The song was also reprised in the TV series The Muppets, in the 2015 episode "Pig's in a Blackout". The Grammy Award-winning country star took to the stage to sing "Rainbow Connection," made famous by 1979's "The Muppet Movie," with the legendary Willie Nelson. [3], Williams and Ascher, who had previously collaborated on several songs for the 1976 film A Star Is Born, were tasked with writing the songs for The Muppet Movie. [25], "Woman" was released as the album's first promotional single on July 13, 2017. I go to the tattoo artist and it's like, 'A rainbow something? The tour commenced on July 23, 2016, in Las Vegas and ended on October 29, 2016, in Maine. Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone. Rich Copley. This is Kesha’s story, but it’s also the response that any woman in the Trump era of 'locker-room talk' might want to blast in her car on a particularly frustrating day." We asked you to share the songs that make you feel connected, and you responded! [3] The first line Kesha sings is, "Got back the stars in my eyes, I see the magic inside of me." "[41], Katherine Flynn of Consequence of Sound complimented Kesha's ability to retain her uniqueness on the record and stated that the album "feels much more organic" than her previous work, writing: "Rainbow, as a comprehensive work, feels much more organic and of this earth than anything by dollar-sign Ke$ha. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1979, with the song remaining in the Top 40 for seven weeks total. [18] The album contains a combination of both mellow songs and upbeat songs such as "Woman" and "Bastards". [20] In September, Kesha performed at the KAABOO and iHeartRadio festivals. "Praying" was released as the lead single from Rainbow in July 2017, going on to be certified platinum in several countries worldwide. "[40], Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone gave Rainbow 4 stars out of a possible 5 and wrote: "On her excellent comeback record, Rainbow, Kesha channels that drama into the best music of her career – finding common ground between the honky-tonks she loves (her mom is Nashville songwriter Pebe Sebert) and the dance clubs she ruled with hits like "Tik Tok" and "Die Young," between glossy beats, epic ballads and grimy guitar riffs. Not that you’d want her to push past her pain prematurely, but when it comes to the writing part, Kesha just happens to still be cleverer at playing koo-koo than guru."[43]. She co-wrote all but two tracks on the album, and said that she wanted her new music to reflect that she is a "real person having a complete human experience," stating that there was no balance in her previous work. Rainbow is full of sympathetic (if at times cloying) prisoner metaphors and therapist clichés [...] Across the board, she achieves a careful balance of her diverse musical selves: The gospel-tinged "Praying" takes the high road by wishing the best to the people who have hurt her, and "Woman" is a blissfully irreverent, proudly self-sufficient retro-soul shouter backed by Brooklyn funk crew the Dap-Kings. 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Song originally appearing in the Muppet Movie. The track was announced a day prior to the song's release and was co-written by Ryan Lewis. "[6] In an interview with Good Morning America the week of Rainbow's release, Kesha stated that she had written every song on the album and described Rainbow as "quite literally saving [her] life", and expressed her hope that the album would help people. '"[17], Kesha has said that Rainbow was inspired by her "true" musical influences: Iggy Pop, T. Rex, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, James Brown, and Sweet. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Jeff Moss and Ralph Burns also quoted the song's intro as the intro to the instrumental, "carriage ride" rendition of "Together Again" that segued into the Muppet Babies song sequence, "I'm Gonna Always Love You" in The Muppets Take Manhattan. Kesha flips and filters it through her dreamy vision, turning the sweet tune into rousing rockabilly until the standard sounds refreshed and vividly modern, battle-tested and born again. [6] Kesha stated that the album was inspired by several of her musical influences, including Iggy Pop, T. Rex, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, James Brown, and Sweet. Kesha embarked on the Rainbow Tour, which began in Birmingham on September 26, 2017. In 2016, it was confirmed that work had officially commenced on Kesha's third studio album, with Sony Music Entertainment assuring Kesha she would be able to produce a new album without having to work with Dr. Luke, the founder of Kemosabe Records. The album opens with the country-infused cut "Bastards", which, as Katie Baillie of Metro analyzed, is "about not letting the bullies drag you down." ️ #Rainbow … The 31-minute documentary features 8 songs from the album and chronicles Kesha's recording process up to her performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Primarily a pop record, Rainbow incorporates elements of pop rock, glam rock, neo soul, and country pop. She wrote that the "vulnerability of some songs will bring a tear to your eye, while others are so close to Kesha's old sound it'll have dance floors filled everywhere in no time." Eager to write music while in treatment, a friend brought her a toy keyboard, and after some negotiation, the staff let her keep it. Kacey Musgraves performed with one of her heroes at the 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee. [13] The name's influence can also be seen from business names[14] to artificial Christmas tree products. [3] Kesha assumed an integral role in the album's production and collaborated with several producers, including Ricky Reed, Drew Pearson, Ben Folds, and her mother Pebe Sebert. The song went on to chart in Scotland and New Zealand (on the Heatseekers Chart), at 88[citation needed] and 6[27] respectively. For the song that became "Rainbow Connection", Jim Henson told them that the opening scene should feature Kermit the Frog by himself, singing and playing the banjo. [6] She was not permitted to use any instrument with a power cord, explaining in an interview with Rolling Stone that the staff did not want her to have any objects that could be used for suicide: "And I was like, 'I respect all of that, but please let me have a keyboard or my brain's going to explode. In the United States, Rainbow debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 117,000 album-equivalent units, which consisted of 90,000 pure album sales. Rainbow debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States with 117,000 album-equivalent units and was the subject of universal acclaim from music critics, with several complimenting the feminist angle and uniqueness of the record as well as Kesha's vocal performance and ability to interweave different genres of music on the album. This line is included throughout the song. [16], In 1996 in Whanganui, New Zealand, a 21-year-old man burst into the radio station Star FM and took the manager hostage, demanding that "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog be played.[17]. [8] Thereafter, Kesha filed an ongoing lawsuit against her former producer, Dr. Luke, accusing him of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. "Rainbow Connection" reached No. The official music video for the song was released months later on May 31, 2018. Get the latest music news, watch video clips from music shows, events, and exclusive performances from your favorite artists. Kermit the Frog reprised the song on The Muppet Show in 1980 as a duet with Debbie Harry when she was a guest star. The song deals with Kesha's past suicidal thoughts and is suggested by reviewers that it is about Dr. Luke, although he is not named in the song. Baillie writes that the track "builds in both sound an emotion [...] as a full live orchestra kicks in." [11][12] After Sony Music Entertainment assured the singer she would be able to produce a new album without Dr. Luke, the founder of her label, work on Kesha's third studio album officially commenced. Kesha initially began writing songs for her third studio album while as a patient at Timberline Knolls, an Illinois treatment center, for an eating disorder in 2014. It became her second number-one album in the country after Animal (2010). [24], "Learn to Let Go" was previously released as the album's second promotional single on July 28, 2017. [57] On December 14, 2017, the album was certified Gold by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[58] denoting sales of 500,000 copies. She will also go on a co-headlining tour with American rapper Macklemore named The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore (2018). '"[7] She completed work on several songs while in treatment, and following her release from rehab, she removed the dollar sign from her name, explaining it as a way of taking back her power. The Importance of Being Megan Thee Stallion — The rapper is at the top of her artistic game, finishing college, and defending her right to be young, Black, and free.— Megan Thee Stallion isn't hurting for stage time. Rainbow appeared on several publications' year-end lists for 2017, as well as decade-end lists. She aptly performed her new single Rainbow and was joined by special guest Chris Martin. This story started with a beautiful song by Kacey Musgraves called Rainbow. A music documentary titled Kesha: Rainbow - The Film, produced by Apple Music and Magic Seed Productions, was announced on July 30, 2018. Rainbow is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Kesha.It was released on August 11, 2017 by Kemosabe and RCA Records.Primarily a pop record, Rainbow incorporates elements of pop rock, glam rock, neo soul, and country pop.Its lyrical themes range from letting go of the past, finding forgiveness within oneself for past mistakes, self-worth, and female empowerment. There’s a strong, organic rock and country influence that places her much more firmly in a lineage, a tradition, instead of the weird, airless, EDM-influenced vacuum that she inhabited on songs like the title track of 2012's Warrior and hits like "Blow". You have love. Williams and Ascher wrote most of the song fairly quickly at Williams' house, but got stuck trying to think of appropriate words for the part in the chorus that eventually became the phrase "the rainbow connection"; they were looking for a way to tie in the chorus to the song's theme of rainbows. Spanos also noted the noticeable departure from the electropop sound of Kesha's first two albums, writing, "Kesha used to sing about partying with rich dudes and feeling like P. Diddy. Her most angry/inspirational tracks, like "Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down," "Learn to Let Go," and "Praying," suffer not from seriousness but relative artlessness as Kesha unleashes a stream of Deepak-ian self-help bromides (embellished with plenty of Tupac-ian language) that’d sound better as bathroom-mirror sticky-note affirmations than they do as gospel-choir-backed lyrics." The tour is scheduled to take place in 30 cities in North America during the summer. www.countryuniverse.net/2019/02/16/single-review-kacey-musgraves-rainbow And she's not even half done: Before the end of Rainbow, the singer formerly known as K-Money will have sauntered her way through train-chugging, Johnny Cash-via-Kacey Musgraves country ("Hunt You Down"), schlocky frat rock ("Boogie Feet") and quirky singer-songwriter parables ("Godzilla"). On April 25, 2020, Kermit released a new performance of the song (recorded by Matt Vogel) on social media to lift spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.[18]. They took to the stage at Bridgestone Arena for a rendition of the iconic Muppet Movie song “Rainbow … She described the album as "a roller coaster of emotions, making you weep at the sadness of Rainbow and fist-pumping the air with Woman, and it was so worth the wait. Recent popular programs include All Creatures Great and Small, Inspector Montalbano, Britain's Lost Masterpieces, Spiral and Storyville. The album's lead single, "Praying" was released on July 6, 2017. A shorter version of the song performed by tribute band "The Moopets" is also used in the film. The song lost to "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae, a win that some critics denounced. [15][16], In a New York Magazine profile in October 2016, Kesha stated that as much as her first two studio albums Animal (2010) and Warrior (2012) represented who she was, she felt there was "no balance", saying that she is "a real person having a complete human experience" and she wanted her future music to represent that: "To this day, I've never released a single that’s a true ballad, and I feel like those are the songs that balance out the perception of you, because you can be a fun girl. [97] The film won Best Online Music Film at the 2019 Webby Awards. "[7] Others have similarly referred to "Rainbow Connection" as the film's "I Want" song. This was an AMAZING synchronistic story that I hope will inspire you! "Learn to Let Go" and "Woman" were released as the second and third singles from the album thereafter, seeing moderate commercial success worldwide.[4][5]. [2] Williams and Ascher received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards. But this isn't some Grand Ole Opry homage. A young child's heartbreaking drawings are still stuck to the front window of the Melbourne house of horrors where a mother is believed to have killed her three children in a murder-suicide. 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Les meilleurs albums pop de l'année", "The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s: Staff Picks", "Kesha's 'Rainbow' Debuts at No. The album debuted at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart[60] with 9,770 copies sold. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 81 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim" based on 27 reviews. In 2008, Paul Williams performed this song on the preschool show Yo Gabba Gabba! What an outstanding and inspirational message to send to young, impressionable singers today: When all seems cloudy and gray, you must remember that “there's always been a Rainbow hanging over your head.” Kacey Musgraves' iconic song will stick with you long after the performance. The song officially impacted US contemporary hit radio on January 23, 2018[26] and hot adult contemporary radio on January 22, 2018.[26]. 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