Kesha Rose Sebert (born March 1, 1987), known by her stage name Kesha , stylized as Ke$ha, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and publishing company. Although an active musician since then, singing background vocals and writing songs for other artists, her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida’s number-one single, “Right Round”. Her debut album, Animal, and her first extended play, Cannibal, were released in 2010. Kesha’s irreverent music and image propelled her to immediate commercial success, with Animal debuting as the number-one album in the US. She also achieved two number-one singles, “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R“, and a string of top ten hits from the album and its re-release. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, including “Till the World Ends” for pop singer Britney Spears. Warrior, her second studio album was released in December 2012, spawning Kesha’s eighth top-ten hit with “Die Young“. “Tik Tok” is the second best-selling digital single in history, selling over 14 million units internationally.
Animal is the debut studio album by American pop singer Kesha. The album was released on January 1, 2010, by RCA Records. Kesha worked with a variety of producers and writers such as Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke), Benny Blanco, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, and others. Kesha had been recording demos for several years when one eventually ended up in the hands of Samantha Cox, senior director of writer/publisher relations at BMI. Cox passed along the demo and it ended up in the hands of Gottwald, who decided to have Kesha perform on the song “Right Round”. Within two months, the song became a hit in multiple countries around the world. The event led to Kesha being sought after by many major labels, and she eventually signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records.
The album received mixed reviews from music critics. Some appreciated its fun, carefree nature, while others dismissed it as juvenile and said that it seemed insincere. Lyrically, the majority of the album’s songs are based on Kesha’s past life experiences of love, heartbreak, boys, and having a good time. Musically, Animal draws from the dance-pop genre, while incorporating elements of electro and electropop in its production and beats. The album attained chart success, debuting at number one in Canada, the United States, and Greece, while charting within the top ten in seven other countries. Animal was certified platinum for shipments of one million copies and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.