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Lists: The ten most interesting influences on Ke$ha's MySpace page

Ke$haKe$ha: Actually a recovering '90s college radio DJ?

Early projections show that pop newcomer Ke$ha might dethrone the mighty Susan Boyle from the top slot on this week's Billboard albums chart, leaving many to wonder: "Really?"

The singer's gutter-pop aesthetic is nothing if not polarizing, so to get a better read on Ke$ha, we went to her MySpace page (remember MySpace?) where she's listed over 200 influences. Some of them make perfect sense (Fischerspooner, Daft Punk), while others are puzzling (we're not really hearing the Matmos influence in "Tik Tok"). Plus: very few rappers listed. Is Ke$ha even a rapper, anyway?

(Ke$ha's ten most interesting influences, after the jump)

Ten most interesting influences listed on Ke$ha's MySpace page:

1. "kraftwork" - Because there's no excuse for misspelling the name of an influence at the top of your list. (To her credit, she spells it correctly later in the list.)

2. "Mirwais" - Because he produced some great Madonna songs. Will he produce some great Ke$ha songs? And would that constitute a comeback?

3. "jim o'rourke" - Because O'Rourke's braininess seems like the anti-Ke$ha.

4. "troubled hubble" - Because this incredibly obscure Illinois band owes a large debt to local post punk outfit Dismemberment Plan (who Ke$ha does not list).

5. "archers of loaf" - Because they might be the most under-appreciated indie rock band of all time. Good looking out, Ke$ha.

6. "eric's trip" - Because Ke$ha seems way too young to be into Eric's Trip. Maybe she has family in North-eastern Canada?

7. "the fall" - Because the Fall is one of David Malitz's favorite bands, too.

8."the streets, the streets" - Because she listed him twice.

9. "her space holiday" - Because the only people who knew about Her Space Holiday published Punk Planet-inspired fanzines in the late '90s. Ahem.

10. "tom jones" - Because he's Tom Jones.

By Chris Richards  |  January 11, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
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