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Ke$ha's 'Die Young'

PLUMMETS from Charts

After Newtown Massacre

12/18/2012 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ke$ha's new hit "Die Young" has fallen on deaf ears ... after radio stations around the country yanked the song from their rotation after the Newtown tragedy ... TMZ has learned.

"Die Young" clocked in at #3 on the radio playlists on Friday (the day of the shooting) ... reaching 167 million listeners nationwide, this according to Mediabase, a company that tracks radio airplay.

By Saturday, the day after the shooting ... airplay dropped by 3 million listeners ... a sign that stations were slowly pulling the song off the air.

By Monday ... "Die Young" took a huge hit on the radio ... dropping down to 148 million listeners ... a 19 million drop from what had been a pretty steady rotation before the shooting.

One music expert tells us ... a drop of this magnitude is extremely rare. The last time a song plummeted this quickly is when the Dixie Chicks were banned from country radio ... after insulting President Bush.

We reached out to Ke$ha for comment -- so far , no word back.

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nchandigarhj    

I bet it was republicans the white kkk crew that banned prayer in schools they are just as bad as the kkk.

613 days ago
47.

LISA    

Geez TMZ … if the song is insensitive and inappropriate, why do you have the video for it in this article? Did you call up some radio stations and ask them, or are you just assuming? It seems obvious this song is referring to adults, but it is still inappropriate in general. Maybe people just don’t like it?

613 days ago
48.

AdamFS    

I did a blog post on this several days ago. Ke$ha's song isn't the first to get this kind of voluntary pull. http://popgoesthecharts.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/radios-response-songs-pulled-in-the-wake-of-tragedy/

613 days ago
49.

KGJM    

Nothing new here, an up and coming band: Drowning Pool ~ had their shot at #1 and a profitable career shot down when radio stations stopped playing "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" after 9/11

613 days ago
50.

Ca2Az    

She sucks anyway.

613 days ago
51.

ria    

Even way before what happened in CT, why would anyone sing along to filth like "we're gonna die young". They have desensitized us. Sold your soul for fame and money. Hope it's worth at the end.

613 days ago
52.

kat79    

I find If I Die Young by The Band Perry a lot more sad ans depressing. Has it's sales and radio time dropped also?

613 days ago
53.

manders_rva    

so stupid...people are overreacting. if i were ke$ha i would sue for loss of revenue.

613 days ago
54.

w    

GOOD!! Thank God that song was removed!

THat's what you get Keisha, shouldn't sell your soul to get a hit song and stardom...repent girl, you need to repent to God cause you done some bad stuff.

613 days ago
55.

manders_rva    

this is so stupid- why do people feel the need to overreact? if i were ke$ha i would sue, because he sing, title notwithstanding, has nothing to do with this incident. it's still playing in VA btw thankfully we know the line between fiction and reality

613 days ago
56.

w    

I take it TMZ you are ok with the debauchery in this filthy as.s video and the blatant blasphemy, you do know her demographic is girls ages 12-17 right?, watch the today show when she sang this horrible filthy song wearing an up-side down cross on her outfit while little 12 year olds with their mindless sheep for mothers dance right along side of them...you condone this?

613 days ago
57.

Shaunie    

Lady your mother named you Kesha. Drop that stupid $ sign.

613 days ago
58.

furious cupcakes    

I hope the public starts taking control back when it comes to what we hear on the radio, what we see on tv and film and what's on the internet. These celebrities are getting rich on your kids broken hearts and it's time to show all these reckless people that our kids deserve better. Stop buying into it. Shut it down.

613 days ago
59.

Columbo    

What a Skank. Drop the $ symbol, ho

613 days ago
60.

Loretta Love    

DUMB A$$ LYRICS-
DUMB A$$ MUSIC-
DUMB A$$ VIDEO-
sounds genericly boring...

613 days ago
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