Ke$ha explained that she wanted the song to become a pride anthem;
|“||I wanted to inspire people to be themselves. It's a celebration of any sort of quirks or eccentricities. I was really affected by the suicides that have been happening, having been subject to very public hatred myself. I have absolutely no idea how these kids felt. What I'm going through is nothing compared to what they had to go through. Just know things do get better and you need to celebrate who you are. Every weird thing about you is beautiful and makes life interesting. Hopefully the song really captures that emotion of celebrating who you are. I just felt like people hate because they don't understand or they're jealous. It's all coming from a very negative place and I really feel like people don't need to pay attention to that.||”|
Ke$ha explained to Spin magazine why she wrote this song: "Young people need a role model to tell them they're beautiful exactly the way they are and that they don't have to be apologetic about themselves," she said. "So I wanted to write a super-positive anthem."
- Album version - 3:24
- Instrumental version - 3:24
- Acapella version - 3:24
- Fred Falke Club Mix - 6:57
The song debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, making it the 17th song in history to do so. This also makes it Kesha's third song to go no. 1, and her second solo song. It became Kesha's fifth consecutive top ten hit in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The music video was shot over a 48-hour time period in downtown Los Angeles. Part of the video was filmed in the 2nd Street Tunnel that was partially closed. Kesha explained to MTV News the idea behind the video as well as the experience saying that the video was different from her other videos, noting that it was going to show a sexier side of herself.
The video occurs during an underground party. Kesha walks through the 2nd Street Tunnel with other partygoers in a sparkly one-piece leotard made of shards of broken glass, chains, ripped stockings, and a ponytail. The scene is intercut with drag races and explosions and close-up shots of the singer wearing studded eyebrows and glittery eye makeup. The video transitions to a different party and midway, Kesha changes outfits to an American-flag top and pink hot pants. During the bridge of the song, Kesha is on top of a building and the music cuts out for a few seconds as she jumps backwards from the rooftop. She is caught by the party goers and the video closes with Kesha partying.
On May 5th, 2019, the music video was officially VEVO certified, reaching over 100,000,000 views, making it Kesha's fourth video to be certified as a lead artist, and fifth overall.
|Released||December 1, 2010|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
- Kesha's username on Instagram, iiswhoiis, is a reference to "We R Who We R".
- This song was included in the video game, Just Dance 4, making it the second Kesha song to be in the franchise.
- ASCAP Work ID: 882100182
- BMI | Repertoire
- HFA Song Code: W4751S