Last week, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video was teased as a deliciously campy send-up of the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra. That’s exactly what the pop superstar bestowed her fans on Thursday (Feb. 20), as the No. 1 single, featuring Juicy J, has been given a quirky, neon-colored video that portrays Perry as a mystic queen no mere mortal can win over.
“So you wanna play with magic?” Perry asks in the bridge of the song, and sure enough, a few arrogant kings do indeed enter the game; perched on her throne, the singer gazes as the various pharaohs try to impress her with lavish gifts, and ultimately turns them to sand, or worse. Unlike the ultra-serious “Unconditionally” music video, the “Dark Horse” features a golden carriage with hydraulics, Juicy J emerging from a sarcophagus for his guest verse, stripper poles, an adorable puppy, and too many Katy wigs to count. In other words, Katy is staying trippy with the Three 6 Mafia MC by her side.
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“Dark Horse” spends its fourth week atop the Hot 100 chart this week, narrowly edging out Pharrell Williams’ single “Happy.” The single became Perry’s ninth No. 1 single on the tally, and the second from her third full-length “PRISM,” following “Roar’s” ascent last fall.
The day before the “Dark Horse” video, Perry previewed the clip’s Egyptian vibe during a performance at the BRIT Awards in London. The pop star also performed the track at the Grammy Awards ceremony, alongside Juicy J. Watch the BRIT Awards performance below: