Taylor Swift releases music video for 'Safe & Sound,' 'Hunger Games' single - watch
Taylor Swift has released an eerie music video for her highly anticipated single "Safe & Sound," which is featured on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack.
It was filmed in a cemetery and features a scene that the 22-year-old country and pop star says "freaked" her out. However, she also says the clip is her "favorite video" yet. Taylor is seen walking through a ghostly forest in a long white gown. The songstress appears in the video wearing minimal makeup and at one point appears to be sitting on older gravestones (Watch below).
She said one of her favorite moments in the clip shows her sitting on graves.
"There's this wide shot of where I'm just kind of like, crumpled up sitting on a gravestone, like a tomb, and it's actually the gravesite of a couple who lived and died in 1853," Swift told MTV. "I was just freaked out and I'm such a history freak that I was sitting there thinking like, 'What were their lives like?' And now here we are hundreds of years later filming a music video on their graves."
"it's really eerie, considering what the movie is about and how it deals with life and death," Swift added. "It just absolutely blew my mind ... This is probably my favorite video I've ever gotten to be a part of."
"Safe& Sound is the lead single on the soundtrack for "The Hunger Games." The film is slated to hit theaters on March 23, 2012 and its music album is set for release three days earlier.
In "The Hunger Games," heroine Katniss Everdeen lives in the post-apocalyptic North America, which is now called Panem. The Hunger Games are an annual televised event put on by the government in Capitol City, where a boy and a girl from each district fight to the death.
Swift's video was officially released on February 13 and Swift took to Twitter to express her excitement.
"So excited for Grammys on Sunday. So excited for the Safe and Sound video premiere Monday on MTV!" Swift wrote on Twitter on February 10, with a still from the music video.
The video also offered a glimpse of her accompaniment, Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars. The band took home two Grammy Awards this year, including Best Folk Album for "Barton Hollow" and Best Country Duo Performance for the album's title track.
Swift also recently performed at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, taking home the awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for her 2011 song "Mean." Swift took to her Twitter to respond to the honors at the awards show, Tweeting to her fans that she was "floating."
"Safe & Sound" was recorded in the home studio of producer T Bone Burnett. The song was co-written by Swift, Williams and White.
"The Hunger Games" is based on a popular novel by Suzanne Collins, who also penned several sequels based on main heroine Everdeen, who will be played by "X-Men: First Class" actress Jennifer Lawrence.
The films also stars Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna who is Mallark and Everdeen's stylist for the Hunger Games, Woody Harrelson as their mentor Haymitch Abernathy and Elizabeth Banks, who takes on the role of Effie Trinket.
Watch Swift's "Safe & Sound" music video and a trailer for "The Hunger Games" below.
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