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The party don't start till I walk in...
Ke$ha, "TiK ToK"

Kesha Rose Sebert (pronounced as Kesh-uh, born March 1, 1987), known by the mononym of Ke$ha from 2009 until 2014, is a singer/songwriter, pianist, guitarist, rapper and musician. Ke$ha was born in Los Angeles, but raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Her breakthrough single came in early 2009 after appearing on Flo Rida's number one single "Right Round". She wrote songs for Miley Cyrus, The Veronicas and worked on Lace And Leather for Britney Spears before she hit the big time.

Her debut single, "TiK ToK", and album, Animal followed shortly afterwards in 2009 and 2010, respectively, then she did an EP "Cannibal" featuring successful songs like "We R Who We R", "Blow" and "Sleazy". Currently on the Sleazy tour, world wide.

Her Signature Style can be roughly summed up as Retraux-style Synth Pop with tomboyish lyrical themes and Auto-Tune up the wazoo. No, really.

Discography:
  • Animal (2010)
  • Cannibal (EP) (2010)
  • I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album (2011)
  • Warrior (2012)
  • Rainbow (2017)
Kesha provides examples of the following tropes:

You're my object of affection
My drug of choice
My sick obsession

  • Lucky Charms Title: Ke$ha.
  • Misandry Song
  • New Sound Album: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ke$ha claims that her new album will be influenced by The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire. Looks like MGMT may have to give up their trophy for "Most Intentionally Difficult Sophomore Album" in a few years…
    • In a newer interview, she claimed that the title is Spandex On The Distant Horizon and that "maybe it will be rock and roll or maybe it will be something else. It could end up being a spoken word record or polka death metal."
    • It's been confirmed that the album will be inspired by 70's rock.
  • Noodle Incident: The video for "Blow" gives us this gem:

"So, I grabbed the bear by the throat, looked him right in the eyes, and I said 'Bear, you have 'till the count of zero to put some pants on and to apologize to the President.' And, um…that's the story of how I was elected to the Parliament of Uzbekistan."

"There's a place downtown where the freaks all come around
It's a hole in the wall it's a dirty free for all"

You're my object of affection
My drug of choice
My sick obsession

Stephen... I'll knit you a sweater. I wanna wrap you up... in my love... forever. I would never let you go, Stephen. I'll never let go.

  • Stealth Parody: Based on her website, MySpace page, intellect and public comments (she's said she doesn't take this very seriously), it's at least possible that Ke$ha's career is some kind of parody.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: Out of the world outfits, ideas, and creepy videos which in some degree don't make much sense, obsessed with partying, rebellion and 'fame', with a higher message, and lampshades various pop star expectations and then uses those tropes to their highest degree (Lady Gaga)...Except she does it for fun, is out there cuz she parties and she knows it, just does her thing and has not made herself the official spokesperson for any particular social group and just wants us all to have fun and love one another. Stealth Parody elements are more within Ke$ha's choices then Gaga's too.
  • Surreal Music Video: Let me count the ways.
    • For those of you who don't want to click the links, we have...
    • "Take It Off Ke$ha 'n Friends Version" which opens with a Leopard and from there turns into a neon alley way rave with furries and Evil Sorceress Ke$ha winning an RPG dance battle.
    • "Animal", which involves Ke$ha fighting backwards headed monsters in deep space and ends with a credibly impression of a Wave Motion Gun.
    • "Take It Off (Original Version)" which ends with a rave in an empty swimming pool filled with chalk dust. And that chalk dust used to be people.
    • "Your Love Is My Drug" which turns into an animated acid trip by the end.
    • "Blow", which starts with the line "So I grabbed the bear by the throat, looked him right in the eye, and told him 'you have until the count of zero to put some pants on and apologize to the president'. And that's the story of how I was elected to the Parliament of Uzbekistan." which Ke$ha tells to a pair of unicorns while drinking champagne. It then evolves into a club full of unicorn people and a laser gun fight with James Van Der Beek where the unicorn people bleed rainbows when hit with the lasers.
  • Take That: If you know anything about her history, it's hard to to see some songs like "Stuck Up" as anything but a Take That at Paris. More generally, a good third of her songs are Take That at either various stereotypes or her detractors.
  • Teacher-Student Romance: Hot for teacher variety in "Mr. Watson" to the Nth Degree. "Mr. Watson I want to get with you. I won't tell a soul what we're gunna do. Wanna get my hands in your khaki pants, teacher teacher whatcha gunna do, cause I am coming on to you."
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: "Blow," "Your Love is My Drug"
  • The Something Song: "The Harold Song" on her Cannibal EP.
  • Title-Only Chorus: Your Love Is My Drug
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: "We R Who We R".
  • Valley Girl: Her musical persona comes off as this.
  • Unkempt Beauty
  • Your Cheating Heart: "Kiss N Tell" is one example.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Although perhaps not necessarily a real example, when seen with the explosion at the start or the Magic Missile Beam Spam earlier in the official video for Animal, it's hard not to see this towards the end when she lobs a giant pillar of light into the sky.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The American flag t-shirt, as well as a sparkly cape with an American flag design on the inside she wore for a Saturday Night Live performance.
  • What Do You Mean It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Subverted as this is her music and why it's done, to be played at parties and drug filled gatherings, at least in the Animal and Cannibal eras.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: "We R Who We R".
  • Yandere: "Stephen"