Artist of the Week

Week 52 of 2009


Ke$ha made her break when lending her vocal to Flo Rida's chart-topping single "Right Round" in January. However, the singer who has written songs for the likes of Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears turned down the offer to appear in the video. "I want to make my own name for myself," she told Esquire.

Indeed, Ke$ha has succeeded making a name through her own music. Her solo debut single "Tik Tok" is currently securing No. 2 spot on Billboard Hot 100, sitting behind Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' duet track "Empire State of Mind" and overshadowing Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance".

"Tik Tok" is a lead single from her first studio album "Animal" which is slated for January 5, 2010 U.S. release. Beside busting the chart, the song was also heard on the small screen. It was used to promote "Project Runway" season 6, "The Hills" and 2009 reboot of "Melrose Place".

Recently, Ke$ha told MTV that one of the songs in the forthcoming album talked about a guy she was once interested in. "I wrote about this guy that I've been stalking since I was, like, 15, but he's a total loser, so I don't want to glorify him in any way," she said. "But I'm really excited for the song."

Sharing something in common with Taylor Swift who also isn't shy to pen a song for her ex-boyfriend, Ke$ha declared her love for the country music singer when she was presented with Taylor's name. "I would totally collaborate with her," she gushed. "But I think I would scare her, to be honest. ... But yeah, I really love, love the way she writes, because you can tell it's real and you can tell it's honest, so I do think there's that similarity in our writing styles. You can tell she's talking about a very specific situation, and you know it's real."


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Ke$ha was born on March 1, 1987 to a single mother Pebe Sebert, a singer/songwriter, who encouraged her to sing and taught her how to write a song. At the age of seventeen, her family was featured on Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's "The Simple Life" and by then, Ke$ha had been working on her music. » more