Ke$ha’s “Die Young” Tumbles Down The Charts Following Newtown Massacre


The aftermath of a national tragedy knows no bounds, especially as far as pop culture is concerned. Multiple television programs were cancelled or delayed, and now it seems the pop charts have been shaken up as a result as well. “Die Young,” the seemingly inescapable single from Ke$ha, has been pulled from numerous stations across the country following the massacre in Newtown, CT last week. According to mediabase, the song was at #3 nationwide on Friday, reaching roughly 167 million listeners. By Saturday, airplay dropped by 3 million listeners, and as of yesterday the total reach had slid all the way to 148 million listeners nationwide.

If you think about it, a decline like this almost never happens. The only time an artist should drop off the charts like this is in the wake of a tragedy, or if something negative about the performer has recently come to light.

Ke$ha has not commented on the situation, and something tells me she probably never will. Her next single, “C’mon,” has started gaining traction at radio and will (presumably) be her focus from here on out.

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