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Kesha Rose Sebert (or Ke$ha) is an American rapper and songwriter whose debut single Tik-Tok went to number one in 11 countries in 2009. It also set a record in weekly digital downloads for a female performer and became Billboard’s 2010 Hot 100 first number one single of the new decade.
Kesha had been penning songs and providing background vocals since 2005, but at the age of 18 she was signed up to the Dr Luke label and had already accumulated a massive following before the single came out, which partly accounted for its swift rise in the charts. Animal, the first album, came out in 2010 and also went straight to number one.
An estrangement with Dr Luke led to her signing with DAS Communications in 2006, where she worked with a range of writers and musicians and developed her distinctive, beat driven sound, as well as co-writing This Love by The Veronicas. During this time Kesha did several temporary jobs as a waitress and telemarketer. Nothing if not determined, she also famously tricked her way into Prince’s home and left him a demo tape before being evicted.
In 2009 Kesha made a breakthrough when she appeared on the Right Round single from Flo Rider, although she made no money from it and continued to struggle. But a multi-album deal with RCA soon followed. They had noticed her strong social media following and used it to create a ready-made following for the Tik-Tok debut single as a free stream on MySpace. Her official stage debut came at Lollapalooza later in 2009, by which time she had also appeared on Pitbull’s album. The Kesha concert went down well and soon fans would be clamouring for Kesha tickets.
Tik-Tok sold 610,000 copies in a single week, making it the second best-selling single after Right Round, and it broke a further record in its fifth week for the highest weekly total airplay. Her debut album Animal came out in January of 2010, and it repeated a pattern of coming in at number one in the states. Half of total sales came from digital downloads. Bla Bla Bla, the second single, followed soon afterwards and entered the top 10 in the States and elsewhere.
Tik-Tok featured in a Simpsons episode – one of the ultimate accolades! She has performed as an opening act on Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth tour of North America in 2010, with Kesha tickets for a tour in her own right on the way.
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