Ke$ha fans have waited two full years for new music from the "Tik Tok" singer. That's, like, 16 eons in millennial time. Since the release of her first Warrior single, "Die Young," earlier this week, fans have been eating it up, bringing the song to its current No. 3 spot on iTunes' Top 10 chart.
We feel your pain, Animals. We can't wait for Warrior either, so we created a list of seven things we definitely know about her upcoming sophomore album to tide you over. Read it while you're in between repeat listens of "Die Young," and let us know if we're missing anything. (Although we're sure you guys would tell us even if we didn't ask you to.)
1. The Cover Art
See above. It looks like Ke$ha's ditched the glitter for some rainbow hair...and some time in the gym. Your squat game is on lock, girl.
2. The Release Date
December 4, ladies and gents! The perfect stocking stuffer for the pop music fan in your life. (May you be blessed with many, as we are the most fun.)
3. The Track List
Read it, love it, memorize it. There will be a quiz later. (No there won't.) Note that the last four tracks will only be on the deluxe edition.
2. Die Young
4. Thinking Of You
5. Crazy Kids
6. Wherever You Are
7. Dirty Love
9. Only Wanna Dance With You
11. Beautiful Life
12. Love Into The Light
13. Last Goodbye
14. Gold Trans Am
15. Out Alive
16. Past Lives
4. The First Single
"Die Young," co-written by fun.'s Nate Ruess, Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut, is basically the perfect natural progression from Ke$ha's last Animal single, "Take It Off." A bit more mature and bit more thoughtful but still really effing catchy. Listen to it above if you haven't already.
5. The Collaborators
Ke$ha is basically fearless when it comes to who she'll work with. We already knew she's made a ton of coin writing pop music for other artists (Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus among them). But on Warrior, she stepped outside of her box a bit and called all her alt friends. NME says the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Iggy Pop are all featured on the album. Whoa.
But no worries, pop fans. Some tried-and-true hitmakers also have writing and producing credits on Warrior. Look forward to bangers from Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Ammo, Billboard, Greg Kurstin and Will.i.am.
6. Influences and Sound
Unlike the strict "no guitars" rule Ke$ha stuck to on Animal, Warrior's main focus is a return to rock (or "c--k rock," as Ke$ha so elegantly put it). Along with the inclusion of guitars, Dr. Luke recently told MTV News that fans can expect a lot of uptempo music but also "some very raw songs in there with not a whole lot of production."
As for the theme of the album, it's all about "the magic of life." Over the last two years, Ke$ha embarked on a self-described "spirit journey," traveling all over the world (sans bodyguards!). She lived on a boat, rehabilitated baby lions in Africa and swam with great white sharks, as she told Ryan Seacrest (via Perez Hilton). She also got hypnotized and discovered "past life experiences," resulting in the song "Past Lives." Overall, expect Warrior to sound "really positive, really raw and really vulnerable."
7. Oh, and there's a song about having sexy time with a ghost.
Of course there is. Ke$ha told Ryan Seacrest that the song "Supernatural" is "about experiences with the supernatural…but in a sexy way." Ke$ha admits that she doesn't remember the ghost's name with whom she had said sexy times with, but she made sure to tell us she did have "a couple experiences with the supernatural."