GLAMOUR: You were cranking some rock during your Glamour photo shoot. I’ve heard your new album is going to be much more rock ‘n’ roll.
KE$HA: People say that rock ‘n’ roll is dead, and I am making it my mission to resurrect it. I have rock ‘n’ roll pumping through my veins.
GLAMOUR: Do you think it’s harder to succeed in rock as a woman?
KE$HA: I know that I have balls. I have bigger balls than a lot of the men that I meet. I’m just a ballsy motherf–ker. I’m not afraid of pushing boundaries. That’s what you have to do to become an icon.
GLAMOUR: Women seem to be taking over pop music right now: you, Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry…. Why do you think that is?
KE$HA: I definitely think women are running it right now. We are not afraid to speak our minds. It’s exciting because that’s what I stand for, for people to be irreverent and to be themselves.
GLAMOUR: How big’s the gap between Ke$ha in real life and Ke$ha onstage, drinking men’s blood and dancing with a giant bouncing penis?
KE$HA: I’m just very amused by five-year-old humor. Don’t get me wrong: I do destroy men on a weekly basis. It’s like a hobby. I’m like a praying mantis. They f–k me, and then I eat them. But who isn’t amused by a giant, dancing penis? Sometimes when I’m sad, I make my assistant put on the penis outfit and bounce around my house.
GLAMOUR: You generate such strong reactions—positive and negative. Your Twitter handle, @keshasuxx, is a joke on that, right?
KE$HA: I’m just taking the piss out of all of it. You have to have a sense of humor about life to get through it.
GLAMOUR: You’ve said you’re attuned to people. What turns you off?
KE$HA: I was dating a guy once who spoke rudely to a taxi driver. I got out of the cab and walked home. Treat people with respect. I’ve waited tables, and that’s why I just exceedingly overtip. It’s exhausting work.
GLAMOUR: Why do you usually break it off with a guy?
KE$HA: I’m in the middle of writing a new record. I’m taking so many different instrument lessons. I’m also designing animal-friendly jewelry and a fake-fur line. So if a man is not, like, the second coming, then what’s the point? I have other s–t to do.
GLAMOUR: What instruments?
KE$HA: Guitar. I need to be badass.
GLAMOUR: Your fans have such a crazy dedication to you.
KE$HA: The people who come to my shows have dollar signs drawn all over them. They have blue lipstick. I call them my animals because they just go totally mental.
GLAMOUR: Are you going to keep rocking the body paint?
KE$HA: Oh, the body paint stays. It’s my favorite thing to do. Sometimes I have parties at my house in Nashville and it’s clothing-optional, and we just body-paint each other and run around, and I have a giant bed. I’m very much in touch with that side of myself.
GLAMOUR: So maybe you’re not all that different than you are onstage?
KE$HA: It’s not a weird sex orgy thing. You can wear a bathing suit!
GLAMOUR: What do you say to all the moms who have kids running around the house singing, “Brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack,” from “TiK ToK“?
KE$HA: Parents should not let them listen to my music if it’s offensive. I wrote these songs for me.
GLAMOUR: Who are your style icons?
KE$HA: I would love to embody the attitude of Iggy Pop or Keith Richards: a ballsy mentality. Stylistically, I love Vivienne Westwood—those capes! I’m obsessed.
GLAMOUR: Your tattered American-flag shirt is very cool.
KE$HA: I wear it all the time. It represents my freedom to speak about exactly what I want to, whenever I want to.
GLAMOUR: For this photo shoot, your look is very natural. When you’re not performing, how do you feel about going outside without makeup and knowing you might get photographed?
KE$HA: My makeup is usually left over from the night before. I’m not really worried about the photographs because if I tell my fans not to give a f–k about the haters, then I have to practice what I preach. I embrace the imperfections and celebrate them.
GLAMOUR: What are your favorite beauty products? Let’s start with the body paint.
KE$HA: I’m coming out with my own line. And I found Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo that is like God’s gift. You don’t have to shower. You just put it in and instantly look like the eighties.
GLAMOUR: So what’s next?
KE$HA: Eventually, I would love to be on my deathbed and looked at as an icon. Right now I’m still at the baby stages of my career. But that is the goal.
Ke$ha has designed a new line of watches for Casio Baby-G, and earlier today she held a conference in San Francisco to discuss the collaboration. As you can imagine, not only was she funny, but she was also decked out in her Ke$ha finest, complete with beaded face mask and American flag-style jumpsuit. She talked about her commitment to animals, what’s in her purse, and whether there might just be a line of Ke$ha makeup or perfume in the future. So to see what she had to say, just keep reading.
On her design inspiration: „Well, my first album was called Animal, and I’m also the global ambassador for the Humane Society International, so leopard print is a recurring theme in my look, which I like to wear because it brings out the animal inside.”
On what’s always in her purse: „My purse is like a bottomless pit. But in it is my passport, some Ke$ha condoms, blue lipstick, and some glitter.”
On what defines her look: „Well, today I wanted to look like a superhero . . . with a really accurate sense of time.”
On what else she’d be interested in designing: „Right now I’m in the process of designing a faux fur collection, which would be, obviously, animal friendly. And I want to design race cars.”
On whether there’s a beauty and fashion line in her future: „I’m sure I’ll whip something out. I designed this lovely piece I’m in!”
On what she finds hardest to overcome: „Being in the public eye, because people can say whatever they want about you. And really sticking to my guns; not listening to any negativity.”
It’s been a wild two years for dance-pop star Ke$ha.
But if anyone can handle wild, it’s this energetic, plainspoken 24-year-old blonde.
Though she had been writing songs and providing background vocals for the likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears since 2005, it wasn’t until Ke$ha was featured on Flo Rida’s massive 2009 hit, Right Round, that her career started to take flight.
Her debut album, Animal, opened at number one on the Billboard Top 100 and has gone double platinum in Canada since its release early last year, and the first single, Tik Tok, broke the record for most digital downloads in a single week.
She opened for pop princess Rihanna this past spring and is currently close to wrapping up the latest leg of her Get Sleazy Tour with opening acts LMFAO and Spank Rock.
The tour stops in Calgary at the Saddledome on Tuesday and Edmonton’s Rexall Place the following night.
The Nashville native gets down and dirty about her live show, critics who don’t take her music seriously, not to mention the pressure to look and act like a cookie-cutter pop star.
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Q: You’ve been going full throttle for a while now. Have you had any chance to sit back and reflect on your success?
A: I haven’t had more than an hour, truly an hour, of reflection time. I have so much to do. I think I’ve been given the most amazing opportunity and I’d like to take advantage of it and work as hard as I can while I have the opportunity. So I don’t sit down and reflect a lot.
Q: How prepared were you for your fairly quick rise to fame?
A: I don’t think you can ever be prepared for something like this … But I think everything happens for a reason. Of course there were moments when I didn’t know exactly what I was doing. But you learn from it.
I think exactly where I am today is perfect and I’m really, really lucky. The tour is going really, really well. And to be on tour with a lot of my close friends is exciting. We go around and party for a living and inspire other people to have a good time. I think it’s all worked out.
Q: Your opening set on the Rihanna tour was pretty eye-catching. What are you offering up on your headline tour?
A: It’s bigger, it’s longer. I have more dancers, crazy lights, costume changes. It’s just a really good time. I always say it’s a sensory assault. From the time Spank Rock comes through LMFAO to when I get on stage, it’s wildness.
Love it or hate it, I pretty much designed and created everything you’re going to see. I picked the openers, I designed the lights, picked the costumes, wrote every song you’re going to hear. I play drums, I play guitar, synths, you name it, I had a hand in it.
Q: Where do you think your music fits in? With all the pain, suffering and hatred we read about every day, I think we need a party monster like Ke$ha to even things out.
A: My first record is called Animal for a number of reasons, but mostly because animals play with each other even as adults. We as human beings have trained ourselves to wake up, go to work, eat, go to bed and do it again the next day.
But I do think it’s important to have moments of fun. I don’t think we value it as a society. We don’t put away time for fun, people dismiss it. But I think it’s really important for our brain and endorphins. When you dance, I think it’s a really positive thing that is overlooked. If I can take somebody who’s had a really bad day at work and put them in a slightly better mood with a song, I think it’s magical.
Q: Of course, the downside of writing songs about drinking, dancing, partying and chasing cute boys is that you’re not always taken seriously as an artist.
A: Of course I’ve felt that. But it’s youthful, irreverent, celebratory record and if people can’t see beyond that, they’re the ones missing out. I think judgment and cynicism are two really tragic qualities in humans.
But when you come to my show you really see that it’s a judgment-free zone.
Everybody is covered in glitter, ripped-up stockings, blue lipstick on, truly just coming there to go wild and be themselves.
And those are really the people I’m speaking to. I speak to dreamers and young people, and people who are young at heart and free spirits.
They can come to my show and look crazy and act like total jackasses and it’s fine. I encourage people to be raw and visceral.
Q: You don’t seem self-conscious at all.
A: I’m far from perfect. But I think we should all celebrate who we are. We don’t have to be perfect to do that. I wrote We Are Who We Are because there are a lot of gay teen suicides and that’s so tragic to me that people feel they can’t be themselves so they have to kill themselves, something is seriously ass-backwards in a society where people can’t feel like they can be themselves.
Q: You’ve been criticized at times about your weight and your less-polished style. How much pressure do you feel to fit into the pop star mould?
A: Sometimes I try to look hot. But other times I just don’t give a f***.
A lot of times I go out looking like a homeless person and that’s okay. Because I’m more concerned about what I’m doing. Yesterday I went rock climbing and if someone was to take a picture of me I wouldn’t have looked like a pop princess. But quite frankly, I just don’t give a f***.
Just because I sing pop music I’m not going to have my hair and makeup and wear high heels every time I leave the house.
I’m not ready to commit that much time or effort to doing that. I’m an animal.
Q: How do feel when magazines publish unflattering photos of you or when you read negative comments about yourself?
A: I don’t pick up trash magazines or go on the Internet except to check my e-mail. I try to steer clear because again I feel that cynicism, judgment, hatred and negativity is just a nasty cycle to fall into. I’d rather just be oblivious and positive and try to perpetuate super positive energy.
Tik Tok….in the first episode of CA Uncensored we get exclusive access all areas when pop princess Ke$ha drops into Vegas to see Criss’ show ‚Believe’ at the Luxor and they get to hang out after the show backstage in his dressing room for a very candid raw interview. Find out things you never knew about Ke$ha, and find out if she and her family got Mindfreaked or Mindsucked from Believe, her first Las Vegas show experience?
Even more access all areas in part 2 of the backstage interview with Pop Princess Ke$ha we find out she has a fear of public speaking and….smelly fingers !