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The video is set in a futuristic theme park called "Oblivia." The video opens with Perry walking through the gates of the theme park, where she stares at her surroundings in fascination. In the video, the guests are all taking selfies, eating sticks of candy floss in the shape of a nuclear mushroom cloud and crowding around a sign for "the greatest ride in the universe." Perry is awestruck until she pricks her finger on a rose stem made of barbed wire. Some of the attractions contain references to the Brighton Palace Pier in the United Kingdom. The giant concrete dome in the park is supposedly a reference to the San Onofre nuclear power plant located on the Pacific coast. The next scene shows Perry riding a roller coaster. The scene changes to "The Great American Dream Drop," where a young couple snuggles in a tiny house that's flung high into the air, which then plunges into the ground.

"Chained to the Rhythm" is a song by American singer Katy Perry as the lead single from her fifth studio album, Witness.

The song features vocals from Jamaican singer Skip Marley.

The artists co-wrote the track with its producers Max Martin and Ali Payami, with additional writing from Sia.

Capitol Records released the track on February 10, 2017, as a digital download.

"Chained to the Rhythm" is a dance-hall and disco song, with lyrics about societal awareness.

The track topped the charts in Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, and Serbia.

The song reached the top 5 in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, Lebanon, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The track reached the top 10 in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Mathew Cullen directed the song's music video, which was released February 21, 2017.

The video features Perry in an amusement park called "Oblivia".

The music video was nominated for three awards at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

Perry and Marley have promoted the song with live performances at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the 2017 Brit Awards, and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

The singer felt "kind of depressed" after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in November 2016, and "definitely didn't want to write a club banger" when the world was "on fire". She "channeled her frustration into new music" and said creating the track "was a nice exercise of like writing a song that at first listen is a really fun song, but I guess the more you dive into it, it has a different sub-text".

Aya Tanimura directed an accompanying lyric video. It features a hamster inside a doll house while a pair of human hands prepares miniature food for the hamster.

The song earned over three million streams within twenty-four hours of its Spotify release, breaking the record for the highest first-day streaming for a single track by a female artist.

"Chained to the Rhythm" is in A minor set in a 4/4 time signature at a moderate tempo of 95 beats per minute.

Slant Magazine states, "Despite the lightweight vibe" the track is a "decidedly political statement".

Mike Wass of Idolator describes the song as "a curious disco/dance-hall hybrid."

Jason Newman from Rolling Stone wrote, "Perry injects a subversive element underneath the ostensibly frothy song, lacing her lyrics with ideas of selfish comfort-ability and complacency."

Lars Brandie from Billboard wrote the track "is built on a bed of warm, slightly-tweaked '80s keys and has its energies tuned to the dance-floor."

Nick Levine of NME observed political criticism in the lyrics, stating they "appear to be a rallying cry for society to become more politically involved and less complacent."

E!'s Samantha Scnurr wrote the song "sounds like a soon-to-be party classic with its easy pulse and disco elements, layered underneath the upbeat veneer, Perry delivers a strong message about awareness and activism-and, according to her, how it's lacking."

Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine praised "Chained to the Rhythm", writing, "a track with a hook that implores listeners to 'Come on, turn it up/Keep it on repeat' had better deliver the goods, and this one most definitely does."

Josh Duboff from Vanity Fair considered the song "a departure from straight-forward firework metaphors and nostalgic teenage romance anthems."

MTV's Anne T. Donahue gave a positive review for the song, calling it a "hardly new terrain for Perry." She described it as a "totally fine song that's easy to listen and dance to, and one that does justice to her career in pop."

In the United States, "Chained to the Rhythm" debuted and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the highest debuting song by a female artist since Adele's "Hello" entered at number one on November 14, 2015.

The song debuted at number three on Digital Songs chart with 108,000 downloads sold in its first week.

The track debuted at number 15 on Streaming Songs with 14.7 million US streams, and rose from 35 to 20 on Radio Songs with fifty million in audience after its first full week of tracking.

"Chained to the Rhythm" became Perry's 14th Hot 100 top 10, and the third-highest-debut of her 25 Hot 100 entries.

The song debuted at number 20 on the Adult Pop Songs chart, where it peaked at number seven.

In its fourth week, the song reached 62 million audience impressions and became Perry's 16th top 10 entry on the Pop Songs chart.

On May 2, 2017, "Chained to the Rhythm" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of one million units.

In Canada, the song debuted and peaked at number three on the Canadian Hot 100.

On November 7, 2017, Music Canada certified the track Double Platinum for shipments of 160,000 units.

In Latvia, the track debuted at number 32 on Latvijas Radio 5, and rose to number five a week later. It ascended to number two the following week, and at the top position during its fourth week on the chart.

In Mexico, "Chained to the Rhythm" debuted at number four on the Mexico Ingles Airplay chart. It rose to number two a week later, and topped the chart during its third week on the chart.

"Chained to the Rhythm" also became Perry's 14th top 10 entry in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number seven on the UK Singles Chart. The following week, it rose to number five in the nation after her performance at the 2017 Brit Awards. The track remained at number five during its third week before descending to number 17 a week later.

On April 28, 2017, the British Phonographic Industry certified the song Gold for shipments of 400,000 units.

In Australia, the song reached number four on the ARIA Charts, and certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments of 70,000 units.

The song reached number three in France and number eight in New Zealand.

In Russia, "Chained to the Rhythm" debuted at number 4 on Top Hit Weekly General. It peaked at number two with overall 360,000 plays, became Perry's only third song to reach it.

The video was mostly shot at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, where Perry rides a stylized version of the Full Throttle roller coaster.

Billboard writer Gil Kaufman wrote that the video has "a number of not-so-subtle hints at Perry's feelings about the current political climate in the nation."

BBC's Mark Savage noted the theme is a metaphor for the infinite distractions of modern society.

The atomium, which is the Belgian national symbol, can be seen in the first two seconds of the music video.

At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, "Chained to the Rhythm" was nominated for "Best Pop", "Best Direction", and "Best Visual Effects".

The music video on YouTube has more than 430 million views as of December 2017.

Perry first sang the track live at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017, where she finished by standing in front of the United States Constitution alongside Skip Marley and closed with the message "No hate".

Perry and Marley performed the track again at the 2017 Brit Awards on February 22, alongside two giant puppet skeletons.

Italy (FIMI) 2×Platinum certification with 100,000 sales.


Credited cast:
Skip Marley Skip Marley - Skip Marley
Jordy Tulleners Jordy Tulleners - Simon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Arnold Aaron Arnold - The Space Man
Austin Arnold Austin Arnold - The Space Man
Natasha Estrada Natasha Estrada - Hair Dryer Girl
Hunter Gibson Hunter Gibson - Dancer
Mair Mulroney Mair Mulroney - Enthusiastic Girl
Matthew Parry-Jones Matthew Parry-Jones - 16ish Park Patron
Katy Perry Katy Perry - Katy Perry
Carolyn Vasko Carolyn Vasko - Featured
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