Are you tired of the comparisons people draw between you, Gaga, and Katy Perry?
I actually think that's cool. Out of that group of chicks, I'm the new bitch on the block, so I'm still getting used to being compared to some of the biggest pop stars in the world, but I don't take any offense to it. That just means people know my records.
I'm the female incarnate of Kenny Powers... He definitely gives me a lady-boner.
When you came up, people were comparing you to Uffie, saying you channeled her style—but seeing how your career took off and hers didn't, do you feel vindicated?
Are you being sarcastic?
Nope. Who is she? I'll Google her.
[Laughs.] OK, then. In "Tik Tok," you reference waking up feeling like P. Diddy. What exactly is that like?
I used to live in this wicked, debaucherous house. It used to be a squatter house, and before that the Eagles recorded there; it was right next to the Jim Morrison house, and it just has this wicked energy. I used to have these epic jam sessions—my hot friends would come and we would drink wine and play music until the sun came up. One morning I woke up surrounded by all these beautiful, young talented girls who are like my best friends—that's where the line came from. Who else wakes up surrounded by seven hot girls? P. Diddy was the only person I could think of.
How tough was it to get him on the song?
I swear to God this story is true—I'm in the studio with Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco, writing the song, and Diddy called Luke up like, "Hey, I want to work with you." Luke was like, "You're never going to believe this—we've got a line on Ke$ha's first single talking about how great it is to feel like you. Would you mind coming in and doing an ad-lib?" So he came in and did it in one take and that was it.
So it was just a coincidence?
Yeah, it was one of those moments when you know shit happens for a reason.
Now you're working with Bangladesh, who produced "A Milli" for Lil Wayne.
How did you know that?!
I did my research! I'm not going to come in here and not know what's going on.
That was supposed to be top secret! He's one of my favorite producers in the entire world.
What rappers are you a fan of?
I grew up in the South and I was lucky enough to work on a track with Three 6 Mafia ages ago, and I've gotten to be friends with Paul and Juicy J. Sometimes we'll just show up to these crazy parties and take it to the next level. Flo Rida, obviously. I've worked with him on a few songs, he was really cool. I think Andre 3000 is my absolute favorite. The Beastie Boys…
I read that you're a huge fan of theirs…
Oh my god, Licensed to Ill. Being a woman is a little bit different, but you can hear how Animal was influenced by Licensed to Ill. It kind of made me feel that I'm a silly white girl but I can still rap. I like to explore that side of music, especially my voice and what I have to say, so I feel like I owe a lot of my success to the Beastie Boys.
You'd been dating drummer Alex Carapetis—are you guys still together?
Not so much. [Laughs.]
He has that grungy look going.
He had a Keith Richards vibe to him, but then he started acting like a woman, and I just can't handle that.