NEW YORK -- Ke$ha may be a night owl, but that didn't stop her from making a morning stop at the "Today" show on Friday (August 13), only a few hours after rocking Madison Square Garden with Rihanna on Thursday night.
Even though her club anthems — and their suggestive, after-midnight lyrics — seemed a bit out of place with the morning light and an ultra-young crowd, Ke$ha's newest single, "Take It Off," shone during a more stripped-down performance.
In her usual cut-out garb and infinite eyeliner, Ke$ha kicked off her three-song set by ascending from a throne in the Rockefeller Center plaza to sing "Tik Tok" surrounded by male dancers in animal print.
In between songs, Ke$ha was able to get out a message to one of her heroes with the help of one of Matt Lauer's questions. When asked about her attempt to sneak one of her songs onto Prince's property, she defended herself.
"I really wanted him to write a song with me. I think he's one of the best musicians of our time, so ... I thought I would just take him a demo."
And when Matt Lauer called her out on "breaking and entering," she responded with a coy look, prompting Lauer to follow up with, "Did he contact you?"
"Not yet," she said. But what if Prince was watching? "Hit me up!" she said.
Ke$ha also weighed in on her Madison Square Garden debut. "It was incredible," she said. "It was a landmark in my career — it was terrifying."
"Take It Off" had the crowd singing along with the TV-friendly line "I don't give a." At one point, Ke$ha acted out the lyrics and got down on the floor, where there was a keyboard waiting for her. It was a moment that was ultimate Ke$ha: a declaration of independence with a bit of foreplay mixed in.
As the day began for most New Yorkers, Ke$ha ended the morning. Singing what she called "a celebration of every kind of love," the set ended with "Your Love Is My Drug." The song says that maybe she needs some rehab, or maybe just needs some sleep, but after a fresh rock show on the plaza, it doesn't look like she needs either.
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