For better or for worse, Ke$ha has managed to stand out amongst her pop peers at a time where they are manufactured, marketed and managed to where pretty much anything unique has been rung out.
While there’s certainly no shortage in terms of personality – everyone from Lady Gaga to Katy Perry to Kelly Clarkson have carved out recognizable identities for themselves along with their music – Ke$ha has gone steps beyond her pop peers in terms of grabbing large-fonted headlines for outrageous interviews detailing her extracurricular activities.
In fact, it’s safe to say the music is taking a backseat with many a music fan and pop culture reader.
Ke$ha (born Kesha Sebert) bubbled under the pop radar for nearly a half decade before breaking through in 2010 with her full-length debut, the dance-heavy“Animal,” which topped the Billboard 200 charts upon its release and spawned a slew of hit singles, most notably “Tik Tok,” “cannibal” and “Blah Blah Blah.” Late last year, she dropped her sophomore set, “Warrior,” which has brought out the singles “Die Young” and “C’Mon” thus far and has found her working with the varied likes of Iggy Pop, the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and the Strokes.
Out of the studio and stage, however, it seems as though Ke$ha wastes no chance to grab headlines, however unflattering they may be to some.
Seemingly leaving no stone unturned nor an opportunity to make waves unchecked, Ke$ha can pretty much be counted on for TMI in interviews. Her sexual exploits and quirks are well-documented to where they do not need to be relayed here.
Last month, Ke$ha added to her hype machine with “My Crazy Beautiful Life,” which chronicles her trials and tribulations during a two-year period on MTV. Made up of six half-hour episodes, the buzz thus far hasn’t been positive; surprisingly, “Crazy” has proven to be rather dull in the eyes of many scribes and viewers, which is something that can hardly be said about Ke$ha’s always quotable, often shocking adventures up to now.
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