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Singer/songwriter Ke$ha, the glitter-drenched grungy girl of the moment, had her first hit last year with " TiK ToK." And the party-till-you-puke festivities kept rolling with the release of her aptly titled debut album Animal.

Some have wondered, however, if the singer's girl-gone-crazy persona is for real or just an act concocted to shock and draw a youthful audience looking for something different. Cynical suspicion aside, though, Ke$ha's interviews seem to confirm that her party persona isn't just a game.

"I think I have a really strong sense of exactly who and what I am," Ke$ha told Esquire magazine while reportedly swigging a beer. "And I think as long as I hold onto that and don't let any of the other bulls‑‑‑ seep in, I'll be alright. … Because really I'm just telling stories about the stupid s‑‑‑ I do."

To whit: "I'll usually go out, have one f‑‑‑ing insane night, come home half-drunk, stumbling, and write down a few words," the singer continued. "The next morning I'll wake up and be like, Whoa, this story needs to be told."

Another glimpse at the girl behind the lyrics can be found in her interview with the U.K.'s Guardian. "My mother taught me how to write," she said. "When I was younger, she was always, like, 'Don't write fake stuff. People can tell if it's not real.' I've stuck to that the whole way through."

In the spirit of keeping it real, then, Ke$ha's latest single, "We R Who We R" (the first from her Cannibal EP) serves up another heaping helping of synth-pop bacchanalian excess. Not that you'd know it, however, to hear her talk about the song.

"Hopefully it will be an anthem for weirdos—for real people," the dollar sign-sporting girl told Rolling Stone. Ke$ha also referenced writing the song after hearing about a recent spate of gay teen suicides. "I was really affected by the suicides that have been happening, having been subject to very public hatred [myself]. … Every weird thing about you is beautiful and makes life interesting. Hopefully the song really captures that emotion of celebrating who you are."

But for all of Ke$ha's supposed deeper meanings, her song doesn't seem to be saying anything but "Party on!"

"Hot and dangerous/If you're one of us, then roll with us/'Cause we make the hipsters fall in love/And we've got hot pants on enough," the throbbing tune begins. And it goes on to tell of dancing till bodies go numb. And then Ke$ha's back to "tellin' you 'bout the s‑‑‑ we do/We're selling our clothes, sleepin' in cars/Dressin' it down, hitting on dudes—hard."

Annoyed yet? Ke$ha doesn't really care, and she sarcastically suggests that anyone who might be tempted to criticize her MO should take it up with Jesus: "You don't wanna mess with us/Got Jesus on my necklace."

Dancing hard, dressing hard, drinking hard and sexing hard. It's all just a day in the life for Ke$ha. And it seems to confirm that, indeed, she is who she is.

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Debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, only the 17th song in the chart's history to accomplish that feat.

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October 22, 2010

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Bob Hoose

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