Ke$ha in Chicago on the Get $leazy Tour

Ke$ha
Charter One Pavilion

Photos by Ben Bibriesca

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Ke$ha was back in Chicago at the Charter One Pavilion showing off her I am the Dance Commander dance moves on her Get $leazy Tour.

Ke$ha’s debut album Animal was release back in January of 2010 to mixed reviews, but was a hit with fans. It spawned her biggest hit “Tik Tok“.  It is odd to see a large pop act drop another album just 10 months after releasing her first major label debut, but her reason for doing doing so was for her touring set.  She told Spin magazine in an interview back in November of 2010, “Not to sound like a cheese dick, but my fans are my entire life at this point because I’m always on the road. I feel like they’ve become my family. With my first album, I only had enough material for an hour-long show, and I wanted enough for a two-hour dance party that’s gonna take over the planet. Plus, I wrote songs all throughout this crazy whirlwind experience of the past year. “

Last November her second studio album, Cannibal, was released and then the remixed album,  I Am the Dance Commander, dropped on March of this year. It’s a great way to milk fans for money by releasing remixed album. Apparently it’s the new thing to do. Ke$ha says she has hundreds of songs written so it’s just a matter of time before a new studio album hits the digital shelves.

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Tik Tok Covers from YouTube:

The Ukulele Version

The Acoustic Cover

Metal Cover

Three time$ a charm

Ke$ha
I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album
March 22, 2011
RCA Records

 I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album

I told ya’ll before I’m not mad at Ke$ha, although there is a fine line between smart marketing, and milking an opportunity. This newest release seems to lean towards the latter. Honestly, what is up with homegirl’s recent releases? An Ep, and a “too early in your career to release” remix album? Few people have realized that Ke$ha only has a single album of original material released. With which she has now cleverly churned out three albums from a mere handful of songs. You wonder why a new artist would risk overkill so soon, intentionally. Releasing a remix or greatest hits album is usually a great escape from an artist’s recording contract without granting the said record label any new material. Is that what’s going on here? The new album is listed on Wikipedia as only RCA records, and not RCA/Kemosabe Entertainment as with previous releases. Could all these rush releases be because Ke$ha is trying to break away from Dr.Luke (Producer& Writer)? More importantly is this remix album worth your purchase?

If you love all things Ke$ha, then by all means hit download, or run out and buy it, surely you won’t be disappointed. Otherwise the more meticulous ear will only find “Animal” (Switch Remix), and “Tik Tok” (Chuck Buckett’s Veruca Salt Remix) worth any time because they are the only true remixes, and could have been released as B-sides or Singles. Honoring my heart felt devotion to the Mad Decent family I knew when I saw the name Switch that at least that track would be solid gold. Staying true to my high regard, Switch came through again. From the opening note to the last beat of “Animal” (Switch Remix), I found myself eyes closed, head nodding up and down. This is seamless production in it’s finest form. Take notes kids, and if you truly want a remix album hire the likes of Switch to remake the entire thing. The rest of the tracks on the album fall short of earning the proper title of “remix” as they are merely rearranged with bad techno intros and outros.

Just four months ago Ke$ha released an EP with a few previously released tracks on it, with the addition of a new single entitled “We R Who We R”. The album has sold 313,300 copies since its release in the US. You wonder why someone would buy an album half full of material they already know, and possibly already own, yet with the addition of the single it proved financially successful and paid off on Billboard charts. Since that move proved successful, why not try again, and attempt to make even more money off of the same material for a third time? ..Not so much. Let’s get back in the $tudio Ke$h.

Fast Farward to these tracks:
“Animal” (Switch Remix)
“Tik Tok” (Chuck Buckett’s Veruca Salt Remix)

Not Mad at Ke$ha

Ke$ha
Cannibal
Out Now
RCA Records / Kemosabe Entertainment

Ke$ha Cannibal
I once heard Ke$ha describe her music on the radio. She explained that she felt blessed, because all she ever did was sing about her weekend debaucheries. Her tracks seem airy, simple, and created in mere minutes. She may want to believe that, but one look into her past tells us that these hits have been a long time coming. Ke$ha’s mother PeBe was a songwriter and singer herself and raised pre-dollar sign Kesha from the side of the stage. She enforced Ke$ha to always write real lyrics, because people can tell when you’re bullshitting. Ke$ha has said she has done this from the start. That being the case, I’m jealous of homegirls fun ass party life, yet respect her work hard – play hard ethic.

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KE$HA’S “WE R WHO WE R” DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100

“WE R WHO WE R” ALSO DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN DIGITAL SONGS CHART IN BOTH THE U.S. AND CANADA

“WE R WHO WE R” IS THE FIRST SINGLE OFF CANNIBAL, KE$HA’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COMPANION TO HER PLATINUM DEBUT ANIMAL

CONTAINING 8 NEW TRACKS AND A NEW REMIX, CANNIBAL WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE INDIVIDUALLY AS WELL AS BUNDLED WITH ANIMAL IN A SPECIAL DELUXE REPACKAGE CALLED ANIMAL + CANNIBAL ON NOVEMBER 22ND

(New York _ NY) Worldwide pop superstar Ke$ha has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her new single “We R Who We R”. “We R Who We R” also debuts at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Digital Songs Chart in both the U.S. and Canada. Ke$ha is the first female artist to have a single debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since Britney Spears did with “3” in 2009 and the first artist since Eminem’s debut with “Not Afraid” back in May. Only 17 songs have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to date and Ke$ha joins the ranks of other superstars such as Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears and Whitney Houston who share the honor. This marks Ke$ha’s 5th Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single in a row! [Read more…]

KE$HA’S “WE R WHO WE R” IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD AT WWW.KESHASPARTY.COM NOW!!

“WE R WHO WE R” IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON WWW.KESHASPARTY.COM FOR A 24 HOUR FREE DOWNLOAD — ENDING TOMORROW AT NOON EDT!! Get it now!

KE$HA CONTINUES HER 2010 WORLD DOMINATION

HER DEBUT ALBUM ANIMAL HAS BEEN CERTIFIED PLATINUM IN THE U.S BY THE RIAA AND HAS SOLD OVER 2 MILLION UNITS WORLDWIDE

(New York – NY) – Worldwide pop phenom and singer/songwriter Ke$ha continues her 2010 domination. Her debut album Animal (RCA Records / Kemosabe Entertainment) has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. less than 10 months after release and has sold over 2 million units worldwide. Earlier this month Ke$ha became the 11th solo female artist to collect at least four Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s from a debut album when her current single “Take It Off” catapulted up the chart. She has sold over 13 million combined tracks and ringtones in the U.S alone to date and 15 million worldwide, including her smash breakthrough single “TiK ToK’ which has sold over 8.5 million combined units.  Additionally, in the US alone, “TiK ToK” has been certified 5x platinum, “Your Love Is My Drug” has been certified 2x platinum and “Blah Blah Blah” and “Take It Off” have been certified platinum. Ke$ha is an international powerhouse, Animal has been certified Gold or Platinum in six markets and is the biggest selling debut album from an international female in 2010 in the UK. Ke$ha, who was just nominated for 2 EMA’s, has sold over 3 million tracks outside of the U.S,and nearly 1 million albums. [Read more…]

Ke$ha Kills It At Fantabuloso…But Not In A Good Way

Ke$ha
103.5 KISS FM Fantabuloso
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
May 21, 2010

Ke$ha 103.5 KISS FM Fantabuloso Allstate Arena - Rosemont, IL

As far as interesting performances go, the hot mess that is pop star Ke$ha took home the gold medal. Never before have I seen so much confetti and glitter in one area; all of it gold. And let’s not even talk about what Ke$ha’s dressing room looked like after the show ended and the blonde train wreck had left the building. It appeared that multiple people in her band/entourage suffered from glitter poisoning and threw up all over the place. I felt so sorry for the cleaning crew whose responsibility it is to turn that room inside out and make it spick and span.

More photos of Ke$ha and the set list after the jump…

Ke$ha 103.5 KISS FM Fantabuloso Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILOpening her four-song set with second single “Blah Blah Blah,” it was obvious that Ke$ha is attempting to prove herself as a musician. In earlier performances of the tune (normally featuring 3OH!3), Ke$ha basically flung her body around on stage while barely holding on to her microphone. With arms and legs flailing about, it appeared quite possible that the girl was going to fall over while being completely out of breath and trying to sing. This time around, Ke$ha placed an electric guitar/bass on her body and proceeded to “play” the song’s core chords instead of drunkenly stumbling around. Or simply what Ke$ha probably considers dancing.

“Take It Off” made it blatant that Ke$ha’s debut record Animal is a culmination of the magical powers held by super producers Max Martin, Dr. Luke, and Benny Blanco. This chick cannot sing live. There, I said it. Animal is vocal editing at its best. Appalled, but not exactly shocked, my jaw practically hit the floor as Ke$ha miserably sang the first verse of “Take It Off” so insanely off pitch I barely recognized the track from the album recording. Ke$ha was flat to the point of causing my ears to scream in pain. Make it stop! By the end of the song’s choreographed performance, my theory was confirmed ten times over that Ke$ha has no vocal talent whatsoever. Her recent release Animal only sounds good because Martin, Luke, and Blanco know how to make anybody sound decent, if not amazing. Don’t believe me? Just listen to Britney’s vocals live compared to Britney’s vocals recorded. Oh wait, you can’t listen to Spears’s vocals live because she lip-syncs. Hmm…wonder why.

Now let’s discuss Ke$ha’s performance of third single “Your Love Is My Drug.” Again, the 22 yrs. old trailer trash Nashville native cannot sing. My aurally aware and classically trained ears immediately picked up on the fact that the tune had been transposed to a much lower key so that Ke$ha could hit the notes. I first noticed the key change when watching the singer perform “Your Love Is My Drug” earlier this month on Saturday Night Live. There was something off about what I was hearing. I knew that the original recording of the track was written in a higher key. Of course, to the average listener it sounds like Ke$ha has no issue hitting the notes on the album. Thank you, Pro Tools. Thank you, Auto-Tune.

The bottom line is that when it comes time to shine, Ke$ha does not pull through nor lives up to the hype. She is living and breathing proof that anyone can “sing” when working with the right people behind the scenes in the studio. What I wouldn’t give to hear the original raw stems from Ke$ha’s recording sessions before the vocal editing and effects are added into the mix.

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Check out Ke$ha on Cheeky Chicago by clicking here.