There’s been a lot of discussion online about whether or not Ke$ha is actually a “genius.”
The controversy came from an old interview with Seventeen Magazine where they claim the woman who wrote “We R Who We R,” is much smarter than she appears.
“Ke$ha was also a certified genius, with an IQ over 140 and an SAT score of 1500.”
Seventeen supports their discourse with a quote from the singer, but she never addresses the test scores they provide.
“I would drive to the local college and take classes on Cold War history, just for fun.”
As surprising as her interest in global politics may be, this still provides little proof as to her aptitude or intelligence. Upon discovering the article on Reddit, like most people, I spat out my coffee and my first instinct was to take to the message board and express my outrage. However, this caused me to question what makes a genius in 2011.
In the interest of full-disclosure, let it be known that I have personally interviewed Ke$ha and she was very nice but nothing about her that indicated she was exceptionally bright. Although, I’m willing to entertain this idea based on an alternative theory.
The dictionary on my Macbook defines a “genius” as “a person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally or in some particular respect.” If writing pop-music is considered an art or at least respected as a creative outlet, she wins some serious points.
Not only does she get glowing endorsements from collaborators like Dr. Luke and Max Martin, Ke$ha can hold her own as a songwriter. In 2010 alone, she wrote six top ten singles on the billboard hot 100. More over, she helped pen Britney’s massively popular “Till The World Ends” and a few tracks for Rihanna. To most people, however, this is old news and many will argue it still won’t earn her the title of “genius.”
Instead, what makes Ke$ha a genius is the fact that she is truly a paradox. A smart girl, choosing to write the dumbest songs on the radio. If her efforts to get every American teenager pregnant and dumb down the english language is intentional, she’s brilliant. All the glitter, tacky fashion accessories and not-so-subtle euphemisms could be part of a master marketing plan she devised to fool us all.
In my interview with Ke$ha, I remember she caught me off guard when said “it’s pop-music, it’s not brain surgery.”
You have to wonder if she’s aware of her audience and feeding them mindless mush accordingly. If she is, we shouldn’t hold her accountable for the ridiculous lyrics or dance tracks many claim are void of substance. If anything, what we hate on her for is merely a reflection of an already degenerated industry struggling to survive. The reality of the situation is: she just does it a lot better than other pop stars.
What we do know is Ke$ha was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate at her high school and she was always in the “gifted program”. We also know that she dropped out of high school, got her GED but never put those SAT scores to work. But where do we stand on this whole genius thing? By no means is Ke$ha an academic or should we praise her above average intellect, however, you might be able to make an argument for her creative abilities. She’s proven her ability to create infectious, easily digestible pop-tunes that many performers pay other people to write.
It may be a little early to call her a genius but she’s undeniably exceptional in her field and that’s enough for me.