Sia has finally taken a break from assisting the world’s biggest pop artists as a songwriter and featured vocalist to release a new single under her own name. “Chandelier,” teased online last week and released in full on Monday (Mar. 17), previews a new album that will be released this summer on RCA Records.
Sia has sung on unabashed pop anthems before (see: David Guetta’s “Titanium”), but “Chandelier” unfurls its epic ambitions within the opening minute, during which the singer crows about living “like tomorrow doesn’t exist” over militant drums. The song cleverly juxtaposes the all-out frenzy of Sia’s wild nights in the chorus with the bleary-eyed following mornings in the verses — to paraphrase Kanye, Sia’s last night was mad real.
The Australian singer’s last full-length was 2010’s “We Are Born”; since then, Sia has co-written songs like Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Britney Spears’ “Perfume,” Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” and Katy Perry’s “Double Rainbow,” among many other songs. She was also the featured artist on Flo Rida’s hit single “Wild Ones,” and worked with the Weeknd and Diplo on the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack single “Elastic Heart” last year.
In a rare interview for Billboard’s cover story — on which she appeared with a paper bag obscuring her face — last fall, Sia discussed her decision to remain out of the spotlight, even as pop stardom was beckoning her. “I don’t care about commercial success,” she said. “I get to do what I love and communicate whatever I want.”
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