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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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Ke$ha before the $: See the high school footage unearthed on YouTube

early-keshaSo, this one time, at band camp, Ke$ha was still just young Kesha Sebert—a Tennessee teen who brushed her teeth with ordinary non-alcoholic toothpaste and needed no shift key to type her name.

Clearly, though, she was already rehearsing for a life of destroyed denim and general Tik-Tokery way back in 2001 as a freshman at Franklin High School Band Camp. Watch it after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Eminem continues reign over Billboard Hot 100 chart

EminemImage Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.comEminem may not rule the album chart anymore, but he still has a firm grip on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  For a seventh week, his Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” is No. 1 on the board.

Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” creeps up one place to No. 2. Perry’s “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, also moves up a spot, to No. 7. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” slides back a place to No. 3. “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher, both featuring Pitbull, hold steady at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Bruno Mars moves up three spots to No. 6 with his ballad “Just the Way You Are.” While Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” drops a spot to No.8, Taylor Swift‘s “Mine” returns to the top 10, jumping up five spots to No. 9. Rounding out the top 10, Ke$ha’s “Take It Off” leaps six places to No. 10.

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Ke$ha's spacey VMA promo: Watch the exclusive preview clip here!

Keisha-vmasImage Credit: F. Scott SchaferDrunk-pop princess Ke$ha’s had a big ol’ year, one that’s set to culminate at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, where she’s up for four Moonmen, and also performing.

Also also, the tall, blonde drink of vodka is one of the rising stars picked to shine alongside Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj in the VMA ad campaign, and her “road to the VMAs” — you can watch our exclusive premiere of the spot after the jump — is an appropriately trippy journey for this space cadet: Young Ke$ha is asleep on a giant bed inside what looks to be the mansion from the “Total Eclipse of the Heart” video, until she awakes to the strains of “Tik Tok” coming from outside the window. She plunges from the mansion’s balcony and… well, you’ll just have to watch it and see. And of course, weigh in below.

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday, September 12, at 9p.m. ET/8p.m. CT, live from the Nokia Theater in L.A. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna at Madison Square Garden: The Barbadian star brings her army tank, Mickey Mouse ears, and catsuit to New York City

rihanna-concertImage Credit: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.comNew York’s Madison Square Garden was flooded with kids for pop starlet Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth tour last night (August 12). And not “kids” as in teens, twenty-somethings, and tweens. I’m talking about children, little girls whose parents wouldn’t even think of allowing their little ones to strut out of their front doors in the kind outfits worn by the Thursday’s headliner.

It was an odd sight, peering over the arena and finding such an eclectic blend of youth: An eight-year-old girl with barrettes in her hair sitting next to a woman 17 years her elder, a flamboyant pair of men in blazers with jagged hairdos and cut-off denim shorts one row in front them. All were waiting intently for not only their sister in loud haircuts but also her stunningly grungy opening act, Ke$ha.

Looking as if she’d just dropped major dollars at a glam-rock garage sale, Ke$ha hit the stage in a tattered black Metallica t-shirt, super-short shorts, and leopard-print gloves. The 23-year-old started off with “Blah Blah Blah,” and couldn’t contain how excited she was to be playing at the historic venue.

“I cannot believe that I’m playing at the f***ing Garden,” she yelled. “Holy s***balls.”

“Party at a Rich Dude’s House” quickly switched to a jam about creepy old men, aptly titled “”Dinosaur.” Hers was a fun 30-minute set: Prancing around U.S. flags draped in Christmas lights along with her dancers, Ke$ha ran through all of the singles from her debut album, Animal. Like a wasted party girl at night’s end, she crawled the length of the stage for “Take It Off.” Her style (or lack thereof) is constantly attacked; what hardly is mentioned, though, is her talent. The Nashville native’s Cyndi Lauper-meets-the-Valley voice was a near-perfect match to her tracked records. She also briefly hopped on the keyboard and drums before closing out with her breakout smash, “Tik Tok.” Her time up, the main event was set to start. READ FULL STORY

Ke$ha performs on 'Today': Did you 'wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy' with her?

keshaEveryone’s favorite singing trashbot Ke$ha took over New York’s Rockefeller Plaza this morning to perform a few of the songs from her album, Animal. I’ve been a big fan of Ke$ha since she hit the scene last winter (heck, I wrote the—ahem!—definitive EW piece on her back in January!), but I must say: Ke$ha is not the most exhilarating live entertainer, unfortunately. Or maybe she just tries too hard and it comes off as cloying? It’s strange, because her music is catchy and amps me up when I listen on my iPod, but today’s performances felt decidedly muted. (Much like her ill-fated, uninspiring Saturday Night Live performance back in April.) Just kind of run-of-the-mill, nothing special. For reals, even the (surprisingly small, compared to the masses who showed up recently for Gaga) crowd in Rockefeller seemed more likely to yawn than sing along to “Tik Tok” and “Take It Off.” And the interview portions of the whole (non) spectacle were zapped of juice, too—Matt Lauer honestly asked her about the $ in her name and the story about how she broke into Prince’s house to drop off a demo once. How pedestrian! Again, it was all in the—ahem!—definitive EW piece I wrote back in January!

Regardless, take a gander at the performances here and decide for yourself:


Ke$ha and friends have a psychedelic party in her new 'Take It Off' video: Watch here

keshaKe$ha can’t wait to get to the club in her video for “Take It Off.” Set outside of some old motels, the 23-year-old’s latest clip finds her and some friends grooving their way into a decrepit, empty pool . “There’s a place downtown where the freaks all come around,” she sings on the chorus. “It’s a hole in the wall. It’s a dirty free-for-all.” Like her video for “Your Love is My Drug,” this is a pretty trippy showing. Check out the video after the jump and let us know what you think.


Lady Gaga is nominated for a record-breaking 13 VMA awards, Eminem gets 8 nods

Lady-GagaImage Credit: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty ImagesLady Gaga has been nominated for a record-breaking 13 MTV Video Music Awards—including Best Pop Video and Best Female Video—while Eminem received eight nods in the list of nominations, which was released at noon today. This means Gaga has the most nominations ever in a single VMA. She is also the first female artist to be nominated for two different clips in the Video of the Year category with both “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” getting nods. First-time VMA nominees included Ke$ha, Drake, Florence + The Machine, and young Mr Justin Bieber.

The VMAs will be broadcast on Sunday, September 12. You can find the list of nominees after the jump.

Obviously, the big news is the love the VMAs have shown Lady Gaga. What do you think of her 13 noms?


Katy Perry tops Billboard hot 100 chart for fourth week, Eminem and Rihanna collab debuts big

katy-perry-eminemImage Credit: Ari Michelson; Nigel ParryFor it’s fourth week, Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” tops the Billboard hot 100 chart. Eminem’s second single from his Recovery effort makes a huge debut this week. His collaboration with pop starlet Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie,” opens at No. 2. Usher‘s “OMG,” slides back a spot to No. 3. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” does the same, moving to No. 4. Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” backs into No. 5. And Drake’s “Find Your Love” also falls a slot to No. 6.

Mike Posner’s debut smash “Cooler Than Me” moves up one spot to No. 7. Ke$ha‘s “Your Love Is My Drug” falls two to No. 8. Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” also slides back two places to No. 9. Jason Derulo gets his third hot 100 top 10 from his self-titled debut album. His “Ridin’ Solo” jumps up six places to No. 10.

Again, Eminem has a strangle hold of the chart. How long do you think it’ll be before he pushes Katy Perry to No. 2?

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Katy Perry holds No. 1 spot on 'Billboard' Hot 100 singles chart, Mike Posner keeps rising

Katy-Perry-Mike-PosnerImage Credit: Robin Wong/PR Photos; Andy Sheppard/Redferns/Getty ImagesKaty Perry holds on to her No. 1 spot this week on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with her Snoop Dogg-assisted “California Gurls.” It’s her single’s third consecutive week at the top. The following three tracks on the chart all keep the same place they did last week. Usher‘s “OMG” stays at No. 2. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” holds at No. 3. And “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy is at No. 4.

Drake‘s Kanye West-produced second single “Find Your Love” leaps from No. 10 to No. 5 this week, while Ke$ha‘s “Your Love Is My Drug” stays at No. 6. Lady Gaga‘s “Alejandro” falls from No. 5 to No. 7.  Mike Posner’s single “Cooler than Me” cracks the top ten after eight weeks of steadily climbing the charts (and nearly a year after first popping up on our radar here). The pop upstart’s first single moves up from No. 14 to No. 8. Eminem’s “Not Afraid” slides back one spot to No. 9. And Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart” lands at No. 10.

Have you heard Posner’s new single? Do you think it has a shot at hitting No. 1?

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