Emperor's New Clothes (song)

"Emperor's New Clothes" is a song by American rock band Panic! at the Disco released as the third single from the band's fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, on October 21, 2015 through Fueled by Ramen and DCD2.

The song was written by Brendon Urie, Jake Sinclair, Lauren Pritchard, Sam Hollander and Dan Wilson. It was produced by Jake Sinclair. The music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube the day of its release,[2] and serves as a sequel to the music video of "This is Gospel". "Emperor's New Clothes" was nominated for Best Track at the 2016 Kerrang! Awards.[3]

"Emperor's New Clothes"
Single by Panic! at the Disco
from the album Death of a Bachelor
ReleasedOctober 21, 2015
FormatDigital download
Recorded2015
GenreDance-rock[1]
Length2:38
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jake Sinclair
Panic! at the Disco singles chronology
"Victorious"
(2015)
"Emperor's New Clothes"
(2015)
"Death of a Bachelor"
(2016)
Death of a Bachelor track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Victorious"
  2. "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time"
  3. "Hallelujah"
  4. "Emperor's New Clothes"
  5. "Death of a Bachelor"
  6. "Crazy=Genius"
  7. "LA Devotee"
  8. "Golden Days"
  9. "The Good, the Bad and the Dirty"
  10. "House of Memories"
  11. "Impossible Year"

Music video

The music video for the song "Emperor's New Clothes" was uploaded to Fueled by Ramen's official YouTube page on October 21, 2015.[4] The video was directed by Daniel "Cloud" Campos, who produced and directed Panic! at the Disco's music video for "This is Gospel", from the album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013). The music video takes place following the events that happened in the video for "This is Gospel" and the 2018 music video for Say Amen (Saturday Night) and sees Urie's transition at the moment when his body dies and his soul heads off into a white light. “Emperor’s New Clothes” takes over as Brendon begins searching through the white light and fog, only to be dropped through a trap door down into Hell and darkness. Looking for love in "This Is Gospel," he finds a transformation into a symbol of evil and desire for power.[5]

"Emperor's New Clothes" was named Video of the Year on Rock Sound's annual reader's poll in 2015.[6] "Emperor's New Clothes" was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards.[7] The music video has over 200 million views as of November 2018, making it the most watched video of Death of a Bachelor.[4]

Charts

Chart (2015-16) Peak
position
US Alternative Digital Songs (Billboard)[8] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 68
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[10] 5
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[11] 3

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Emmy Mack (October 22, 2015). "Panic! At The Disco Announce New Album, Drop Freaky-Ass Video For "Emperor's New Clothes". Retrieved October 10, 2017. The music video for the huge, schizophrenic dance-rock stormer…
  2. ^ "Panic! At The Disco's New Music Video Is The Creepiest Thing You'll See All Week". Buzzfeed.com. 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  3. ^ "Kerrang! Awards nominations list in full". The Bolton News. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Panic! At The Disco: Emperor's New Clothes [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". YouTube. 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  5. ^ Stumme, Clifford (2015-10-22). "What does "Emperor's New Clothes" by Panic! at the Disco mean?". Cliffordstumme.com. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  6. ^ "Rock Sound Readers' Poll 2015: The Full Results - News - Rock Sound Magazine". Rocksound.tv. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  7. ^ Whitt, Cassie (March 18, 2016). "Here are the nominees for the 2016 AP Music Awards!". Alternative Press. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Billboard Alternative Digital Songs : November 14, 2015". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). 14 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Panic at the Disco Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Panic at the Disco Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Billboard Rock Digital Songs : November 14, 2015". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). 14 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Panic! At the Disco – Emperor's New Clothes". Music Canada.
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Panic! At the Disco – Emperor's New Clothes". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 30, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Emperor's New Clothes in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Panic at the Disco – Emperor's New Clothes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 5, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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