Ke$ha has been threatening to rawk out for quite a while, so with the help of some elusive (to her) electric guitars and Stooges icon Iggy Pop, the pop singer finally gets to show off her snarl with the newly leaked "Warrior" track, "Dirty Love."
"Don't want your money, I've got my own!" she snaps to kick off the hard-bouncing, slick rock track. Pop rolls in later with snarky lines in defense of dirty loving. "Cockroaches do it in garbage cans; Rug merchants do it in Afghanistan; Santorum did it in a v-neck sweater; Pornos produce it, but wild child can do it better," he growls.
The emergence of "Dirty Love" follows the leak of "Crazy Kids," a whistle-laden new track off "Warrior," releasing Dec. 4.
For her second album, Ke$ha set out to cut back on Auto-Tune and incorporate more guitars, which she had excluded from "Animal." In a recent Billboard cover story, she said she was so adamant about proving herself that she first contemplated making "Warrior" a rock album.
"I got really sick of people saying that I couldn't sing, because I can do very few things confidently in my life, and one of them is that I can sing," she says. "I remember thinking [with "Animal"], 'Oh, it's just processed. People will learn that I can sing later.' But after reading some reviews that were like, 'She can't sing,' I finally was like, 'Fuck that.'"
It would appear Ke$ha has a thing for older rock stars from Detroit. Alice Cooper has also endorsed "Ke$ha the Rocker."
"I immediately looked at her and went, 'This girl is not a pop diva. She's a rock singer,'" he told Billboard earlier this year. "She would much rather be the female Robert Plant than the next Britney Spears."