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Katy Perry Drops Trippy, Thoughtful New Music Video for 'Chained to the Rhythm'

by Antoinette Bueno 10:47 AM PST, February 21, 2017
Playing Katy Perry Drops Trippy, Thoughtful New Music Video for 'Chained to the Rhythm'

Katy Perry has lots to say in her new music video for "Chained to the Rhythm."

The 32-year-old pop star debuted the music video for her catchy new single on Tuesday, which features a colorful, escapist -- and later, terrifying -- experience at a theme park. Set in a futuristic time, Perry critiques the crowd blindly going along with everything, though sinister elements lie underneath.

For example, Perry stops to smell the roses at one point, and in a not-so-subtle metaphor, pricks her finger on a thorn and draws blood. Later, she experiences a revelation amongst the robotic crowd, when Skip Marley pops out of the television screen as a '50s-style film plays about a "nuclear family."

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"WELCOME TO OBLIVIA WHERE EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS ROSY," Perry tweeted about the video, which was shot at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.

When thinking about the song's lyrics, the accompanying video makes plenty of sense. "Are we crazy? Living our lives through a lens/ Trapped in our white-picket fence," Perry sings. "Like ornaments/So comfortable, we live in a bubble/So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble/ trouble/ Aren't you lonely/Up there in utopia/ Where nothing will ever be enough?/Happily numb."

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Perry -- who was an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential election -- got political at the GRAMMYs last Sunday, when she performed the song with Marley.

Watch their fiery performance below:

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