Here’s a piece of news that’s profoundly depressing for everyone involved: Ke$ha‘s single “Die Young” is dying young on the charts in the wake of Friday’s (December 14) unimaginably tragic school shooting in Connecticut, where 27 people, including 20 young children, were killed. TMZ reports that the song has fallen 11% in spins in the days since Sandy Hook, a dramatic drop given that airplay is usually pretty stable on mainstream radio; they quote an insider who claims that a drop this sharp hasn’t been seen since Dixie Chicks famously criticized President Bush in 2003, causing their music to plummet on the charts.
It’s terrible because of the shooting, more so than anything as trivial or unimportant as the chart performance of a pop single when contrasted with the loss of human life, but it’s also terrible that Ke$ha had the misfortune to release a lead single with a title that could be taken so literally. Terrible all around. And there’s your news for the day. The end.