In the wake of the horrific Newtown Massacre, Ke$ha’s song “Die Young” has a perverse new meaning.
TMZ has learned that radio stations around the country yanked the song from their rotation after the Newtown tragedy. “Die Young” clocked in at #3 on the radio playlists on Friday (the day of the shooting), reaching 167 million listeners nationwide, according to radio airplay trackers. By Saturday, however, airplay dropped by 3 million listeners, a sign that stations were slowly pulling the song off the air. By Monday, “Die Young”was down to a measly 148 million listeners: a whopping 19 million drop from what had been a pretty steady rotation before the shooting.
A drop of this magnitude is extremely rare: the last time a song plummeted this quickly is when the Dixie Chicks were banned from country radio after insulting President Bush. So it seems like Ke$ha’s catchy tune was pretty unlucky, as the song’s popularity has been cut short (and for very good reason) due to a tragic coincidence.