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Ke$ha condemns documentary, works with the Flaming Lips, still covered in glitter

Despite being one of the first people to bring back Andre 3000, spending the bulk of her summer on tour, and unleashing a crazy video that starred unicorns and the Dawson, Ke$ha had a relatively quiet 2011 (or at least in comparison to the year prior, when “Tik Tok” and “Your Love Is My Drug” dominated all charts all the time). Such will not be the case in 2012, as you will have more Ke$ha than you ever knew what to do with.

As noted in EW’s 2012 Forecast issue, Ke$ha is hard at work on a new album, which she promises will focus on more of a rock sound and offer up more “vulnerability” than her previous party-focused work. That should hit some time in the second half of the year, though you won’t have to wait that long to hear her. She has already contributed to the just-released charity tribute album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, where she turned in a surprisingly sturdy, stripped-down version of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” As Melissa Maerz noted in her review of the album, “Ke$ha gets the song’s heartbreak right; you can actually hear her sobbing between verses. If there’s ever a reason to believe the girl’s capable of deeper feelings than ‘vaguely hungover,’ this is it.”

You know who else recognizes Ke$ha’s many layers? READ FULL STORY

Ke$ha covers Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right,' totally doesn't embarrass herself

In the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, the writers of the music section will be calling out a notoriously awful and ill-advised cover as one of the worst songs of the year (no spoilers here; you’ll have to read our Best & Worst of 2011 issue to find out what it is).

Covers can deadly, especially when the recording involves a pop star taking on a revered piece of rock history. But leave it up to eternal curveball Ke$ha to make us eat our words.

Amnesty International is celebrating its 50th birthday with a compilation called Chimes of Freedom, a four-disc affair that features a whopping 76 covers of Bob Dylan songs. The entirety of the compilation is currently streaming for free on the organization’s Facebook page, with the proper album hitting stores on January 24.

The lineup is all over the place, with a handful of the usual suspects (Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Pete Seeger) and some more unusual choices (Adele, Jack’s Mannequin, Airborn Toxic Event, Bad Religion). But the real head-turners are the people from the pure pop universe, including Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5, Darren Criss, and Ke$ha.

The twist is that Ke$ha’s cover of Dylan’s venerable talking blues “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” is actually pretty good. She slows it way, way down and turns it into a slow-burning and devastating torch song, shifting the tone away from Dylan’s flippant indignation into incredible sadness. Give it a listen below. READ FULL STORY

George is the Beatle most horrified by Ke$ha

A rabble-rouser on Buzzfeed got thousands of people outraged today with this list of 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music. The one below struck me as the most visually disturbing. Why didn’t Photoshop melt down as a drunk and disorderly Muppets extra was placed next to The Beatles? Does the answer lie in the space between Ke$sha’s boobs? So many questions.

I’ve come up with a way to cope, though: Imagine that all of the Beatles are facially reacting to the horror show at their right. Ringo is being so polite and cautious about it, probably because he’s the closest to the danger. John is willfully oblivious, while Paul looks just slightly more dead inside than Ke$ha. George wins this stinkface competition by a long and winding mile. (I feel like he’d also take the most convincing Facebook self-portraits in iPhoto. I hate myself!)

See? It’s easy if you try. Feel better now? [Buzzfeed]

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Adele, Maroon 5, and (yes) Miley Cyrus pay tribute to Bob Dylan on new album

Adele, Miley Cyrus, Darren Criss, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Elvis Costello, Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, and Ke$ha are among the acts who have contributed new or previously unreleased tracks to the album Chimes of Freedom which pays tribute to both Bob Dylan and Amnesty International.

Adele has gifted Chimes of Freedom a live version of “Make You Feel My Love” and Cyrus sings “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” while folk legend Seeger performs “Forever Young.”

But they’re hardly the only ones on this massive four-disc outing. Find the just-released full tracklisting after the jump:


Britney Spears invites Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha to a 'Till The World Ends' remix party


Britney Spears is suddenly a player in the remix game, first dropping in on Rihanna’s “S&M” (which instantly sent that song back to the top of the Billboard Hot 100) and now hosting both Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj on a reworked version of “Till The World Ends.”

Spears premiered the song at her own site and tweeted the single’s cover art. You can listen to their three-way take here.


Ke$ha's $leazy Tour: On the $cene in NYC -- are Carl Bernstein and Nora Ephron closet Ke$ha fans?

A line of showgoers—most of them teenagers, and collectively wearing approximately one metric ton of glitter—furled down three city blocks in Midtown Manhattan last night to see Ke$ha perform at the Roseland Ballroom.

The crowd was about what one would expect from a Ke$ha concert: Boys wearing mesh tank tops, girls sprinkling glitter on each other’s bare legs, some put-upon parents who’d rather be anywhere else, some Cool Moms who were all too happy to chaperone, and 20-somethings like myself who were pretending to be there for ironic purposes but were actually pretty stoked.

I was surprised, though, by how unexpectedly awesome the show was. Judging from some less-than-stellar TV performances, my expectations were low, but for what it’s worth, Ke$ha sounded at least as good live as she does on her recorded tracks. And as far as onstage antics go, she packed infinitely more entertainment value and energy into the show by way of pure, unabashed silliness than Britney Spears did in her much more expensive and lavish Circus tour.

I left the concert with an understanding and appreciation for Ke$ha that I hadn’t had before—and having to pick glitter out of my hair for the next three weeks is a small price to pay for enlightenment. READ FULL STORY

Avril Lavigne's acoustic cover of Ke$ha's 'TiK ToK': Watch it here

Peruse YouTube and you shouldn’t have a problem finding acoustic covers of clubby, synth-heavy dance hits. And sometimes, when the planets align, we’ll see a mainstream artist have a go themselves, like Chris Daughtry did with Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” This time, Avril Lavigne and her sparkly microphone take a mellower approach to Ke$ha’s pervasive 2010 single, “TiK ToK.”

Check out the video after the jump:


Ke$ha shoots co-star James Van Der Beek and countless unicorns in her 'Blow' video

KeshaHow did unicorns die out? According to Ke$ha’s “Blow” music video, it looks like she and James Van Der Beek gunned down most of them at a swank cocktail party (the last refuge of any endangered species).

The first two minutes of “Blow” are deceptively normal—well, as average as a video with bipedal unicorns in tuxedos can be. Deprived of her trademark Keith Richards-via-dumpster-diving look, this edition of Ke$ha is dressed to the nines, sipping champagne and dancing with the soiree’s only other non-mythical member, James Van Der Beek (Who refers to her as Ke-dollar sign-HA, just like Glee’s Principal Figgins).

Sparkling wine? Where’s the Jack D, girl? Has fame and fortune spoiled our pretension-free party girl? Considering her first words to Dawson Leery are, “Well, if it isn’t James Van Der Douche,” the answer is a resounding “no.” (Skip ahead to 2:20 for the funny stuff).


Ke$ha's 'Animal (Switch Remix)' -- EXCLUSIVE

kesha-animalImage Credit: Ethan PinesWith two albums under her sequined thrift-shop belt, Ke$ha is releasing her first remix album next month, the less-than-succinctly titled I am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album. It hits shelves (and more importantly, the digital highway) on March 22.

But why wait? You can listen to Switch’s remix of Ke$ha’s “Animal” exclusively here at EW: READ FULL STORY

Ke$ha hit with $14 million lawsuit from former manager

kesha-publicity A management team that claims they helped put the $ in Ke$ha is apparently asking for an immediate–and enormous–return on its inve$tment.

New York’s Daily News reports today that a suit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by DAS Communications, in which they define the artist born Kesha Sebert as “a very young and inexperienced artist whose ‘star’ may not continue to rise.” Court papers show that the company is seeking $14 million in damages from Sebert, and an additional $12 million from super-producer Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald.

The claim rests on their assertion that Sebert, who signed with them in 2006, inked an agreement entitling DAS to 20% of her future income, with the option to sever the business if she did not land a major-label record contract within a year. Though the next twelve months passed without a deal, DAS says she waived the deadline, and continued good relations with the company until super-producer Luke “induced, intimidated and convinced Ke$ha” to severe ties with them in September 2008.

“Although she has made an incredible amount of money in a very short period of time, in large part due to DAS’ efforts on her behalf,” the papers continue, “she could just as easily lose money if not properly guided”—a statement claiming, in essence, that Ke$ha’s future career prospects are limited, and her financial acumen, even more so. (Some may beg to differ; her upcoming “Get $leazy” tour is currently sold out, and recent no. 1 “We R Who We R,” her third, remains in Billboard‘s top 10.)

The 23-year-old singer promptly filed a counter-suit against the company in California, contending the manager acted as an “illegal talent agent.” And her lawyer Charles Ortner told the Daily News, “This lawsuit seeks to require her to pay [DAS head David Sonenberg] commissions on her RCA/Jive record deal that he had nothing to do with, long after she terminated him in writing.”

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