By MESFIN FEKADU
NEW YORK — Ke$ha Kardashian? Not quite.
The wild and playful pop star is a huge fan of the swarm of Kardashian reality shows, but says her new series is far from what you see on the small screen from Kim, Kourtney and Khloe.
“I have a love for the Kardashians, I’m not going to lie to you,” the 26-year-old said in a recent interview. “I love that show, but it’s very different. I do not look as pretty as they do — like at all. During my show, there’s a lot of moments with no makeup at all, like I’m in a T-shirt running around in my underwear.”
Six 30-minute episodes make up “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” which debuted Tuesday on MTV. Her brother, Lagan Sebert, filmed the singer over two years while she toured and recorded music. The show includes silly moments backstage, clips of Ke$ha making out with boys, as well as interactions with her fans, friends and mother Pebe Sebert, who co-wrote songs on each of Ke$ha’s albums.
In one episode, Ke$ha stalks her ex-boyfriend, who was the subject of her 2010 tune “The Harold Song.”
“I bumped into him recently and I was kind of like, ‘Sorry about that,’” she said.
Ke$ha, who has a party-girl vibe, said some members of her team worried about what she would air on the show.
“I’m pretty game for most things, honestly,” she said of what viewers will see. “There are issues that my record label has and my publicist, they don’t want me to do lots of things, but … I feel like the message has to be genuine for me. That’s why I am showing all the imperfections.”
Ke$ha’s reality show comes five months after she released her second full-length album, “Warrior,” which features the smash single “Die Young.” The series could help push sales since the album has only moved 252,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s not matching the immediate success of her 2009 debut, “Animal,” which has sold more than 1 million albums and launched four Top 10 singles, including her breakthrough anthem “TiK ToK.” “Cannibal,” the EP she released 10 months after her debut, has reached gold status.
Despite that, Ke$ha said that since releasing her debut she’s been calling the shots when it comes to her career.
“Now I really run my (business). I don’t let anything slip through the cracks without me managing it, every aspect of it,” Ke$ha said.
“Because the media can be very critical and if they’re going to criticize something that I do, I want it to be very much something I was involved in.”