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Ke$ha definitely has a recognizable name, but the singer knows she doesn't have the same kind of appeal as other superstars in the music industry.
The 25-year-old singer tells V magazine that she gets that she's not quite on par with Beyonce or Britney Spears. "There are the pop stars of the world, and then I'm like their dirty little sister, running around with sh-t on my face in combat boots because I can't walk in heels," she says."
Despite the symbol in her name or her over-the-top looks, Ke$ha -- who has sold more than 15 million tracks worldwide -- says her music is relatable precisely because she doesn't present herself as some unapproachable princess dripping in diamonds or designer clothes.
"I do feel like there is an element of what I'm doing that is about where I come from, which is working-class," the Tennessee native admits. "I was never the cool kid, I was never hot in high school. I was never popular. You don't have to be perfect to be rich and you can still be successful."
Music producer Dr. Luke defends Ke$ha's unique place in the industry: "It's tough for kids to emulate someone with 20 fashion people on staff. Ke$ha comes out in an AC/DC T-shirt that she found in a dumpster, literally, and she rocks. It's sort of a metaphor for who she is. Anyone can be Ke$ha in their own way."
Ke$ha is currently working on her new album, which drops later this year.
"The first record was all me living in L.A., trying to pay my rent, have a really good time and look good on nothing," she says. "But ever since then I've seen how many people my music can reach, and I've realized that I have somewhat of a social responsibility to make sure everything I say is positive. The underlying theme of this next record is warrior, with the positive message behind that everyone has a warrior inside."