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).

2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival Show

Kesha (L) and Macklemore perform onstage during the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

(Kevin Winter / Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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

Casio’s Shock The World 2010

Recording artist Ke$ha performs at the Casio “Shock the World” event at The Manhattan Center on August 2, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

(Jason Kempin / Getty Images)

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

Rainbow Album

Rainbow is Kesha’s third studio ablum, released in 2017. 

(Courtesy photo)

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.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis and Macklemore backstage at BET’s “106 & Park” at BET Studios on May 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for BET)

(Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images for BET)

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.



Gemini is Macklemore’s third studio album, his first solo album. 

(Courtesy photo)

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.

2016 GRAMMY Awards - Show

(L-R) Recording artists Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Kesha, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and Julia Michaels attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

(Christopher Polk / Getty Images for NARAS)

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.

2014 GRAMMY Awards - Show

(L-R) Rapper Macklemore, singers Mary Lambert and Madonna, musician Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Go big!

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

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