Kesha Addresses the ‘Forced’ Statement She Made About ‘Die Young’
Kesha's 'Die Young' dropped sharply in radio airplay after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, causing the singer to issue a curious statement claiming that she was "forced" to sing the chorus of the song against her will. Today (Dec. 20), Kesha wrote a new blog post explaining her comments. The post read:
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.
Kesha co-wrote the song with Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Benny Blanco and Fun.'s Nate Ruess. Apparently someone in the group convinced her to stick with 'Die Young' as the hook even though she had some reservations.
Despite the minor controversy, she's right that the message of the song is a positive one.
'Die Young' suffered a large drop in radio spins in the three days following the shootings, as programmers felt the song's title would be inappropriate after such a tragedy, but the song has since rebounded and remains in the Top 5 in airplay. The song was expected to continue slipping down the charts anyway as Kesha begins promoting her next single, 'C'mon.'
Watch the Kesha 'Die Young' Video