Ke$ha’s new single “Die Young” has been pulled from a number of radio station rotations following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn last week that left 20 children dead. Though no station has made a public statement regarding the song, “Die Young” was the number three song on the airwaves on Friday with 167 million listeners, but after the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the track saw a drop of 19 million on Monday.
According to TMZ, the last time a song saw such a sudden dip in listeners came when the Dixie Chicks where blacklisted from country radio in 2003, after insulting President George W. Bush. The quiet decision to slowly pull the song from radio play is no doubt a cautious decision to give the American public some time to recover from the violence of last week.
Ke$ha’s initial response was less about the tragedy and more about a possible issue with her record label,
“I had my very own issues with “die young” for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”
It didn’t take long before the tweet was deleted and replaced with,
“My heart goes out deeply to the people of Newtown, Connecticut.”