September 25, 2012 2:53pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Ke$ha Debuts First Single Off 'Magic'-Themed Album, 'Warrior' (Audio)
Mix fun.’s mellow pop with Ke$ha’s wild style and what do you get? “Die Young,” apparently.
The new track is Ke$ha’s first single off her forthcoming album, Warrior, due out Dec. 4. While the track stays true to her hard partying ways -- proclaiming,“Let’s make the most of this night/Like we’re gonna die young”and “It’s pretty obvious that you’ve got a crush/That magic in your pants/It’s making me blush” – the song actually came to fruition as a collaboration between Ke$ha and fun. frontman Nate Ruess, whose radio hits include “We Are Young”and “Some Nights.” And even with it’s upbeat, club-ready beats, the song still gives a hippie, vintage feel.
The rest of the album boasts collaborations with 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. The 12-track album, which follows Animal and Cannibal, is executive-produced by Dr. Luke, who told Billboard: "You're going to hear her voice more [on this album]. She asked for less production tricks and stuff like that this time. There are more guitars on the record now, too; on [Animal], Ke$ha was the one who told me, 'Under no circumstance will I have any guitars on the record.' That wasn't really my call. So we made those [songs] without guitars. This record we're allowed to use a little guitar."
Ke$ha debuted her new single on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show Tuesday, where she described the overarching theme of the album as “magic.”
“I went on a spirit journey by myself. No security guard. No managers. I just went around the world and lived on a boat. I was in Africa rehabilitating baby lions. I went diving with great white sharks, and just went on this crazy spirit quest. I got hypnotized, and I just really wanted this record to be really positive, really raw, really vulnerable and about the magic of life,” she said.
In true Ke$ha form, the outspoken singer delved into even weirder territory during the interview.
Inspiring the song “Supernatural” was an alleged sexual encounter with a ghost. “I don’t know his name! He was a ghost. It was just like… I had a couple experiences with the supernatural. I’m very open to it,” she said. As for her track “Past Lives,” that song was written after the singer claims to have gone into a “past life experience” during hypnosis. For more from the interview, click here.
But don’t expect the album to be all party. Ke$ha says Warrior will also include “a lot of ballads,” in the vein of “The Harold Song” and “Hungover” off her previous releases.
“The lyrics are, ‘I know we’re all different, but baby that’s life. All the differences, they make me feel alive,’” she said of “Love Into The Light,” written in just a few minutes at her piano in Nashville.
Listen to “Die Young” below. While it sounds like classic Ke$ha, do you think she should expand beyond her hard-partying roots? Tell us in the comments below.