Lost In A Melody

I think Ke$ha’s transition from Animal/Cannibal to Warrior was meant to show her credibility evolution from trashy alcopop slut to trashy hipster, and in my humble opinion, the heartwarming C’Mon and it’s newly released adorable video does a much better job of portraying this than the tepid Die Young and it’s Illuminati-esque promo. For Ke$ha to have done better than reach the dizzy heights of the Top 70 in the UK charts, she needed to have a Teenage Dream moment with this campaign, and both fortunately and unfortunately, I think this could be the closest we’re going to get to that.

The second taster of Ke$ha’s highly anticipated Warrior album is C’mon - which basically follows the same formula as Die Young - it’s watered down Ke$ha with all the fun and wackiness taken out. Fortunately this doesn’t meant that Dr Luke and co. have sacrificed crispy beats, Top 40 ready choruses and tight synths. Remember when Katy Perry completely ripped off TiK ToK for California Gurls? Well this is Ke$ha repaying the favour by completely ripping off Teenage Dream… And it works.

Anyone else get the feeling that Ke$ha finished filming this video and suddenly the label were like “wait a minute, this looks really cheap and shit - quick, stick an Instagram filter over the top, that’ll hide the damage!”, only it still looked naff so they stuck a load of fucking glowing diamonds on it as well?

God I hope she brings this to UK X Factor!

So I blinked and suddenly Ke$ha turned into an amazing live performer. Here she is doing Die Young for the very first time. Warning: this video includes decent vocals, bare-chested men, choreography (!) and a drum being pounded away at.

Lyssna: Musikguiden i P3: We Got The World - Icona Pop

Icona Pop have a new single from their Swedish debut album. The rest of the world will get a different single and just an EP. We Got The World sounds pretty similar to Ke$ha’s Die Young to these ears, and ultimately suffers from the same problems: effortlessly generic and lacking the punch that made their earlier material stand out. Hopefully the rest of the new tracks (including a version of I Love It featuring goth pop princess Charli XCX) will be much more exciting.

Ke$ha’s Die Young - one of those cases where it’s brilliant to have the artist back in our lives, and the song IS kinda catchy, but you don’t really want to like it because all the attitude has been diluted and also it sounds like Starships and she’s just, like, so much better than that, you know? But you know it will probably be all over radio and you’ll be humming it for the rest of the cold nights.

Ah well. Fingers crossed that the album has some of that wit and sass in there, cos this does not.

Ke$ha “sings” (!) new single Die Young to some amused Tokyo citizens. Erm…

Reportedly this is a little preview of Ke$ha’s brand new single Die Young - presumably the glitter-obsessed star is whistling the melody of the chorus. You can’t really get much from it, but I’ll go out on a limb and say it kinda sounds like standard, sing-song Ke$ha. Either way, colour me excited.

My knowledge of The Flaming Lips extends only to one track, whereas my obsession with Ke$ha currently stands at one studio album, and EP and countless demos, live recordings and heaps of unreleased material.

As you can imagine, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect of their collaboration, but in the end I was actually very disappointed. There’s a way to do this kind of messy, brain pounding music (just ask the likes of M.I.A. and Does It Offend You, Yeah?) and this isn’t exactly my cup of tea - and is nowhere near as good as the last apocalyptic track that the whiskey-chugging singer was involved with.

But I am still eagerly awaiting new songs from Ke$ha. Get a move on girl!

Is it just me, or does Ke$ha sing like a Swedish electro pop nymph? How random…

I can’t believe we live in a world where Ke$ha made her best ever music video for her best ever song and someone decided it wasn’t worth releasing.

Speaking of which, did the Put It In A Love Song video ever leak?