Animal (album)

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January 1, 2010




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Łukasz Gottwald
Benny Blanco
Max Martin
David Gamson
Tom Neville
Greg Kurstin


Animal is the first album by Ke$ha. It was released on January 1, 2010.


Ke$ha had been recording demos for several years, when one of her demos ended up in the hands of Samantha Cox, senior director of writer/publisher relations at BMI. Cox, who had worked with Ke$ha before, passed along the demos to a friend at BMI, who passed it to the manager of Dr. Luke. At the age of eighteen, Ke$ha signed to Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Records, and his publishing company, Prescription Songs. Luke was busy with other projects at the time, and Ke$ha ultimately wound up signed to David Sonenberg's management company, DAS. While at DAS she worked with several top writers and producers, but rarely worked with or even spoke to Luke. DAS searched for a label deal for Ke$ha despite her still being in a signed contract with Luke. Kara Denise DioGuardi, an artists and repertoire (A&R) representative for Warner, was also interested in signing Ke$ha but the deal never went through because of the outstanding contract with Luke. Shortly after, Ke$ha and DAS parted ways and Ke$ha wound up reunited with Luke. At the end of 2008, Luke was working on a track with Flo Rida called "Right Round", and the two decided they needed a female hook. Luke decided to have Ke$ha perform on the song and within two months, it was a number one hit in multiple countries around the world. The event led to Ke$ha being sought after by many major labels, and she eventually signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records. Ke$ha explained that she chose to sign with the company due to how well she got along with RCA A&R executive Rani Hancock, explaining that "Rani doesn't ever try to censor me, [...] and I like being surrounded by strong, intelligent women."

Development and inspiration

The abundance of material extended it from its originally planned twelve tracks to fourteen. Ke$ha felt that the album had an empowering, carefree message for young women. "For girls, I think it's an empowering record, it's funny, it's cheeky," she said. "I think people need to have fun with whatever they're doing—makeup, their clothes, music, live shows—anything you don't need to take too seriously, don't take too seriously." When asked how the album related to her life, Ke$ha explained that the album was completely autobiographical. "I just write about what I live—literally, [...] I think there's a great pop song in anything and everything, any situation." She cites her songs "Stephen" and "D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R." as examples of this. She explained: "it's about this guy I've been stalking since I was 15. I wrote the song when I was 16 with my mom, and I was like, 'This song's so dope, I know it is'." "Dinosaur" came "about [when] this old guy who was hitting on me, and his toupee was kind of falling off, and I was like, 'Oh my God, you're so old, you're prehistoric, you're like a dinosaur. D-I-N-O-S-A-you are a dinosaur'." Explaining the reasoning behind the title track being placed at the end of the album's tracklist, Ke$ha said:

"I believe, sonically, the next record might be going. Me and my brother had a silly punk band before, and I loved pop music and I liked catchy music, but I think I also am possessed to be what some critics might deem as silly pop music. I think I have more shit to offer, so I think that "Animal" is a nice segue into the next record, hopefully."

Track listing

# Song Title Writers Producers Length
1 "Your Love Is My Drug" Ke$haJoshua ColemanPebe Sebert Łukasz Gottwald, Benny Blanco, Ammo 3:06
2 "TiK ToK" Ke$haBenjamin LevinŁukasz Gottwald Łukasz Gottwald, Benny Blanco 3:19
3 "Take It Off" Ke$haClaude KellyŁukasz Gottwald Łukasz Gottwald 3:35
4 "Kiss n Tell" Ke$haŁukasz GottwaldMax MartinShellback Łukasz GottwaldMax Martin 3:27
5 "Stephen" Ke$haDavid H. GamsonOliver J. LeiberPebe Sebert David Gamson, Oliver Leiber 3:32
6 "Blah Blah Blah(Ft. 3OH!3) Ke$haBenjamin LevinNeon HitchSean Foreman Benny Blanco 2:52
7 "Hungover" Ke$haŁukasz GottwaldMax MartinShellback Łukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Ammo 3:52
8 "Party at a Rich Dude's House" Ke$haBenjamin LevinShellback Shellback, Benny Blanco 2:55
9 "Backstabber" Ke$haDavid H. GamsonJon IngoldsbyJon IngoldsbyMarc Nelkin David Gamson 3:06
10 "Blind" Ke$haJoshua ColemanŁukasz GottwaldVic Korh Łukasz Gottwald, Benny Blanco, Ammo 3:17
11 "Dinosaur" Ke$haBenjamin LevinMax MartinShellback Max Martin, Shellback 2:55
12 "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes" Ke$haBenjamin LevinGreg KurstinŁukasz Gottwald Łukasz Gottwald, Benny Blanco 3:29
13 "Boots & Boys" Ke$haMiriam NervoOlivia NervoTom Neville Tom Neville 2:56
14 "Animal" Ke$haGreg KurstinŁukasz GottwaldPebe Sebert Greg Kurstin 3:57
15 "V.I.P.(International Bonus Track, UK Bonus Track) Ke$haMiriam NervoOlivia NervoTom Neville Tom Neville, Miriam NervoOlivia Nervo 3:31
16 "Dirty Picture Part 2" (Ft. Taio Cruz) (UK Bonus Track) Taio Cruz, Fraser T. Smith Fraser T. Smith, Taio Cruz, Łukasz Gottwald, Benny Blanco 3:39
17 "CUNxTuesday(Japan Bonus Track) Ke$haDavid H. GamsonMarc Nelkin David Gamson 3:53
18 "TiK ToK (Tom Neville's Crunk & Med Mix)" (iTunes Bonus Track) Ke$haBenjamin LevinŁukasz Gottwald Łukasz Gottwald, Benny Blanco 6:53

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Photographer: Shelby Duncan
Date: June 26, 2009