Monday, March 17, 2014

Chandelier - Sia

Song: Chandelier
Artist: Sia
Album: Chandelier

A lot has happened since Sia's last album, 2010's We Are Born.

The Australian singer-songwriter has had a slow-build career that started in her teens in the early 90s.  From her trip-hop-flavoured early albums to her track "Breath Me" being used as a culminative emotional moment in the finale of Six Feet Under, it wasn't until 2011, a year after becoming co-writer on Christina Aguilera's ultimately disastrous Bionic album and gaining more acclaim from We Are Born, did Sia feature and co-write two tracks that changed everything; "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida and "Titanium" by David Guetta.

Since she's had a fairly good-sized hit with a follow-up with Guetta called "She-Wolf," some soundtrack songs, and then writing Rihanna's smash hit "Diamonds" in 2012.  She spent last year writing for herself and others, including Aguilera, Katy Perry, Jessie J, Britney Spears, Eminem, and BeyoncĂ© to name a few.

"Chandelier" is the first single off Sia's as-yet-untitled sixth album.  Producer Greg Kurstin returns, after having become quite successful post-We Are Born as well.  It's a rousing, hip-hop flavoured, pop track with a commanding drum beat and Sia's BIG vocals, that are only sometimes intelligible.  It sounds a bit Rihanna, and I could hear her singing it... but Sia owns it.  Could be huge.

Now I'm begging for a Fred Falke remix.



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