Ke$ha‘s new album Warrior had a moderately strong showing when it debuted earlier this month, coming in at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. But the glitter-loving singer still had a radio hit in “Die Young,” her ode to living life to its fullest — until Friday, when the Newtown, Connecticut massacre rendered the song‘s lyrics strangely inappropriate for Top 40 airplay.
According to TMZ, a number of major radio stations have yanked the song from regular rotation since Friday, causing the steepest decline in radio plays since the Dixie Chicks famously criticized former president George Bush at a concert in the UK.
Ke$ha has yet to comment on the matter, but she did tweet a link to OneRepublic‘s online benefit for the victims‘ families Friday, writing, “my heart goes out deeply to the people of Newtown, Connecticut. Its beyond words what has happened.”