Through the darkest of times, Kesha still managed to pull herself out and rise from the ashes like a phoenix. Her courage, candor and transparency are part of the many things that makes her so beloved and respected as an artist. She pulled incredible numbers as one of the most influential pop stars of the 2010s. This article will consist of a closer look at Kesha's ten most-watched music videos on YouTube.
This playful music video was paired with the second single behind Kesha's second studio album, Warrior. It takes full advantage of the singer's acting skills by first portraying Kesha as a waitress in a wafflehouse. The entertainer is seen sporting a pink checkered blouse, daisy duke shorts and pink ribbons in her hair. As tension rises, Kesha eventually quits her job and goes on a wild adventure with a stranger wearing a cat costume. The quirky music video amassed 48M views on YouTube to date.
This catchy hit-single by Kesha was granted a fun music video. Both members of the then-popular band 3OH!3 made an appearance in the music video. Much like the lyrics that reveal a sentiment of carelessness and annoyance over men and their advances, the music video's focus is placed on Kesha being approached by "douchey" men before eventually rejecting them. The hip music video hence emphasizes on Kesha's agency as a powerful woman. To date, the visuals garnered 76M views on YouTube.
This music video was released in May of 2013. It holds a creative direction aligned with Kesha's bubble gum pop style. Kesha is seen throughout the video sporting a variety of different looks including large platform shoes, gold-rimmed sunglasses and heart-shaped earrings.
This music video is tied to one of Kesha's earliest musical works. The song "We R Who We R" stems from the singer's first studio-album Cannibal which was unveiled 10 years ago today. The song's core message encourages people to take pride in being themselves and accept themselves unapologetically. The music video's creative sense is found in the varied makeup looks Kesha wears amongst other fashionable elements. To date, this music video has garnered 103M views on YouTube.
This song stems from Kesha's most music musical project and returns to the scene following a tireless battle against producer Dr. Luke. The leading single "Praying" was released in conjunction with this mentioned music video. The gospel ballad carries a message of hope to victims of abuse searching for healing.
The music video to "Praying" was directed by Jonas Akerlund. Herein, Kesha is seen wearing angel wings as the video portrays an image of a "fallen angel." It is a deep music video with several themes to deconstruct. The visuals have 108M views on YouTube so far.
This color-filled music video is tied to a song linked to one of Kesha's earliest albums, Animal. There exist two versions of the music video with one emphasizing on colors and glitter. On the other hand, the second version is much darker and features glow-in-the-dark scenes along with lasers. The music video available on YouTube with the highest views is the first version with 111M views so far.
Yet another song helming from Kesha's debut studio album, Animal. The music video was filmed in the desert and it is the primal location spot of the visuals. The video features a lot of different animals and feels like a giant psychedelic trip. Several elements of the video appear to poke at the senses in creative ways. Kesha is also seen dancing with a bearded love interest whom she playfully compliments at the end of the video. The desert-located music video garnered 112M views on YouTube.
This music video by Kesha took a more mysterious and sensual route for both its creative direction and displayed themes. Kesha features as the leader of a cult as we see her carried by a group of what appears to be followers. Triangular shapes take over the visual aspects of the video on several occasions hence mirroring the song's party-themed elements.
Kesha is then seen with a group of women as they seductively look into the camera and share a few intimate moments. The enigmatic music video was released on November of 2012 and accumulated 150M views on YouTube.
Lastly, coming at the number one spot for Kesha's most-watched music videos on Youtube, we have the visuals to her super smash-hit "Tik Tok." The video is incredibly laidback and captures what it truly means to be young, wild and free. Considering this video was released 10 years ago, we definitely get to see a younger Kesha with a love for partying and having fun. The catchy song's video has accumulated 509M views on YouTube thus far.
In February 2007, Senator Barack Obama formally announced his candidacy to run for the presidency of the United States. One month later, Ben Relles came up with an idea to create a music video about a girl with a massive crush on the Senator from Illinois.
Relles enlisted singer-songwriter Leah Kauffman to write and sing the song, but Kauffman couldn't pull out of her busy schedule as a student to film the video. So, Relles went in search for someone to star in this web video and found Amber Lee Ettinger, who everyone now knows as the "Obama Girl."
The video, titled "I Got a Crush... on Obama," was posted onto YouTube on June 13, 2007 and initially didn't attract many clicks. A few days later however, the video turned viral when it was picked up by the ABC News blog.
The strategy applied by Relles and his team was to then create more videos focused around Ettinger as the "Obama Girl." However, due to their limited resources, the political satire site could only release one video every few weeks.
Then, with the Democratic presidential primaries right around the corner, Next New Networks, an online video network of original web series, acquired Barely Political in October 2007. With the acquisition, Ben Relles now had a much more stable revenue stream beyond iTunes and t-shirt sales.
"We've moved much more towards an advertising model where we actually find sponsors for our videos which pay for our production team and has enabled us to scale to a place where we're doing a lot more on a regular basis than the 'Obama Girl' series," Ben Relles told us.
Barely Political has indeed produced much more original content, and in January 2009, Relles expanded his site's reach further into technology and pop culture with the launch of Barely Digital. The two sites combined now have hit series like "Auto-Tune the News" and the "Key of Awesome." (Interesting side note: the Key of Awesome's music video parody of Kesha's "Tik Tok" has more views than the actual music video.) 2b1af7f3a8