Neither Ke$ha nor the song have got anything to do with it, but you can’t blame a nation left in shock by the unimaginably tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last week if they would rather not have to stomach her exuberantly morbid “Die Young” right about now. This morning TMZ reports that Ke$ha’s party-all-night-because-YOLO anthem has seen a sharp decrease in radio play since last week, losing 19 million listeners between Friday and Monday. According to their expert, the last time a song’s play dipped so drastically was in 2003, when the Dixie Chicks‘ anti-George W. Bush remarks had country fans up in arms.
It’s a shame because “Die Young” is one of the year’s most heartfelt pop songs, and all K$ ever really wants is for everyone to have fun while they live their life to the fullest. Really, this drop came down to bad timing. We also suspect that this might be a sign that “Die Young” has run it’s course, and that it is time to bump “C’Mon” up in the rotations. But what do you think?