of the albums chart. Two other singles hit the Top 40: "C'Mon" and "Crazy Kids." Kesha toured North America during 2013 as part of a co-headlining bill with Pitbull
, and the duo also recorded a single together, "Timber," which became Kesha's third number one hit. In late 2014, she sued Dr. Luke for an array of charges, including sexual assault, harassment, emotional abuse, and bad business practices; she also sought release from her contract with Dr. Luke's Kemosabe
label. Although the courts initially rejected her claims, wide public support for Kesha caused Kemosabe
to release her from her contract in early 2016.
Her return to performing came in April 2016, when she took the stage at Coachella to perform "True Colors" during Zedd
's set. The studio version was released by the end of the month. Following her own world tour in the summer of that year, Kesha returned to the studio to complete work on her long-awaited third LP, Rainbow. "Praying," the album's lead single, was released in July 2017, with the album arriving a month later and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. More singles followed, including "Learn to Grow" and "Woman," the latter of which hit the top of the U.S. Dance Club Songs chart. In January 2018, Kesha picked up two Grammy nominations, including Best Pop Vocal album for Rainbow, and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Praying." ~ Rovi Staff