Album: Kesha, Animal (RCA)

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Dropping off the music-industry conveyor belt with a ker-chinggg, Kesha Sebert – or, to render it properly, Ke$ha – is a terrifyingly ambitious 22-year-old from San Fernando, first heard on Flo Rida's abysmal "Right Round", who is now being given the full Max Martin treatment.

Over 14 tracks of autotuned robopop she adopts a calculated cheap'n'trashy persona à la Britney and throws in a little Katy Perry-ish staged controversy. Over the long haul, Ke$ha's shtick palls, but at least she's a change from prim Christians.