Nine First-Name-Only Female Artists Not Called Ke$ha
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Over the past month or so, several factors have encouraged my decision to avoid at all costs the pop-cultural force apparently known as Ke$ha. The dollar sign in her name and the ridiculous spelling and capitalization of her big hit ("TiK ToK") are the main things. (Maybe you think I give Miley Cyrus a bit too much credit, but at least her handlers appear to have some small amount of respect for the English language. Up to this point, at least.)
If anyone actually loves this song, please show yourself. No, seriously, I don't want to mock you—I just need to know that you exist! In the meantime, here are nine other female artists who've decided to make music under just their first names (sans extraneous punctuation marks), all great enough that you have no real reason to actively ignore them.
Fierce, wordly soul from Nigeria by way of Germany. Stateside debut coming in February.
Big-voiced, old-souled, reverb-swathed strummer and one of my favorite new artists of 2009.
Tried and true elemental West Coast songstress.
Wry, twang-twinged pop straight outta Nashville. (Check back here tomorrow for more.)