I’m selling out tonight”. Before her Olympic performance, perhaps Sandé sang to herself I’m selling out tonight. There is no migraine-inducing fashion, no super-futuristic dance moves and no symbols being flashed every 3 seconds. It is another “victory speech” of the Illuminati industry, blatantly showing off how it controls the industry, to the point that it makes its “clowns” sing about their own sad state of puppetry. Emeli is then presented with something that represents the dilemma of anyone who wants to make it big in the music industry. We’ll look at the meaning of the song and music video.  It was directed by WIZ. “You have great talent, and the brightest of futures. “I’ll be your clown http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s103/the-x-factor/news/a441039/one-direction-emeli-sande-for-x-factor-final.html, "ARIA Charts Chartifacts w/c 2 June 2014", https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/clown-ep/id586914680, Australian-charts.com – Emeli Sandé – Clown", Offiziellecharts.de – Emeli Sandé – Clown", The Irish Charts – Search Results – Clown", "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100", "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 – 2013", "British single certifications – Emeli Sandé – Clown", 'Clown - Single' van OG3NE op Apple Music, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Clown_(Emeli_Sandé_song)&oldid=986890373, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox song with unknown parameters, Certification Table Entry usages for United Kingdom, Pages using certification Table Entry with shipments figures, Pages using certification Table Entry with shipments footnote, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "Clown" / "Next to Me" (Live from the BRITs) - 4:53, This page was last edited on 3 November 2020, at 16:22. She is then reminded of the opportunity she is passing up: “Success is impatient. Signing this document equals relinquishing some of her rights, freedoms, creative control and … her soul? flaunting the prospect of material gain, and loss, in order to get her to sign the contract. It was released on 3 February 2013 as the fifth single from her first studio album, Our Version of Events (2012). One of the men steps up to her, tells her “Please, you must reconsider” and makes her sit down. I’ll have time to please In exchange for success, a damning contract (akin to an oath) must be signed that not only leads to relinquishing creative control, but, on a higher level, relinquishing an artist’s very soul. At one point, a man says “We need a decision” and a vote gets taken, although Emeli does not get a vote. The song talks about Sandé's first experiences in the music industry, mainly reflecting her search to be signed by a music company and the encounters with several music business people. ", A music video to accompany the release of "Clown" was first released onto YouTube on 6 December 2012 with a total length of three minutes and forty-seven seconds. Who would prefer death to selling out? Emeli is given a pen in order to sign a contract. "Clown" debuted in Australia at #34 in the week commencing 2 June 2014 on the back of The Voice contestants Candice Skjonnemand and Thando Sikwila performing the song on the show on 26 May 2014. Let’s look at the video. The themes of rebellion, of the victory of the human spirit over a soul-crushing system, of transcending boundaries through art are silenced and virtually banned from the music industry. Also, these words give this meeting room an ethereal dimension, one that transcends time and place. With a single gesture, one man sums up her fate if she doesn’t sign the contract. Would love your thoughts, please comment. It’s about not allowing yourself to be judged by others or to be taken for an idiot. And now she’s on TV. rounding circles She is told to take advantage of this rare opportunity to be rich and famous. Emeli Sandé is an English-born Scottish […] "Clown" is a song by the Scottish recording artist Emeli Sandé. It certainly doesn’t take much analytical effort to understand that Clown portrays the music industry as a monolithic, coercive and even dangerous entity, lead by powerful people who demand nothing less than total submission from their chosen artists. We then see other gestures indicating that Emeli’s physical integrity is being violated. As she continues to hesitate, the men get angrier and start yelling at her. Comments that are off-topic or insulting to other users will be removed. Some might interpret Clown as Sandé “speaking out” against the industry. Emeli Sandé’s video “Clown” is simple, subtle and artistic but nevertheless conveys a very clear and disturbing message about the music industry and those that rule it. While these actions are somewhat subtle in the video, they are a symbolic way of referring to the physical and psychological violence stars can be subjected if they do not fully comply with the elite’s will. Support The Vigilant Citizen on Patreon and get exclusive rewards. Is “Clown” about Emeli Sandé “selling her soul” to the elite? These words often appear on music industry contracts as a way of defining the true reach of it in case of legal issues. Clown is about submission, about giving up, about the victory of oppression over the human spirit, about giving in to pressure, about accepting temporary material gain for success, about signing over one’s soul over to a powerful, oppressive group. Emeli is treated with the typical speech that is given to artists to convince them to sign a contract. Yet, in the end, the same dark reality is conveyed and the same elitist group is being acknowledged and referred to. I would too if I saw me We quickly get a sense that, if she refuses to sign with these people (the elite), she will never “make it” because they are basically the only path to celebrity, that there is apparently no way of making it big in the music industry but signing with this monolithic entity that is controlled by a closed group of individuals. In this era where an increasingly monolithic music industry is revealing itself to a public that is still clueless, the messages reaching to airwaves are becoming increasingly filtered, similar and upsetting. It would seem, therefore, that this is yet another story of free will, freedom, and integrity being forcefully taken away through coercion and power. We’ll look at the meaning of the song and music video.eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'vigilantcitizen_com-box-3','ezslot_2',153,'0','0'])); Emeli Sandé is an English-born Scottish singer whose album Our Version of Events became the best selling album of 2012 in the UK. The song is included on the Special Edition of their third studio album, We Got This.
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