Safe and Sound (Capital Cities song)

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"Safe and Sound"
Single by Capital Cities
from the album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
Released January 6, 2011 (2011-01-06)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2010
Genre Synthpop, dance-pop
Length 3:13
Label Lazy Hooks, Capitol
Writer(s) Ryan Merchant, Sebu Simonian
Producer(s) Ryan Merchant, Sebu Simonian
Capital Cities singles chronology
"Beginnings"
(2010)
"Safe and Sound"
(2011)
"Kangaroo Court"
(2013)

"Safe and Sound" is a song by American indie pop duo Capital Cities, written and produced by band members Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. The song was released as a single on January 6, 2011 and first appeared on their debut EP Capital Cities (2011), later serving as the lead single from their debut studio album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery (2013). "Safe and Sound" became the duo's breakout hit, peaking at number eight on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and achieving commercial success in several other territories. Three music videos were produced for the single, with the third video, directed by Grady Hall and set in the Los Angeles Theatre, later being nominated for Best Music Video at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Background and composition[edit]

"Safe and Sound" is a synthpop[1] and dance-pop song,[2] and was written and produced by Capital Cities members Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. It features a prominent trumpet line, which was only incorporated into its production after eight previous takes of the song.[3]

Music videos[edit]

The first music video for "Safe and Sound" was self-produced and edited by the band and uploaded to their official YouTube account on February 24, 2011, and features alternating historical film clips of dancing and war from the last century generally arranged in chronological order.[4] Another video, directed by Jimmy Ahlander, was released on October 21, depicting the duo being led through a junkyard by a monk.[5]

The third and most well-known video for the song was directed by Grady Hall[6] and released on April 25, 2013.[7] The video is set in the Los Angeles Theatre and depicts Capital Cities performing on stage as dancers as figures from pictures and film clips of different time periods in the theater's history come to life and compete in dance-offs.[6] It received a nomination in the Best Music Video category at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Safe and Sound" first gained commercial success in Germany following its use in a Vodafone commercial, later topping the German Media Control singles chart.[9] It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100,[10] and has sold over two million copies in the United States as of January 2014.[11] In the United Kingdom, the single was added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist on August 31, 2013;[12] following its official single release in the country the following month, it peaked at number 42 on the UK Singles Chart.[13] Air New Zealand have used the song in their in-flight safety video for 2014

Track listing[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[62] Gold 35,000^
Germany (BVMI)[63] Platinum 300,000^
Italy (FIMI)[64] Platinum 30,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[65] 2× Platinum 120,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[66] Gold 15,000x
United States (RIAA)[67] 2× Platinum 2,000,000[68]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[14][69][70][71] January 6, 2011 Digital download Lazy Hooks
November 27, 2012 Modern rock radio Capitol Records
February 4, 2013 Adult album alternative radio
April 2, 2013 Contemporary hit radio
Germany[72] April 5, 2013 Digital download (remix EP) Lazy Hooks, Capitol Records
Canada[73] April 16, 2013
United States[15]
Germany[16] May 17, 2013 Compact disc Capitol Records
Italy[74] June 14, 2013 Contemporary hit radio EMI
Australia[75] June 21, 2013 Digital download Lazy Hooks, Capitol Records
New Zealand[76]
Australia[77] August 16, 2013 Digital download (remix EP)
New Zealand[78]
United States[79] August 19, 2013 Rhythmic contemporary radio Capitol Records
United Kingdom[80] September 20, 2013 Digital download (remix EP) Lazy Hooks, Capitol Records

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