Ke$ha’s Billboard Cover Story: “I Got Really Sick Of People Saying That I Couldn’t Sing”
Ke$ha may have been crowned the unofficial queen of autotune with her debut album Animal, but just because her tunes are highly processed doesn’t mean she can’t blow. (Er, “Blow.”) That was what K$ emphasized in her Billboard cover story, in which she discusses recording her latest LP Warrior.
“I got really sick of people saying that I couldn’t sing, because I can do very few things confidently in my life, and one of them is that I can sing,” Ke$ha told the magazine. Indeed, while most of her albums haven’t showed off her vocal prowess, her earlier demos and the odd acoustic performance — like her impressive cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” — do demonstrate her gifts as a singer. But she was so tired of the haterade that she almost went 100% rock on Warrior.
“I remember thinking [with Animal], ‘Oh, it’s just processed. People will learn that I can sing later,'” she explained. “But after reading some reviews that were like, ‘She can’t sing,’ I finally was like, ‘Fuck that.'”
Expect to see Ke$ha with a newfound sense of clarity on this album; she reiterated that her spiritual trip around the world left her focused and ready to work. “I needed to get my head back on straight and sleep in the dirt for a little while,” she said. “And then I came back and have literally been working on my record ever since.”
Despite all this, though, it’s hard not to notice that the aggressive autotune on “Die Young” sounds like the same old Ke$ha. Hopefully she can turn out some less-filtered tracks on the LP, due out December 4.