Ke$ha's Album Will 'Ressurect' Rock

Pop princess Ke$ha said her next album may feature 70s rock idols. Will Lady Gaga make similar moves, and might it ultimately kill rather than save rock?

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Ke$ha claims she will "resurrect" rock with her new album.

"People say that rock and roll is dead, and it is my mission and my goal to resurrect it in the form of my pop music," she told MTV News "That's the goal. We'll see what happens."

A foray into the rock world for the pop singer seemed inevitable after a run of rock-related stories through 2011. In May, she claimed to be obsessed with rock n' roll, and later joined Alice Cooper on stage for the second time to perform "School's Out."

"I've been pretty much in this 70's rock and roll kick and I want to capture some of the true essence of what rock and roll is, and that's just irreverence and sexiness and fun and not giving a f--k, so we'll definitely put a bit of rock and roll in it," she said in May. She added that there may be some collaborations with her rock heroes, though the official tracklisting is yet to be confirmed.

Ke$ha is not the only pop princess to have made steps towards the world of rock. Lady Gaga has also been snapped backstage alongside Iron Maiden, later claiming that the band changed her life. It's almost as if the pop industry saw U2's record-smashing 360 tour revenue and decided to arrange a concerted move towards live rock performances so they can get a slice of the pie.

Cynical? Perhaps, but you might say that the signs are pointing towards a rocking 2012, both on and off the charts.

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    "People say that rock and roll is dead, and it is my mission and my goal to resurrect it in the form of my pop music." I'm sure we all recognize the irony in this sentence, right?
    Why doesn't Ke$ha form a rock band and/or make rock music if she wants to do rock so badly.
    "Ive been pretty much in this 70s rock and roll kick and I want to capture some of the true essence of what rock and roll is" Oh good, rock is being resurrected because of a little fad she's having. Please let us know of your next 'kick' so i know what to temporarily get into.
    Rock doesn't need resurrection. It has already been resurrected. Today's top news story on UG: VAN HALEN RETURN! 'Nuff said...
    its people like kesha's (i refuse to put a dollar symbol) fans who are stopping rock music being in the charts and reaching a wider audience.
    Are you serious? I mean are you seriously serious? The most retarded sh*t i've heard in a long time. SMH!
    no, rock and roll does not need to ressurect. there's plenty of good bands today. people just gotta search for them and support them. now go die in a hole with your crap "rock" album, Kesha.
    Rock is fine as it is, where it is, thank you very much. Kesha is the last thing we need, anyways.
    The only way I'd buy her "rock" album is if she appeared on the cover in a myriad of topless photos. . . and i'd still throw away the CD.
    For those of you who are looking for something ironic, type in "terrible music" in youtube search.
    If rock is dead then how am i listening to it right now???? Hmmm weard O.o
    Bringing rock back with pop? That doesn't make any sense...besides, rock was never dead, it's just underground now
    She is going to resurrect rock by making an album so bad that all her fans will kill themselves and we will be left with rockers!
    m4ss3 m/
    Yeah, because computer generated background music for some pop-queen is rock as ****.
    Wait... since Rock and Roll is "dead" and Kesha is going to rape it... doesn't that make her a necrophiliac?
    People who talk about bringing back rock don't know what rock and roll really is. Rock and roll is an attitude and a mindset, not a style or a genre. It goes against what people deem "proper" and it isn't about longevity or domination of the music industry. It's about simply being there, for our expression and enjoyment. Making it popular again won't help anyone, because the people who really care about it don't need it to be popular. And the "I want everything done for me" attitude behind your music is totally anti-rock, so... Piss off, mmkay?
    Does it matter what she does? Her efforts certainly will not harm Rock and ya never know, it may turn on a few people onto the 'good stuff'.....
    I don't think that rock is dead. The powers that be, major record labels and traditional means of distribution have just decided that they don't want to invest in it anymore.
    Amuro Jay
    This article is written with a slight bias that seems to be aimed at discrediting the musical preferences of the pop stars mentioned. The bias serves no purpose other than to fan the flames of this heated debate of whether these pop stars actually like rock and roll or heavy metal when in all actuality the debate shouldn't be taking place at all . It kinda irritates me. I think it's immature that so many people seem to have the mindset that pop stars can't have a legitimate interest in a genre of music outside of what they perform. I think it's absurd that there's so many people in the comments saying that she should have to prove herself by actually making rock music. If someone tells me they like death metal and they're dressed in hipster attire with indie band tees, I'm not gonna doubt their tastes just because they don't seem to fit the part.
    I really hate her music. I can't imagine what she is going to do to resurrect rock. -__-
    Eurgh. Don't want to slag her off just cause she's pop. Some pop is good...I dunno though, I'm very skeptical that she'll be able to do anything that captures the true spirit of rock. Which to me isn't just loud distorted guitars and solos and shit, it's a combination of melody and lyrics and then some sort of purity/attitude that I can't quite put a name to
    sonicx2218 wrote: Bringing rock back with pop? That doesn't make any sense...besides, rock was never dead, it's just underground now
    It's funny how people say you have to look past the mainstream to find rock, when in fact Foo Fighters' Wasting Light just last year went to number one at the billboard 200.
    why the **** are bullshit pop artists on some trend of saying rock was their roots, where they started. what the **** man, if you started in rock and roll, how the **** are you into the ****in nail in the ear music called pop?
    the_last_shadow wrote: 1) Rock n roll isn't dead. You just have to look in the right places. 2) It does not need "resurrected" in any form ESPECIALLY pop music and 3) Go away Kesha. Dollar signs aren't cool. You're not cool. You're an ugly bint and music would be a lot better off without you.
    stepco12345 wrote: *Checked* Also, I've been lenient about it so far, but any more uses of the term 'bitch' or '*****' or any variation to describe Ke$ha will receive a warning.
    Am I allowed to call you a bitch? >_> I like Ke$ha and her music, but this probably won't live up to expectations.
    I'm confused now, she says that she'll bring back rock n roll with her pop music. That's like saying that Eminem will bring back thrash with his rap music...
    SlayerX114 wrote: kesha's cool by me. she's got more attitude than most metalheads
    Troll much? I'm sure I killed you in Skyrim?
    "People say that rock and roll is dead, and it is my mission and my goal to resurrect it in the form of my pop music," she told MTV News "That's the goal. We'll see what happens."
    First off, rock's not dead, so it can't be resurrected. If you think rock is dead, you're just not looking in the right place for it. Second, you can't be any sort of rock if you're trying to fit it into a pop format. I'm not a genre monger, but if you're going to use those terms, you have to know that they're polar opposites, and stand for entirely different things.
    By every genre outside of rock's definition, rock is sticking your tongue out and flashing devil horns while going "wooo". With that in mind, "rock" deserves to be dead. I hope you kill it deader than shit, Kesha.
    I think the least Rock n Roll part of Ke$ha is that she cares about Rock n Roll being popular.
    we are going to look like utter idiots if this turns out to be a great album, but I think I feel safe in knowing that there ain't a high chance of it happening.
    Hey if influences more kids towards checking out more rock records im totally for it. The whole urban/dance thing in pop is dreadfully boring
    Nasty, nasty, NASTY Bizzatch. Make a damn Rock song them, and stop making dance music about f**king orgies, you C*NT!
    Rock? Resurrected? Haha Kesha. Rock never died in the first place. Airbourne, late Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour and lots more others. Even 70's and 80's bands are still going, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Cold Chisel, Iron Maiden, and to a lesser extent GNR, . Even the ****ing Rolling Stones are still going!! So if rocks dead Kesha, take us to your rock n roll meets pop fantasy world and hope. HOPE. That someone out their with a decent taste in music gives a shit