Ke$ha is currently in the middle of a controversy she probably never could have anticipated during the Warrior recording process with her hit song "Die Young," as the single has experienced some radio backlash as a result of the recent Newtown school shooting. As a result, the Sleazy One partially disowned the song, tweeting that she "did NOT want to sing those lyrics" and "was FORCED TO" by her label/producers.
That sentiment never quite rang completely true, and indeed, K-Money has since clarified her initial (and since-deleted) tweet by posting the following message on her website:
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.
Makes more sense. Still, if not for its simultaneous popularity with the occurrence of a once-in-a-generation tragedy, it's hard to imagine anyone would get too upset about the chorus's lyrical phrasing. (See: One Direction's "Live While We're Young," Beyonce's "Rather Die Young," Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," etc.) Glad to see K-Money's not backing off the song entirely, anyway—for better or worse, it was an important part of 2012 pop music, and it'd be a shame to see it forever stigmatized.