She wasn’t “forced” to record it, and she was concerned that the song’s title might be misunderstood; but “Die Young” is supposed to be about living life to the fullest, and that’s something Ke$ha “truly believes.” Quick rewind: radio stations the nationwide have slowed the roll on “Die Young” in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown last week, not necessarily because the song anything to do with it, but because those are words that nobody particularly wants to hear right about now. We understand, and so does Ke$ha. On Twitter yesterday she expressed sympathy for those effected, and then, in a quickly deleted tweet, she suggested that she had been “forced” to sing the song. Everything okay over there, Kesh?
In a note posted to her website Ke$ha explains that she was concerned that the phrase “die young” might give some of her young-ish fans the wrong idea, but that she was not “forced” to sing it against her will:
After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young. Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase “die young” in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.
And we also truly believe that this is a truth about Ke$ha, as she seems to say as much every time she gets the chance. Spin points to their turn with the Lady Dollar $ign, when she told them: “You may or may not only live once, who knows if the world is going to explode in two days. Why would we sit around and worry about stupid shit and be mean to each other? Why don’t you just love each other, love yourself, live in the moment, and fucking party? That’s kind of my message.” She’s expressed a similar sentiment to Vibe (“It can’t be said enough: be yourself, love each other… A lot of my fans struggle with that, and it breaks my heart that people haven’t found out how to be nice to each other.”) and in the New York Times (“It’s about being fearless, about fighting for who you are and not letting anybody else break your spirit”).
So maybe “Die Young” is still a little too unsettling, but it sounds like Ke$ha might just be a perfect antidote to the unthinkably terrible events that occurred last Friday. So let’s all “C’mon” and watch this totally cute new lyric video and call this controversy over, shall we?