Kesha Addresses Die Young Controversy
Radio stations began pulling the song out of rotation after the shootings and the pop star went on Twitter to respond and in one tweet she said "I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO ".
Now she has posted an update on her website to clarify her earlier comments. She writes, "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."
"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.
"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."
Billboard points out that Kesha is actually credited as co-songwriter on the song with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Benny Blanco, Cirkut and fun.'s Nate Ruess.