Ke$ha on Ke$ha: Pop's Party Animal Asks Herself the Tough Questions

February 17, 2010 12:00 AM ET

When Rolling Stone last interviewed Ke$ha — whose "TiK ToK" has been on a glittery, record-breaking run on the Singles chart — the 22-year-old pop star admitted she's not afraid to look like an asshole, she admires the Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire, and her dream collaboration is a slumber party with Beck and Prince. When she stopped by the RS offices last week, we wanted to ask her the hard questions — like did she actually deface the Hollywood sign and does she really think she's like Bob Dylan? — so we found the only journalist truly up to the task: Ke$ha.

Click above to watch Ke$ha going head to head with Ke$ha on her favorite Dylan LP, her love of the Beastie Boys ("We share a similar spirit in that we don't take it so seriously"), what fans can expect from her upcoming tour (lasers, condoms, glitter — "It's like a dance party and I'm the dance commander") and why the highlight of her life so far was meeting Alice Cooper backstage Grammy weekend.

For more on pop's new party animal, go behind the scenes at her RS photo shoot and read our full Q&A.

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