Tick tocking to success

Ingrid Chang

One of its kind, Ke$ha’s style of rap and electric music gives something new as seen in her debut album "Animal", which just might increase her popularity

Some people think of her as the new Uffie and others find her as a mix of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. But what’s for certain is that Ke$ha is definitely becoming the next big thing. Since its release in August 2009, her debut single, "TiK ToK", has been downloaded over 610,000 times in a week by the end of Dec. 27. With a bit of pop, electric, techno, dance and rap, there doesn’t seem to be anything like it.

Ke$ha's long-awaited first album, "Animal", greeted the new year on its Jan. 5 release. Photo taken from buzzworthy.mtv.comAfter hearing the ear-catching "TiK ToK", which I had put on repeat for a week, I looked forward to the new album, "Animal". Each song in the album pulled the listener in within milliseconds. There’s an urge to finish listening, for each one seemed to have a surprise twist in the end, the most notable one being the lyrics "I like your beard" at the end of "Your Love Is My Drug". It’s unpredictable.

A minor disappointment appeared when some of the songs like "Party At A Rich Dude’s House", "Blind" and "Your Love Is My Drug" which have some obviously similar  tunes from top hits such as "Waking Up In Vegas" by Katy Perry and "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5. Other than that, the album was a fun listen. It’s easy to imagine dancing to all the songs while lip-syncing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror. The confidence in Ke$ha’s voice brings out her attitude and strong opinions throughout the album. There may be some slower songs like "Hungover" and "Animal" but before long, yellow smiley faces would start appearing again.

Each song has its own style while keeping Ke$ha’s theme of parties and upbeat melodies in place. From "Blah Blah Blah" featuring 3OH!3 to "VIP", Ke$ha’s uniqueness becomes even more obvious with both her melodies and lyrics. On first impression, the titles "Blah Blah Blah", "Dinosaur" and "Boots and Boys" sound like all the other stereotypical ignorant teenage songs, but instead her songs just show her fearlessness once again while voicing some of her thoughts with deeper meaning and in satirical ways.

Ke$ha’s debut album, "Animal", may share similarities with some other famous pop stars, but it doesn’t take away from her individuality.  Because slowly, Ke$ha is tick tocking her way to success.

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