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Kesha Declares She 'Don't Need a Man' in Empowering New 'Woman' Anthem

by Jackie Willis 8:10 AM PDT, July 13, 2017
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Kesha wants the world to know that she's a "mother f**kin' woman!"

Over a week after the release of the emotional song "Praying," her first single in four years, the 30-year-old pop star drops the upbeat, female-empowerment anthem titled "Woman," featuring the all-male Dap-Kings horn section.

The music video for the song begins with Kesha in a car listening to an old country song about standing by your man. "OK, shut up!" Kesha yells before crooning that she buys her own "things" and pays her own "bills."

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"Boys can't by my love," she sings. "I'm a mother f**in' woman, alright. I don't need a man to be holding me too tight."

To accompany the release of the catchy track, which is the second single out off her upcoming album Rainbow, Kesha also pens an essay for Rolling Stone magazine. "I realized that for most of my life I was intimidated to even try and run in the leagues of the people I look up to," she writes. "With 'Woman,' I hope my fans will hear that wild spirit still strong inside me but this time it was created more raw, spontaneously and with all live instrumentation, which I found was a huge reason I loved the records I did love."

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Put simply, Kesha notes, "I just really f**king love being a woman and I wanted an anthem for anyone else who wants to yell about being self-sufficient and strong."

Kesha's music career was put on hold after she filed a lawsuit against record producer and songwriter Dr. Luke in 2014. Last August, she dropped the lawsuit in California against the producer, in an effort to focus on new music, according to her legal counsel.

Here's a look at her emotional ballad, "Praying":

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