Kesha Wrote a Hit Song Like She Was ‘Possessed’ by Britney Spears

As pop artists, Kesha and Britney Spears are often compared. What some pop music fans don’t know is Kesha co-wrote one of Spears’ biggest hits. Here’s what Kesha had to say.

Kesha poses in the Wonderwall Portrait Studio | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel

The first time Kesha worked for Britney Spears

According to MTV News, the professional relationship between Kesha and Spears began with the latter’s album Circus. Circus included a track called “Lace and Leather,” not to be confused with the Stevie Nicks song “Leather and Lace.” The song featured background vocals from Kesha.

Kesha said this opportunity came at just the right time. She said she “did backgrounds for her ’cause I was so broke. I needed to pay my rent. I got a few bucks. No, [I didn’t meet her]. I just did backups for her.”

“Lace and Leather” by Britney Spears

How Kesha wrote ‘Till the World Ends’

This relationship would become more prominent once Kesha co-wrote Spears’ single “Till the World Ends.” According to MTV News, Kesha explained “That song is me imagining her and any female musician touring the world.” She added the song was inspired by nights that are so great, you wish they wouldn’t end.

MTV News said Kesha enjoyed crafting a song as if she was Spears. “Writing for somebody else is really fun ’cause I consider myself a songwriter first and foremost. So it was so much fun to put my brain in the sexy Britney Spears brain and express myself almost as if I were possessed by her.”

“Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears

Vulture reported Kesha said she was more proud of “Till the World Ends” than any of her other tracks. She felt the song helped her to make her more prominent as a pop songwriter. She further stated that she considers herself a songwriter “first and foremost.”

Kesha continued that she finds it “exciting” to hear someone else sing her song. She admitted that she often changes the station when her own songs are played. However, when “Till the World Ends” plays, she orders those around her to dance.

Kesha defends Britney Spears as an artist

“Till the World Ends” was included on Spears’ record Femme Fatale. CapitalFM reports Spears didn’t write any of the songs on that album. Kesha defended Spears from those who felt she wasn’t contributing to her own music.

The Femme Fatale remix of “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears featuring Nicki Minaj and Kesha

Kesha said “I think people should be themselves and be their own artist, whatever that means for her. She’s an amazing singer, an amazing performer and she’s an icon. I don’t think that means she has to write.”

Kesha was included on a remix of “Till the Word Ends” titled the Femme Fatale Remix. That remix also featured a rap verse from Nicki Minaj. Even if Spears generally doesn’t write her own songs, she sure knows how to work with some of the biggest stars around.

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