Ke$ha talks to EW about upcoming album 'Cannibal': 'It's fun as s--!'

keshaImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesTrash-loving pop star Ke$ha announced yesterday that, a mere 10 months after the release of her debut album Animal, she’ll drop a second album titled Cannibal on Nov. 22. She spoke to EW exclusively about the new recordings, which she’s been working on for the past two weeks. “I don’t want to go away!” she said of her decision to return to the studio so quickly. “I feel like I’m creating this hopefully very youthful and irreverent movement of the kids, of like adolescence. I feel like the parents don’t get it, but the kids get it. And they deserve to have more good, positive music.”

That “good, positive music” launches with anthemic new single “We R Who We R,” which will go out to radio stations across the country today. Ke$ha penned the topical tune in the wake of the news about bullying that has led to multiple suicides of gay youth lately. She hopes that the song, in particular, will be a pride anthem. “I wanted to inspire people,” she says, “to be themselves. It’s a celebration of any sort of quirks or eccentricities.” Of the album as a whole, she adds: “It’s fun as s—! So I wanted to give [my fans] that.” Cannibal will feature nine tracks, including a remix of “Animal,” the title song from her first album. In addition to being sold individually, the album will be repackaged into a special deluxe edition with her first record to be called Animal + Cannibal. Look for more from Ke$ha about recording Cannibal in the issue of Entertainment Weekly that hits stands Oct. 29.

Are you all ready for more Ke$ha so soon? Sound off in the comments section below.

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  • Kath

    You are not Lady Gaga.

    • Me

      nor is she trying to be, dumb@ss.

      • L

        lmao yes she is.

      • Me

        riiiight… So I guess Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Usher were all trying to be Lady Gaga too…

      • Peter


    • Veronica

      She wants young girls (like me) not give up hope. Kesha teaches you that you don’t have to be perfect or have it together to be happy, because sum celebs make us feel that way. This song makes me feel alot happier with what i have and not what other celebs make me feel i shud have.

    • Brooke

      She’s really more like the Cyndi Lauper to Lady Gaga’s Madonna.

      Not that she has even a quarter of the talent that Cyndi Lauper had…

      Granted, I always felt that Cyndi Lauper was more talented than Madonna…


      This thought process started out in a very different place.

      • me all me

        I always thought Gaga was the one like Cyndi Lauper. Songwriter, good voice, brought a very unique downtown avant garde sense of fashion to pop, an actual artist. The only real difference is that Gaga like fame a whole lot more than Cyndi.

        If anyone is like the not particularly vocally talented, selling sex as a career foundation, strategically aligned with hit producers Madonna it’s Kesha. Or Katy Perry.

    • SmartAlex

      Veronica, are we talking about the same Kesha????

    • Stephen

      You’re dumb. She has never done anything that can go back to GaGa.

  • ®ustymustdie

    Baby Gaga or Lady Gaga lite. That being kind as Gaga has a face for radio.

  • Peter

    “It’s fun as sh–! So I wanted to give [my fans] that.”

    I fully expect her to deliver on giving her fans sh–.

    P.S. It’s funny that I expect to have to censor a direct quote from the article.

    • jack

      Because the name Cannibal really conjures up images of a fun time…

      • SmartAlex

        Yeah if you’re Idi Amin

  • Peter

    And she’ll be donating all proceeds to this topical, want-it-to-be-an-anthem-so-it-sells-like crazy song, right?

    And a Metallica shirt? Huh. I’m not sure what to think of that.

    • Jay

      Are you kidding??? She just got MAJOR cool points for rocking that Metallica tee

      • Peter

        You never know, she could be wearing it ironically. Or she found it in her dad’s dresser (she was one when Justice came out). But if she’s serious, then sure, props for a vintage Metallica shirt.

    • Preston

      But maybe she also likes Metallica’s music along with her own pop sounds and wanted to wear that shirt. And much respect to their Grammy-nominated And Justice For All album of 1988 while wearing it!

  • TheStone

    So this literally is the exact same marketing approach as Lady Gaga’s The Fame + The Fame Monster

    • Phil

      And the same exact approach that labelmate Usher did with “Raymond V Raymond” and “Versus” which is also on SONY/BMG, same as Ke$ha. Thats what record labels do now. In order to keep albums on the charts longer, while providing fans who already purchased the album, with new material. I think its smart & kind of what they have to do in order to keep theri fanbase happy, while expanding forward. If you wanna sound snobby, thats cool, but understand that at the end of the day, its her job to not only stay relevant, but stay on the charts. Most people downbload illegally, but its still a business.

    • Preston

      I like this approach as well without the loooong one to two years that these same artists do between albums. Maybe they had songs that didn’t make the first album so they place it on the partner album. Or they’re in such a creative music mood that they want to record some new songs and place it on that effort. Usher’s Versus is very good even if it has 9 songs. I’m looking forward to Kesha’s effort.

      • u

        1-2 years is a “loooong” time in between albums to you? You do realize that within that short (yes, I said short) space of time, artists tour multiple countries to promote their work, which is a very exhausting process, so they need time to recharge before heading back into the studio to record new material and repeat the intensive process all over again. Besides, with the media constantly bombarding us with celebrity news 24/7, it’s nicer for artists to avoid overexposing themselves by not keeping themselves out there so much, like *cough* Beyonce *cough*.

    • Jimmy

      well if you think about the press theyre probably thinking (Well sinse when Ke$ha first came out with music everyone said she was trying to be like gaga they probably want you to still think that just to stir it up on purpose so yeahhh. thats just my thought on it i love gaga more than kesha but i like em both we all have room on our players for thousands of music of all kinds!!!

    • Stephen

      Yes, it is the smart thing to do.

      Less promotion and marketing needed.
      They record enough songs for fans to buy the EP and are bundling it with the old album so that it appeals to those who’ve yet to pick it up.

  • Chris

    America’s a great country, when an unattractive no talent hack like this can make millions by selling songs about getting drunk all night and selling it to pre-teenagers, you know that anything is possible

    • Jay

      Wow… disgruntled much?
      I think she’s hot. Even more so now that I’ve seen her in the Metallica tee (pic above)
      …and I even paid to download Tik-Tok.
      I wouldn’t call her an extremely talented artist, but she’s definately not a “hack”.
      Nothing wrong with catchy party tunes… unless you dont like to party

      • john


      • SmartAlex

        Jay, my friend, do you know what the word “hot” means??

  • Phil

    And I wanna say this real quick, cause it seems that EVERY female pop artist that releases ANY kind of dance/pop tunes lately gets compared to Gaga. Thankfully, Tanner didn’t say that in this article (but may in the full interview) BUT seriously…y’all crazy fans that keep comparing these people (first Xtina this summer) and now Ke$ha need to appreciate these artists each for their own contributions to the charts. I am a fan of all of the above, but honestly ever since “Alejandro” peaked in June, Gaga has NOT released any new tunes yet, just toured & debuted a new song for her set, NOT THE CHARTS or to purchase. Stop jumping the gun, and let some of these female pop artists like Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, etc. release feel good upbeat, dance/pop tunes and stop comparing them all to Gaga until she releases “Born This Way” next year, Ok?! Its getting really ridiculous that everything MUST be a knock off of Lady G. She is talented but most of the ‘sound’ on her hits are due to her producer RedOne, much like Ke$ha’s hits are all due to producer Dr. Luke. So to someone who appreciates all pop tuens, to hear y’all bicker & be petty its really grating, when you all sound so uninformed.

    • Damon

      I agree wholeheartedly..I didn’t realize Gaga created dance/pop music..when the likes of Madonna, Kylie, and Janet already did it.

    • zzzff

      i agree, lady gaga = madonna 2.0

  • GeeMoney

    First “Animal” and now “Cannibal”? LOL.

  • Mike

    More disposable pop music that you quickly forget about in a month.

  • jasmine

    go away ke-dollar sign-sha

    • Damon


    • josh


  • Preston

    Even though she has a party driven kind of approach to her dance pop, at least she has managed to score 4 top 10 hits from her first album! I’m looking forward to hearing what her 9-song album sounds like.

  • My Thoughts

    I really want to dislike her, but her songs keep growing on me. She’s not the most talented singer out there, but she’s kind of entertaining to me.

    • Asher

      Pretty much agree with you My Thoughts. Every time I think I am over her, I hear Your Love Is My Drug or Tik Tok again, and I can’t help myself!

      • Lisa

        I’m 46 & I listen to the Animal CD with my teens in the car. Her stuff reminds me of the throw-away pop songs when I was in high school. It’s good for a few months, then on to the next thing.

        Just one thing: I can’t get over the “brushing my teeth with a bottle of Jack” line. That’s disgusting! :)

  • Dave

    Ugh, why is she releasing another album so soon? I thought maybe I’d get a break from her and not have to hear her on the radio every 5 seconds for at least a few months.

    • WTF?

      Same with Rihanna. I initially thought that “Only Girl In The World” song was the final single off her last album, but then found out it’s the FIRST single off a new album that’s coming out almost exactly a year after her last one. Didn’t she and Kesha (no, I won’t spell her name with a $!)have a lackluster tour this summer? Why push more of these girls on the public when they aren’t that spectacular? Bring someone new into the rotation, please!

      • Ben

        “Bring someone new into the rotation, please!”

        Perhaps a real singer for a change?

      • u

        Rihanna has a habit of releasing a new album every year, with the longest span in between albums being 2 years (Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R). She is one of the most overexposed pop stars right now, and also one of the least talented. She has to constantly keep putting out albums and singles to remain in the public’s consciousness, because aside from her image and catchy songs, there is certainly nothing memorable about her as an artist. She’s like a poor man’s Britney.

      • ashlee

        How is Britney Spears BETTER than Rihanna! Rihanna actually sings live, Britney lip synchs through every performance. Here I’ll correct ya: Rihanna >>>>>> Britney Spears

  • Peter

    At least with more songs to choose from, we won’t hear the same ones repeated so much. I have to say, she’s smart to realize her time is short and she should pump these albums out quickly.

  • stan

    the only similarity between her and Lady Gaga is the strategy used by their record company. But to say re-releases were invented by Lady Gaga is absurd.

    Maybe the first one to do that is Rihanna with her Good Girl Gone Bad.

    I’m a Ke$ha fan and what i love about her is that she is what she is. No hiding from any symbolism whatsoever..straight to the point.

    • u

      Beyonce did it earlier with B’Day (2006). But I think Usher kicked off the trend in 2004 with his re-release of his Confessions album.

      • nick

        The Beatles re-released Let It Be in 2003.

      • thome


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