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Ke$ha has said she thinks dropping her new single, "Die Young," from radio stations following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. is the right move. Though the track, which is currently number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on its pop chart, is now reaching fewer people, Ke$ha admits she understands why people don't want to hear the tune.
"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," she tweets.
According to E! News, Ke$ha sent out a tweet bashing her song before later deleting it. "I understand, I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO," she reportedly tweeted.
Honestly, we're a bit surprised that Ke$ha even responded to the radio stations' decision, but we're glad she did. Saying anything else would have gotten her a lot of bad attention, but like many other celebrities, she expressed her sympathies for those affected over Twitter. All told, Ke$ha really isn't losing that many listeners either.
Mediabase reports that "Die Young" reached about 167 million people on Friday, but now is only reaching 145 million. Those losses seem like a small price to pay for the sake of respecting the families who lost loved ones during the massacre. Other songs being similarly dropped from stations are Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" and David Guetta's "Titanium."
"We've been playing ['Die Young'] before Friday but not since and I think we're now done with it," Danbury, Conn.'s WDAQ-FM programming director Rich Minor tells Billboard. "Even though it's a fun pop-dance record about seizing the moment, all people are going to hear right now is those two words in the title."