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Give credit to the [Ke$ha] signing to RCA/Jive Label Group boss Barry Weiss.

KE$HA GRABS THE POLE POSITION

RCA/RMG Pop Phenom on the Clock After “TiK ToK”
A new decade, another new female pop diva.

This one calls herself a pimp, brags about throwing up in the closet during a “Party at a Rich Dude’s House” (supposedly Paris Hilton) and scolds one potential boy toy, “Don’t be a little bitch with your chit-chat/Just show me where your dick’s at.”

She’s Ke$ha--think a female Beastie Boys crossed with Lady Gaga--an electro-pop 22-year-old Valley Girl whose singer/songwriter single mom, Pebe Sebert, is helping guide her fast-rising career, with studio whizzes Dr. Luke and Max Martin providing the beats.

Her debut RCA/RMG album, Animal—in large part thanks to the smash single, “TiK ToK,” now up to 2 million downloads and climbing—hit retail this week and looks set to battle her polar opposite, Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream, for #1 on next week’s HITS Top 50, with a total between 105-115k. That’s based on one-day sales from those retailers who haven’t re-opened as medical marijuana dispensaries. Ke$ha was previously known for being the featured vocalist on Flo Rida’s massive smash, “Right Round.” Give credit to the signing to RCA/Jive Label Group boss Barry Weiss.

The only other debut of note is Idol alum Katherine McPhee’s Verve Forecast debut, Unbroken, which sees her as a blonde, targeted for between 13-15k

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