Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rock of Angels: Women in Music 2010


KE$HA
“Tights and leggings are okay in my book, but pants are just so boring.”
Just when we thought our bottle-blond pop stars couldn’t get any weirder, a whiskey-fueled, glitter-encrusted 23-year-old named Ke$ha proved us so very wrong, unleashing her hard-partying manifesto “Tik Tok,” in which she compares herself to P. Diddy and boasts about brushing her teeth with a “bottle of Jack.” The daughter of country songwriter Pebe Sebert, Ke$ha wrote most of her debut album, Animal, while she was “broke as hell,” living out of her car in Los Angeles and recording background vocals for artists like Flo Rida. “People give me grief about my lyrics,” she says, “but I try to show the freedom to be yourself, unapologetically and irreverently.” This summer, she’ll take her wacky live show on the road—she’s known for wearing headdresses and doing cartwheels onstage—opening for Rihanna. “If I don’t perform so hard that I feel like I’m gonna throw up, I didn’t do a good job,” she insists, though as her music suggests, her shows aren’t the overproduced spectacles of her blond counterparts. “I just have fun.”

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