Sia thought she would retire and become a songwriter. Turned out her pop craft made her a bigger star than ever.

Three years ago, Sia Furler tried to pull off a disappearing act that hasn't worked out so well. Burned out from a solo career that began in 1997, Sia wanted to stop recording under her own name and simply write for others. The hits came quickly, some featuring her vocals, and her fame grew instead of shrank.

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