5 Things We Learned About Sia From Her NY Times Magazine Story
Read on to find out the shy artist's new album title and what Britney Spears has to say about her.
On Friday (Apr. 18), the New York Times Magazine published "Sia Furler, the Socially Phobic Pop Star," a revealing profile of the ultra-shy pop singer-songwriter by Steve Knopper. The story focuses on Sia's transition from unhappy vocalist to behind-the-scenes genius, touching on her various personal struggles and the details of her next album.
Billboard ran a cover story on Sia last fall, but who doesn't want to learn more about this enigmatic artist? Here are five takeaways from the new profile, including her connection to Demi Moore, her scary bout with depression and what Britney Spears likes about her "Perfume" collaborator.
1. Her new album is called "1000 Forms of Fear," and is due out in June. Along with lead single "Chandelier," the album includes a song titled "Eye of the Needle," as well as "brutal lyrics that are far too violent and introspective for Top 40 radio."
2. Pop star life led to an aborted suicide attempt. Sia's initial attempts at standard pop stardom drove her to become "increasingly dependent on alcohol and drugs." Months after contacting a drug dealer and ordering a huge amount of narcotics in May 2010, Sia planned on taking everything at once, and even wrote out a suicide note. A friend's call prevented her from following through with the plan, thankfully, and Sia soon began a 12-step program.
3. Sia wrote Rihanna's "Diamonds" in 14 minutes. And she wrote David Guetta's "Titanium" in 40 minutes. So, it took the songwriter less than a full episode of "Friends" to pen "Diamonds," and less than a full episode of "Law & Order" to pen "Titanium."
4. She attends "meditation workshops at Demi Moore's house." This isn't elaborated upon in the story, but still, good to know!
5. She has fans in Lea Michele -- and Britney Spears. Sia helped Michele purge her emotions about the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith on the song "If You Say So," by drawing from the experience of having her own boyfriend killed by a taxi in London a few years earlier. Meanwhile, Spears felt a connection with Furler while working on tracks like the "Britney Jean" single "Perfume": "I fell in love with the way she looks at life," says Spears. "There is a bit of darkness somewhere in there, but it doesn't come across in a frightening way."