Ever since she burst onto the scene, Kesha has made waves with her music. Her debut single “Tik Tok” could easily have made the singer a one-hit wonder. But by continuing to publish and write bops, Kesha managed to transform herself into one of the biggest pop stars of the 21st century. To date, she has released four studio albums, two of which have reached number one on the US Billboard 200. On the US Hot 100, Kesha has had three #1 singles and a total of 10 top 10 hits.
While promoting her 2012 album Warrior, the We R Who We R entertainer opened up about her songwriting process to Popdirt. “I always write. I even write in my sleep. I write things on my hand and I wake up and I’m like, what the hell does that even mean?” She explained, adding, “I write all the time and I’ve been inspired by my tour and my fans have inspired me a lot, but this spiritual one Journey I have taken has inspired me. That’s where I came up with the title ‘Warrior.'” In 2018, Kesha told Anthony Mason for CBS Sunday Morning that writing hits was the “craziest feeling in the world,” describing the magical feeling of being “on top of a whale rides”.
While Kesha has written plenty of bangers for herself, she’s also contributed to Britney Spears’ legendary music catalogue.
Kesha co-wrote one of Britney Spears’ greatest hits
Kesha AND Britney Spears? Yes, this is definitely an iconic duo. In 2011, Spears released Till The World Ends, the second single from her chart-topping album Femme Fatale. Not only was the song a party banger that made the top 3 on the US Hot 100, but it was also co-written by Spears pop star Kesha.
Despite her many accomplishments, Kesha told MTV News in 2011 that having Spears sing a song she wrote was one of her career highlights. “This song just came on the radio and I have to say I love hearing Britney Spears sing my lyrics every day. It never gets old. I’m so excited,” she explained, adding, “It beats any drug when you hear Britney Spears sing a song you wrote.”
However, this isn’t the first (or last) time Kesha has worked with Spears. After deciding to release “Til The World Ends” as a single, Kesha and Nicki Minaj starred in the remix. Kesha also provided backing vocals on Spears’ 2008 song “Lace and Leather.” “I only did backgrounds for them because I was so broke. I had to pay my rent. I got a few bucks. No, [I didn’t meet her]. I just made backups for them,” she told MTV News (via Songfacts). Other artists Kesha has written for include Miley Cyrus, Alice Cooper, and Ariana Grande, to name a few, according to Rolling Stone.
Kesha defended Britney Spears
After it was revealed that Britney Spears didn’t write any of the songs on her Femme Fatale album, MTV News asked Kesha if that was a bad thing. “I don’t think so,” the Die Young hitmaker defended the singer, adding, “She’s a great singer, a great performer and she’s an icon. I don’t think she needs to write. “
That wasn’t the only time Kesha sided with Spears. In 2021, Spears’ conservatorship became a hot topic. Such a hot topic that a “Free Britney” campaign was launched by fans and supporters who wanted the pop legend to live the life she deserves. In July 2021, Kesha took to Instagram to share a photo of herself in a desert that looked like it. For her caption, she used the hashtag “FreeBritney” three times. In the comments section of one of Spears’ Instagram posts (via Exhale), Kesha expressed sympathy for what she’d been going through behind the scenes. “I hate that you couldn’t tell the truth about what you went through,” Kesha wrote to Spears. “Especially after performing and earning for them all. I am. So sorry.”