Tour it up: The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore

In her 2011 smash hit TiK ToK (406 million YouTube views and growing), Ke$ha told the world how she gets ready for a big night out: Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack.

Today, the global pop star, who dropped the “$” from her moniker in 2014, is seeing dollar signs while co-headlining a summer tour with hip-hop hero Macklemore — who first burst onto the public consciousness as part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2012 with the infectious single, Can’t Hold Us (581 million views).

The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore lands in San Diego, at Mattress Firm Amphitheater June 12. Register to win tickets at

Where you @?

Kesha and Macklemore’s social media stats.





@Kesha, 3 million subscribers

@Kesha’s most-viewed YouTube videos

  1. TiK ToK, 406M views (2009)
  2. Die Young, 131M views (2012)
  3. Your Love is My Drug, 103M views (2010)

@Macklemore LLC, 6 million subscribers

@Macklemore LLC’s most-viewed YouTube videos

  1. Thrift Shop, 1.1B views (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 2012)
  2. Can’t Hold Us, 581M views (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 2013)
  3. Same Love, 201M views (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 2012)

On the Record

Kesha’s trio of studio albums.

2010: Kesha releases her debut album, Animal, the hit singles from which include TiK ToK, Blah, Blah, Blah, Take it Off and Your Love is My Drug. Her label re-releases the album later that same year along with companion album, Cannibal, featuring such singles as Blow and We R Who We R.

2012: Kesha drops her second album, Warrior, spawning chart-topping singles Die Young and C’Mon

2017: After a legal battle with her former producer, Kesha releases the long-awaited Rainbow. The country- and rock-influenced album earns Kesha her first Grammy nominations and yields hits Praying, Learn to Let Go and Woman.

Beat This

Macklemore’s musical milestones.

2012: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis release The Heist, an album with chart-toppers including Can’t Hold Us, Same Love (featuring Mary Lambert) and Thrift Shop.

2016: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made (another collaboration with Ryan Lewis) is released, featuring singles, Downtown and Dance Off.

2017: As a solo artist, Macklemore releases Gemini, which sparks singles Good Old Days (featuring current tour-mate Kesha) and Glorious.

Star power

Kesha and co. take centerstage

Kesha makes waves with her fashion sense, rocking glitter and chains back in the day, and currently vibing on vintage cowboy and rock ‘n’ roll glam. To walk the red carpet at the 2018 Grammy Awards, Kesha chose glittery boots and a vintage blue suit with embroidered white roses (a nod to the #MeToo movement) designed by Nudie Cohn, who has outfitted musical idols Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Cher and Elton John.

Later in the program, during her powerful performance of Praying, Kesha sported an embroidered white suit by Clinton Bespoke. She was joined onstage by Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and Andra Day, all wearing white in a sign of solidarity with Kesha.

Madge of honor

Macklemore rocks with royalty

At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with vocalist Mary Lambert, performed Same Love, a song about equality that has become an anthem in the LGBTQ community. During the performance, Queen Latifah officiated a mass wedding of 33 couples. Madonna also made a cameo, singing her classic, Open Your Heart.

Go big!

CONTEST: Win tickets to "The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore" at Mattress Firm 

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