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Kesha just ended a five-year musical hiatus by releasing her new single, “Praying,” although the time in between her albums has been the complete opposite of uneventful.

Over that span, Kesha was constantly in the headlines. She entered and exited rehab for an eating disorder, performed live, served as a judge on a reality TV competition (remember ABC’s “Rising Star”?) collaborated with Zedd and most notably, sued producer Dr. Luke. Kesha alleged physical and emotional abuse along with employment discrimination; the producer countersued for breach of contract and defamation.

As the series of lawsuits between Luke (born Gottwald) and Kesha (nee Sebert) played out in court, the singer claimed that if the court wouldn’t allow her to break her contract with Kemosabe Records, she wouldn’t be able to release new material. The court disagreed and technically with her new single and announcement of a forthcoming album, the court was correct.

But it should be noted that in April, Sony severed ties with Gottwald, who is no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records. Despite this, a representative for the producer issued a statement to Billboard following the song’s release that said there were no changes to Kesha’s contractual recording obligations.

“As legally required all along, the album was released with Dr. Luke’s approval by Kemosabe which is a joint venture label of Dr. Luke and Sony,” it claimed in part.

Just a few weeks ago, a defamation lawsuit in a Tennessee court that Gottwald levied against Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert was dismissed. A joint statement from both parties said Ms. Sebert “admits she has no firsthand personal knowledge of the events occurring on the night of the alleged rape.”

While the separate legal battle in New York continues, it will not hold up Kesha’s return. “Praying” is an earth-scorching ballad that according to the artist, channels her feelings of “severe hopelessness and depression.”

“This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can’t control everything — because trying to control everyone was killing me,” she wrote on Lena Dunham’s website Lenny. “It’s about learning to let go and realize that the universe is in control of my fate, not me.”

Ryan Lewis, who is best known for his work with rapper Macklemore, co-wrote the single. “Rainbow,” Kesha’s new LP, drops August 11.

From February 2017: GRAMMY Producer Of The Year nominee Ricky Reed talks about working in-studio with Kesha.

Following the news that Sony Music was severing ties with producer Dr. Luke, attorney Jill Stanley of ProofWithJillStanley.com called up to weigh in on possible motives and what this would mean for Dr. Luke and Kesha moving forward.

I joined The PIX11 Morning News on Tuesday with Scott Stanford, Sukanya Krishnan and Ojinika Obiekwe to talk about new music from Pitbull, Drake and Rick Ross along with potential songs of the summer. We also chatted about an album that will be released posthumously by Chuck Berry’s family. Then at the end, Scott compared my looks to an artist we play quite a bit on the show. Check out the full segment below.

For day three of our broadcast with Westwood One Backstage at The 59th GRAMMYs we chatted with a bunch of current and former nominees while also speaking with a few friends-of-the-show. It was great to see Train’s Pat Monahan and Gavin DeGraw. I also interviewed Lukas Graham for the second time; the first time was at The GRAMMYs last year and now they’re up for three awards including Record and Song Of The Year, plus they’ll perform with Kelsea Ballerini. Noah Cyrus stopped by and compared me to her dad, LeAnn Rimes remembered her big GRAMMY wins from 20 years ago and Charli XCX explained how she chooses to collaborate with people before I brought up Selena Gomez to her.








Is Kesha nearing a return to the airwaves? The pop star entered rehab, allegedly for an eating disorder, in January of 2014. By March a rep confirmed to ABC News that she had left the facility. The following May, she was seen at the Billboard Music Awards along side “Rising Star” cohorts Josh Groban, Ludacris and Brad Paisley.

The singer, nee Kesha Sebert, went on to fulfill her role as coach/mentor on the ABC competition last summer. She also kept up appearances at various events, including some shows surrounding New York Fashion Week. I actually remember running in to her back in 2013 at a Yankees/Mets game in Queens. I was reminded of this just now, as a quick Google News search of the artist brought up a Daily News article that shows her at Citi Field on Wednesday.
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For what it’s worth, the Mets won both times.

This year, Kesha already returned to the stage – performing a number of college dates and one-off shows. On Tuesday, the “TiK ToK” singer took the stage at Black Cat DC in our nation’s capital. After the show, Kesha posted this video on her Instagram page. (EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Kesha has a new boyfriend. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also talked about Chrissy Teigen wanting children with John Legend and Erin Andrews’ possible “Dancing With The Stars” replacement on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Miley Cyrus is single… very single. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Ke$ha and her mother plus Ashlee Simpson getting engaged on “The Ralphie Show.”

The New Year began with pop star Ke$ha entering herself in to rehab, and speculation brewing as to why she admitted herself in to the clinic.

Shortly after the TMZ report broke, it was fans of the singer, born Kesha Sebert, that tweeted me Dr. Luke was to blame. Luke signed Ke$ha to a recording deal at 18. He was responsible for her first placement, the hook of Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” and her solo releases. According to a subsequent report by the entertainment news website, people in Ke$ha’s circle claimed that the super-producer constantly asked her to lose weight. In one alleged instance, the songwriter born Lukasz Gottwald called the singer “a f—ing refrigerator” during the 2012 video shoot for “Die Young.”

“Dr. Luke had been telling her how she had to get in shape and lose weight and all this stuff,” Ke$ha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, told People magazine. “She was exercising and dieting and ultimately doing everything she could, but not getting thin fast enough, and that’s when she first became bulimic.”

Through a representative, Dr. Luke refuted the claims.

“These statements and allegations concerning Dr. Luke are completely false,” read the statement given to People. “It is unfortunate that at a time Ke$ha is suffering immensely and trying to heal at a treatment center, her mother is taking this approach with the media. I give Ke$ha my utmost support and well wishes for a quick return to health.”

This does not seem to be the first media report of conflicts between Luke and Ke$ha. Late last year, Rolling Stone mentioned to the “TiK ToK” singer a petition that was circulating the Internet, attempting to separate Ke$ha from her contract with Dr. Luke. Ke$ha acknowledged its existence.

“I feel like my fans are really protective of me,” she responded to the magazine about the petition. “They just want to see me grow as an artist, which I agree with. Hopefully in the future, I’ll be in a position where I can put out a ballad or a more vulnerable song.”

When RS asked if Ke$ha currently had any creative control, she replied, “Not really.”

I asked Cher, a woman in New York who runs Ke$ha’s largest fan support Twitter account, what the singer’s fans are hoping for as far as the petition.

“For Dr. Luke to release her out of this contract, and then she can actually release the music that she wants to release, and be the person she wants to be.”

Meanwhile the collaborative efforts of Luke and Ke$ha seem to still yield big results on the charts. The Dr. Luke-produced “Timber,” which Ke$ha sings on the hook of, just hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee has more in common with Katy Perry than you might think. McKee is credited as a co-writer on some of Perry’s biggest tracks, from “California Gurls” to “Teenage Dream.” But in addition to sharing tracks, both have experienced the rollercoaster of a record label letting them go from a contract.

“I’ve known Katy and Ke$ha since back in the day,” McKee told me in an interview that aired Wednesday on “The Ralphie Show.” “It feels like kind of a badge of honor to be dropped, honestly. It’s like you get to have a trial run and learn all your lessons and everything, and then the next time around you have more experience; you know what to do.”

Perry went through two trial runs before landing at Capitol Records and becoming a household name. McKee, who also penned tracks for Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, and others, was on Warner Brothers before finding her way as a songwriter and eventually her home with Epic Records.

“I don’t get paid to write songs,” McKee claimed of how her particular pay structure works. “I only get publishing (rights).”

Basically, McKee gets no money upfront, but can make a considerable amount of cash on the other end after sales, airplay, placements, and other considerations. The singer now has her own song, “American Girl,” and is working on her first album with Epic. She can only hope the track finds as much success as the eight other chart topping singles she has contributed to.

“It’s a major feat to have anything you write be on the radio,” she said. “I’m incredibly grateful and lucky to have had those opportunities.”

Judging by the lip-sync video released for “American Girl,” McKee’s friends are pretty pumped for her second run as a solo artist. Ke$ha, Tommy Lee, Jason Derulo, Cruz, and Adam Lambert are a few of the celebrities who submitted pieces for the project. Perry also created a lip-sync video, and has been doing a little songwriting of her own recently. “The Ralphie Show” reported that Perry and boyfriend John Mayer co-wrote a track for Mayer’s upcoming album.

“I’ve heard about it,” a tight-lipped McKee let out. “I heard through the grapevine, actually.”

Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik characterizes the band’s last LP, Something For The Rest Of Us, as a reflection of how the band viewed its surroundings: at times dark, depressed, and without hope.

“I mean, that’s one of those albums that every artist says, ‘Well, I had to make that album,’” Rzeznik told Cumulus Media’s “The Ralphie Show” during a radio broadcast backstage at the 55th GRAMMYs. “(The new album) is very upbeat, up-tempo.”

Many artists on a major label don’t have the freedom to simply record and release an LP simply because they feel the necessity to. And while Rzeznik quipped that he “almost got dropped,” from Warner Bros. Records, the front man is now looking forward to Magnetic.

“Most of it was written in New York,” Rzeznik said of the album, due out May 7. “The energy was just fantastic there; I’d never done anything like that before.”

It’s almost hard to believe that a 27 year-old band with over 10 million albums sold worldwide is still experiencing new things in the studio. Here’s something even more surprising: that same band has actually shared a stage with pop singer Ke$ha, twice. The last time was earlier in the year during the Creative Coalition’s 2013 Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C.

“I was saying to myself, ‘Do I really have to go on stage after that?’” Rzeznik recalled after witnessing the “TiK ToK” singer perform. “There’s like 20 people on stage; everybody’s dancing around, playing tubas and stuff, and you’re like, ‘What am I gonna do?’”