TMZ reports that radio stations across the country have pulled the song from rotation following the shooting in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children.
According to Mediabase, a company that tracks radio airplay, on the day of the shooting, "Die Young" came in at No. 3 on the radio playlist charts, reaching 167 million listeners, but by Monday, the song had dropped by 19 million listeners.
Despite the huge drop in listeners, Billboard still lists "Die Young" as continuing to hold the No. 3 spot on the radio charts, but TMZ claims the massive drop is a sign that radio stations have begun to pull the song from rotation, noting that the last time a song plummeted this quickly is when the Dixie Chicks were banned from country radio after they insulted President Bush in 2003.
Calls made by The Huffington Post to Z100 and 102.7 KISS-FM, New York and Los Angeles' hit music stations, for comment have not yet been returned.