Kesha Rose Sebert (born March 1, 1987), usually known professionally by the mononym Kesha (formerly stylized as Ke$ha), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to Kemosabe Records. Her first major success came in early 2009 after she was featured on American rapper Flo Rida’s number-one single “Right Round”. Kesha’s career was halted between Warrior and Rainbow due to a legal dispute with her former producer Dr. Luke, which has been ongoing since 2014. A series of lawsuits, known collectively as Kesha v. Dr. Luke, were exchanged between the two parties in which Kesha accused him of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and employment discrimination against her, while Dr. Luke claims breach of contract and defamation by Kesha. As of 2013, Kesha has reportedly sold over 33 million combined tracks and ringtones in the U.S alone and over 55 million worldwide to date. She was also listed as the 26th top artist on Billboard’s Decade-end charts from 2010 to 2019. She has received several awards and nominations, including her win for the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. Kesha has also co-written songs for other artists, including “Till the World Ends” (2011) for Britney Spears and songs for Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Miranda Cosgrove. Here are all of Kesha’s albums ranked.
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5. High Road, 2020
“High Road is Kesha’s fourth studio album to be released, and in it, she had the goal to embrace her older sound. What actually happened is that she fused her “Animal + Warrior” sound with her “Rainbow” sound. What this causes is some tracks to be work really well and some to miss.”
4. Cannibal, 2010
“Even if I weren’t invested in queer liberation or I wasn’t dating a trans man, “Grow a Pear” would be the weak spot of this record. It’s a dud of a song entirely based on a goofy transphobic pun that wears its welcome quickly with its underwritten songwriting. And truthfully that’s Kesha’s biggest vice here, with bangers like “Cannibal” muted due to their phoned-in hooks despite their fun and engaging verses. Otherwise though? A very fun electropop EP that serves as a time capsule from when pop music was cartoonish and bombastic.”
3. Warrior, 2012
“I could probably go on for hours. There’s no doubt in my mind that Warrior is the best mainstream pop album of the year, and that each and every track on it (that’s 16 tracks counting the 4 bonus tracks) is at least great. But at the same time, and to quote Ke$ha herself (and damn if she isn’t one of the most quotable pop artists): “blah blah blah”.”
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2. Animal, 2010
“Ke$ha doesn’t sound like every other pop singer and it really shows. And there’s some diversity in the songs too, they’re not all “LETS GET DRUNK!”, yeah many of them are, but last I checked it was okay if we liked Andrew W.K. so how is that any different? If you go into this expecting a harmless and entertaining album with some really cool songwriting and production from the pop god Dr. Luke then you’ll get exactly that. If you’re looking to turn your nose up on simple music about having a good time then that’s your prerogative. I hope you enjoy your life!”
1. Rainbow, 2017
“The album is very uplifting, and not in the way modern country does it. The messages carry from female empowerment in Woman, to the main theme of just living life to the fullest and ignoring death or anything else that stands in your way. Again, from a year like this, these messages are exactly what the average listener needs.”