Ke$ha’s “Die Young” Drops From Radio Rotation After Sandy Hook Tragedy
While Ke$ha‘s “Die Young” single has served the singer well since its release in November 2012, garnering over 22 million hits on YouTube and claiming one of the top five spots on the Billboard ‘Hot 100’ list, the Warrior track is now experiencing a drastic change in its airplay.
In the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 innocent children and adults dead, the song’s plummeted from 167 million listeners nationwide on Friday (the day of the massacre) to 148 million million listeners during Monday’s count; a 19 million listener drop. Prior to the devastation, “Die Young” was said to have had a “pretty steady” rotation, leading experts to believe that there’s a correlation between the two events. According to TMZ, “[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.”
Meanwhile, in related news, on last night’s episode of The Voice, the show’s mentors, including Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine, as well as the contestants gathered together to perform “Hallelujah” during a candlelight vigil in honor of those who were lost in the tragedy. And, in tribute, each of the singers held up a card with the name of one of the victims.
“It’s okay if you’re still struggling with Friday’s tragedy.” Those are the words streaming across this Huffington Post Teen forum for those who are left shaken in the aftermath. We encourage you to watch the video below, then join the discussion.