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Ke$ha Clarifies Being 'Forced' to Sing 'Die Young'

Singer says she chose wrong word out of 'emotion and sadness'

Ke$ha performing in Los Angeles, California.
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December 21, 2012 12:05 PM ET

After Ke$ha tweeted this week that she was "forced" to sing some of the lyrics in her song "Die Young," the singer says she chose the wrong word. Some radio stations pulled the song following the Sandy Hook school shooting last week in Newtown, Connecticut. 

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"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," Ke$ha wrote on her website. "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 hedonistic pop star still believes in the track's overarching positive message. "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.

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