Ke$ha's Early Life and Career:
Kesha Rose Sebert was born March 1, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. Kesha's mother Pebe Sebert was a singer and songwriter, as well as a single parent. She moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee when she secured a song publishing deal. The Sebert family was featured in a TV episode of The Simple Life in 2005. Although she was a star pupil, Kesha dropped out of school at age 17 to pursue a music career on the advice of Max Martin and Dr. Luke.
Background Vocal Experience:
Kesha returned to Los Angeles in pursuit of music opportunities. She allegedly broke into Prince's house to try and get him to listen to her demo. Kesha sang backup on Paris Hilton's single "Nothing In This World" as well as Britney Spears' "Lace and Leather." She co-wrote the Veronicas single "This Love." Kesha's first big exposure came through Dr. Luke including her as backup vocalist on Flo Rida's huge hit "Right Round."
RCA Records Contract:
Ke$ha, now with the dollar sign in her name, signed with RCA in 2009 and headed to the studio to record a debut album. Her first single "Tik Tok" appeared in August. Ke$ha co-wrote the song. She continued her work for other artists. Ke$ha co-wrote Miley Cyrus' "The Time Of Our Lives" as well as appearing on albums by Pitbull and Taio Cruz.
The Sound of Ke$ha:
Ke$ha lists Beck and Queen as primary influences on her sound. Her key hits have been dance-pop with a trashy aesthetic edge. Ke$ha's songs are based on her life experiences, and she has said she is impacted by the storytelling in country music. She has even expressed an interest in performing country music in the future. Ke$ha says that she likes performing pop music because it brings people joy.
By the first week of 2010, "Tik Tok" was at #1 on the pop chart in the US. It set a record for the most downloads in one week by a song recorded by a female artist with 610,000. "Tik Tok" spent nine weeks at the top, second only to Debby Boone's 10 for the most weeks at #1 for a debut single. Ke$ha's first album Animal hit stores the first week of 2010 and debuted at the top of the chart. A second single "Blah Blah Blah" appeared and it was an instant top 10 hit.