Born: 1 March 1987
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Best known as:
Singer of the party single "TiK ToK"
Name at birth: Kesha Rose Sebert
Called a "pop trollop" by The LA Times and "a degenerate Hannah Montana" by The Guardian, Ke$ha rushed to the top of the download charts at the end of 2009 with her chipper electro-dance singles "TiK ToK" and "Blah Blah Blah." A freckled and jangly blonde with heavy mascara and a lets-party attitude, Ke$ha says she put the dollar sign in her stage name as an ironic joke. She comes from musical genes: her mother, Pebe Sebert, co-wrote the country tune "Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You," which was recorded by Dolly Parton in 1980. Ke$ha quit high school at age 17 and moved to Los Angeles to seek her musical fortune. After four years of scrabbling, she sang a cameo part on the Flo Rida single "Right Round." The single went to number one and Ke$ha had her break. Her debut album of white-girl rap, Animal, was released in January of 2010, and TiK ToK in particular became one of the year's most persistent hits. Her second album, Warrior, was released in November of 2012, with the lead single "Die Young."
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