AML artists, choose your song titles and arguably lyrics wisely. You could have a great song but a crappy song title, and depending on circumstances, beyond your control, like the Newton school massacre in Connecticut where 20 elementary school children where murdered, you could receive a major backlash and rapidly plummeting air play.
The above scenario is where Ke$ha finds herself. She has a song titled ‘Die Young.’ The song published on You Tube in November already has over 22million hits. Yet, in light of the Newton massacre is now inappropriate to the point where radios across the country are pulling the song off the air.
The artist has recently tweeted to say she was forced to sing the lyrics and never wanted to sing the lyrics in the first place. Depending on the kind of record deal she signed and the facts, there could potentially be a lawsuit. We will have to see how this plays out.
Excerpt #1 from TMZ
“Die Young” clocked in at #3 on the radio playlists on Friday (the day of the shooting) … reaching 167 million listeners nationwide, this according to Mediabase, a company that tracks radio airplay.By Saturday, the day after the shooting … airplay dropped by 3 million listeners … a sign that stations were slowly pulling the song off the air. By Monday … “Die Young” took a huge hit on the radio … dropping down to 148 million listeners … a 19 million drop from what had been a pretty steady rotation before the shooting. One music expert tells us … a drop of this magnitude is extremely rare. . .”- TMZ
Excerpt #2 from TMZ
“Ke$ha just tweeted, she understands why her song is now inappropriate, adding, “I had my very own issues with “die young” for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”
The lyrics include this: “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young. We’re gonna die young. We’re gonna die young.”
A bunch of people lashed out at Ke$ha on Twitter, slamming her for the song in the wake of the tragedy. . .” – TMZ