After the tragic school shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, certain songs such as Ke$ha’s “Die Young” and Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” have been dropped from radio airplay.
According to Billboard, adult pop radio station WDAQ-FM in Danbury, Conn., which is roughly 11 miles from the elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed last week, have removed certain tracks from rotation out of respect during this devastating time.
Program director and morning host Rich Minor explained the removal of Ke$ha’s “Die Young,” saying, “We've been playing it before Friday but not since and I think we're now done with it. Even though it's a fun pop/dance record about seizing the moment, all people are going to hear right now is those two words in the title."
Billboard also notes that in a tweet posted on Dec. 18 that has since been removed, Ke$ha wrote, "i understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO."
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After its deletion, the “Your Love Is My Drug” hitmaker tweeted instead, “I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected [sic] by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.”
The 25-year-old singer’s previous tweets read, “my heart goes out deeply to the people of Newtown, Connecticut,” and “Its beyond words what has happened. Help families affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary by donating here: http://www.indiegogo.com/OneRepublicForSandyHook …”
Another song that was played less by WODS 103.3 AMP Radio in Boston was David Guetta's “Titanium” due to its “bulletproof” lyrical references. Songs such as Eric Clapton's 1992 tune "Tears in Heaven" and Bette Midler's 1989 rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" played instead.
Many musicians have expressed their condolences about the shooting including Justin Bieber, who tweeted after the event, writing, “heard about what happened in CT, my prayers go out to all those suffering in this tragedy. it'ss (sic) just wrong. Everyone please pray for them.”
Canadian chanteuse Jann Arden also sent out a series of tweets that read, “I am stunned by the shooting in Connecticut. I started crying in my car driving home. Oh the horror for these families. I am so sorry. There are those pathetic few that wreak havoc upon the innocent. We must never lose sight of the incredible goodness on this planet.”