Ke$ha’s “Die Young” has plummeted off the charts

To the surprise of the five people who didn’t see any problem with writing a song glorifying dying at an early age, it turns out Ke$ha‘s song, “Die Young,” is falling out of grace in light of the Newtown tragedy. Let this be a lesson everyone: there’s nothing cool or edgy about death, so cut this crap out, please. TMZ reports …

“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.

To be honest, I thought “Die Young” was half of a really good song, and half of more of that stupid rap-singing thing she does. I think if she would have taken out all the smarmy faux-rap and the morbid undertones I would have liked it a lot more, but Ke$ha’s sort of stuck in this idea of “Well, men can act like shallow, id-driven douchebags, so why not me?” Except I hate men who act like shallow, id-driven douchebags, so that’s not really an excuse. Feminism shouldn’t be about copping the worst aspects of men for the sake of creating some sort of douchebag equilibrium; Just be a good person and fight for equality in areas where it actually matters.

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