Die Young by Ke$ha
Ke$ha’s video for the song ‘Die Young’ made waves when it hit the air because of the fact that it contains a number of controversial ‘illuminati’ figures and symbols. The video places Ke$ha in the role of a cult leader, embarking on a trip with her followers to a small town in Mexico where they can wildly party like there is no tomorrow. The party is eventually broken up by federal agents, but not before some strong imagery of what appears to be a ritualistic dance is shown.
The song is the leading single off of her album ‘Warrior’ and was co-written by Nate Ruess, the lead singer of the band fun. Ke$ha has said in interviews that the theme of this album was magic, and that is not surprising considering the amount of not just illuminati symbols, but satanic symbolism as well. The video’s illuminati reference has drawn mixed reviews in press. The eye of Horus, inverted crosses and triangles seem to some reviewers to be overplayed, while others praise her as boldly outing the secret society.
The video features many dancers acting as cult followers. ‘Evil’ is another obvious theme in the video with the singer wearing an evil eye ring driving a car that has a license plate with ‘EVL’ on the plate. Ke$ha has been quoted as saying that the video is about the supernatural but in a sexy way, and was inspired by the singer’s own spiritual journey in which she traveled extensively around the world ‘rehabilitating baby lions in Africa and swimming with great white sharks’. Ke$ha said that she “got hypnotized, and just really wanted this record to be really positive, really raw, really vulnerable and about the magic of life.”
The video itself was filmed in Mexico and directed by Darren Craig. As a promotion for the upcoming vide, two different teaser trailers were released online to hype up interest in both the song and video. The official release date of the video was November 7th, 2012.