When word broke that Ke$ha’s single “Die Young” was disappearing from radio stations in light of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, a lot of eyebrows were raised — including Ke$ha’s own glitter-stewn eyebrows.
The Warrior singer took to her Twitter to offer an explanation and her condolences regarding the hit song’s lyrics, which many are attributing to its drop in radio play. (Billboard reports that the single fell 11% this week, sliding from No. 1 to No. 2 on the pop chart.)
“I understand,” Ke$ha wrote in a tweet that, alas, was later taken down. “I had my very own issue with ‘die young’ for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”
It’s an interesting apology, given that most people acknowledge that the song’s message advocates hedonism and living life to the fullest, not violence or homicide. She also wasn’t quite clear about who forced her to sing the lyrics or how they did so; the song’s writing credits include Ke$ha herself, as well as fun.’s Nate Ruess and producers Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Benny Blanco. But perhaps that’s why the tweet was ultimately taken down.
“I’m so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy,” she added in a second tweet, which still remains. “And I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.”
Billboard also reports that at least one Connecticut station has dropped Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” — a song that, in fact, outlines a school shooting in a much more explicit manner — from its rotation.