Neither Ke$ha nor the song have got anything to do with it, but you can’t blame a nation left in shock by the unimaginably tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last week if they would rather not have to stomach her exuberantly morbid “Die Young” right about now. This morning TMZ reports that Ke$ha’s party-all-night-because-YOLO anthem has seen a sharp decrease in radio play since last week, losing 19 million listeners between Friday and Monday. According to their expert, the last time a song’s play dipped so drastically was in 2003, when the Dixie Chicks‘ anti-George W. Bush remarks had country fans up in arms.
It’s a shame because “Die Young” is one of the year’s most heartfelt pop songs, and all K$ ever really wants is for everyone to have fun while they live their life to the fullest. Really, this drop came down to bad timing. We also suspect that this might be a sign that “Die Young” has run it’s course, and that it is time to bump “C’Mon” up in the rotations. But what do you think?
The year is running down, and like everyone else, we are bundling up our most memorable musical moments from the year into a slew of Best Of’s. Before we get to the more obvious lists — the best albums, the best songs — we thought we would have a little fun. First up: 9 delightful collaborations, made all the more so for their unexpectedness. We aren’t talking Watch The Throne-style of-course-they-would team-ups, we’re talking collaborations that we couldn’t in our wildest dreams have imagined or that we thought we would never see, like — well, these nine:
Barton Hollow is totally “an indie record much cooler than mine,” but more careful observer might have predicted this unlikely but delightful collaboration, as Swift began yammering about her fellow Nashville transplants The Civil Wars on twitter long before this was even a possibility. We, however, were left breathless upon learning that one of the day’s biggest pop stars had teamed-up with one of our favorite You Oughta Know acts — and for a song for such a pivotal moment in the Hunger Games movie, no less! Joy Williams harmonizing turns Taylor’s girlish coo haunting, and John Paul White‘s patient guitar plucking gets the whole thing swirling. See also:“The Last Time,” Taylor’s distressed duet with Gary Lightbody of Northern Ireland’s mostly absent as of late folk rock set Snow Patrol. Taylor is a slick machine when it comes to her music, and it was a surprise to see her reaching out of bounds for this one.
Hard to believe as it may be given the boom box beats and all the sing-rapping that resulted, Warrior is allegedly a tribute to the genre Ke$ha loves the most: rock and roll. If you really strain your ears, you may hear some of that “old hippie rock” in the breakdown of “Die Young.” You won’t have to try so hard with “Dirty Pop,” which features Iggy Pop, a true and blue rock star and someone Ke$ha has spent a lot of time talking about through the years. The joy she must have felt the first time she heard him call her “Wild Child” on her own song is evident. See also:“2012,” K$’s duet with fellow weirdos The Flaming Lips.
Last night, Ke$ha debuted her new single “C’Mon” on The X Factor in a pair of leather thigh high boots and with her bottle-blonde mane teased big. For most of the performance she stood alone on a platform, rolling around on the ground and performing stripper moves while singing astoundingly well. There were some lasers and projections of planets and tigers, but it seemed pretty pared down for a natural maximalist like K$. Until the song’s final breakdown that is, at which point her glowing palms summoned a troupe of foxes and a flurry of glitter. Phew! That’s our girl — a little rowdy, a little raunchy and a lot rock star. If Ke$ha wanted to do this every night we would certainly watch.
The fact that the American Idol judge allowed herself to be shot with anything other than a telescope covering in Vaseline is surprising enough, but the fact Carey just ran in instead of descending in a sleigh… well, it’s all very interesting. Makes you think. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time we’d enjoyed a slightly head-scratchy holiday video:
Ke$ha‘s upcoming album Warrior doesn’t hit shelves until December 4, but bits and pieces of the much anticipated Animal followup have begun to hit the ‘net. Amongst the bunch of new K-$ leaks are a “We R Who We R” follow-up, her much-coveted Iggy Pop duet and the song she wrote about that one time with a ghost.
“Supernatural” has Ke$ha sing-rapping praise for post-life fornication. It sounds pretty much like a Ke$ha song — a scorching dance beat, some laser-y synths and a dash of autotune — and doesn’t really get into the nitty-gritty of the ghoulish act, but it does find her YOLO-ing like usual as she encourages: “Get a little bit wrong / Get a little bit wild / Get a little bit high off of this love tonight.” It’s grinding and not for the faint of heart, but — you know, neither is ghost sex. So! Listen while you can over here.
At this point Ke$sha and the word party are synonymous. She’s made a career of infectious fun, party records. “C’mon” from her December 4th release Warrior hit the Internet last night causing an epidemic of gyrating bodies dancing uncontrollably. Produced by Dr. Luke, the track’s mesmerizing synths paired with the boom bap bass will cause clubbers to let go of the wall they’re holding, sending them straight to the dance floor. Read more…
As you might have imagined, Ke$ha‘s newest is full of debauchery, as is her usual neon-heavy style. Instead of unicorns, glitter and James Van Der Beek, this time she’s enlisted a band of spookily attractive dances to writhe around the desert–while K$ poses on a mattress and dances in front of a pentagram. It. Is. Awesome.
Is Ke$ha part of the Illuminati? Is she involved in some sort of witchcraft? Or is she just super trendy? We’ll never truly know, but the new video for Super Earworm “Die Young” features an overwhelming amount of geometry–everything from the magic triangle…
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Oh, poor Britney Spears still seems to be working out some of the rust after a few years out of the public eye. She’s done The X Factor pretty solid as a judge so far, but last night while attempting to lay praise on contestant CeCe Frey by comparing her to certain glittery pop star, she slipped: “Last night, I thought you had, like, an identity crisis, I felt like you were trying to be” — and then, at the third “like” it happened — “like Key-sha or something.” Ke$ha you mean? Oops!
Of course, it was an honest mistake. Dollar sign laden or otherwise, Kesha is not exactly a common name, and that Britney is probably not trying to live like she’s going to die young now that she has kids and all. But don’t these two know each other? Ke$ha proudly teamed up with pop savants Dr. Luke and Max Martin to write “Till the World Ends,” a song that really helped shake new life into Brit’s career, before taking her own turn on the remix. Should her fellow judges Simon (Simone?) and Demi (Deh-me) be concerned that — oops! — she might do it again? Or should we all just sit back and chuckle because, really, Ke$ha’s a famously good sport and Brit’s mispronunciation is kind of cute?
Somehow, between the album making, memoir writing and living like she’s gonna “Die Young”-ing, Ke$ha found time to pose for not one, but two magazine covers. Both Vibe and Billboard snagged the Queen of the Dollar Sign for their October issues, however their visions of the Warrior appear to be entirely different.
Ke$ha has so far been insistent that Warrior, due out in December, will show-off a side of her that might have been lost to the hard-partying on Animal/Cannibal. “The first record was a celebration of partying and being young, but this record’s a better look at my personality,” she tells Vibe, much like she told Rolling Stone that it will be “more personal and vulnerable.” What’s left when last night’s mascara is wiped away? It seems that Vibe and Billboard found two very different things. What’s it all mean?
Ke$ha announced Monday that she will scrap off the glitter and glow paint and get personal in a memoir titled My Crazy Beautiful Life, scheduled for release November 20th. According to the announcement, the book will span her entire life and will include rare evidence of her pre-dollar sign days. It will also include her “thoughts and reflections,” and — because she’ll always be a little cooky like that — the whole thing will be illustrated. That’s right, everything you ever wanted to know about the queen of shock pop, as depicted by glitter and whiskey painted illustrations ( or so we hope). A few questions we hope to have answered from this book include: was she born with glitter in her hair? Was she always a Dawson girl, or did she have to fall for Pacey’s charms first? At what age did she swap toothpaste for Jack Daniels? And about that sexy episode with the afterlife, how exactly did she… Read more…