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Ke$ha performs on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Ke$ha’s ‘Die Young’ loses radio play after Newtown school massacre
First Published Dec 18 2012 12:49 pm • Last Updated Dec 19 2012 10:39 am

Ke$ha couldn’t have released a single called "Die Young" at a worse time.

Radio stations around the country pulled the song from their rotations after news hit Friday of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., according to TMZ.

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"Die Young" was No. 3 on radio playlists on Friday (the day of the shootings), reaching 167 million listeners nationwide, according to Mediabase, a company that tracks radio airplay.

By Saturday, airplay dropped by 3 million listeners. By Monday, "Die Young" took a big hit on the radio, dropping down to 148 million listeners, a 19 million drop from what was a pretty steady rotation before the shootings.

TMZ reported its "music expert" said a drop of this magnitude is extremely rare. The last time a song plummeted this quickly is when the Dixie Chicks were banned from many country music stations after insulting President Bush.




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