Performance Art and 2009’s Pivotal Pop Moment

What made the 2009 such a weird time for pop music? America was in a weird place, and we were moving on from the bubble gum pop girlies and towards more rock ‘n’ roll laced pop icons. But when 3 women came on the scene with a clear idea of what they wanted to do, they changed pop forever. By bringing performance art into their personas, they created a pivotal moment in 2009’s pop.

When you think Ke$ha, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, you might not instantly connect them to each other. But they were all making waves in music and changing the typography of what pop music could be when they entered the pop culture zeitgeist in 2009.

This week we’re looking into what their specific brands of pop music meant for music as a whole, and what entering popstar stardom in your early 20s can mean for a woman’s career.

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Performance Art and 2009’s Pivotal Pop Moment

How Pop Music’s Teenage Dream Ended (The Atlantic, Spencer Kornhaber, 2020)

Five ways music changed in the 2010s (BBC, Mark Savage, 2020)

Ke$ha: The Billboard Cover Story (Billboard, Bill Werde, 2010)

Ke$ha: Hell On Wheels (2010 Cover Story) (Complex, Joe De La Puma, 2010)

Ke$ha: Confessions of a Party Animal (Rolling Stone, Austin Scaggs, 2010)

Ke$ha: I Feel Like I’m Most Pop Stars’ “Dirty Little Sister” (Us Weekly, Zach Johnson, 2012)

Ke$ha Tweets Photo of Herself Peeing in the Street (Us Weekly, Zach Johnson, 2012)

New Cover Star Kesha Opens Up About Conquering Her Eating Disorder and Being Stronger Than Ever (Teen Vogue, Andrew Bevan, 2014)

Ke$ha Checks Into Rehab For Eating Disorder: Singer Seeking Treatment For “Next 30 Days” (Us Weekly, Esther Lee, 2014)

Kesha Talks Body Image In Cosmo Cover Story: ‘I Like My Junk’ (ET Canada, Brent Furdyk, 2018)

Kesha Reveals She’s ‘Healthier Than Ever’ After ‘I Went Through the S—’ with Legal Battle (People, Jeff Nelson, 2019)

Katy Perry: The Billboard Cover Story (Billboard, Monica Herrera, 2010)

Katy Perry, Superstar! (Cosmopolitan, Shirley Halperin, June 2009)

Katy Perry: The Interview (Harper’s Bazaar, Rose Apodaca, Nov 2010)

Katy Perry’s long road (EW, Leah Greenblatt, July 2008)

Katy Perry: ‘You have to bust your ass at this’ (The Guardian, Tom Shone, Aug 2010)

The GQ Cover Story: Katy Perry (GQ, Amy Wallace, 2014)

Katy Perry on the Resilience She Found After Surviving Her ‘Darkest’ Days: ‘It Was All Worth It’ (People, Melody Chiu, Aug 2020)

Katy Perry Rocks Nude Spanx Underneath Her Sexy Power Look (Us Weekly, Emily Rekstis, 2021)

Lady Gaga: The Billboard Cover Story (Billboard, Cortney Harding, Aug 2009)

Lady Gaga: New York Doll (Rolling Stone, Brian Hyatt, June 2009)

Lady Gaga: Life on Chromatica (Paper Mag, Justin Moran, 2020)

In Lady Gaga’s Haus, All Are Welcome (Elle, Oprah Winfrey, 2019)

First Time Ever! Lady Gaga Dresses Normal (TMZ, 2010)

GAGA DRESS DESIGNER Butt Cheek Flashing Was A MISTAKE (TMZ, 2011)

Lady Gaga — Bikini Fights and Makeout Sessions (TMZ, 2010)

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