Firstly, it’s worth mentioning that Ke$ha actually has a rather impressively high IQ which betrays her glittery greasy pop persona. In interviews she consistently hints that the whole thing is an act – http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/party-animal-behind-ke-has-big-debut-20100126 She’s quoted as saying “What I’m doing is art – it’s low-brow art but there’s a magic in that.”
My belief is that Ke$ha’s first single, Tik Tok, charts the start of a journey downward for a young girl into a sleazy, dangerous world she seriously underestimates. In the video she clearly abandons her straight laced family for good “when I leave for the night, I ain’t coming back” – and as the videos progress, it’s clear she doesn’t, living for the moment and discovering herself through gratuitous excess – Raves where she puts her life in serious danger (We R who we r) and a drug fuelled escapade through the desert with a burnt out older guy (your love is my drug).
These early videos, even in tone are still quite upbeat and naive – in later videos however, things take an ever so slightly darker turn – “Die Young” for example, where the reckless undertones lose some of their covering and Ke$ha is shown cavorting with more confidence with a group of strange cult-like followers, and “Crazy Kids” – where Ke$ha is shown to take residence in a shared home with clear evidence of drug use matching her slightly more aggressive/gangster attire.
Where pure guessing comes in: I think Ke$ha’s music and videos are going to escalate and perhaps become less and less upbeat as time progresses, as the story of the girl in the videos goes on. Maybe she’ll fake her own death and kill off the character, making a point about the follies of excess for the sake of upholding an adolescent image of “cool”, who knows.
Just to clarify, I don’t really think this is the case, but I’ve always hoped some pop artist was secretly a genius hiding art amongst all their stuff, and because of the hints of Ke$ha’s smarts, she’s about my best bet.
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