Kesha has announced her fifth studio album, Gag Order. Rick Rubin produced the LP, which arrives May 19 via Kemosabe Records and RCA Records. Its first two singles, ‘Fine Line’ and ‘Eat the Acid’, will be out on Friday (April 28). Find the album’s cover art below.
Introducing the album, Kesha wrote in a statement: “Without the darkness there is no light. So I let my darkness have the light. I can’t fight the truth. Life is difficult and painful. It is for everyone. An artist doesn’t exist to make others happy. I believe an artist gives voice, motion, color to the emotions we all have. The good emotions, and the unmanageably fucking miserable ones.”
The album’s title appears to be a reference to Kesha’s nine-year legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke. Since the legal battle began, all of the singer’s albums, including Gag Order, have been co-released via Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records. In a new Rolling Stone feature, Kesha said, “I feel as if there has been an implied gag order for a very long time now.” She added, “With my ongoing litigation hanging over my head, I have not been able to speak freely because I know everything I say is scrutinized.”
Kesha’s last album was 2020’s High Road.
Gag Order Cover Artwork: