December 20, 2012


Ke$ha Clarifies "Die Young" Controversy

Jason LaVeris
Jason LaVeris

Just two days after attempting to set the record straight about her unfortunately titled single "Die Young" in the wake of the tragic Newtown, Conn. school shooting, Ke$ha took to her website to release a full statement about the song. Earlier this week, Ke$ha tweeted that she was "forced" to sing the song, alluding that she released it against her will. Ke$ha explains what she really meant: 

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.

"Die Young" was dropped from regular radio rotation the weekend after the shooting, and it doesn't look like it's going to pick up speed again any time soon—Billboard reports that the song's airplay is on a steady decline.

Every part of this story is incredibly unfortunate, but there is a happy-ish side-note: Ke$ha's recently released "C'mon" lyric video. When in doubt, just put a bunch of animated kittens in your video and call it a day. Excuse us while we press play again.