Armenia "Safe and sound"
Own Eurovision Song Contest 31 entry
Country Armenia
Artist(s) Sebu Simonyan
Ryan Merchant
As Capital Cities
Language English
Composer(s) Sebu Simonyan
Ryan Merchant
Finals performance
Semi-final result 12th, 65 points
Appearance chronology
◄ Armenian girl (30)   
Jana jana (32) ►

"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.

"Safe and Sound" participated for Armenia in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 31, edition held in Skopje, Macedonia. The song was performed 3rd in the 1st semi-final after Morocco and preceding Estonia and it placed 12th with 65 points and therefore didn't qualify for the Final.

Background and compositionEdit

"Safe and Sound" is a synthpop and dance-pop song, 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.

Music videosEdit

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. Another video, directed by Jimmy Ahlander, was released on October 21, depicting the duo being led through a junkyard by a monk.

The third and most well-known video for the song was directed by Grady Hall and released on April 25, 2013. 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. It received a nomination in the Best Music Video category at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Commercial performanceEdit

"Safe and Sound" first gained commercial success in Germany following its use in a Vodafone commercial, later topping the German Media Control singles chart. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and has sold over two million copies in the United States as of January 2014. In the United Kingdom, the single was added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist on August 31, 2013; following its official single release in the country the following month, it peaked at number 42 on the UK Singles Chart. Air New Zealand have used the song in their in-flight safety video for 2014, while the Barcelona's Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) has used it in its dance video to raise awareness and support for research into diseases such as cancer and metastasis, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Result
2013 MTV Video Music Awards Best Visual Effects Won
Best Art Direction Nominated
2014 Grammy Awards Best Music Video Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Song Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Rock Song Nominated

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download (single)

"Safe and Sound" – 3:12


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2012–14) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 16
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 26
Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100) 56
Brazil Hot Pop Songs 22
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 5
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 11
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 65
Denmark (Tracklisten) 18
France (SNEP) 15
Germany (Media Control Charts) 1
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 33
Ireland (IRMA) 13
Israel (Media Forest) 2
Italy (FIMI) 4
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 61
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard) 2
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 29
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20) 3
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard) 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 14
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 70
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 37
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 42
US Billboard Hot 100 8
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard) 2
US Rock Airplay (Billboard) 2
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard) 3
US Alternative Songs (Billboard) 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 11
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 2
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) 9
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 32
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 2
US Rhythmic (Billboard) 33
Venezuela Pop Rock General (Record Report) 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2013) Position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 28
Italy (FIMI) 35
US Billboard Hot 100 29
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard) 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 41
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 19
US Alternative Songs (Billboard) 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 16

Points awarded to Armenia (Semi-Final 1)Edit

12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 points

See alsoEdit

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