The nation is in mourning following the tragedy that occurred last Friday (Dec. 14) at Newtown, Ct.'s Sandy Hook Elementary School. This includes reactions from the entertainment industry out of respect for the victims.
Just as Kesha's party-themed new single "Die Young" was making its way up the charts, the song's ascent has sharply reversed in the wake of the school shooting.
Radio airplay tracking company Mediabase ranked Kesha's "Die Young" at No. 3 on radio playlists on Friday, with 167 million listeners across the country, TMZ reports. By the following day, airplay dropped by 3 million listeners, and on Monday, was down to 148 million.
Mediabase notes that the 19-million-listener drop over the course of one weekend is very rare. It can be compared to the plummet in country radio play the Dixie Chicks faced following their derogatory remarks against then-President George W. Bush back in 2003.
We'll have to wait and see how dramatic an effect radios' decisions to pull Kesha's ill-timed track has on her Billboard chart standing. As of last week, she was at the No. 3 spot on the Hot 100.