After confirming a collaboration was underway back in April during a Reddit AMA, The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne has announced that the Lips v Ke$ha project, ‘Lip$ha’, will no longer be going ahead.
As to why, Coyne offered few clues, in a typically Coyne-ish tweet on Thursday:
As of now …sadly there will be no Lip$ha…. I can't say why… It is sad… pic.twitter.com/sdAP8bLXDn
— Wayne Coyne (@waynecoyne) November 7, 2013
The Internet is never short of speculation though, and fans have attached the news to an ongoing saga between Ke$ha and the apparently oppressive influence of her long-time collaborator Dr. Luke.
The connection between Coyne and Ke$ha may have been a surprise to many but it’s been nothing if not completely genuine, with the far-out frontman telling MTV, “the world would be a better place if there were armies of Ke$has out there. … If more musicians and artists could be like her and stop being so superior and precious and entitled, art would be so much more fun.”
The psychedelic love-in started back in April last year when Ke$ha appeared on 2012 (You Must Be Upgraded), the opening track of The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends collaborative album recorded and released for Record Store Day, and continued onto the deluxe version of Ke$ha’s 2012 album, Warrior, with the Lips-produced Past Lives.
And for now it seems that’s as close as we’ll get to hearing what Lip$ha might sound like.