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Kesha Shines at No. 1 with One of 2017’s Most Acclaimed Albums

Kesha Shines at No. 1 with One of 2017’s Most Acclaimed Albums

Scores Second Chart-Topping Album with the “Radiant” Rainbow

August 21, 2017 – Kesha’s Rainbow takes the superstar singer roaring back to the top of the charts, as it debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week and No. 1 on Canada’s Nielsen Soundscan. Called “the best music of her career” by Rolling Stone, Rainbow (Kemosabe Records/RCA Records) becomes Kesha’s second No. 1 album in Canada and the US, following her debut, Animal, which entered atop the chart in January 2010.

Rainbow earned 116,000 equivalent album units in the week ending August 17. Rainbow also debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard Top Album Sales chart. Outside of the US and Canada, Rainbow debuted top 5 in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. In addition, Rainbow hit #1 at iTunes in nearly 30 markets around the world, and marked Kesha’s best ever chart debut in almost a dozen.

Called “an artistic feat” by Entertainment Weekly, Rainbow finds Kesha at “her defiant, unbridled best” (USA Today), boasting collaborators ranging from Ben Folds to Eagles of Death Metal to Dolly Parton. The album has garnered praise from the New York Times, Billboard, NPR Music and more.

Kesha recently gave a “triumphant” (Elle) performance of the album’s first single, “Praying,” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Watch that performance here:

Kesha’s upcoming ‘Rainbow Tour’ has already sold out. The 21-city tour will launch September 26 in Birmingham, AL, and stops in Toronto, ON, October 16, following appearances at KAABOO and the iHeart Radio Music Festival. Dates here:

Watch this live performance of “Hymn”:

Praise for Rainbow:

“Kesha nods to the past and roars into the future.” – New York Times

“The best she’s ever sounded: strong and gutsy” – Los Angeles Times

“On her third album, she begins something new and promising.” – Pitchfork

“An artistic feat.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Kesha’s cathartic new album … her best work yet.” – People

“A defiant comeback.” – Vanity Fair

“Kesha glows, and ‘Rainbow’ is radiant.” – Associated Press

“It’s an album full of hope, one that celebrates love and exhorts the listener to believe in herself.” – NPR Music

“Kesha is triumphant. She’s loud, she’s strong.” – Glamour

“Kesha’s ability to move between pop, EDM, occasional hip-hop, and rock is what makes her such a thrilling pop star.” – W Magazine

“It’s absolutely exhilarating to hear Kesha prove just how many things she’s good at.” – Billboard

“Kesha’s grand return is a smashing success.” – Stereogum

“The most authentic Kesha album yet, and it’s a triumph.” – Paste