The American rapper and singer-songwriter Kesha (also stylized to Ke$ha) was born on March 1, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. She signed with Kemosabe Entertainment, the record label of producer Dr. Luke, in 2005 when she was 18 years old. She wrote songs for other musicians and sang background vocals before getting her breakthrough in 2009 when she appeared on “Right Round,” the No. 1 single of rapper Flo Rida. In 2010 Kesha released “Animal,” her debut album, and “Cannibal,” an EP. Kesha’s irreverent image and music skyrocketed her to success. “Animal” debuted at No. 1, spawning two No. 1 singles: “We R Who We R” and “Tik Tok,” along with a series of top 10 hits. She also continued writing songs for other musicians, such as the Britney Spears song “Till the World Ends.” Kesha’s second album “Warrior,” is scheduled to be released in December 2012. The album has already spawned “Die Young,” her eighth Top 10 hit.
Kesha has been influenced by numerous artists and genres. Her primary inspiration is drawn from music from the 1980s, including Beck, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Madonna. Kesha experimented with pop rock and country before settling on electronic music. Her trademark is her chatty rap technique, excessive auto-tune and yodeling. Her music thematically centers around binge drinking and party antics. Kesha has been an LGBT and animal rights activist. Kesha has received more than 40 award nominations and won ten, including several Billboard Awards and the 2010 Best New Act from MTV Europe Music Awards.
In 2010 Kesha released “Animal.” The debut album was centered around the synths and beats of electropop. The album debuted in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s 200 chart. The singles “Tik Tok,” “Take It Off,” “Your Love Is My Drug” and “Blah Blah Blah” were all huge hits.