True Colors
True Colors
{{{Type}}} by Zedd and Kesha
Released April 29, 2016
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Length 3:48 (album version)
3:45 (single version)
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Producer Zedd
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"True Colors" is a song by Russian-German electronic music producer Zedd. The original version of song featured uncredited vocals by Tim James and was included on Zedd's second studio album True Colors (2015).[1] The official single is a new version of the track, with the vocals provided by American singer Kesha and was released as the album's fourth single on April 29, 2016.[2] They performed the song live at Coachella 2016. The song will appear in FIFA 17.


"True Colors" is Kesha's first music release in over three years, as she has been locked in a court case with her producer Dr. Luke, after ten years of alleged abuse. She first performed the song as a guest during Zedd's set at Coachella 2016. In late April, both Kesha and Zedd posted photos to their social media accounts confirming they were recording together.[3]


"True Colors" is a mid-tempo ballad[4] in the key of D minor with a tempo of 126 beats per minute. It follows a chord progression of Dm-C-Gm-Dm.[Citation needed] Kesha's vocals span from B3 to G♭5. Described by a Slant Magazine editor, the track opens with a muted keyboard melody before gradually building to a climax of rollicking drums and bells; a departure from Kesha's previous "party anthems" singles.[4] For a NME reviewer, is a "a moody, gothic electro ballad."[5]


Rolling Stone editor Brittany Spanos called it a "triumphant return" for Kesha. Comparing it to the album version, she stated "the style is more grandiose" in Kesha's take.[1] Agreeing with the latter, Nigel M. Smith from The Guardian wrote "Kesha's audible rage lends the track a fire that was missing in its earlier incarnation."[6] Lars Brandle of Billboard wrote the song "is a powerful, moody tune and, lyrically, Kesha is in a fighting frame."[7] August Brown in Los Angeles Times noted "At Coachella, her surprise appearance had the gravity of something more than just another pop-star cameo. This recorded version is a welcome reminder of Kesha's considerable vocal talent."[8] Lucas Villa of AXS praised Zedd's direction, writing, "Under Dr. Luke, her vocals were mostly processed to hell but with Zedd, Kesha beautifully bellows the song's powerful message." Despite minimal promotion from radios or a major record label, the song sold 52,000 copies in its 1st week and placed at #8 on the U.S ITunes Charts. [9]


Chart (2016) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 76

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide[11] 29 April 2016 Digital download
Worldwide[12] Contemporary hit radio


  1. 1.0 1.1 Spanos, Brittany (April 28, 2016). Hear Kesha's Triumphant Return on Zedd's 'True Colors'. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on April 28, 2016.
  2. True Colors - Single by Zedd & Kesha. iTunes Store. Retrieved on April 29, 2016.
  3. Are Kesha and Zedd Working on New Music Together? (en-US).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Camp, Alexa (April 29, 2016). Kesha Shows Her "True Colors" on New Zedd Track. Slant Magazine. Retrieved on April 29, 2016.
  5. Bassett, Jordan (April 29, 2016). Kesha Emerges Defiant And Optimistic On 'True Colors', Her First Single In Three Years. NME. Retrieved on April 29, 2016.
  6. Smith, Nigel M. (April 29, 2016). True Colors review – Kesha is back in defiant anthem. The Guardian. Retrieved on April 29, 2016.
  7. Brandle, Lars (April 29, 2016). Kesha and Zedd's Powerful Collaboration 'True Colors' Has Arrived: Listen. Billboard. Retrieved on April 29, 2016.
  8. Brown, August (April 29, 2016). Zedd releases new version of 'True Colors' featuring Kesha. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on April 29, 2016.
  9. Kesha thanks fans as Zedd-fronted 'True Colors' goes top 10 on iTunes (April 30, 2016).
  10. Ryan, Gavin (7 May 2016). ARIA Singles: Drake 'One Dance' Is the No 1 Song. Noise11. Retrieved on May 7, 2016.
  11. iTunes - Music - True Colors - Single by Zedd & Kesha. iTunes.
  12. Zedd & Kesha - True Colors RadioDate. (April 29, 2016). Retrieved on April 30, 2016.

External linksEdit

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