Katy Perry.Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images A philosophical dilemma for our times: If a Katy Perry song plays out of a disco ball in the middle of a city park and no one’s there to hear it, does it still make a noise?
Yesterday, Perry released a map revealing the places of 24 disco balls around the world– including 11 in the United States– where fans can plug in their own earphones and hear her new song “Chained to the Rhythm.” Not all the disco balls got as lots of visitors as she might have hoped.
— energyberlin(@energyberlin) February 8, 2017 Vanity Fair interviewed three fans (well, 2 fans and a single person who explains himself as “more of a Beyoncé fan if I had to choose”) who went in search of the ball in New york city’s McCarren Park (spelled “McCarran Park” on Katy’s map). Each was amazed to discover that, once they ultimately handled to find the ball, no one else was there.
February 8, 2017 “In an hour spent in the park, about 6 individuals approached the bench, “composes VF. “That, it turns out, was the correct amount of people for one ball with one earphone jack dropped in a mid-size park in Brooklyn in the middle of a work week without any further ideas.”
On the other hand, in San Francisco, West Coast Katy Kats were not able to discover the ball in its scheduled Dolores Park area. After a lengthy search, author Emma Silvers ultimately situated the ball, which had been moved without description to an area outside the Castro theater. “Nobody else was there,” she writes.