To date, kooky dance-pop kitten Ke$ha Sebert has: vomited in Paris Hilton’s closet, snuck into Prince’s Beverly Hills home to drop off her demo, worn her own placenta as a necklace and appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in a spacesuit and neon body paint to rap “TiK ToK” and “Your Love Is My Drug.” But if Ke$ha — who performs without a surname — is crazy, she’s crazy like a fox: “TiK ToK” topped charts around the globe this year, and her album “Animal” debuted at No. 1. She opens for Rihanna on the “Last Girl on Earth Tour” on Saturday.
Your mom, Pebe Sebert, was a singer-songwriter. So you were raised around showbiz, right? Yeah. Those are some of my first memories — walking around Van Nuys barefoot, eating Popsicles. Or sitting in a guitar case onstage while my mom’s playing a show. She opened for the Chili Peppers — she was in a punk band — but then she discovered country music and was instantly successful at that. So we moved to Nashville and never looked back.
What pointers did she give you? Her best advice ever, honestly, which I still totally live by, is don’t ever take no for an answer. With anything. If there’s something you want and someone’s told you no, give them the finger and do it yourself. This is why I snuck into Prince’s house. This is why I do everything that I do. People always told me, “No, no, no — you’re not going to be a pop star, there’s no way!” And I’m like, “Oh yeah? Watch me!”
You’re a very spiritual person, too, right? Yes. Obviously, we’re all made of energy, so if I just exude positivity and I’m not jealous, I think that has a magnetic effect. So I want to be at the forefront in the war against pretension, because this could potentially be the only life we ever live in this dimension.
Why the dollar sign? It was supposed to just be funny. Because I thought it was ironic that I was on a song that was No. 1 in 14 countries (Flo Rida’s 2009 hit “Right Round”) and I didn’t have enough money to go out to a real restaurant. I didn’t even have a car. So now I have it tattooed on my hand, because that’s where me and all my friends would shake the salt and take our dollar shots of tequila together. Each pay day for four years, I’d walk to this restaurant where you’d get a shot of tequila, three tacos, free peanuts and a beer. For a dollar! What’s better than that?
IF YOU GO
Opening for Rihanna
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $31.25 to $106.25
Contact: (800) 745-3000; www.livenation.com