The dollar sign in Ke$ha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, may strike some as manifesting a shallow, mercenary ambition. But after listening to her debut album Animal, she has every right to be enjoying her money.
Ke$ha co-wrote every song on the album and confidently describes her sound as 'electro pop magic', a fitting term for the 15 extremely catchy tracks.
First single Tik Tok was released in October and shot into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 5. It has sold more than 850,000 copies since its release on iTunes.
Tik Tok is the kind of energetic song that makes you sub-consciously start moving your shoulders in time, and has very catchy lyrics which will be in your head every time you wake up.
Many of the tracks seem destined to follow this success. Album highlights include Your Love is My Drug, Kiss 'n' Tell, Backstabber and Boots & Boys, all of which are radio-friendly, instantly recognisable songs which are likely to be mega-hits on the dance floor. Think Katy Perry with an edge, or Lady Gaga having a non-crazy day.
The 22-year-old,whose mother struggled to make ends meet, is grateful for the chances she's now getting. But it's more than just luck - given Ke$ha's musical talents, her family has nothing to worry about for a while.
YP rating: 4/5