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The singer has had a tough 2016.
Kesha has posted an emotional message to fans on Instagram, promising that 2017 will finally see the release of new music.
The singer has been unable to release any new material in recent years, due to her ongoing legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke and record label Sony.
Continue reading: Kesha Pens Emotional Post To Fans Promising New Music Is On The Way
Kesha is eager to release new music she has been working on.
Kesha is eager to release new music.
The 'Tik Tok' hitmaker was locked in a court battle with her label Sony and producer Dr. Luke after claims he had sexually assaulted her, and the 29-year-old singer has revealed she has been working on a new track, which she is desperate to unveil to her fans.
Speaking to the New York times about the forthcoming release, she said: ''To this day, I've never released a single that's a true ballad, and I feel like those are the songs that balance out the perception of you, because you can be a fun girl. You can go and have a crazy night out, but you also, as a human being, have vulnerable emotions. You have love.''
Continue reading: Kesha Is Eager To Release New Music
The singer’s last album, ‘Warrior’, was released in 2012.
Kesha’s record label Sony has confirmed that the singer is working on new music which will be realised ‘soon’.
The 29-year-old has been locked in a legal battle with producer Dr Luke since 2014, which has effectively put her music career on hold, but it appears new material could be coming sooner than expected.
Sony has said Kesha will release new music 'soon'
Continue reading: Sony Confirms Kesha Is Working On New Music
She submits 28 new songs to Kemosabe.
It seems that litigation between Kesha and Dr. Luke has come to a shocking end as the singer decides to drop all charges of sexual assault in a bid to get her career back on track. In fact, she's passed on a whole bunch of new songs to Luke's Sony label.
Kesha drops charges against Dr Luke
Kesha filed the move to dismiss her allegations yesterday (August 1st 2016) and submitted a total of 28 songs to Dr. Luke's label in a bid to fulfill her contract as soon as possible so that she still might have a chance of a successful future.
Continue reading: Kesha Drops Assault Charges Against Dr. Luke In Bid To Save Career
The singer has got back to live performing in recent months as her legal battle with Dr Luke continues.
Singer Kesha has announced she’ll be performing a three night mini-residency at Las Vegas club Intrigue later this month. The 29-year-old is still embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with producer Dr Luke and record label Sony, but in recent months she’s made a return to live performing.
Kesha has announced a three date Las Vegas residency, beginning later this month.
Announcing the shows on Instagram, the venue said: “We are excited to announce that #Kesha (@iiswhoiis) will be performing her hits at #IntrigueVegas on June 23, June 25 and July 23!” Tickets for the shows are already on sale.
Continue reading: Kesha Announces Three Date Las Vegas Residency
This was probably one of the most special Billboard award shows ever.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards took place yesterday (May 22nd 2016) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Canadian singer The Weeknd taking home no less than eight gongs for his work over the past year. Adele also won big, though her five accolades were meagre compared to her R&B counterpart.
The Weeknd takes home eight awards
The Weeknd - real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye - landed almost more awards than he could carry. The prizes for Top Hot 100 Artist, Song Sales Artist, Radio Songs Artist, Streaming Songs Artist and Top R&B Artist were all presented to him, as was the Top R&B Song and Streaming Song for his number one platinum single 'The Hills' and the Top R&B Album for his second album 'Beauty Behind the Madness' released last year.
Two days ago, Dr. Luke's record label Kemosabe had blocked Kesha's planned performance at Sunday night's ceremony.
Kesha’s performance at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards are back on, following a reversal of the decision taken by Dr. Luke’s record label earlier this week.
On Tuesday (May 17th), the under-fire producer’s record label Kemosabe withdrew permission for Kesha to perform at Sunday night’s Billboard Awards ceremony after it learned that she was planning to use her appearance to reference the ongoing court proceedings between them.
However, a little over a day later, Kesha’s performance is back on after the label obtained assurances that she would not do so.
Continue reading: Kesha's Billboards Performance Is Back On, Following Dr. Luke's Approval
The singer was due to perform a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ at the ceremony on Sunday.
Singer Kesha has spoken out after her performance at this year’s Billboard Music Awards was cancelled when Dr Luke’s record label Kemosabe Records withdrew their support. Kesha was due to perform a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ at the ceremony on May 22nd, but it had been previously reported that the performance would include ‘direct references to her ongoing legal battle with Dr Luke’.
Kesha will no longer be performing at the Billboard Music Awards.
On Instagram Kesha wrote: "I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of "It ain't me, babe" at the Billboard awards this year. I'm very sad and sorry to say I won't be allowed to do this.”
So far, the judge has kept the case on hold.
Things are getting a little complicated in the legal proceedings between Kesha and Dr. Luke, because now she's planning to go full steam ahead with claims she made against Luke in Los Angeles, alleging that he subjected her to physical, emotional and sexual assault. The case had originally been put on hold, pending the outcome of her New York dispute which, sadly, saw her remaining chained to her contract with Kemosabe Records.
Kesha is trying to lift the hold on her LA court claims
Unfortunately, the judge has decided to keep the case on hold for now, despite Kesha's attorneys claiming that they have made significant amendments to the original claim. This heartbreaking decision comes just a day after Kesha posted a positive message to her Instagram followers.
Continue reading: Kesha Seeks To Lift Halt On Dr. Luke Sex Abuse Claims
The singer says she has decided to 'take back her life', after battling depression and eating disorders.
Kesha has hit back at body-shamers on Instagram after she posted a series of topless pictures and was met by negative comments from other users. The singer responded to those who had left the negative comments on her posts by declaring that she had decided to take her life back and reminding them that body shaming ‘makes you look like a dickhead’.
Kesha has hit back at body shamers on Instagram.
On Sunday (May 15th) Kesha shared a series of what appeared to be topless pictures on the social media site. But after receiving negative comments from some users the 29-year-old decided to post an uplifting, positive message.
Continue reading: Kesha Hits Back At Body-Shamers On Instagram
Her first single in three years.
We're so glad we didn't have to wait too long for this. Zedd and Kesha have just unveiled the latter's first single in three years; a remix of the DJ's song 'True Colors' which Coachella Festival goers will have heard on the first weekend of the event when they collaborated during Zedd's set.
Kesha is back in business with 'True Colors'
'True Colors' featuring Kesha is pretty much exactly the same as the original version Zedd released in 2015 as the title track for his US Dance chart topping album which originally had Rock Mafia's Tim James on vocals. Though this version has adjusted a few choice lines.
Continue reading: Kesha And Zedd Unveil Poignant 'True Colors' Remix
Sebert had countersued Dr. Luke for infliction of emotional distress after he had sued her for defamation, by allegedly spreading rumours that he sexually assaulted Kesha to the press.
The complicated and seemingly endless dispute between Kesha and her erstwhile producer Lukas Gottwald (aka. Dr. Luke), but one aspect of it appears to have been ended after Kesha’s mother dropped her counterclaims against him this week.
This particular part of the case started in Tennessee, where Dr. Luke originally sued the pop star’s mother, Pebe Sebert, for defamation and tortious interference. According to him, she had “smeared” him by circulating rumours that he raped Kesha to bloggers and the press after an alleged extortion attempt, which he says Kesha and her mother concocted together, over a contractual disagreement failed.
In turn, Pebe Sebert countersued on the basis of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and it is this countersuit that she withdrew on Tuesday (April 26th), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Continue reading: Kesha's Mother Pebe Sebert Drops Dr. Luke Counterclaims
The producer reached out to Kesha following her legal dispute with Sony and Dr Luke.
Despite her ongoing legal troubles it looks as if Kesha is backing doing what she loves again, making music. On Tuesday (April 26th) the singer posted a picture of herself in the recording studio to Instagram, revealing that she had taken producer Zedd up on his offer to help her make music again.
Continue reading: Kesha Making Music Again With Producer Zedd
The singer opens up on the Kesha fiasco.
Canadian electronic artist Grimes has opened up about her own opinions of the male dominated music production industry with regards to Kesha's ongoing legal situation with Dr. Luke. As it turns out, sexual discrimination is not a circumstance she's entirely unfamiliar with.
Grimes reveals what goes on in the studio
Asked about her thoughts on Kesha's lawsuit against Dr. Luke for alleged rape and abuse, Grimes - aka Claire Boucher - confesses that she's had her own struggles with male producers. 'I don't know enough about the specifics of that situation, because it seems very complicated', she told Rolling Stone in an interview. 'But I will say that I've been in numerous situations where male producers would literally be like, 'We won't finish the song unless you come back to my hotel room'. If I was younger or in a more financially desperate situation, maybe I would have done that.'
Continue reading: Grimes Reveals Her Producers Expected Sex For Studio Work
Kesha had argued that to force her to continue working with Sony and her alleged abuser, producer Dr. Luke, was tantamount to "slavery".
A New York judge has dismissed Kesha’s motion to terminate her contract with Sony in the wake of the pop star’s allegations of sexual abuse against her former producer Dr. Luke.
Judge Shirley Kornreich refused to overrule an earlier verdict in February this year, after Kesha’s lawyers had argued that to keep her contract with Sony in place was tantamount to “slavery”. The judge also held that Sony’s offer for Kesha to continue to record with them – but without any involvement from Dr. Luke or the companies he effectively controls within the Sony structure.
Kesha leaving the New York State Supreme Court in February 2016
Continue reading: Kesha's "Slavery" Appeal Against Sony Contract Thrown Out Of Court
Kesha has claimed she was offered her freedom if she agreed to lie and publicly apologise.
Producer Dr Luke has responded to claims made by Kesha over the weekend that she was ‘offered her freedom’ if she lied and said she ‘never got raped’. Kesha made the claims in an Instagram post on Sunday, that most likely referred to her contract with Dr Luke, which is currently the subject of an ongoing legal battle.
Kesha has claimed she was offered her freedom in return for lying.
The post on Kesha’s Instagram page read: “So. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie. I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH."
The singer’s lawyers have likened her contract to ‘slavey’.
Kesha has filed an appeal against the New York Supreme Court ruling last month, that dismissed her request for a preliminary injunction, that would allow her to record music outside of working with producer Dr Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald). The singer has previously accused her longtime collaborator of drugging and raping her. Luke has also countersued for breach of contract and defamation, while denying the allegations.
Kesha has filled an appeal over last month’s court ruling in her case against Dr. Luke.
The documents, filled by Kesha’s legal team and obtained by People read: "The court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald.” They go on to compare Kesha’s contract with the producer to slavery.
Continue reading: Kesha Files Appeal Against Dr Luke Court Ruling
The singer claims he's 'not a good guy'.
It looks like Kesha's case against Dr. Luke has just got a boost from fellow Sony artist Kelly Clarkson, who has now revealed that she has her own reservations about the producer as well after being 'blackmailed' into working with him despite the fact that she thinks he 'lies a lot'.
Kelly Clarkson opens up about Dr. Luke
The 'Piece By Piece' singer threw caution to the winds when she took to Twitter in support of her troubled peer Kesha after it was ruled by New York Supreme Court that the latter would not be freed from her record label in order to continue to make a living as a recording artist, despite accusing producer Dr. Luke of emotional and sexual abuse. And now Clarkson has gone a step further by publicly slamming the producer in an interview on Australia's KIIS 1065 Kyle & Jackie O Breakfast Show.
The singer gave an emotional speech as she accepted the award in her hometown of Nashville.
Kesha has been honoured with the Visibility Award by the The Human Rights Campaign in Nashville. The singer was recognised for her support of the LGBT community and for speaking out against bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Kesha has received the The Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award.
Accepting the award, Kesha referenced her recent struggles which have seen her embroiled in a contract dispute with Sony. Last month a judge denied her request to be freed from her contract with Sony and producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of physically, mentally and sexually abusing her. Dr Luke has always denied the allegations.
Continue reading: Kesha Receives Visibility Award For Support Of LGBT Community
Her defeat is not stopping her.
She promised us a full statement and that's exactly what we've got from Kesha, as she takes the time to urge the young women of the world to speak out against those who bully and abuse them, as well as thank everyone who has given her messages of support and risked their own careers to comfort her.
Kesha re-assures other abuse victims in touching post
It's been a trying few days for Kesha as she tries to come to terms with the judge's decision do deny her release from her sony contract with Dr. Luke, and no doubt continues to struggle financially particularly in paying her legal fees (thought Taylor Swift has helped with that). But one thing she is most certainly not having difficulty with is finding support for her cause.
Continue reading: 'You Are Not Alone': Kesha Speaks Out For All Victims Of Abuse
Who else is backing the 'Tik Tok' hitmaker?
Since Kesha lost her case against her alleged abuser Dr. Luke, she's received an overwhelming amount of support from fans and fellow celebrities alike. She may have been denied a preliminary injunction from his Sony imprint Kemosabe that would allow her to continue her career in an environment where she would feel safer, but so many people are still very much standing behind her.
Kesha continues to win support from her fellow artists
Lorde, Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert, Clean Bandit, Haim and Halsey to name but a few, have all written messages of support over Twitter, confessing their horror at the situation and offering their prayers. Here are just a few more stars who are really pushing the #FreeKesha campaign.
She says a longer statement will be released in due course.
Since the verdict over Kesha's requested preliminary injunction against Dr. Luke went against the singer on Friday, it's been a heartbreaking time for her supporters. And with so much intense support came Dr. Luke's own statement of denial via Twitter, and now Kesha herself has taken to social media to acknowledge her fans.
Kesha cries over fan support
Kesha looked positively devastated in photos released from the New York Supreme Court when she was told by the judge that, essentially, she would not be freed from her contract with Sony despite her claims that producer Dr. Luke 'sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused' her. But since then, she's received an overwhelming influx of positive messages from fans and peers alike, with fellow popstar Taylor Swift even donating $250,000 towards her legal fees.
Continue reading: Kesha Thanks Fans For Support With Heartfelt Social Media Post
He defends himself against Kesha supporters following Friday's ruling.
Dr. Luke has finally spoken out about his ongoing legal battle with Kesha, who's desperate to be released from her Kemosabe Records contract after alleging that the producer sexually and emotionally abused her. In a public statement, Dr. Luke once again denies the allegations and explains his side of the story.
Dr. Luke denies all allegations made by Kesha
The furore over Kesha's denial of a preliminary injunction from the New York Supreme Court judge has been so intense, that Dr. Luke - real name Lukasz Gottwald - has been driven to finally break his silence on the issue. No doubt he's been receiving a flurry of threats and abusive comments from Kesha's supporters recently, as the world remains divided over whether or not the incident of Luke apparently raping Kesha took place or not.
The Fun. guitarist and the DJ have reached out to Kesha over social media and offered to help her record new music.
After Kesha lost the latest round of her legal battle to free herself from her contract with producer Dr Luke, a number of artists have been showing their support for the singer on social media. Now Jack Antonoff, guitarist for The Fun. and DJ Zedd have both reached out to Kesha and offered to help her record new music.
Jack Antonoff And Zedd have offered to help Kesha make new music.
On twitter Antonoff wrote: ‘Hey @kesharose -- don't know what the legal specifics are, but if you want to make something together & then leak it for everyone I'm around. Or just make something and wait on it till that creep can't block you anymore. Standing offer from me and everyone I work with.’
Continue reading: Jack Antonoff And Zedd Offer To Produce And Leak New Music For Kesha
However, she did make it pretty clear that she felt she cared more about Kesha's court case than Swift, who had donated $250,000 to the cause.
Demi Lovato has been busy on Twitter lately, voicing support for Kesha in her battle to free herself from a recording contract with a man who allegedly raped her, and then bizarrely seeming to call out Taylor Swift for supporting her too.
“Frustrating to see women come forward with their past only to be shot down, not believed & disrespected for their bravery in taking action,” she had tweeted in the small hours of Sunday (February 21st) in relation to Kesha’s case, after the judge in the case ruled against her attempts to free herself from the contract with producer Dr. Luke last week.
Demi Lovato denies shading Taylor Swift
Swift eases the blow for Kesha with generous legal grant.
Heartbreaking images from the New York Supreme Court over the weekend showed pop singer Kesha in floods of tears as a judge ruled that she would not be freed from her contract with her alleged abuser Dr. Luke. But a beacon of light is still glowing for her as Taylor Swift donates a quarter of a million dollars to help her continue to fight her case.
Kesha's fans remain behind her as she continues to fight
Swift's generosity could mark a huge turning point for the 'Tik Tok' hitmaker, who was denied freedom from Lukasz Gottwald's Sony-subsidiary label Kemosabe Records by New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich on Friday (February 19th 2016). A representative for Swift confirmed her generosity in a statement. 'In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time', they said, while Kesha's mother also took to Twitter to show her gratitude for the 'Bad Blood' singer.
Kesha - Kesha departs on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) wearing a long, flowing white dress and showing a fuller pout on her lips - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 16th December 2015
Ke - PETA's 35th Anniversary Bash held at the Hollywood Palladium - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 30th September 2015
Kesha , Brad Ashenfelter - Kesha holds hands with her boyfriend Brad Ashenfelter at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at LAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 18th September 2015
Kesha - A host of celebrities attend the Hollywood Vampires debut performance at The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard. The supergroup featured the likes of Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan and Kesha amongst others at The Roxy - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 17th September 2015
Kesha - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived to the 9th annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala which was held at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015
American singer, songwriter and rapper Kesha spotted as she arrives at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a black, long sleeve, mini length dress in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 1st October 2014
American pop star Kesha photographed as she leaves Los Angeles International Airport wearing a pink top with darker pink mini skirt in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 23rd September 2014
The Lion King cast surprised passengers with their impromptu song on the subway, we look at other musicians who have given subterranean busking a pop.
Anyone who has ever travelled on the London Underground or the New York subway system knows that the experience is usually a dull and laborious affair. The carriages are sweltering and filled with people trudging to and from work, trying to avoid eye contact with everyone else despite the intense proximity of fellow passengers. All of these facets render the latest internet viral sensation as a harm-warming act to enliven the dreary public transport experience.
Musicians like to show off their talents on the subway, apparently [Getty/Spencer Platt]
Earlier this summer, members of the cast from the Broadway hit Lion King broke into spontaneous song on the New York A-train. The resulting video is currently doing the rounds on social media. The A Cappella version of ‘The Circle Of Life’ leaves many passengers enthralled, clearly delighted to have their journey brightened by the performers impressive talents sing and clap along to the spectacle. Others, however, react with a passive indifference with a few even keeping their headphones in through the song’s entirety. But the Lion King cast’s impromptu performance is far from the first to take place on a subway system. We take a look at some other examples.
Continue reading: The Best Musical Performances, On The Subway
The pop star will be ushering in a new generation of talent.
Kesha has signed on to serve as a judge on a new ABC singing talent show, Rising Star, as part of a panel of experts alongside rapper Ludacris and singer-songwriter Brad Paisley. The 'Tik Tok' star's appointment on the reality TV show will be her first since her recent rehab stay, which was due prompted by eating disorder.
Kesha Is About To Become A Judge On New Singing Show, 'Rising Star.'
The contest, which is set to premiere on the 22nd June hosted by singer Josh Groban, has a fairly simple premise: prior to the show, viewers enter online through a free app that will allow them to vote in real time when the contestants are performing.
Congratulations to Kesha for making it through!
Kesha is a whole new woman – or a healthier one, at least, which is always a good thing. Since exiting rehab earlier this week, the Timber singer has been making an effort to project a much more positive image – including, apparently, changing her stage name.
You’ll notice the lack of a dollar sign in the singer’s pseudonym – that’s not a typo. Kesha herself has stopped using the symbol and even dropped it from her twitter name. It must be a big deal, if it’s Twitter official.
Before and after: happy and positive Kesha even looks like a new person.
The concert was banned, because Ke$ha's act was deemed to directly conflict with the country's religion and culture.
Despite her colorful party girl persona, Ke$ha isn’t typically a celebrity, whose name often features in gossip headlines. However, the Crazy Kids singer did make news recently, after her Warrior Tour was banned from Malaysia, according to Rolling Stone.
Ke$ha's act was deemed too provocative by the Malaysian government.
Now, Ke$ha has always been known for Risque performances and wild videos, although she’s kept it pretty tame in real life. However, the Malaysian government has ruled that her performances “'touched on religious sensitivities and Malaysian values” and therefore do not have a place in the country.
The pair own Wireless this year.
Wireless Festival, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z – a match made in heaven as far as festival organizers, reporters, fans – all those involved really – are concerned. The pair are splitting up the headlining duties on the three nights of the festival between the two of them, with Justin having performed last night and bringing in Jay for an encore. Tonight it’ll be Hova who takes center stage, as Timberlake only comes on for a couple of tracks. On Sunday, they will share the main stage at the festival for an entire set.
Timberlake's performance was nothing short of spectacular.
Are you ready to rock, Scotland? T in the Park ready to kick off a weekend of musical wonderment but not without a heavy police presence to cut drug use.
The sun is shining, the line-up is terrific; T In The Park 2013 is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary with thousands of fans and seven stages. Performers during the three day festival will include Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, The Killers, Ke$ha, Kendrick Lamar, Emeli Sandé, The Proclaimers, and many more massive mainstream names. The recently revived German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will also be making their festival debut in a hotly anticipated set that is rumoured to include 3D visuals, as well as My Bloody Valentine.
Kraftwerk To Bring Their Machine-Like Electronica To T In The Park.
T must surely rival similarly huge English festivals Glastonbury and Download for the strongest line-up of the year, with Mercury Prize winning Alt-J, New York's Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Frank Ocean, Paloma Faith and Icelandic newcomers Of Monsters and Men also playing across the weekend to celebrate two decades of the Scottish event. Festival director Geoff Ellis said, according to BBC's Newsbeat, "It doesn't feel like 20 years since we started and it's a milestone." The festival, which has been held annually since 1994 has been held at Balado airfield in Kinross-shire since 1997 and now attracts 85,000 fans and 35,000 campers to the second largest greenfield event in the UK.
Continue reading: As Fans Gather For 'T In The Park,' Police Crack Down On Drugs
Star throws a house party for third single
We’ve come to expect a certain kind of craziness from Ke$ha and the outspoken pop star hasn’t let us down in her new video for the Will.I.Am featuring new single, Crazy Kids.
We guess, given that in her previous two videos for the singles to come off latest album Warrior saw her starting a cult and getting kidnapped respectively, just throwing a house party for Crazy Kids is pretty low key. This being Ke$ha though it’s anything but, with bodybuilders, pitbulls, a load of Duck Dynasty cast-offs and even Will.I.Am as a pinball playing astronaut turning up to get involved in the revelry. There’s a swimming pool there too of course, so all the hunks can strut their stuff around it, while the neighbors would surely be kicking off at such a scene.
There’s very little to ‘get’ about Ke$ha: she’s wild, doesn’t care what people think of her and likes to have a good time. So it goes here, with Crazy Kids merely reinforcing the commitment to partying that the pop star holds dear. Released last December, Warrior only enjoyed a fraction of the success that the star’s first album Animal gained. It reached number six in the US Billboard album charts, though shifted 215,000 copies domestically, compared to the 1.4 million of Animal that was sold.
Continue reading: Kesha In Typically Wild Form In 'Crazy Kids' Video
Where a simple, understated apology probably would have done the trick, Kesha seems to have gotten herself in quite a spin over the issue of her single ‘Die Young’ being pulled from radio stations in the wake of the Newtown shootings. To briefly recap, after 26 people (20 of whom were young school children) were killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Connecticut on Friday December 14, 2012. Ke$ha’s sngle ‘Die Young’ was withdrawn from radio stations, so as not to offend people affected by the tragedy.
Ke$ha’s initial response was to say that she had been ‘forced’ to sing the lyrics. She made the statement via Twitter, a medium of communication cursed, in this instance, by its 140 character limit. Having stated that she was concerned about singing the lyrics to Die Young, in fear of an event like this, Kesha’s comments were met, by many, with an arched eyebrow and an air of disbelief. Forced to sing the lyrics? That seemed hard to believe.
On December 20, Kesha decided that she needed a little more than 140 characters to explain herself properly and posted a message on her website. “After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young,” read the statement. “Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase ‘die young’ in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that's one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.” Next time you have a sensitive issue to address, may we suggest that Twitter possibly isn’t the best place to do so, Ke$ha?
Despite claiming that she was practically forced into singing her latest single, ‘Die Young,’ it appears as though Ke$ha may not be as apologetic about some lyrics as she claims she is, after it has been reported that she was bragging about the song only days earlier.
According to TMZ, Ke$ha could hardly have been more positive when she promoted the song during a radio interview in November. Ke$ha reportedly said: "I definitely make sure that every word rings true to me because I would never want to misrepresent myself to millions of people around the world ... I wrote and rewrote and rewrote that song ten times."
This gainsays the Tweet Ke$ha posted on Twitter yesterday (Dec 19) following the decision by several radio stations around America to pull the song from their playlists in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Ke$ha had initially posted, "I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO," which is quite a contrast form the tune she was singing not long ago.
Continue reading: Ke$ha Not As Sorry About ‘Die Young’ Lyrics As She Claims?
Since Ke$ha's song 'Die Young' has been removed from radios across the USA to show respect to the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut last week, she has apologized for the song and claimed she was forced to sing the lyrics, but the latter comes in distinct contrast to an interview that she gave to a New York radio station.
According to TMZ she told the station: "I definitely make sure that every word rings true to me because I would never want to misrepresent myself to millions of people around the world ... I wrote and rewrote and rewrote that song ten times."
She expressed her remorse for the song 'Die Young', the lyrics of which includes the lyrics 'We're gonna die young' over and over again. She tweeted an apology though, saying "I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express." However, according to Access in one tweet that has since been removed she defended herself, arguing that she was forced to sing that song: "I understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO," she said.
Continue reading: Was Ke$ha Forced To Sing Die Young Lyrics?
Albums of Note... It looks as though Bruno Mars has stepped things up a gear on Unorthodox Jukebox. From straight-up pop songs, to disco and funk stylings, and a nod to reggae in there too, Mars very rarely fails to hit the mark with these new tracks. “Unorthodox Jukebox is a rich pick and mix of different and colourful elements. His lyrics sometime fall short, but a likeably mischievous personality shines through nonetheless, and so on the whole this is a real step up even from the songs that broke him so hugely two years ago.”
Adding a fresh slant to the out-dated genre of twee-duets, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro release a self-titled album of brief ditties, which may appear cutesy at first glance but soon reveal their darker side, with lyrics such as “I can't be the first to say you're the worst, surely there's one or two? / I care more if you act as though you like me than if you really do.” Adam Green is probably the better known of the two, from his work as part of Moldy Peaches and of course his solo work, too. Binki Shapiro already has indie cred from her other band, Little Joy. “Like everything the pair have done individually, together they have made a record that's short, sweet, and maturely macabre; a late contender for an album of the year.”
Justin Bieber was among those performing at the second night of the KIIS FM Jingle Ball, with pretty much anyone who's been anyone making an appearance over the radio network's massive two-dayer. Sunday night (December 2) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles saw current chart sensation Taylor Swift coming up against The Jonas Brothers - who found themselves eclipsed by the star. Last night, though (December 3), it was the turn of Bieber - still deep into his lengthy tour - Ke$ha, YouTube sensation Psy and fast rising British group The Wanted, among others, to provide the party.
So, Rihanna finally bumped Taylor Swift from the top of the US album charts, with the aptly-titled Unapologetic. Could it be that Ke$ha does the same to her Barbadian pop rival, with the release of Warrior, her second studio album?
The 25 year-old Californian has never been afraid of raising a few eyebrows and Warrior sees no change in her artistic determination. Drownedinsound.com reviewed the album describing it as “never dull, always fun and frequently a thrillingly unpredictable ride,” with All Music Guide backing up that theory, calling it a “wall-to-wall party for the freaks, burnouts, outcasts and misfits and if you don’t get it that’s your fault and not hers.” Strong words indeed and certainly a more passionate critical response than Rihanna received for Unapologetic.
Rhi-Rhi’s certainly got more celebrity pull than Ke$ha, but if the public latch on to the enthusiastic response to Warrior, could we see another upset at the top of the charts next week? Her last album, 2010’s Animal, was a US number one so we see no reason why the exuberant club queen shouldn’t be up there again this time next week.
As divisive as ever, Ke$ha’s return with her second album Warrior has once again split the critics, with some lauding the pop star’s larger than life persona and others construing it as trashy and cheap.
Warrior came out this week on RCA records and is expected to do well regardless, but just how well? If the critics are anything to go by then it could be disappointing return for the 25 year-old. At the top end, Drowned In Sound are writing “It's undeniably bats**t insane, but Warrior is never dull, always fun, and frequently a thrillingly unpredictable ride,” with the Evening Standard saying “Purists may sneer but this is an untrammeled pop delight”. However at the other end of the spectrum, The Guardian are pretty unfussed, despite pointing out that “Self-styled bad girl Kesha Sebert has decided not to fix what ain't broke”. Evidently they weren’t too impressed with what wasn’t broken first time round.
The Arts Desk meanwhile can’t get beyond the marketed nature of it all, writing “Sure, she’s a feisty one, but primarily Ke$ha is a calculated package from the stable of New York producer-svengali Lukasz "Dr Luke" Gottwald, the chap also behind Katy Perry’s rise to fame.” Listening to the LP even as we type, we have to say we’re veering somewhere around these sentiments, the cold glimmer of major pop sheen blunting any of Ke$ha’s outlandish character – which may be a good thing for some.
Continue reading: Reviews Round-Up: Ke$ha's Warrior Struggles In Battle To Impress Critics
Kesha has finally unveiled the video for her new single ‘Die Young’ and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Not if you’re a fan of Ke$ha, at least. And especially not if you’re a fan of the thought of Ke$ha in a skimpy black leather bikini. In the video, Ke$ha plays a cult leader and emerges from a hearse at the start of the movie. What follows is a series of ritualistic scenes as she dances in front of a pentagram, interspersed with ‘80s style disco graphics (you know… the usual combination…) and some raunchy dance routines. As the chorus kicks in, the raunch factor pretty much sky rockets through the roof. This one should definitely come with a parental advisory label, folks.
By the end of the video there are shots of her writhing around wearing a very small white bikini. “That magic in your pants is making me blush,” in one of her more inspired poetic moments. Well, you’re not the only one blushing here, Ke$ha, that’s for sure. The song itself debuted back in September and has already been selling – it made the top ten in Australia already and peaked at number four in the US.
Continue reading: Enough To Make You Blush - Ke$ha Launches 'Die Young' Video
Kesha has set the pop world in a spin with her new single ‘Die Young.’ In true Ke$ha style, the track is an uncompromising slice of up-tempo pop with clipped drum beats, heavy synths and, of course, Kesha’s trademark rapping. The chorus features the lines “I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums / It’s such a shame that you came here with someone / So while you’re here in my arms / Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.” So far the song seems to have won over those that have caught a first glimpse of the track.
Perez Hilton nailed his colours to the mast pretty firmly, with the headline “Ke$ha’s New Single Die Young Is A Killer!” and posted the song on his blog for fans to listen to. Hilton said the song “has us getting up and dancing like there’s no tomorrow” and seems that he’s not the only one. The team over at Popcrush.com were equally excited at the prospect of a new single from the 25 year-old American and surmised that it had been “well worth the wait.”
Over on Twitter, the response has been equally enthusiastic. The user Obsessed With Cody (@Ria11Rialove) posted a message to say “What is the most important thing that you should do to... — listen to Ke$ha's new song DIE YOUNG which is amazing.” Chuckie Finster was just as excited, though his finger seemed to have got stuck on the ‘E’ button, as he said “KESHA'S NEW SONG IS FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.” It’s not all good news though: Spin magazine’s Marc Hogan called the single “disappointing.” We reckon a few more spins will win him over though.
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