Well, like a day-old party streamer that has finally withered up and blown away, it seems the collaboration between psych-pop stalwarts The Flaming Lips and trash-pop party gal Ke$ha won't be moving forward. As we reported over a year-and-a-half ago, Lip$ha got together in a Nashville studio
(which appeared to be Blackbird) to do some recording, and Ke-dollarsign-ha ended up being featured on the track "2012 ... You Must Be Upgraded"
from frontman Wayne Coyne & Co.'s release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
. But despite reports
that the sometime-Nashvillian songstress and the Oklahoman rock 'n' rollers were working on a full-length together (titled Lipsha
, with its very own Wiki page
), it looks as though those plans have been nixed.
Said Coyne in a tweet bright and early this morning, "As of now ...sadly there will be no Lip$ha.... I can't say why... It is sad..." There have been no further tweets from either Coyne or Ke$ha on the matter.
So what do you think killed the collab? Did the acid wear off? Is Ke$ha spending too much time filming music videos in Springwater or screwing around with ghosts?
What I really want to know is this: If Lipsha did any preliminary tracking (demos or otherwise), do any Nashvillians have any tracks they'd like to leak? If not, does anyone care to do a mash-up of The Soft Bulletin and Animal for us (The Soft Animal)? Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and Warrior (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Warrior)?
Update: As noted by Spin and others, a petition is currently being circulated by Ke$ha fans to free the star from her multi-album contract with noted pop producer Dr. Luke. Some think the Lipsha album has been nixed because of Luke's "puppeteer"-like control over Ke$ha.