OUTLOUD Music Festival at WeHo Pride 2024

“Fell from the sky. No, it didn’t hurt.”
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“Get in loser, for the joyride,” Kesha demands on the hook of her first independent single since splitting from Dr. Luke’s record label. It’s a joyful demand. After years of being subjected to her producer’s alleged abuse, Kesha is now free to make music moves, happily apart from the band, embracing electropop kicks and modulated vocals the way God intended. Her latest cut is the aptly named “Joyride,” a two-and-a-half-minute celebration soundtracked by polka-inspired beats, heavy synth and sheer self-confidence. “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,” she sings in the first verse. “Oh, you say you love me? / That’s funny / Well, so do I.” The chorus is just as brazen. She tells a one-night stand to “keep it kinky” because she comes first, before warning them not to have kids. Why? No need for kids when she’s already earned the status by being herself. “I’m a mother,” she declares. You don’t have to tell us twice.