Pop music artist Kesha's song "Die Young" ranked the third most played song in the US radio to 167 million listeners before the Connecticut school shooting last December 14. However, the single has now been removed from the radio playlists in the wake of the tragic massacre.
Based on the figures reported from the ratings tracker Media Base, over 19 million people already tuned out of the single on Monday. Singer Kesha reacted to her more than 3 million followers on "Twitter" that she completely understands why her song has been removed.
''I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express... I understand," Kesha posted on her Twitter account @keshasuxx.
The pop singer also revealed that she had a difficulty with the lyrics of the song which she co-wrote with Nate Ruess of Fun and producers Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco. ''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," Kesha stated.
In the song "Die Young," Kesha's lyrics stated: "Looking for some trouble tonight. Take my hand, I'll show you the wild side. Like it's the last night of our lives. We'll keep dancing till we die. Let's make the most of the night like, we're gonna die young."
The current tragedy has not helped Kesha's latest album titled "Warrior" to succeed. This week, the album dropped 20 places down in the Australian chart. It also left the UK chart after staying at the No. 66 spot for a week.
"Die Young" is not the only song that the American radio is removing from their song playlists after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" with the lyrics ''All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run, outrun my gun" and David Guetta featuring Sia's "Titanium" that mentioned the word "bulletproof" in the lyrics have also been pulled out on several radio stations.
Emotional songs such as Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" and Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" have resurfaced on the US radio. US DJ Elvis Duran dedicated Pink's latest song "Beam Me Up" to the parents of the children. One US station has also been airing Lifehouse's "Aftermath" showing some clips from President Barack Obama's speech in Connecticut.