The song was written by Brendon Urie, Jake Sinclair, Lauren Pritchard, Sam Hollander and Dan Wilson. It was produced by Jake Sinclair. The music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube the day of its release, and serves as a sequel to the music video of "This is Gospel." "Emperor's New Clothes" was nominated for Best Track at the 2016 Kerrang! Awards.
The video picks off from where the music video for This Is Gospel left off, where Brendon Urie manages to escape a bunch of ropes that attempt to get in his way and stop him. Brendon then comes to heaven and looks at the beautiful view before a trap door makes him fall down into a strange place. Brendon then starts to grow horns, wings and sharp teeth, resembling a demon. At the end of the video, the doors to hell open and Brendon smiles as a big shadow, possibly Satan, walks towards him.
|Chart (2015)||Peak position|
|Us Billboard Hot 100||68|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||5|