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The fresh hits keep coming for Kesha, who dropped the uplifting track “Hymn” on Thursday (Aug. 3), the fourth song off her upcoming album Rainbow, set to be released Aug. 11.
A finger-snapping confidence booster that offers “a hymn for the hymn-less,” the mid-tempo track follows up the bubbly positivity and themes of perseverance of previous tracks “Praying,” the feminist anthem “Woman” and last week’s triumphant “Learn to Let Go.”
The 30-year-old pop star, who returned to the music scene in early July after a nearly five-year hiatus from releasing new music, accompanied the release of “Hymn” with an original essay penned for Mic.
“This song is dedicated to all the idealistic people around the world who refuse to turn their backs on progress, love and equality whenever they are challenged. It’s dedicated to the people who went out into the streets all over the world to protest against racism, hate and division of any kind,” the singer wrote. “It’s also dedicated to anyone who feels like they are not understood by the world or respected for exactly who they are. It’s a hopeful song about all of these people — which I consider myself one of — and the power that we all have when we all come together.”
It’s the latest in a series of personal letters from the star. She also wrote essays tied to “Praying” (for Lenny Letter), “Woman” (for Rolling Stone) and “Learn to Let Go” (for Huffington Post).
The new song comes on the heels of Kesha’s announcement earlier this week that she’ll hit the road for a six-week North American Rainbow Tour, her first solo tour since 2013’s Warrior Tour.
To read the full essay, click here. Listen to “Hymn” below.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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