Zedd x Kesha Collab is Here and it's Great, But There Are Some Issues
After Zedd brought Kesha out during his set at Coachella, to perform a breathtaking version of "True Colors", we knew it would only be a matter of time before a full studio collaboration dropped, and it's just been released.
The single is fantastic, and marks a triumphant return for Kesha after her extended hiatus from music as she's battled through legal conflict with her former producer Dr. Luke, following allegations that he sexually assaulted her numerous times.
Given how awesome this single is, we are hoping to see even more collaborations between Zedd and Kesha. However, we couldn't help but notice a couple of little issues surrounding the release.
First is that the original release of True Colors featured a different vocalist, who was not credited as a collaborator or featured artist on the digital release - Tim James. He is a successful singer/songwriter/producer in his own right, who has written songs for Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and number of other pop stars.
It seems a bit odd that this new version of True Colors is being promoted as a collaboration between Zedd and Kesha, when in fact it's a cover of a previous Zedd song that featured a different vocalist. We don't mean to imply that there's anything nefarious going on here, it's just unfortunate that this massive release builds on the prior work of a less known artist who doesn't seem to be getting much recognition in the public awareness.
Second, the version of True Colors that features Kesha was released jointly by Interscope, RCA, and Kemosabe. Kemosabe is Dr. Luke's imprint label. So while collaborating on True Colors with Zedd indicated that Kesha has some control over her career choices, it's also evident that she is not completely free of Dr. Luke, and her struggle to be released from her contract with him is not yet over. We hope this continued entanglement with Dr. Luke doesn't prevent her from working on additional material with Zedd, because they really do make an amazing pair.