By Jacob Wittich
IN WHAT WE PRESUME IS AN ACT OF FREE WILL, Ke$ha now claims she wasn’t forced to sing Die Young after all.
Earlier this week, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, the pop star took to Twitter to respond to reports of radio stations dropping catchy YOLO-themed dance hit.
In a string of tweets, Ke$ha first agreed that Die Young was inappropriate for radio play, stating that she was “FORCED” to sing those lyrics, then later apologized to those who were affected by the Newtown, Conn. school massacre.
Her insinuations raised eyebrows and questions: Could she have really been FORCED to sing certain lyrics?
But TMZ didn’t buy her excuse and pulled up an interview Ke$ha gave with New York’s 95.5 WPLJ last month during which shee bragged about the song’s writing.
“I definitely make sure that every word rings true to me because I would never want to misrepresent myself to millions of people around the world. I wrote and rewrote and rewrote that song ten times,” she reportedly said.
Clearly, something doesn’t jibe. If the song was rewritten about ten times so as to not misrepresent herself, how could Ke$ha have been forced to sing the lyrics?
Now in what we only guess is an act of damage control, Ke$ha tries to explain what she meant in comments on her website.
“After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young. Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase “die young” in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe,” she wrote.
We’re thinking that Ke$ha may not have necessarily been FORCED to include “die young” in the song’s chorus, it sounds like somebody within the song’s group of writers -– Ke$ha, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Benny Blanco and Fun.’s Nate Ruess– was a strong advocate for keeping those lyrics.
At least, that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.
Jacob Wittich is pop music fanatic majoring in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.