When Crush Management's Jonathan Daniel first met Sia Furler in 2010, the Australian singer/songwriter was not in a good place. Recently diagnosed with Graves' disease (an autoimmune disorder stemming from a hyperactive thyroid that leads to anxiety and fatigue, among other symptoms), Sia's chronic health concerns were keeping her from creating and performing music the way she'd like, and she was seriously considering giving it all up.
"She said to me, 'I don't know if I want to do music anymore,'" Daniel says. "And I was like, 'But you're a great artist, you can't do that.' We decided to try to do some small things that could make her happy."
Those "small things," like attempts at pop songwriting, impromptu studio collaborations, an appearance on a now -hit TV show-amounted to something big. This week Sia (who uses only her first name professionally) moves 19-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Wild Ones," her current hit with Flo Rida, which is set to appear on Flo Rida's upcoming fourth studio album, "Only One Rida" (Part 2) (Atlantic). Meanwhile, "Wild One Two," a remix featuring only Sia's vocal and credited to Jack Back (DJ/producer David Guetta and producer Nicky Romero) has been sitting atop the charts at dance-dedicated DSP Beatport since it arrived on Atlantic's dance-focused Big Beat imprint on Valentine's Day, and "Titanium," her collaboration with Guetta and the fourth single from his 2011 album "Nothing But the Beat" (Capitol), debuts on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart at No. 22 this week.