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Ke$ha Does SNL; Critics Cry Foul; Are They Fair? (video)

kesha1Ke$ha made her debut on Saturday Night Live, but isn’t getting a lot of respect in the blogosphere. Why so?

She sang her hit “Tik Tok” in an odd flag outfit and another song in fluorescent paint, under black lights. Wait hasn’t that been done before?

In fact, it has. The whole day-glo-paint-black-light thing goes back to the 1970s.

Since most bloggers are under 30, their collective memory only seems to go back to 2008, when an Australian singer Sia did something similar. But it’s no big thing. It’s been done and done and done, so what? Hard to deduct points for that.

Ke$ha, of course, had a breakout hit with “Tik Tok” which critics trash as lightweight, calculating and crude. But it’s been hugely popular.


With 1.9 million downloads, “Tik Tok” was the third most popular song during the first three months of 2010, topped only by Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” at 2 million sales and the Black Eyed Peas’ “Imma Be” at nearly 2 million.

The song also was the the longest running No. 1 debut single by a female artist since Debby Boone’s 1977 single “You Light Up My Life” on Top 40 mainstream radio.

Ke$ha, 22, wore an American flag costume for “Tik Tok,” which didn’t make a lot of sense, and broke out the day glo-paint for “Your Love Is My Drug,” another poppy, rappy song.

The problem is Ke$ha’s early commercial success may be working against her. She’s certainly no flash in the pan, or music industry manufactured. like Lady Gaga.

She spent years laboring in the vineyards writing songs and singing back-up for other artists. So, why fault a girl for being commercially successful?

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