Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ke$ha Says She Understands Why "Die Young" Was Dropped by Radio Stations After Newtown School Shooting

Ke$ha's latest hit song took a hit overnight.

"Die Young," which is currently No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 ranking all singles and No. 1 on the music magazine's pop chart, was pulled by many radio stations in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 first-grade children dead.

According to tracker Mediabase, "Die Young" potentially reached 167 million listeners on Friday, 164 million on Saturday and, by Monday, the number of listeners had dropped by 19 million.

"I understand," Ke$ha  tweeted yesterdat afternoon in response to the news. "I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO."

"I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy," she added, "and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express."

Ke$ha was one of many celebs who reacted via Twitter in the hours immediately following the shooting last Friday morning, and she also posted a link yesterday to a site for people to donate to the victims' families.

The unofficial consensus among station reps basically was that it was in poor taste to spin her tune about partying like there's no tomorrow in light of last Friday's tragedy.

"We've been playing it before Friday but not since and I think we're now done with it," Rich Minor, programming director at WDAQ-FM in Danbury, Conn., told Billboard. "Even though it's a fun pop-dance record about seizing the moment, all people are going to hear right now is those two words in the title."

Sandy Hook also happens to be 11 miles away from them, according to Minor, who said that Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks"—which for all intents and purposes is about a school shooting—is also music non grata at WDAQ right now.

WODS-FM in Boston said that they initially pulled "Die Young" out of rotation on Friday, along with David Guetta's "Titanium" due to its lyrics about being "bulletproof, nothing to lose," but that both were reintroduced to the lineup today and there have been no complaints.

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