Ke$ha's raucous new single, 'We R Who We R': Listen here

KeShaYou hardly had a chance to miss her, did you? Though her platinum debut, Animal, has not yet celebrated its first birthday, the First Lady of whiskey toothpaste and  Glad-bag couture announced its companion followup, Cannibal, earlier this week. Less than 48 hours later, the album’s first single has landed online.

She is, you may be shocked to learn, still a connoisseur of glitter and good times. “We R Who We R” follows previous party-to-the-people anthems built on the talk-singer’s extra-enunciated consonants and chanty non-sequiturs (“and no you don’t wanna mess with us / got Jesus on my neck-uh-lace”).

As she told EW yesterday, the song’s inspiration was fueled by the recent spate of gay-related teen suicides, “a celebration of any sort of quirks or eccentricities” meant to “inspire people to be themselves.” (And a companion piece, perhaps, to Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” released last week?).

Listen for yourself, after the jump:

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  • Wes

    Inspired by gay teen suicides? Or, just Ke$ha’s version of Lady Gaga’s yet to be released Born This Way? Even the “companion album” is the same exact thing Gaga did last year with the Fame Monster.

    I’ll take talent and substance over glitter anyday.

    • deegeezee

      because you could never like both, there isn’t room in the brain!

  • Phil

    Another feel-good disposable party song! Its what I expected from her, and would definitely find myself on a dancefloor when this comes on! I only hope Ke$ha is smart enough to stick to her strong suit (party anthems)and dare not attempt any needless ballads on “Cannibal”.

    • mclovin

      I agree. This song is fun! Can’t wait to get it.

  • WTF?

    Ugh. I guess my pop radio ban will continue…..

  • Jay

    I’m ashamed to admit it… but I really like this girl.
    I’d choose her over Gaga anyday

  • Elena

    God, Lady Gaga fans: LG is not the center of the universe you know? If you cared to do your research instead of blindingly accuse everybody of ripping her off, you would see that Caca herself is anything but ground-breaking. Or have you failed to see how everything Gaga did Madonna did first?

    • Katja

      I’m not a super huge Lady Gaga fan (I know the singles, but nothing else, and Alejandro is frankly one of the dumbest songs ever…) but I don’t see a problem in saying you’d prefer Gaga’s actual talent (which is not the same thing as being “ground-breaking”) over Kesha’s total lack of talent. Lady Gaga actually has a real, strong singing voice. Kesha, whose dollar sign I refuse to use, has good songwriters and producers and that’s about it.

      • Phil

        I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate here..As a fan of both Gaga & Ke$ha, let me ask you a question. Did you ever wonder why Interscope didn’t release “Speechless” (a ballad) as an actual single for Gaga? As I pointed out yesterday, Gaga is talented, can sing live…but every single they’ve released to radio has been her collaborations with producer RedOne, just as Ke$ha gets her hits from producer Dr. Luke. They’re both good for the record business right now. And if you’re not a fan of dance/pop tunes, then don’t comment about them. The ONLY thing that Gaga should be credited for is reigniting interest in dance/pop tunes at pop radio again with “Just Dance”. Every decade or so, there are a string of hits that reignite that sound (in the 90’s, Ace of Base, Real McCoy, La Bouche, Le Click, No Mercy). I’d love to know what these folks think of Matisse’s “Better Than Her” remix with Akon. Or even Akon, is he stealing Gaga’s ideas now too by releasing a dance/pop single called “Angel” ?? People were sick of the oversaturation of hip-hop on the pop airwaves, so this is what its birthed. Even hip-hop tracks are starting to get into the dance/house lane (Flo Rida, The Black Eyed Peas). There’s enough spots on the charts for everyone. Throw on some dancing shoes and get on the dancefloor!

  • RJP

    love it……

  • Jessica

    When I hear Kesha I’m not looking for ballads or anything remotely resembling deep thinking. This is exactly what I’m looking for: fun, upbeat ridiculous club dance songs. It’s a good time!

  • ES

    i dont see why u either have to like kesha or lady gaga.As a lady gaga fan, i also like kesha.and I love this song. I’ll probably download it.

    • sunny

      exactly! there’s room on my ipod party mix for both chicks!

  • Wes

    To clarify, I wasn’t saying EVERYONE had to choose one or the other. I very clearly stated that I, myself, prefer one over the other.

    And because there has been a surge in new pop/dance music, I would hope that other artists would step up their game and be creative or at the very least authentic. I simply don’t see that.

    • Phil

      I hate to be the one to break it to you, but there are maybe 5 chief dance/pop hitmakers/producers that labelheads turn to these days : RedOne, Dr. Luke, David Guetta, LMFAO, & Stargate. When you have so little go-to-guys to choose from, thats why many of the dance/pop songs sound similiar, and maybe in your case, not as authentic. (But seriously, what was authentic about “Boom Boom Pow” ?) Just appreciate what different artists bring to the charts, if its not your thing, don’t make comparisons to Gaga, she is talented, but not the end all be all. The more people comparing everyone back to her, the shorter this cyclical dance phase on the charts is going to last. I only WISH that Entertainment Weekly would write up a full issue piece on the resurgance of this type of music. Two other ‘authentic’ dance singles from Europe- Yolanda Be Cool & DCup’s “We No Speak Americano” (no. 48) & Edward Maya’s “Stereo Love” (no. 98) are both on this week’s Billboard Hot 100. I mean when was the last time 2 Euro dance hits appeared on the same Billboard Hot 100?! Prolly back in the 90’s! These type of feel good dance records possibly wouldn’t be categorized as ‘disposable’ if they got more love from mainstream media.

      • u

        True dat.

  • LG

    Tried to listen to this with an open mind, but had to turn it off-off-off-off-off-off.

  • Stephanie

    Sounds like a poor man’s “Raise Your Glass” by Pink. I’ll choose Pink anyday.

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