Ke$ha’s follow-up to her debut album Animal and mini-release Cannibal may be one of the most hotly anticipated LPs of 2012, but it’s probably the album with the loftiest goal. “People say that rock and roll is dead, and it is my mission and my goal to resurrect it in the form of my pop music,” K-Dolla tells MTV about her next set of tunes, which also hopes to show the world she’s more than a robot-voiced sing-talker who likes to party.
“I think that my first record was heavily influenced by Licensed to Ill and the Beastie Boys and that [first] record is, like, very brash and very sassy and very unapologetic and irreverent,” Ke$ha says, proudly.
This time, the glitter-sporting performer is more interested in showing off her human side, as previously seen on surprisingly heartfelt tracks like “The Harold Song”. “Being vulnerable doesn’t mean you’re weak,” she says. “I very much want to be seen as a strong woman, but I realize that vulnerability can also be a strength. So on my next record, you are going to hear probably a little more of that.”
“I’m not going to make an acoustic, sad entire record,” she reassures. “But you might hear a little bit more vulnerability on the next record ’cause I have realized just from this Dylan cover coming out [on Amnesty International's anniversary album] that it can be such a strength and a nice balance to humanize the other side of my personality.”
She adds that she and Dr. Luke (who no longer has to make time for Ke$ha’s pop peer Katy Perry) will be hitting the studio together in early January, with her album release tentatively planned for May.
Ke$ha’s Animal and Cannibal are out now on RCA. Purchase them on eMusic.