Ke$ha's new single "Die Young" has reportedly been removed from radio station playlists across America following the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting where 20 children and six adults were killed Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The gunman, named as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, allegedly killed his own mother before turning the weapon on himself.
A number of movie premieres have been canceled in the shooting's aftermath, including a screening of Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." The tragedy now appears to be having an effect on the music industry amid reports that Ke$ha's controversially-titled single "Die Young" has been removed from radio station playlists across the country.
"Die Young" peaked at number three on American radio playlists and reached 167 million listeners before the shooting on Friday, according to TMZ.com, but figures from Mediabase, a company that tracks radio airplay, appear to show the song has suffered a massive drop after being cut from the airwaves. It had reportedly lost 19 million listeners from its target audience by Monday. Ke$ha previously commented on the shooting in a series of posts on her Twitter page, sending her condolences to all the families involved. She wrote, "My heart goes out deeply to the people of Newtown, Connecticut ... It's beyond words what has happened."
Kesha's song "Die Young" is about living your life to the fullest because you never know when your last day will be. How does that send a bad message? Besides, no one is "psychic"-no one ever sees death coming so how does censoring the internet, radio etc. change any of that?