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Ke$ha
Written by Benjamin Levin
Henry Walter
Kesha Sebert
Lukasz Gottwald
Nate Ruess
Produced by Benny Blanco
Cirkut
Dr. Luke
Background
vocals by
Ava James
Henry Walter
Katie Mitzell
Lukasz Gottwald
Monica Cornia
Length 3:32
(See official versions)
Album
Warrior logo

Deconstructed logo
Single chronology
Previous Blow
Next C'mon

"Die Young" is a song performed by Ke$ha. It serves as the second track on Ke$ha's sophomore album Warrior.

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It's all about how you should live every single day and every single night like as if it's your last 'cause you really never know how life goes and no matter how old I get I will always remain young at heart. - Ke$ha on Warrior's commentary

Official versionsEdit

  • Album version - 3:32
  • Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Becky G Remix - 4:03
  • Deconstructed version - 3:40

Deconstructed MixEdit

A stripped down version of "Die Young" was released on November 23, 2012. It serves as the fourth track on Ke$ha's second studio EP, Deconstructed.

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Information
Director(s) Chris Applebaum
Darren Craig
Producer(s) Jonathan Craven
Editor(s) Shahana Khan
Stylist(s) Scott Barnes
Time 4:47

The video was filmed on September 26, 2012. It was released on November 8, 2012 on Ke$ha's YouTube.

Background and releaseEdit

The video was directed by Chris Applebaum and Darren Craig but Applebaum withdrew his name from the official credits. To promote the single, two teaser trailers were released online. The first showed a waffle waitress holding a slip of paper inscribed with a capital "R", which resembles the official logo of Rihanna, leading to rumors that Rihanna would possibly be featured on the song. The second video appeared online, after the singer tweeted, "Wanna hint?". It displayed Kesha in the Tokyo Metro, whistling the chorus of "Die Young" An official lyric video was posted to Kesha's VEVO account the day of the single's release. On September 24, 2012, celebrity makeup artist and blogger for People Scott Barnes wrote that he was working with Kesha on the music video for "Die Young". On the video itself and the makeup artistry behind it, he said: "... I like to blow people’s expectations away, and that means creating something they’ve never seen before — so stay tuned to see what we come up with." Photographs of Kesha on-set for the filming of the music video leaked online. Jenna Hally Rubenstein of MTV commented: "...Kesha [is] into wearing basically nothing these days...and it's looking like that no-clothes theme has continued." She compared the leaked photographs and the cover art for the single, further comparing it to Cher's body rope, certain professional wrestlers, and Amazon princesses. Kesha announced that the video would be released the following day on November 7.

Concept and synopsisEdit

Playing the role of a cult leader, Kesha and her fictitious disciples raid a hamlet in rural Mexico, engaging in various forms of sexual debauchery. According to Billboard, the video is a shout-out to the Illuminati. Occult symbols ubiquitously associated with the secret society such as the all-seeing eye of Horus, inverted crosses, pentagrams, and triangles pervade the video. Calling the imagery "blatant", Billboard reviewed the video as "tak[ing] the singer's button-pushing ability to dizzying new heights." Sending text messages to her "Animals" (an affection title bestowed on her fans) in the video, Kesha writes: "We made it… SOUTH OF THE BORDER… they'll never find us here".

LyricsEdit

I hear your heartbeat to the beat of the drums
Oh what a shame that you came here with someone
So while you’re here in my arms
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young
We're gonna die young
We're gonna die young
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

Young hearts out our minds
Runnin' 'til we outta time
Wild childs lookin' good
Livin' hard just like we should
Don't care who's watchin' when we tearin' it up (you know)
That magic that we got, nobody can touch (fo' sho)

Lookin' for some trouble tonight (yeah)
Take my hand, I'll show you the wild side
Like it's the last night of our lives (uh huh)
We'll keep dancin' 'til we die

I hear your heartbeat to the beat of the drums
Oh what a shame that you came here with someone
So while you're here in my arms
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young
We're gonna die young
We're gonna die young
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

Young punks taking shots
Strippin' down to dirty socks
Music up, gettin' hot
Kiss me, give me all you got
It's pretty obvious that you got a crush (you know)
That magic in your pants is makin' me blush (fo' sho')

Lookin' for some trouble tonight (yeah)
Take my hand I'll show you the wild side
Like it's the last night of our lives (uh-huh)
We'll keep dancin' 'til we die

I hear your heartbeat to the beat of the drums
Oh what a shame that you came here with someone
So while you're here in my arms
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna

I hear your heartbeat to the beat of the drums
Oh what a shame that you came here with someone
So while you're here in my arms
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young
We're gonna die young
We're gonna die young
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting ResponseEdit

Due to the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting, the song was pulled from some radio stations. This sparked "Not Your Fault Kesha" to trend on Twitter. The withdrawal sent out a mixed response online. Responding to the event, Kesha tweeted: "I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been affected by this tragedy and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. Words cannot express." In a separate tweet, Kesha confessed that she had no control over the lyrical content of the song and was forced to sing it. Despite being credited as a songwriter on the track, she did not contribute to the chorus lyrically, as this part was written by Nate Ruess, although she reaffirmed that she fully resonated with the song's message; the tweet verifying this was later deleted. Before the shooting, "Die Young" ranked number 3 on American airplay charts, but dropped, losing 19 million listeners. A music source told TMZ that such a drastic airplay drop is rare, the last of such magnitude being seen following the Dixie Chicks' criticism of George W. Bush. According to Billboard, other songs that saw decreased radio play in the wake of the shooting included Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" and David Guetta's "Titanium". Her reaction was also filmed during an episode of Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, where she was very upset and felt horrible about the shooting.

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