“Die Young” is the first single from Ke$ha’s second studio album, Warrior. It was released in the United States on September 25th. “Die Young” was written by Lukasz Gottwald, Benjamin Levin, Henry Walter, and fun. singer Nate Ruess, the song is performed in the electropop genre. Two teaser trailers were posted prior to the single’s official release. A lyric video for the song was published to YouTube. The production has been likened to work by The Cars, Flo Rida, Jessie J, and Katy Perry.
Co-producer Benny Blanco called the song “old hippie rock.” The song was written in 2011, after Kesha traveled the world. Before working on her second studio album, she went on a spiritual journey. Recalling experiences of feeding baby lions and swimming with great white sharks, Kesha said, “I got hypnotized, and I just really wanted this record to be really positive, really raw, really vulnerable and about the magic of life.” She intends for the song to show her vulnerable side, saying, “I have a lot of growing and evolving to do. I’m definitely not a one-trick pony and I think people are starting to see that more and more.”
“It’s kind of an anthem. It’s a celebration song, which I’m obviously known for writing those, but this one, the concept of it was to live each and every single day like it’s your last and to always remain having a youthful spirit no matter how old I get…I can sing like a motherf***er! You’re going to hear that because I’m also doing this acoustic EP for my fans. Some of the old songs and the new songs.”
October 1st marked “Die Young”‘s debut on the Billboard Pop Songs chart. Peaking at 21, it serves as Ke$ha’s highest ranking debut on that chart., “Die Young” entered the Hot 100 at number 13, also debuting at number 3 on the Hot Digital Songs chart with 188,000 purchases. On airplay, the song garnered 31 million hits.