Ke$ha Returns: 'Warrior' Attacks Stores in December
New single 'Die Young' will impact radio on September 25.
Ke$ha will at long last release "Warrior," the follow-up to her hit debut "Animal" (and stopgap EP "Cannibal"), on Dec. 4 through RCA Records. The title, release date and glitter-tastic album artwork were unveiled on Wednesday (Sept. 19).
First single "Die Young," meanwhile, will be released to radio and digital retailers on Sept. 25. The song was written by Ke$ha, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Benny Blanco, Cirkut, and Nate Ruess, the latter of whom is the leader of fun. Ke$ha revealed the title of her new single on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 6.
"Warrior" will also feature contributions from an insane list of artists and producers: Bonnie McKee, Iggy Pop, the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, Ben Folds, Greg Kurstin, Ammo, Kojak, Max Martin, Billboard and Will.i.am. Dr. Luke executive-produced the 12-track album.
"I've been working for a year on this new record and have collaborated with some of my idols," says Ke$ha in a press statement. "This process has been long and intense and I couldn't be more stoked to share this music. I hope with 'Warrior' my fans get to know me in a much more raw and vulnerable way."
Along with a 16-track deluxe edition of "Warrior," Ke$ha will issue a 5-song acoustic EP through her web site, keshasparty.com.
In an interview last month, Dr. Luke told Billboard that the "TiK ToK" singer changed up her style considerably for her highly anticipated sophomore effort. ""You're going to hear her voice more," Luke says. "She asked for less production tricks and stuff like that this time. There are more guitars on the record now, too; on ('Animal'), Ke$ha was the one who told me, 'Under no circumstance will I have any guitars on the record.' That wasn't really my call. So we made those (songs) without guitars. This record we're allowed to use a little guitar."
"Animal," which spawned the hits "TiK ToK," "Blah Blah Blah" and "Your Love Is My Drug," has sold 1.4 million copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, while "Cannibal," which included the Hot 100 chart-topper "We R Who We R," added 488,000 units.