Ke$ha - 'Your Love Is My Drug'
Today's lecture is on the topic of mystique: the pop fan's catnip.
Some pop stars are gifted with the ability to transform the act of saying very little - while still desperately pointing to their own faces and generally pleading with the general public to love them unreservedly - into utter fascination.
This is called creating an aura, because you're deliberately conjuring up a cloudy, ghosty sort of a haze around yourself, and allowing tantalising glimpses of what seems to be the real you underneath. The best way to do it is to keep schtum, and strike some seriously arresting poses. To reveal too much, even in your music, is FATAL.
Or to put it another way, one of the principal differences between Ke$ha and Lady GaGa is that Kesh is no lady.
She is gaga tho...*
(Here's the video. It's a Disney desert romance.)
What she IS good at is spilling her internal monologue all over the floor, and setting the splatterpatterns to music. So far she's been involved in four hit singles (counting Flo Rida's 'Right Round'), three of which play that boozy floozy card, and now here's another.
That's not who Kesha Sebert is as a person, you understand, it's not even the whole story of her musical output. She's pretending to be whiny and drunk because that is what people love about her at the moment. Well, that and her way with a pop chorus, which is pretty mighty, truth be told. This one, for example, is a doozy.
But you only have to listen to the power ballads on her album to see that there's more to her, which is why putting this out as a single is interesting. You'd think some evidence of range would be welcomed at this point. Oh sure, this time she's drunk/whiny and in LOVE, but there's a whole other side to her that you'd never know if you just listened to the singles.
Which means that even though her 'act' is to be far too revealing about her dirty habits (or the dirty habits of other girls that she's putting on as a mask), she has still managed to create something of a mystique cloud around herself.
Either that or her record company know they're on to a good thing and don't want to rock the boat.
Homorazzi says: "I really tried to hate it but somehow she has created one of the most infectious songs for this summer."
Kammusik says: "I think we waited for something better, but what I have to recognize is Kesha's original creativity."
Common Sense Media says: "Ke$ha once again plays the hot mess."
* See what I mean? There was NO NEED to say that. You all got that Lady GaGa minus Lady equals GaGa, right? THAT'S why ChartBlog has no mystique.