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Ke$ha and the Paradiso Girls just wanna have fun at The Dinah

PALM SPRINGS -- The 20th anniversary of The Dinah kicking off this week has some incredible talent in store for attendees. Two Billboard Pop Chart sensations are on the lineup this year.

Ke$ha in da house!

Mariah Hanson has done very well, especially in recent years, choosing artists that are on the fast track to explode. Ke$ha was No. 26 on the charts when she was booked and now has the No. 1 single "Tic Toc," with "Blah Blah Blah" right behind it rushing up the charts. "Tic Toc" has held the No. 1 position for the last 10 weeks, the longest running top single since 1977.

Ke$ha, born in L.A. to a single singer/songwriter mother, cites Beck and Queen early influences. Not all that long ago, she decided to pop in on Prince one afternoon, hell bent on meeting him and playing him her demo. She met him, but had to leave the demo behind very quickly after he had security whisk her away.

Her first album, "Animal," debuted at Billboard's No. 1 spot when it was released this past January. She worked on the album for seven years and wrote over 200 tracks that had to be systematically paired down to what now consists of the album. Each song seems to have a personal back-story.

You can watch and listen to the videos for "Tic Toc" and "Blah Blah Blah" on her Web site.

On her Web site, she states, "I want my music to be fun, unapologetic, rowdy, quirky, humorous, and interesting, but with substance behind it. I'm an emotional person underneath all my fronting. I want people to listen to it and feel like they can relate."

Everyone needs to set themselves apart these days. Ke$ha calls her fashion sense "garbage chic," often wearing dramatic make-up over just one eye. She will be headlining the White Diamonds Party Friday night at the Palm Springs Convention Center, starting at 9 p.m.


Paradiso Girls just wanna have fun

SDGLN got the chance to speak to Chelsea, the lone American in this fun and edgy new all-girl band hitting the The Dinah scene on Saturday, April 3, performing live at the Cabana Girl Pool Party presented by LOGO.

Chelsea found herself in the group after auditioning for the Pussy Cat Dolls in London. She didn't make that cut, but got the attention she was hoping for when asked to join Paradiso Girls.

Initially planned as a European-based band, changes quickly came about and they ended up landing in Los Angeles, where they currently all call home.

Just off the fall Party Rock Tour with Space Cowboy throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Girls are enjoying the popularity of their smash single, "Patron Tequila," featuring Eve and Lil Jon.

They aren't your typical girl band, and their music isn't your typical girl band music. Although three of the ladies spent most of their lives in England, Chelsea, Shar, Aria, Kelly and Lauren actually hail from Miami, the Philippines, France, Barbados and England, respectfully. They generally make their own costumes, and even though they do have stylists, they always add a personal touch to costumes they are provided.

Their appearance at The Dinah is just one pit stop in their busy upcoming schedule. Music videos, another single and even a TV show are currently in the works, so you need to see the Paradiso Girls live now, while you still have the chance.

Chelsea says they also have plans to revamp their Web site. "We have an edge, we are crazy girls. The pictures of us on our Web site look like yearbook shots. We want people to know how different we are from that; we have our own style."

Seeing them in person will give you an upclose and personal look at that style, before they become too popular to do such intimate shows.

The ladies are really looking forward for playing for and expanding their lesbian base.

The pool party starts at 9 a.m. at the Palm Springs Hilton and Spa.

To read the companion piece to this about Mariah Hanson and her Club Skirts crew, click HERE and read on.

Morgan M. Hurley is the Copy Editor for SDGLN. She can be reached at (877) 727-5446, x710 or at morgan@sdgln.com.