Kesha Rose Sebert (pronounced as Kesh-uh, born March 1, 1987), is a singer/rapper known by the mononym of Kesha (2009-present) (formerly stylized as Ke$ha). Kesha 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 (Time Of Our Lives) The Veronicas (This Love) 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. Later, she released an EP, Cannibal, which featured successful songs such as "We R Who We R", "Blow", and "Sleazy". She currently finished the Get Sleazy Tour then released a second album.Her Signature Style can be roughly summed up as Retraux-styleSynth Pop with tomboyishlyrical themes and Auto-Tune up the wazoo.
Anti-Love Song: Blah Blah Blah (Basically a sex and leave song), Dirty Love(Just after sex again), Thinking Of You (I loved you, broke my heart but now I'm a star), Die Young (Break up with your lover to come with me).
From an interview with The Times: "Everyone's really offended by that. But come on, brushing your teeth with Jack Daniel's: what girl does that? People are like, 'Do you really advocate brushing your teeth with bourbon?' I'm like, 'Yes, actually, I do, every day, for everybody. Especially eight-year-olds.' I mean, what are you talking about? Of course I don't. Come on."
Disappeared Dad: Grew up in a single-parent home and doesn't know who her father is (or whether or not he's still alive)
There are some epileptic tree theories that John Travolta is her father, based on some photo comparisons and some facts like that her mom was a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles at the time of her conception.
In an Entertainment Weekly article, she professed to "the healing power of glitter" as a hangover cure. Not to mention her eye makeup on the page photo. She even has a guy to literally bathe her in a mixture of glitter and baby oil.
The video for "Take It Off" turns into a multicolored glitterfest by the second half. It is literally just rainbow clouds of glitter flying around the screen while people dance.
Averted on her CD, which is mostly sparkle-free.
Fanservice: "Take It Off" and "Your Love Is My Drug".
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: The song "TiK ToK" is basically about waking up hung over, getting drunk, heading out to the club, and getting more drunk.
Hey Lets Put On A Show: She very sweetly decided to put on a benefit concert to help the victims of the flooding in Tennessee. This act won her a lot of good karma back in Nashville.
Heroic RROD / Heroic BSOD: Has gone to rehab early 2014 after an awful 2012/2013! Including, issues with management, her album vision not coming to fruitition, cancelled tour dates and an eating disorder..
Iconic Outfit: Not applying to Ke$ha, for once. The green lurex bikini top worn in the video by the brunette dancer/DJ girl in the video for "We R Who We R" during a scene which features advertising for plentyoffish.com. This shows how popular Kesha's influence on fashion is.
Letting the Air out of the Band: The song "Tik Tok" uses this effect on the word "tipsy", appropriately enough, as well as the final "shut us dooooown". She uses it a lot in her music, to "Self Bleep" herself and such.
Now that the album is released, it's better to say that she split it between heavy dance tracks for half of the album, and then mood whiplashes us into the cock-rock out of nowhere with the help of Iggy Pop. And it is glorious.
"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."
Obfuscating Stupidity: The girl was in marching band, attended Cold War history classes for fun, and had near-perfect SAT scores. There's no way this isn't an act on some level. She says herself it's fun.
Odd Friendship: With Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, who said that he wants the two of them to become 'BFFs.' Sure enough, she's one of the featured guest vocalists (in the first track, no less) on their newest album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Not to mention that he worked with her on her new album, and their upcoming collaboration album Lip$ha.
Running Gag: The 'bottle of Jack' used to be a running gag. Now it's glitter, which she is obviously aware of.
Refuge in Audacity: She's been described as "the degenerate Hannah Montana"; whereas other pop artists would deny their crude, party-girl image, she completely embraces it (just watch the video for "TiK ToK") in what she calls "the war on pretension".
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 Kesha's choices then Gaga's too.
Spiritual Successor: Easily fits into Britney Spears shoes, fun pop star, who likes to release cutting edge pop music with a more Be Yourself leaning, who wants to create epic stage shows and has some instrumental training/talent.
Surprisingly Gentle Song: Feels Like Rain, Invisible and of her album tracks "Wonderland", "The Harold Song" and "Animal".
"Past Lives" and "Love Into the Light" from her Warrior album.
"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 Kesha 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."
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.