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Ke$ha 'was forced' to sing 'Die Young' lyrics, singer tweets
By David Greenwald, L.A., Billboard

Billboard -- With Ke$ha's "Die Young" pulled from a number of radio stations in the wake of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the RCA Records singer had her own criticism for the hit song on Tuesday.

"i understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason," she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening. "I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO."

Bing: The debate over 'Die Young'

The tweet was deleted not long after. An RCA rep had not returned a request for comment at press time. Ke$ha has a writing credit on the song, alongside fun.'s Nate Reuss and producers Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Benny Blanco.

She addressed the Connecticut events more directly with her next tweet, which remains published.

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

WDAQ radio's program director and morning host Rich Minor told Billboard.com that the song was no longer in rotation on the Danbury, Conn., station.

"We've been playing it before Friday but not since and I think we're now done with it," he said. "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."

He's also removed Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks," turning instead toward tracks including Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" and Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings." "Die Young," at No. 3 on the Hot 100, drops to the No. 2 spot on this week's Pop Songs charts after an 11% drop in radio plays, with the charting week covering Dec. 10-16. The shootings, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in addition to the gunman and his mother, were Friday, Dec. 14.

 

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51Comments
Dec 21, 2012 8:21PM
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she is 25 but the age demographic intended as listening paying consumers is 14, "target market" 14, ehmmmmmm 12 possibly, funny enough there are teenagers that can tell whats being done to or "for" them and that age group, their numbers however are relatively LOW! not to state adults growing up with empty tunes dancing thru their heads are not brainwashed or droned out to commercialism either, still, people do as they age move away from the pop products, or migrate to a knew one(s); generally it forms a portion of the personality as the mind hears the music over and over and perceptions, even motivations, socializing, intimacy are affected from my understanding though this kind of music makes people eventually despondent and susceptible/malleable, as "when young" and "fun" impressions become lasting mentally, and memories are not consciously attached to the sonic experiences as its devoid in an aspect, before you read on I have a question did we ever find out if Tinky Linky was actually a gay Teletubbie?

Dec 21, 2012 9:54AM
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Just watch, this is going to be the next big headline: "Lady Gaga Sued by Cont. Families for Giving Shooter Support With Her Once Hit Song 'Born This Way'"
Dec 20, 2012 9:37PM
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YA'LL ARE RIGHT!  YEP YOU ALL ARE ABSOLUTELY WRONG ABOUT BEING RIGHT ABOUT KESHA WHO????? OH SHE WAS FORCED TO BOOM BOOM AND SING A SONG THAT ONLY SHE LIKES ABOUT BEING NOT FORCED TO BE FORCED INTO SINGING A SONG NO ONE ON THE PLANET EXCEPT WHO WROTE IT GIVES A !
Dec 20, 2012 6:25AM
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How stupid that people take what happened and tie it to the song die young.  The song doesnt mention about being shot and killed in an elementary school.  Read the lyrics it basically states live life to the fullest because you never know when you will die. 
Dec 19, 2012 10:57PM
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If I were to die in a tragic event. I hope the last thing anyone cares about is what song Ke$ha is playing on the radio.
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