Called a “pop trollop” by The LA Times and “a degenerate Hannah Montana” by The Guardian, Ke$ha rushed to the top of the download charts at the end of 2009 with her chipper electro-dance singles “TiK ToK” and “Blah Blah Blah.” A freckled and jangly blonde with heavy mascara and a lets-party attitude, Ke$ha says she put the dollar sign in her stage name as an ironic joke. She comes from musical genes: her mother, Pebe Sebert, co-wrote the country tune “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You,” recorded by Dolly Parton in 1980. Ke$ha quit high school at age 17 and moved to Los Angeles to seek her musical fortune. After four years of scrabbling, she she sang a cameo part on the Flo Rida single “Right Round.” The single went to number one and Ke$ha had her break. Her debut album of white-girl rap, Animal, was released in January of 2010.