Before “Tik Tok” singer Ke$ha was a multi-platinum selling artist, the 27-year-old was just a struggling musician searching for her big break.
In hopes of getting her music into the right hands, Ke$ha made a bold move by sneaking into Prince’s house to drop off her demo.
“It was so easy,” she told Jimmy Fallon in July, 2014, on the “Tonight Show.” “I cruised up in my dead grandpa’s car, and I get out and there’s a gardener in the front yard so I was like, ‘Here’s $US5 and don’t make a thing about it, I’m just going to slide right under this gate,’ and he just laughed and thought it was funny and that I was charming.”
What happened next is pretty crazy. As Ke$ha told Jimmy Fallon:
“So I snuck under the fence and then I just trolloped up the mountain and the door was open, it was unlocked — which was basically an invitation, so I walked in and everything was purple velvet, so I was very pleased that my fantasy had come true and that there was, in fact, purple velvet everywhere.
I walk into the elevator, and there is Prince music playing! And then I go up in the elevator and I come out, and I’m on the phone with my mum saying, ‘I think I may get arrested,’ and then I walk out, and there’s Prince playing the guitar, with a beanie on, and I almost pooped my pants.
He just kind of looked at me funny. He gave me a look like, ‘Who the hell are you?’ and I waved around my CD, I put it on the table, and then I ran away.”
Ke$ha confirmed she has “not yet” heard back from Prince.
Watch the now-famous singer tell the story in her own words: