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Morning click: Ke$ha scores a No. 1, Competition for SXSW?

Ke$haKe$ha's "TiK ToK knocks "Empire State of Mind" from the top of the charts.

- Pop newcomer Ke$ha is making waves as her first single, "TiK ToK," has rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It ends the five-week reign of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, whose "Empire State of Mind" drops to No. 2. Ke$ha's not winning everything though - at last night's Wizards game (the less said the better) "TiK ToK" lost to Wale's "Pretty Girls" in the crowd-text-vote competition.

- Might mega indie promoter Todd Patrick be ditching Austin and SXSW for his own festival in Monterrey, Mexico in March? That's his tentative plan. The past few years the New York-based Patrick has hosted massive, free concerts during SXSW that aren't officially connected to the festival but regularly draw huge crowds thanks to lineups heavy on current indie favorites. Sounds like he's ready to make a run for the border, though.

- Hate to turn the news into a morgue, but another death to report: Roland S. Howard, guitarist for Australian spastic post-punk originals The Birthday Party, passed away at age 50 due to complications from liver cancer. His fierce, feedback-laden guitar work was as much a trademark of the band's sound as Nick Cave's deranged vocals. Howard penned "Shivers," a classic post-punk ballad, before the band changed its name from The Boys Next Door to The Birthday Party.

By David Malitz  |  December 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Ke$ha, SXSW  
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