Friday, February 18, 2011

Ke$ha - We R Who We R

Song Info:

"We R Who We R" is a song by American recording artist and songwriter Kesha, from her first extended play (EP), Cannibal (2010). The song was released as the EP's lead single on October 22, 2010. It was written by Kesha, with Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Ammo, who also produced the song. Kesha was inspired to write the song in the wake of news that bullying had led to multiple suicides of gay youth. The song is intended to inspire people to be themselves, and as a celebration of anyone deemed quirky or eccentric. Musically, the song is a dance-pop song that incorporates elements of electropop and trance pop; Kesha's vocals have been described as a talk-singing style.

Reception of "We R Who We R" has been generally positive. Although it was criticized for not being particularly different from Kesha's previous work, reviewers felt that the song was a strong dance-pop number that combines a good rhythm with an inspiring message filled with genuine humor. "We R Who We R" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the seventeenth song in the chart's history to do so. The song reached number one in the United Kingdom, Kesha's first number one solo single there, and topped the charts in Australia. It also accomplished top-five positions on the charts Canadian and New Zealand charts. The song was Kesha's fifth consecutive solo top ten hit in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Hype Williams and was filmed in downtown Los Angeles. The video is presented as a underground party and has been described as showcasing a darker and sexier side of Kesha compared to previous videos. The song was performed in North America at the 2010 American Music Awards.

Music Video Info:

The music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams and was filmed in downtown Los Angeles.[28] Filming of the video involved a partial closure of the 2nd Street Tunnel as well as part of downtown Los Angeles spread out over a 48-hour period.[29] Kesha explained the idea behind the video as well as the experience during an interview with MTV News; she said that the video was different from her other videos, noting that it was going to show a sexier side of herself. She elaborated, "This video is a little bit 'sexy time'. [For] this video, I kinda thought, 'I should be blowing things up, So we closed down downtown Los Angeles and, I mean, I'm not going to give away all of it, but I do blow some stuff up."[30]

The music video for "We R Who We R" is presented as an underground party.[31] The video starts off with futuristic flashing lights. Kesha, seen in a ponytail wearing gray and black makeup, chains, ripped stockings, and a sparkly one-piece leotard made of shards of broken glass, walks through the 2nd Street Tunnel with fellow partygoers.[32][33] The scene features drag races and explosions in the background.[31][29] Close-up shots of Kesha show her wearing studs in her eyebrows and her glittery eye makeup. As cars zoom by, the video transitions into a new location at a different party. Midway through the party Kesha changes outfits to an American-flag top and pink hot pants. As the song's hook kicks in, Kesha is seen standing on the edge of a building; the music stops and Kesha stage jumps backwards off of the building's rooftop.[31] She is caught by the partygoers beneath her and the music resumes. The final scenes show Kesha dancing among fellow partygoers on a rooftop and smiling while singing "We R Who We R".[31]

Jocelyn Vena from MTV News noted that the video makes a departure from Kesha's previous music videos, in which humor is usually present; she wrote the video shows a "darker and sexier" side of the songstress.[31] Tanner Stransky from Entertainment Weekly was positive in his review of the video.[34] Stransky commented on the songs lyrical inspiration, noting the video doesn't follow the same message, saying "it doesn't so much inspire self esteem as much as it inspires just a plain ol', trashy, Ke$ha-ed out good time. Code word: party!".[34] The review ends with a quote from the song: "There’s not much to it. But do we still love it? In a direct quote from Ke$ha's "We R Who We R," "yes, of course we does!".[34]

Media Info:

Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family : RIFF
File size : 81.4 MiB
PlayTime : 3mn 33s
Bit rate : 3204 Kbps


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