When the world-at-large last saw Katy Perry performing her "Dark Horse," she was emerging from a crystal ball and strutting around the Grammy Awards stage as if she were "Sleeping Beauty's" evil queen Maleficent. Now, she's remixing Egyptian history so it includes some hot-pink palaces and some even hotter puffed cheesy snacks.
The Egyptian soundstage setting of "Dark Horse's" official video is Candyland-inspired fantasy, as Perry sports neon-blue hair streaks and commands an army of "Avatar"-influenced Na'vi-like creatures. Suitors attempt to woo, people in creepy animal masks act creepy and Perry wields magical powers that turn men to dust.
There are cartoon-ish jewels, a light-up temple deity straight out of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure thrill ride and a half-man, half-pup. Directed by Mathew Cullen, who worked with Perry on her "California Gurls" video, "Dark Horse" bears a similar crayon-bright aesthetic.
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"Dark Queen," featuring an assist from Juicy J, sold 277,000 downloads in the past week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan,and has sold more than 3.2 million digital tracks to date. "Dark Horse" is the latest single from her album "Prism," which has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the States.
Perry will be in Los Angeles for a two-night stay at Staples Center beginning Sept. 19. Tickets range from $29.50 to $150.50.
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