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May 16, 2008 was when we first (randomly) encountered the pop artist known as Ke$ha. The mini-feed on our Facebook page showed a friend of ours from NYC was attending a concert at the Key Club for a Los Angeles-based alternative rock band (who shall remain nameless until we blog about them as well). This encouraged us to check out the aforementioned band’s music, which was quite good, upon further review of the MySpace page we saw a photo of a stunning girl in their top friends. Indeed, this stunning girl was Ke$ha.
While this isn’t the most glamorous of stories on how have stumbled upon artists, it’s actually does have some relation to the reason we are writing this entry on Nashville-born and proud resident of Echo Park, CA — Ke$ha.
DISCLAIMER: KE$HA IS A F*CKING STAR!
With one look at her, you want to know more about her. The girls will want to be her, and the boys will want to f*ck her. She has a rockstar look and the attitude, sound and swagger to back it up. Her first run of songs were done with Dr. Luke and she just finished writing a handful of songs with legendary hit-maker Max Martin in Sweden. She has also worked with producers Jim Abbiss, JR Rotem, Evan Bogart, Benny Blanco and Ric Ocasek and Tom Neville (We will opt out of including their combined credits as they are in the hundreds and undoubtedly include some of your favorite bands/artists, just click the links) Ke$ha herself is no slouch either, she actually penned the song “This Love” for The Veronicas before any of her recent buzz as a solo artist and was one of the handful of hot girls in Katy Perry‘s “I Kissed A Girl” music video. Ke$ha has also appeared on Britney Spears‘ song “Lace And Leather” as a backing vocalist and most recently Flo Rida‘s record breaking hit “Right Round”. (Yes, she is “that girl from the Flo Rida song”). Among sure to be many upcoming collaborations is an exciting pairing of Ke$ha with Denver-based band 3OH!3 and yet another song with Flo Rida called “Touch Me”.
We have no doubt that she has what it takes to make it in this fickle music industry, check out her MySpace page and listen to her songs to see for yourself. The songs written with Max Martin are not up yet, and don’t expect for them to be heard until her upcoming release on RCA/Jive Records. After a flurry of major label interest, Ke$ha signed a hefty record deal with Barry Weiss, if her record was on the stock market we’d bet the house of on it.
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One of the biggest problems with the music industry today is that there is a lack of star power within bands and emerging artists in general. Many bands are formed with the intent of selling records, getting on the radio and selling tickets to concerts. This is indeed a smart way of doing business in the short-term, but in order to build long-term success one must be able to command attention, and sustain the test of time.
Proof of of this is simple, more 16 year olds today can name members of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Motley Crue, The Doors and other legendary bands than some of today’s top bands. Who is the guitar player in Kings of Leon? Who is the drummer for The Killers? Perhaps you might know the bass player for The Fray or maybe even the drummer for Coldplay? Probably not. This does not discount the success and/or sales history of any of the aforementioned bands, but it does take away from their potential for long-term success. Even outside of music, Ke$ha will be noticed for her star power and charisma; the tabloids will love to hate her and she will probably end up in movies before her run is up.
Apologies for the random tangents and rabid flurry of writing, if you take anything away from this, have it be the photo above and others listed on her MySpace page. Additionally, listen to the songs and enjoy them while they are posted as they might not even make the album and will soon be taken off of the MySpace page regardless.
To repeat the obvious and bring a close to this long-winded and one-sided review on one of our favorite artists, Ke$ha is the epitome of a 21st Century Rockstar. Case closed.