Ke$ha says she wasn't 'forced' to sing 'Die Young' lyrics after all
Ke$ha wants to clarify that she was not "forced" to sing certain lyrics of her hit song "Die Young," as she had previously stated after several radio stations stopped playing the dance track in wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
On Friday, December 14, a man shot dead 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town, in what marked one of the deadliest and most shocking tragedies in U.S. history. That day, Ke$ha Tweeted her condolences on Twitter, saying: "My heart goes out deeply to the people of Newtown, Connecticut."
After the shooting, several radio stations, including one in Danbury, Connecticut, stopped playing her song "Die Young," according to Billboard. Ke$ha is one of several co-writers of the upbeat, fast-paced track, whose lyrics contain lines such as "I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums / Oh what a shame that you came here with someone / So while you're here in my arms / Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young."
"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," Ke$ha wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening, Billboard said.
In late November, the singer talked about the single in an in-studio interview at the New York radio station WPLJ. She said that she and producer and writer Dr. Luke worked on the song with other writers, including Nate Ruess of the band fun.
"They just sent over the chorus-y idea and then Luke and I were like, 'Oh, that's great,'" she said. "So then we took it and I then did my white girl rap swag [expletive] on it. It is collaboration but I definitely make sure that every word rings true to me because I would never want to misrepresent myself to millions of people around the world. So I wrote and rewrote and rewrote that song 10 times." (Watch a video of her interview.)
Her Tweet about being "forced" to sing the lyrics was later deleted. Also on Tuesday, the singer also Tweeted: "I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express."
She later posted a message on her website on Thurday, December 20, to try to clarify her remarks.
"After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to 'Die Young,'" Ke$ha said . "'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," she said. "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."
Over the past week, shows such as "The Voice" and "SNL" have featured touching tributes to the victims of the Connecticut school shooting. Paul Simon performed the Simon & Garfunkel hit "The Sound of Silence" at one of the funerals and pop rock group OneRepublic has helped raise more than $80,000 for the families.
Ke$ha was among several celebrities who Tweeted a link to the band's fundraising page.
"Die Young" is currently No. 5 on Billboard's Radio Songs chart, down from last week's third place spot, and No. 4 on its Hot 100 singles chart, down from third place as well. Bruno Mars is No. 1 on the singles chart with "Locked Out of Heaven" and Rihanna is No. 1 on the Radio Songs Chart with "Diamonds."
The music video contains sexual material, including a scene where Ke$ha becomes physically intimate with several people, a Wiccan symbol -- a pentacle, and gun violence, including a scene where the singer appears to prepare to confront armed police. Watch it below.