It has been a good couple of months for singer songwriter Ke$ha. Last week, her debut single “Tik Tok” broke the digital download record for a track by a female artist. The previous record holder in that category was Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” and for those of you who like music stats, the record holder in all genres is Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” in which Ke$ha sings the hook, although she is uncredited.
Today, her debut album Animal, was released to considerable buzz. Not bad for a girl who, not that long ago, appeared as an extra in her buddy Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” video because she needed the $200.
Ke$ha’s tunes can be described as unapologetic party music with a dirty streak that is delivered with a candy coated pop sensibility one second and bratty snarls the next. Looking for introspection and hidden layers of meaning in her lyrics is a futile task, and frankly, that’s not the point. When you stick a dollar sign in your name, and you drop tracks like “Party at a Rich Dude’s House” you’re pretty much telling the world that you intend to be a guilty pleasure, so drop the attitude, and party until you drop your pants. (Bonus: She also looks she woke up on someone’s lawn in The Hills after sipping too many Mai Tais at last night’s rager, so she definitely looks the part as well.)
Out magazine sat down with Ke$ha and talked about her debut album, her musical influences, working with her friend Katy Perry and her sexuality, about which Ke$ha says: “I like people. I wouldn’t say I’m gay or straight. I don’t like labeling anything anyways. I would just say I like people.”
Take note, trend-watchers: “People person” is the new “bisexual.”
Excerpts of the interview are below:
Like Katy Perry did last year, Ke$ha will be headlining The Dinah, otherwise known as the biggest lesbian party in the entire universe. (I guess one might take offense to that if you’re a MichFest sort of gal, but think of Dinah as MichFest with swimming pools, glitter, and bling.) And she’s on the roster for the Lilith Fair revival, so queer women will be seeing a lot of her in the next few months.
What are your thoughts on Ke$ha? A younger, brattier Fergie? The first of the inevitable post-GaGa swarm that is poised to attack the airwaves? Wondering what’s up with the kids and their ambiguous sexualities these days?
Or are you just hyped to go to Dinah and dance until your eyeliner runs down your face and melts into your red wine stained lips into one hot mess? (This is the credited answer.)