Kesha’s strong musical background can be attributed to the fact that her mother is herself a singer and musician. Not only did Pebe Sebert co-write Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You, but she also had a hand in Kesha’s very own hits Animal, Your Love Is My Drug and Timber (a Pitbull #1 song featuring Kesha). Due to this, the pop star grew up in a musical environment, being taken to recording studios and concerts frequently: “My mother taught me how to write. When I was younger, she was always, like, ‘Don’t write fake stuff. People can tell if it’s not real.’ I’ve stuck to that the whole way through.”
Kesha dropped out of college at the age of 17 in order to pursue a full-time musical career. The producer that is currently being sued by the pop star for sexual allegations, Dr. Luke, is also the one that shaped her career right from the start, singing Kesha to his label in 2005. After gaining exposure for providing vocals on Flo Rida’s Right Round (though receiving no money for her part), the breakthrough came with 2009’s Tik Tok.
Written in collaboration with Dr. Luke, it was inspired by a night of wild partying: “I woke up one day after we went to a party, and I was surrounded by ten of the most beautiful women you’ve ever seen. And I was like, I’m like P. Diddy – there’s no man like this in the entire world.” The electropop party anthem became the best-selling single of the whole year 2010 and still holds the all-time 6th place in terms of digital sales, with 18 million.