Kesha Rose Sebert (born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha (formerly stylized as Ke$ha), is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke's label Kemosabe Records. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida's number-one single "Right Round". Her debut album, Animal, and her first extended play, Cannibal, were released in 2010. Kesha's music and image propelled her to immediate commercial success, with Animal debuting as the number-one album in the United States. She also achieved two number-one singles, "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R", and a string of top-ten hits singles from the album and its re-release. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, including "Till the World Ends" for Britney Spears. Warrior, her second studio album, was released in December 2012, spawning Kesha's eighth top-ten single with "Die Young". "Tik Tok" is among the best-selling digital singles in history, selling over 14 million units internationally.
Praying is a song performed by Kesha for Rainbow. It was released as the lead single for her third studio album on July 6, 2017, following an announcement made on her Instagram page. The song was written by Kesha with Ben Abraham and Ryan Lewis. An accompanying music video was released the same day.
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Ke$ha and her backup dancers may have put on their best performance yet as the pop star sent her crew to respond to the Westboro Baptist Church protest that was taking place outside her concert in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Three tank-top clad men showed off their moves as WBC members shouted the lyrics to “God Hates Who U R,” an anti-gay parody of Ke$ha’s anthem of acceptance “We R Who We R.”
The Westboro Baptist protestors didn’t seem to quite know how to react, holding up their anti-gay and anti-Obama signs while awkwardly swaying to the auto-tuned beat (lady in the floppy hat, we’re looking at you) as the dancers did their thing. Most ineffective protest ever?
Well played, Ke$ha, well played. You’ve made the world a more accepting, as well as a more glitter-filled, place.
Last Night (August 19th) Ke$ha performed at Myth the Nightclub in Minneapolis.
The show lived up to the anticipated production value with huge smoke explosions and metallic confetti shot into the air — as if anyone needed more glitter. During “Gold Trans Am,” Ke$ha had a metal spinning tool that she created a shower of sparks with on the center of her giant pro-wrestling-type belt. For someone who made a career by essentially claiming to brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack, it was unexpected to see her operating what could be considered heavy machinery. And that said it was a bit unexpected to see her execute such fast choreography with her crew of professional male dancers.
Ke$ha was getting ready for a show in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday afternoon when we hooked up for a quick phone call to tease her Sunday night Pershing Center show.
Here’s most of what the outlandish pop singer had to say in the brief, animated conversation.
About her show, which features power tools, a stripper pole, inflatable hippos and, of course, lots of glitter:
K$: “It’s kind of my personal mission in life to have as much fun as possible until I die,” she said. “That’s what I want for my show. I want it to be something my fans look forward to, dress up for, come and meet a lot of people and be free and be crazy with no judgments and let it all out and hopefully be one of the best nights of their lives.”
LKW: How do you make it one of the best nights of their lives?
K$: “I’m myself. I let it all out. When I’m on stage I am putting everything out there and when I’m finished I’m either going to pass out, throw up or die. I’m proud of and very excited about this tour.”
LKW: I’ve read a few stories about parents complaining that you said a lot of bad words and were kind of raunchy in your show, and it wasn’t fit for kids. I wonder why anyone would take a kid to a Ke$ha show to start with?
K$: “Here’s the thing — I’m not paid to be a babysitter, I’m definitely not that. But I can be a positive influence in many ways. … Do I have a potty mouth? Absolutely (expletive deleted) yes.”
LKW: One of the things I’ve always admired about you is that you do it all — write songs, record and then do the big stage show. Is there one of those you like best?
K$: “For me, personally, I love writing songs. It’s how I take everything in my life, the heartbreaks, the disappointments and make it into something. I can turn it into a song. If I can turn it into a song, I’m getting something positive out of it. There’s a craft to writing a great song, and it’s one of my favorite things. It’s difficult to write a pop song.
“Then after you write the song, you’ve got to record it, then make the video and then figure out how to present it on stage. When you do it live, it’s the ultimate reward. You get to see face to face the results of that work with people singing along and having fun.”
LKW: Do people sing along with every song at your shows?
K$: “For most of the show, people are covered in glitter singing along. On this tour, I’ve been doing a couple of unreleased songs that they don’t know.”
LKW: I assume those songs are headed for a future record.
K$: “There’s one song, some people on the business side didn’t like it so it didn’t make a record. But it’s a song I really like, and I want my fans to hear. Doing it is my own special way of doing what I want to do, which is what I encourage other people to do. My stage is like my church. I am going to do whatever I want. I feel like my fans like that attitude of not being particularly receptive to authority.”
LKW: Speaking of not respecting authority, I’m a huge fan of Iggy Pop. What brought you to collaborate with him?
K$: “I love Iggy Pop. I think he’s, musically, a god. He’s supersmart, really cool and the ultimate badass. He’s not receptive to authority. That’s where I got that attitude. I made it a mission to collaborate with him on the last record.”
(In addition to Iggy, Ke$ha has worked of late with members of The Strokes and The Black Keys and has collaborated with hip-hop artists throughout her career. She said that was all about breaking down artificial musical boundaries.)
K$: “It’s one of the reasons I’m drawn to work with The Flaming Lips. We’re so different but Wayne (Coyne) and I are a lot the same. We’re children who like to make a lot of noise. I think it’s interesting he’s a psychedelic rock god working with me, a pop singer. It’s a pairing not a lot of people would think of. But why the hell not?”
LKW: My last question: What is your goal? What do you have out there that you want to do that you haven’t done?
K$: “I want to go to space. I really do. I think that’s like my ultimate goal. I want to keep making music. But I want to go to space before I die.”
No, she’s not drunk – though almost every hit the 26-year-old pop princess has put out over the past four years is drenched in beer and Jack Daniels. She’s just on concert No. 39 of a tour that has been all over North America, through a dozen stops in Europe, and comes to Charlotte’s Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory on Thursday.
“I rarely know where I am when I wake up. But I figure it out before I go on stage,” Ke$ha said during a phone interview Monday.
In addition to teasing her show, she also told the Observer about a few recent adventures, including a mishap with a power tool, a random tattoo and the surprising wardrobe choice she makes when practicing yoga.
Q. What are you hoping your fans get out of your live show?
I want my fans to be very entertained the entire time. I in the past have been known to jump off stage and kiss people on the mouth if they’re yawning. So I want it to be ideally the best night of your life. I would love for my fans to get ready and get excited and hide whiskey in their backpacks – if, of course, you’re of age – and come all dressed up and make friends, because I feel like it’s an environment where everybody’s there for the same common goal, which is to completely go crazy, sans judgment. And hopefully in the end leave covered with glitter.
Q. I’ve read about inflatable pink hippos, stripper poles, using a grinder to shoot sparks off a metal belt … where do you come up with this stuff?
Any idea that makes me laugh out loud when somebody says it usually means it’s a good idea, and the best ideas often come from them being a joke at first. People will say ideas in a joking manner, and then I’ll be like, “No, wait, that’s brilliant!” So then I will get a 12-foot stripper pole that I can use power tools on. … Everybody’s ideas are thrown at the wall and (we) see what sticks, but I will say the power tools on my lady parts – that one was my idea.
Q. Are you good with power tools?
No. I actually got electrocuted on stage two nights ago.
Yeah, but I’m all right. It just kind of freaked me out, because all of a sudden my body started shaking violently and I was like, “What is going on? Either I’m having a seizure, or I’m being electrocuted, or the aliens have come down and I’m being zapped into a spaceship.” I didn’t really know what was happening. But it all worked out.
Q. What other crazy stuff has happened on tour?
(During) my Warrior tour in Europe, four of my fans – who I’m now good friends with – they followed me all over Europe. About the fifth show in, I came outside my tour bus, and I gave them all wine, and we were all drinking wine together, and they were like, “Let’s all get a tattoo!” And I was like, “All right, cool.” So fast-forward, the last night of tour (in Vienna), me, my tour manager, my brother, and these four fans all got matching cat tattoos. I call them cattoos. It’s a tattoo of a cat, and it says “Animal” on my foot. Then we all proceeded to get a little drunk and have a dance party.
Q. I saw a story online this week about Canadians up in arms over the fact that your show in Windsor, Ontario, was all-ages, despite lots of profanity and references to sex. What would you say to parents who are considering letting younger kids attend your show?
Listen, I am not a babysitter. I will talk about the birds and the bees a little bit. It’s a show that is rooted in acceptance and in love, but I do kind of have a potty mouth. So if your child has never heard dirty words before, it might be a little bit of a shock. But I just have to do what I do. I have to just be myself – that’s the whole message.
Q. Stage persona aside, what are some normal, everyday, uninteresting things about you?
Well, I am one of those crazy cat people that thinks my cat’s the cutest cat in the world, and I sit around and talk to my cat for hours. Let’s see … I really like scaring the —- out of myself. I love watching really scary movies. Oh, and I love doing yoga in the woods. But I don’t wear pants, so it’s really not that boring.
Last night (August 10th) Ke$ha performed at the Sand Steel Stage in Bethleham for Musikfest 2013. Five songs into her 16-song, 80-minute show at Musikfest, Ke$ha revealed she had a “little surprise”: The concert was the first being filmed for the second season of her MTV reality show “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.”
“Now this is where you take your boobs out and make out with your neighbor,”
Last night (August 9th) Ke$ha returned to the stage to begin her second leg of the US and Canadian tour. She performed at Caesars Casino Windsor in Canada. Ke$ha tweeted her excitement to be back performing for her fans