The Queen of Shock Pop’s new single, “Die Young,” leaked yesterday and — good news! — new Ke$ha sounds a whole lot like old Ke$ha, if scrubbed of some of that glitter. We have always admired Ke$ha’s penchant for laser-y synths and apocalyptic drum beats, her half-rapped and sort of blathering vocals, and most of all her aggressively care-free spirit; and so we were a little worried that if she made an album where she gave “so many f***s,” we might not be able to dance to it. We’re worrying no more, though, as this first cut from Warrior — out December 4th — finds Ke$ha back in high wild-child style and only ever-so-slightly more matured, employing an acoustic guitars and what might be the anti-bass drop.
From the sounds of this first teaser, “Die Young,” the soon-to-be released single off of Ke$ha‘s forthcoming album — the one she says she gives “so many f*cks about” — new Ke$ha is as indulgent as old Ke$ha, but maybe a little more tender, too. Singing a capella on the subway in Tokyo, she belts out this plea: “Oh, what a shame that you cam here with someone/ While you’re here in my arms, let’s make the most of the night/’cause we’re gonna die young.” The “we’re gonna die young” refrain is a familiar one, coming from a wild-child like Ke$ha. The tender embrace bit is, though, is a sweet new line for her. And most surprising of all in this first teaser is the sound of Ke$ha’s voice, stripped of all that auto-tune and effect she’s used in the past. Read more…
In a recent Rolling Stone article, A$AP Rocky explained that “nowadays, everybody wanna be weird. We know how to manifest being weird. We know we some weird-ass looking motherf**kers, and we know we do some weird sh*t.” He continued, “But at the same time, we some geniuses.”
While we’re not entirely sure that we agree with the “genius” tag, it does seem that suddenly every artist is out to “out-weird” each other. Whether it’s what Ke$ha‘s studding, what shoes Lil Wayne‘s rocking, or what Lil B‘s prophesizing, artists are competing to be the most unique and we just can’t get enough of it. Normal is just so boring, isn’t it? The art of music is all about expressing individuality in its purest form, and artists who don’t just let their tunes do the talking are the most appealing to us. We love these artists for embracing their individuality, their unique weirdness, that sets them apart. Brace yourself for our list of the Top 10 Weirdos in Music Today (And Why We Love Them For It).
Excuse us, Morrissey, but it looks like you’ve got a little something stuck up there…
Former The Smith‘s singer Morrissey donned a feline in hopes of helping to curb animal over-population. In an accompanying statement he explains that, “Despite the fact that they’re incredibly intelligent, animals unfortunately haven’t yet worked out how to slip on a rubber,” and that over-breeding leads to too-full shelters. “Please do the right thing,” the vegan and animal rights activist begs, encouraging pet owners to spay or neuter their animals while a real, live cat sits atop his head. The whole thing’s a little confounding and pretty silly, but it did get our attention just as a good ad should.
Controversial as the PETA may be, we can’t help but love their ads, Morrissey’s being only the most recent. Click through to see our five favorites that feature musicians:
It’s been two years now that we’ve been brushing our teeth with a bottle of Jack and slathering on glitter each morning, because waking up feeling like Ke$ha sounds at least as much fun as waking up feeling like Diddy. 2010′s platinum Animal LP, and the same year’s Cannibal EP, have so far assured a steady drip of half-rapped and crass to pop radio. As sure as we are that we’ll listen “We R Who We R” until the end days, we are eager also to see what more the shock-pop queen’s got.
There have been whispers about a new album, but save for that snippet Dr. Luke leaked about sexy-time with the supernatural and something about a new genre called c*ck pop is about all she’s afforded the subject. Until now: In an interview in the new issue of Rolling Stone, the wild star talks at length about the project, and promises that, “about 90 percent of the time, I don’t give a f*ck. But I give so many f*cks about this album.”
So there will be no messing with that spirit of hers. Instead, it sounds like she plans to employ her wonderfully unhinged energy for the better. “I said ‘Let’s leave the tricks to a minimum and let me wail,’” she said. “I want it to be a mix of what works on the radio and what I listen to in my spare time,” she added, citing a “steady diet of T. Rex and Iggy Pop.” Fellow weirdo Wayne Coyne might make an appearance, as could The Black Keys‘ drummer Patrick Carney; and according to Rolling Stone‘s report, the 17 songs she’s started work on are “all stomping, ultracatchy dance tracks.” And unlike her records past, things could might deep this time around. “The first two records talked more about partying, which is a great, magical part of life. But some songs on the new record are more personal and vulnerable,” she said. More personal than her illicit morning routine? Until the album’s release, set tentatively for later this year, we can only hope.
Ke$ha Offers New Details On Upcoming Album [Idolator]
It’s the 4th of July, which means that it’s time to wish another happy birthday to the US of A! In honor of our country’s 236th bday, we’ve put together this spectacular, über-patriotic GIF Wall featuring some of the music industry’s biggest stars paying salute the stars and stripes, everyone from chart legends like Bruce Springsteen and Madonna to up-and-comers like Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks. Ain’t that America?
TENACIOUS D HAS RISEN AGAIN (JUST LIKE THE FENIX)
The D has been silent since The Pick Of Destiny bombed at the box office back in 2006, but the band just released a brand new video that includes the most kickass training montage since Rocky IV. Oh, and btw, R.I.P. Val Kilmer; your sacrifice will never be forgotten. [TenaciousD.com]
PAUL SIMON CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF GRACELAND WITH DELUXE BOX SET
You’ll have to sell the diamonds on the soles of your shoes to be able to afford the $249.99 price point, but for that scratch, you’ll get 2 DVDs, 2 CDs, an copy of the vinyl LP, a deluxe book featuring unreleased photos, new liner notes, a replica of Paul Simon’s handwritten lyrics pad and a limited edition, numbered Graceland poster autographed by Rhymin’ Simon himself. [PaulSimon.com]
Leave it to Ke$ha to declare that she’s invented a new genre of music called “C*ck Pop”. She doesn’t even have one of those, but it looks like that’s what her style is regardless, although we’re not entirely sure what it means. Music that comes out of a man’s genitalia? Or music as, er… played by a man’s genitalia? We’re very sorry for the disturbing mental imagery you might be getting right now, but Ke$ha said it, not us! Ke$ha Tweeted about the new genre regarding a collaboration with Dr. Luke and Benny Benassi, which we’re guessing is going to be something of a club anthem, and we’re intrigued by the anatomy of it all…
Simon Cowell’s Latest Talent Show Will Find The World’s Best DJ
Simon Cowell (and Overbrook Entertainment, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s company) is preparing to launch a new reality show to search for the world’s best DJ. Cowell says, “DJs are the new rock stars, it feels like the right time to make this show.” What with all the club led anthems of 2011, we’re thinking Cowell might be hitting the doof-doof nail on the turntable. [BBC]
Lana Del Rey Still Babysits
Lana Del Rey is just a regular girl after all. Telling MTV that she still babysits when she’s at home, we can hear a resounding “naw!” echoing across the Internet. [MTV Buzz Worthy]
While Ke$ha doesn’t like unauthorized documentaries being made of her life, she’s now hinting, via Twitter, that there might be an official one in the works:
While we’re sure Ke$ha’s wild life will have plenty of juicy action to make for a thrilling documentary, we’ve got a few little fantasies of our own. Based on what we know of Ke$ha’s life, career, likes and dislikes and high powered friends, we’ve fictionalized 5 scenes we’d like to see in the final cut:
1. A 24 themed title sequence set to “Tik Tok”
“Hi, I’m Ke$ha, and this is the longest day of my life.” Cue frenetic, fit-inducing paced montage of images of Ke$ha, on stage, tongue out, crowd surfing, doing make up, in the studio, hugging Britney etc. Set it to the sound of “Tik Tok,” and finish with the word “Ke$ha” spelled out in the font style of a digital clock, and let the letters tick over into the time. Cut to a scene of Ke$ha waking up — obviously our imagined documentary revolves around a day in the life of Ke$ha.