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Why Ke$ha Makes American Music Look Bad

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With my recent move to Texas, I've been forced to use the radio as a means of making my commute go by quicker. Needless to say, I haven't exactly been impressed with much that I've heard. Every song sounds the same and the "artists" behind them are so heavily produced that any heart they may have put into the music has completely vanished. It's superficial product that the superficial enjoy on a merely superficial level (guess what the point of that sentence was).

Out of all the crap I have heard, nothing has gotten my blood boil worse than Ke$ha. (That is not a typo, by the way.) She's been around for awhile now, long enough for The Simpsons to do their opening around her hit song "Tik Tok." (God, I'm glad I wasn't her English teacher, I'd be so embarrassed.) There's two things wrong with this scenario; a) it's really evident how low The Simpsons have become that their desperate play for viewers involves using a song about drunken club sluts, and b) America decided that "Tik Tok" was worthy of becoming a popular song and allowing Ke$ha the honor of not only being a part of the longest running animated sitcom in history, but also a musical guest on Saturday Night Live. (I will dig deeper into this in a little bit.)

Normally I don't rail on specific artists in the music business because as a failed musician myself, I respect the majority of them for at least knowing their stuff or having some sort of ability. (Even Milli Vanilli learned how to sing… after everyone stopped caring, but still!) Ke$ha, on the other hand, I can not respect on any level. I doubt she knows how to play an instrument, and anyone with a legitimate ear can tell that her voice is benefiting from the auto-tune and heavy post-production craze that has taken the soul out of music.

My other gripe is with her musical "catalog." I'll admit I've only heard her first two singles. So, to be somewhat fair, I'm only going to comment on them.

"Tik Tok" sounds like it was written around the time Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" came out (For those of you who didn't hear it, "Just Dance" is pretty much a song about the celebration of getting really drunk, having sex, and being an idiot. My friends call it "Whore-Pop" so I'm adopting that term from now on.), but when written by a 14 year old instead of a seasoned musician (more on Lady Gaga to come as well). The lyrics are so plain and without imagination that you would expect a tween on YouTube to be singing this, not someone signed to a record label. Her voice has a nasally quality to it that just makes you want to scream out in frustration "This is what passes for MUSIC now?!?" The way she spouts the opening lines "wake up in the morning feelin' like P-Ditty…" is all you need to hear before you can tell you're headed down a path of pain and misery.

 "Your Love is a Drug" is less annoying, but parts of the verses are easily interchangeable melody-wise with "Tik Tok" and no one would be the wiser, not to mention more horribly immature and pathetic lyricism and possibly the worst ending to any song I have heard in a long-time. While there may a small chance that her other songs on this CD are more mature and sound way better, I sincerely doubt it and it would take an act of God to redeem her.

Her live performances do not help her cause in my eyes. I've seen her do "Tik Tok" on a couple of talk shows and watched her stint as musical guest on Saturday Night Live and… wow. She shows no rhythm in her movements and when she isn't being overly produced on the radio, the weakness in her vocals are even more apparent. If you don't believe me (for some reason!), check out any clip of her doing "Tik Tok" live and just marvel, marvel, at her choice of dance moves. It's like she's not even trying.

Some of you may (again, for some reason!), be thinking "well isn't Lady Gaga similar in style?"  The answer is a resounding no. Here's where I hand in my mancard: Lady Gaga is actually a good musician. She is a pianist and she understands what makes a song good and bad (or at least her producers do). Her voice is actually damn good, and while some of her songs are weak (I loathe "Poker Face"), her music is actually tolerable and dare I even say… good? "Bad Romance" especially, has burrowed into my brain and not escaped my head for months. Sure, she tries to overdo herself with her fashion choices and makeup (something that Ke$ha is also slowly implementing), but that's a shock value thing. It helps you remember who Lady Gaga is, and it just adds to her flair. Gives her a personality. She just isn't a drunk who lucked into a contract by virtue of people trying to find someone to imitate Gaga.

Ke$ha is the biggest black eye in a business that admittedly has its fair share of bruises and embarrassments. Her songs may have a catchy hook, but there's no imagination or energy behind it, and her live performances are so pathetic if you watch them while half asleep you'll think you switched on public access by mistake.The very fact that her career is even a career is not only puts the music business in a negative light (really guys? REALLY?!?), but it puts America in a negative light because we are eating this up like it's actually good. It isn't whatsoever, and with any luck, people will eventually open their eyes and Ke$ha will end up back in the bar she was found in, hopped up on whatever drug she decided to take that day.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know. I want to see if anyone is willing to fess up to liking Ke$ha in any way that isn't ironic.

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  • Paul

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • Jordan Richardson

    If you don’t find value in a particular performer, that’s fine. But suggesting it puts “America” in a bad light is just a lame hyperbolic statement.

    There’s been far worse artists than Ke$ha throughout the passage of time and somehow “America” has survived and so has the music industry.

    Remember Willa Ford? Exactly.

    Oh, and people don’t need to “open their eyes” and accept your version of “good music.” If somebody finds enjoyment from this sort of thing, good for them.

  • El Bicho

    you know, it’s kinda of silly to call out an artist’s spelling when 1) song titles don’t follow the same rules of English and 2) when the first sentence of your bio has a couple of errors

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    @Jordan: Yeah, I admit that the “America” line went too far, but at that moment, I felt it was deemed necessary. It originally had “A Stream of Consciousness Rant” in the title because that’s what it was, and regardless of that one line, I stand by what I said. It’s an opinion piece. A super hyperbolic opinion piece, but an opinion piece nonetheless.

    @El Bicho: Good catch on that spelling error bud, I wrote that thing awhile back and never looked at it again. The misspelling of song titles has been a long pet peeve of mine, and unless they are inventing different words, I don’t let that slide regardless if I like the band or not. It comes off stupid to me, and it’s no different here.

  • Jordan Richardson

    The misspelling of song titles has been a long pet peeve of mine

    But can it really be considered a mistake if it’s done on purpose? It’s not as though Ke$ha’s record label, producers and so forth had no clue how to properly spell “Tik Tok,” is it?

    I mean, do you really think Ice Cube’s “What They Hittin’ Foe” is titled as such because the guy doesn’t know how to spell the word “for?”

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    That was meant more that she chose to spell it in such a dumb way rather than she couldn’t, but I see how the English teacher reference would make people think otherwise. I guess I was trying to think of how my English teacher, who knows I can spell correctly, would scoff and just roll her eyes if I started spelling things wrong just because.

  • El Bicho

    Does this English teacher also dislike when poets fail to use punctuation or properly capitalize? And why is Ke$ha’s spelling dumb exactly? Seems just as arbitrary to include letters that aren’t needed.

  • Victor Lana

    I’ve seen her on SNL; her voice is like fingernails on a blackboard. There’s nothing wrong with America but plenty wrong with her voice.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    And isn’t that sad in a way? I mean, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera could at least sing, regardless of how they marketed themselves. It’s like the actual singing doesn’t matter anymore.

    As for the spelling issue, I had a talk with my friend and he made a good point about “artistic flourish”, so I guess I can just leave it at that. This argument will just go on and on and that really isn’t the point of this opinion piece.

  • Anna

    I totally agree. Hopefully in a few years we’ll look back and laugh that her career even existed. And Katy Perry’s too.

  • Jordan Richardson

    It’s like the actual singing doesn’t matter anymore.

    Why would you say that? Because you can cite a few examples of people who don’t sing to a particular level. I hesitate to say that Ke$ha can’t sing, by the way, because I’m sure her “style” is reflective of the marketing campaign around her. She may well be able to sing quite well.

    Hopefully in a few years we’ll look back and laugh that her career even existed.

    I hate comments like this.

    As much as I don’t personally enjoy the music of Ke$ha or Justin Bieber or Smashmouth or whatever, I see no reason to wish that their careers didn’t exist. There’s plenty of room in music for a wide spectrum of artists and there will always be artists in every single generation that will resonate well and those won’t resonate well at all.

    For me, it’s all about meaning and the experience of listening to music. Ke$ha and other performers like her make a brand of music designed for partying and clubbing and whatever, so it fits the genre and the fans they market towards. Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers are marketing their shit towards tweens and teen girls, so it works on that level.

    The REAL failure, in my opinion, would be if Ke$ha was trying to be something she’s not, but she earns my respect due to the fact that she’s not attempting to pass herself off as some grand artist. She’s trying to be the drunken fool and, for the most part, she’s succeeding.

    So you’ve got to ask yourself if you really have a problem with the performer or the role the performer is playing. I think there are deeper issues here than that and they speak to how individuals perceive entertainment. I may not like big flashy blockbusters generally, but I do understand that they have a role and that they appeal to lots of people. I don’t wish they didn’t exist because I’m not a fan.

  • Adam

    Yes, the first time I heard her I was certain it was the worst music I’d ever heard, probably among the worst ever made. In fact, even amongst the things that aren’t music that we pass off as music these days, it is inutterably terrible. Accept the fact that eventually people will be satisfied with the sound of a drum beat repeated constantly for five minutes. I really don’t think I’m exagerrating the reality. Best just ignore it and remember that there is still good music being made.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    @Jason: I think Anna’s comment was more “we’ll laugh that people took her seriously and she was actually famous” more than her wishing her career never existed. And as for her singing talent, she has yet to show me she can do anything other than rap-talk, which has become her signature style (there’s another term people use for it, but the name escapes me). Her singing of the chorus for “Your Love is My Drug” on SNL was live and non-produced and it was immensely grating which reinforced her lack of legitimate singing ability in my mind. I did check out a performance of “Blah Blah Blah” that seemed to be a bit better, but I don’t know if that’s her with the benefit of post-production or not. Still, a step up.

    I also get how you would consider her a failure if she wasn’t being herself, but my opinion of failure is vastly different. Plus, I’m unsure if she really is a drunk party girl, because from what I’ve read, she was actually a buckled down student and this trashy look came from her having to create an image from a budget. Create the image, create the persona. If that’s her or not is up in the air.

    @Adam: Agreed, and now that I think about it, we’re slowly becoming that generation that hates everything new. The cycle never ends I guess.

  • El Bicho

    You must be joking if you are using Britney Spears “singing” as a barometer. It’s rather obvious she’s augmented by studio effects.

    And who is taking Ke$ha seriously? She’s a pop star.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    So pop stars should never be taken seriously? Ever? Is that like the turn your brain off mentality some people take to action films? That honestly wasn’t sarcasm, I’m just trying to make a connection.

    Also, I’m sure there are a ton of fans of hers that would take offense at you implying she shouldn’t be taken seriously since she makes pop music, at least from the ridiculous amount of stuff I’ve been reading all night.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    There have been some rumblings of her doing this as maybe some sort of satire on pop music (she wrote these songs with her mother, and I doubt most mothers wouldn’t let half these lyrics fly), and if that’s true then more power to her. I just need legitimate proof there is something more here than what I have seen/heard.

  • Jaim

    I think that if you want to listen to artists on the verge or old favorites that always deliver then you should stick with the college radio stations. I have discovered great bands on these channels, and these unique musical groups have given me hope that there is some music that has some meat to it rather than the empty carbs of the mainstream music played on MTV and commercial radio stations.

  • Victor Lana

    Courtney Love (yes, of Hole) told Ke$ha, “I’m worried about you.” Now, doesn’t that tell us something?

  • Miss L’Roy

    Jealous like a hungry tiger!!! Not like her music is damaging your life. If it had that great of sn effect on you then something is seriously wrong. Just change the radio station. I’m from Texas and there are tons of them. Ke$ha doesn’t want you in her audience anyways, you’re too judgemental. I can understand expressing your opinion but “Whore-pop?” You are just as bad as the Simpsons for writing this long article.

  • Kirsten

    Ke$ha really doesn’t add too much to the music scene, but you can’t deny that her music isn’t catchy.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    @Miss L’Roy: I wrote it to get it off my chest because it’s been bothering me since she showed up. The “whore-pop” label is something my friends use and in the heat of the moment, I felt it was appropriate. I spent an inordinate amount of time researching Kesha, and my stance has soften a little bit, but I still am disappointed she’s as big as she is. I think that’s my biggest problem, that something so shallow and fake could ascend so quickly. Sure there have been others (and will be), but this one got to me more than others.

    @Kirsten: She is catchy; I threw that into the article very briefly, but it’s catchy because it’s repetitive.

  • stanley

    I’m a Ke$ha fan.

    What i get from her is the message that from time to time, learn to loosen up and have fun. I also like her persona especially in can see that she is raw, honest and speaks her mind. I also love the fact that she is not full of herself and not proclaiming that she will be this and that in a few years time unlike that ugly troll/con-artist named Lady Gaga who carved her career by copying what past artists have done. That itself should be considered foul. For once, she needs to find her own real voice and reference or inspiration from other artist. But i don’t think that will happen because she does not really have anything inside of her to offer

  • @@r0n

    People on here will never understand what Ke$ha has. I’m not going to explain it, because someone will criticize it. But I will say this, Ke$ha is f***ing rad. Seriously. I believe she’s brought new things to the music industry and in a very good way.

  • Ron

    I read your article. Very funny. Needs work.

    Ke$ha, or Rose, as I prefer, because it fits her so well, needs no redeemer. Nor, for that matter, does anyone else. Sin no more, I say. And it is so. Get used to it. More on that later. Much later.

    An example of Ke$ha’s live performance will reveal her genius, and her upcoming marriage to me, even if she needs to drag me kicking and screaming to the alter, should prove definitively she has no luck whatsoever.

    Consider her performance at Saint Valery-en-Caux. She appears in thigh-high black boots, red gloves extending past her elbows, and a skirt, playing a guitar shaped like a military weapon, a drum, and displaying the American Flag. What’s up with that?

    The boots belong to Erwin Rommel, the skirt, to the 51st Highland Division, and the blood, up to her elbows, still stains Winston Churchill’s soul. Let me explain.

    Ke$ha played the concert as the result of the school winning a lottery. Suspicious of the role chance plays in events, she sought for a good reason for her to be there. She decided, for particular reasons, to comment on events which took place in 1940. In a relevant way, of course. Read the history, if you want to know the details.

    The point she made was that politicians are responsible for what they do. Churchill left the 51st Highland Division behind, and was complicit in keeping the truth from the British public. The 51st Highland Division, later reconstituted, helped defeat Rommel in Africa. Enough said? Oh, forgot drum and flag. American leadership is responsible for injustice against Native Americans, and all others, regardless of whether the people know it or not. Free Leonard Peltier. It would be a beginning. Word.

    Joy to you, Rose.

  • Jordan Richardson


    You describe your disappointment that Ke$ha is as “big as she is.” How big is she? She currently has a few singles that get radio play, but she’s still little more than an opening act on the touring circuit and probably won’t wind up having much more of a career outside of doing this sort of party pop stuff. I don’t really consider her to be anything to be concerned about on any level.

    And as for her singing talent, she has yet to show me she can do anything other than rap-talk

    So what if she can’t do anything else other than that? If that’s her style, that’s her style. I’m saying that it’s not particularly fair to characterize someone as a non-vocalist or as not a good singer just because they’ve chosen a style that isn’t particularly vocally flattering. Better Ke$ha understanding who she is as an artist than Christina Aguilera taking ten minutes to sing a three minute song because she’s determined to be so goddamn showy.

    Her singing of the chorus for “Your Love is My Drug” on SNL was live and non-produced and it was immensely grating which reinforced her lack of legitimate singing ability in my mind.

    A number of “good” artists have had shitty performances on SNL and elsewhere. That can be chalked up to a number of things, primarily the fact that she’s so green in the industry and due to the fact that, again, she’s stepping out of her primary style to sing without effects.

    Bear in mind that I’m not arguing that she’s a great singer. I’m just saying that we shouldn’t dismiss vocalists due to the fact that they pick a particular style, in this case the “rap talk” style. She may well carry some surprising pipes. I don’t really know.

    I also get how you would consider her a failure if she wasn’t being herself, but my opinion of failure is vastly different.

    Yes, your opinion of failure seems to be when artists fail to conform to your standards, moral or otherwise.

    In your article, you complain about “her” spelling, an imagined but unproven inability to sing and/or play an instrument, her musical catalogue (of which you admit to having heard TWO songs as of writing this piece), “immature” lyricism (an odd complaint for party music, as I didn’t know Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” was particularly profound), and a critique of her live performances based on two songs you saw on SNL (still the same two songs you’re basing your entire three page “critique” on).

    So if you can build your case for failure based on having heard a pair of songs from an artist that you complain about as being “too big,” I guess you’ve got no confidence problems. But you’re far from fair and far from thorough. I think the key problem I have here, Jonathan, is that you’ve elected to base your criticism on incredibly superficial grounds while bemoaning Ke$ha for being – wait for it – incredibly superficial. What other performer would you judge in the same way? Would you discard anyone from just two songs if you thought they were “ruining American music?”

    I’m not saying that there’s a haunting, beautiful artist waiting to emerge here. I’m saying that your criticism is limp, bland and dishonest. And if Ke$ha really is the threat you say she is, you need to do a lot more work at discovering what this little bag of candy floss is up to. You owe it to us, after all.

  • Jordan Richardson

    By the way, Ron’s post is spot-on. I read about the Saint Valery-en-Caux and there’s a lot more going on with this party girl than we know about.

    Add to that the fact that she’s got writing credits on each song on Animal, a rarity in today’s pop world, and I think your case gets weaker by the minute, Justin.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    I do owe it to you. You are right. And after getting a whole lot of comments that were rational and fair, I have been digging to find out more about Kesha and more about the music. I have listened to “The Animal” all the way through and it is catchy. It’s still dumb, and there’s no way I would ever go out of my way to recommend it to anyone, but it’s catchy.

    I think I took more offense to the package and what she was been presenting to audiences as a whole. Sure, I based it off of two songs, but that’s all I’ve ever been able to see her perform. Late night shows, SNL, Ellen, music videos, that’s what I went off and what I saw may have been vapid “on purpose”, but to me it came off as vapid because it lacked any creativity. Growing up music has meant so much to me in such an emotional way that when I see artists start hitting it big by harnessing a generic sound and putting little to no thought in it, I get angry. In this case, I had an outlet and I said something about it.

    I put all the blame on her shoulders, and for all I know, it should be shared with everyone involved. I shouldn’t have done that.

    As for ruining American music…”ruining” is too harsh of a word, but I don’t think she’s helping at the same time. This article has helped me discover something I was hoping was untrue; I am a music snob and when something doesn’t “conform to my standards”, I do take offense to it.

    This was written to get it off my chest, and instead of just venting as if I was upset, I dragged in everyone else and tried to create a rally cry. That is my folly as a writer, and as time goes, I’ve got a lot to learn about writing.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    Also, from the research I have been putting into this, I have noticed there are hints of something more than what has been presented. If that’s the case, then that’s cool, and that should be explored more. As I said before, I just want to know that there’s something more there. For awhile, I got a little angrier because I guess before she went to pursue her music, she was a well-read student, and “Tik Tok” was the result of it. The posts on the concert…that changes the game and if that is all actually true then that’s cool of her and I can definitely respect that.

    As much as it sounds like pandering, I do want to thank the people who have been commenting. Instead of being like “KESHA RULES, U SUCK!” or just snapping at me, it’s been level headed reasoning, and this level-headedness has got me researching and re-assessing everything I’ve said, far more than I ever thought I would.

  • Anesley Leonetti

    I actually really like Ke$ha. She isn’t whats wrong with music, she is whats GOOD with it. She stands for everything that music was made to be. Music was meant to be fun a enjoyable. That is why slaves is the old days made music and dance to the rhythm to give them hope and happiness in their lives. Thats what Kesha wants. Her music is made to be fun and just be enjoyed. And she is definetly succeding at her task to make music fun a happy again. I am ok with Lady GaGa except that her music has NO meaning other than to make her even more famous and make her record label more money. She is what i hate about music. Her music was fun at a time with Just Dance and Poker Face but after her two GREATEST singles she just became dull and predictable and the only thing “fun” about her was her style. Kesha is definetly the best thing to happen to music since the rise of Madonna.

  • El Bicho

    After reading this poorly written rant in its entirety it’s unfortunate that an editor saw fit to publish it because it makes the site look bad. The whole thing is poorly thought out and I would like to know what your English teacher thinks of it.

    Somehow your opinion is vastly superior to all those who like the song, but you think it’s still a honor to be on The Simpsons, so I’m not really sure why anyone should trust your tastes about pop culture.

    You incorrectly see the song’s success as an American problem, yet offer no explanation as to how the single reached number one in eleven countries.

    How exactly is the song about sluts when there’s no mention of sex taking place? And what’s with the other insults: a drunk, whore-pop, hopped up on whatever drug? Does she represent the type of girl you fail miserably with?

    Seems you and your friends have issues deeper than the current state of pop music. We get that you are bitter about being a failed musician, but that’s not Ke$ha’s fault or (the spelled correctly) P Diddy’s.

    If these obnoxious insults bother you, keep that in mind while crafting your next piece.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    I’ll take that under advisement, thank you.

  • JT

    Jonathan, nice piece. I’ve been aurally accosted by the sound of this chick’s, ahem, “music” on the radio too many times to count and I was actually searching for articles that panned her when I found this one, so thanks. As for your anti-American sentiment (that I’m sure wasn’t meant to be taken as literally as a few your readers apparently took it) sadly any serious critic of “America” (less a country than a collection of multinational corporations and their respective hoards of doting sycophants) wouldn’t need to cite Ke$ha’s popularity as evidence that our country, again using that term loosely, is in the early stages of a precipitous decline. For starters, read the book The End of America (relax it’s only 156 pages, or roughly 40 bowel movements worth) or consider the abysmal state of public education (a national dropout rate of 30%), or that literacy rates have reached a plateau and are actually starting to decrease, or that our Presidential elections are arguably fraudulent thanks to easily hackable Diebold voting machines, or that our wars are orchestrated by Big Oil Barons, or that homelessness, stagnant wages, and an evaporating middle class are all trends exacerbated by off-shored manufacturing jobs, Wal-Mart and the exponential increase in College tuition, blah, blah, blah. That so much attention, money and media coverage is tossed Ke$ha’s way isn’t proof that America is in a state of decay, it’s the very reason why the downward spiral won’t reverse itself in time to save the country formally known as “America”. If a global form of governance is on the horizon then don’t be naive enough to think that the US Constitution will remain relevant, it won’t.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    Hey JT, thanks for the comment. The America thing was a hyperbolic statement and I wrote this when I was really hyped up and annoyed. It wasn’t meant to be taken as seriously as everyone took it (along with the English teacher thing), but them’s the breaks. Thanks for the reading on the decline of America, although again, that wasn’t my intent haha.

  • JT

    No problem JS, I share a bit of your anger with the music industry but some of that anger has got to be directed at the throng of doting fans that artists like Ke$ha always manage to attract. It happens all the time, e.g. Dane Cook, vapid material, cocky stage presence, looks that girls found (inexplicably) to be appealing and a mostly MySpace-driven-fan-base pandering m.o. equaled an enormous following. At least Ke$ha has the integrity to put a dollar sign smack dab in the middle of her stage moniker. It’s kind of like her version of the “Illuminati” placing their “new world order” declaration right on the dollar bill. When all hell breaks loose, hey at least we were warned, :-)

    Keep making hyperbolic statements for effect, that’s good writing. All your piece lacked was a little bit of research but as a reactionary piece that hoped to spark lively debate, it clearly hit the target.

    I’ll leave you with one of my favorite lines from any recent movie. Paul Rudd deadpanned it in the film, Knocked Up. “Steely Dan would have no chance today.”

    Music snobs unite!

  • Fd

    Ke$ha is very bad

  • IgnoranceIsBliss

    America looks worse every time the uneducated hordes flock towards generic and awful music. Americans call things new when they are actually repeats of one-hit-wonders that they’ve sold to the used CD store. This makes it look like fans are unwilling to absorb anything new; being willfully ignorant over and over. This is to say nothing about all the excellent musicians and singers whose lives are ruined by the disproportionate amount of money funneled at auto-tuned posers like ke dollar sign ha. Those who miss quality in music miss quality in many other areas. Voting the same candidates into office, buying products known to be harmful, investing in Chinese plastic novelties, and many other things. Inability to investigate the particulars leads to enjoying shallow and meaningless things. The big picture is missed in favor of lazily glossing over the details. I’m an American and am ashamed of all the garbage we shove into the world. Sure, America has plenty of fantastic things, but they are obscured by the mediocre.

  • jayy copsey

    I think that ke$ha is rather creative, and while shes not perfect, she’s not bad either.

  • Jonathan Sullivan

    I have grown to hate her a lot less as an image since I wrote that piece many moons ago, but the music is still trash no matter how I try to give it a shot. Some of those potshots were throwaway jokes, and the whole ‘whorepop’ label is regrettable to say the least.

    As it stands, here is my stance: music is trash and the people who love it are people I generally dislike on a personality level. But the music industry needs something to keep afloat and it is easy enough to digest, so I cant fault them for running with this and Taylor Swift. And as for women singing about liking to bang…go for it. Guys do it all the time after all. Only fair both sexes get to do so.

  • Cole

    Ok first of all it’s P. Diddy not P. Ditty. And second of all have you heard any of the music now a days. Me being a teen, I love this stuff it’s amazing, it’s what’s in. Ke$ha is a great singer listen to animal or the herold song. They both really show off her voice. Just because her songs are immature does not mean they aren’t fun to listen to and goof off with your friends with. They are meant to be fun and dancy and if you don’t like it then change the radio station and don’t buy it on iTunes!

  • Samaritan

    It’s because of the whorepop label that this stuff exists. I see you’ve been verbally shoved down for your tone in this article, but despite your somewhat over-enthusiastic behavior, I believe your heart is in the right place. I’m going to be using the word ‘whorepop’ now, it’s the perfect descriptive noun.

    If Ke$ha ever started making real music, I would respect her. But sorry, no. I just watched the ‘Blow’ music video and I am utterly chagrined at her representation of femininity in our society. We need women to show their intelligence, their strength, their wisdom – not their sexual appeal or desire. We need the same from men. Our culture is becoming a meaningless conflagration of hedonistic consumers.

    While she can’t ruin America on her lonesome, I would argue she is a symptom of the disease that is slowly ruining our great country.

  • YouMakeMeSick

    I’ve been bullied practically all my life, from the very first day of kindergarten to the very last day of high school. I’ve also dealt with asshole guys who’ve emotionally abused me. I used to come home crying after school every day. Music helped me through everything. I discovered Ke$ha and she is the reason I haven’t done something drastic like committed suicide. Her sad songs like “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes,” “Blind,” “The Harold Song,” and the unreleased “Goodbye” have helped me through the bad times in my life. I could relate to a lot of her lyrics, which to me are exceptionally well-written. In many of her unreleased songs, I have heard her sing unautotuned AND I’ve heard her play the guitar. And her catchy, upbeat songs like “TiK ToK” and “Your Love Is My Drug,” have lifted my spirits during my worst times. Who are you to judge?

  • olivia f

    all i can say is, well put!! i couldnt agree with you more. i especially like how you give credit to lady gaga. to most, theyll group her in the same category. but gaga does have a good voice and the fact like she can actually play a musical instrument grants her much respect. shes probably one of few chart topping “artists” who can. again, good job on the article!

  • Wes

    IMO, I haven’t heard a decent song in years, and that includes artists like Lady Gaga.

    I remember when song artists were great because of their voice and lyrics, not because of the way they dressed.

    And sadly, people can’t offer any reason for liking today’s song artists. All they do is attack those who don’t.

  • Jamie Young(BIG Ke$ha fan)

    Anna, you are sooooooo gonna get it. I bet you can’t even SING! Kesha is sooooo better at singing then you! Ugh. Haters.

  • Ella

    This is an old thread but I agree with you that Kesha needs a career change. I am particularly appalled by one of her latest whore pop releases Timber which along with its shameless messages concerning objectification and potential violation of drunken women is also worrying because it sounds awful and has literally no soul. I would hope now she is getting some help for her own demons that these terrible-sounding and nasty “songs” will soon fade away to a nice quiet place far from people with ears.