Despite her declarations, Sia may be the busiest "retired" artist in the music business. She's achieved huge commercial success and is famous despite her best efforts not to be. A pop star who doesn't want to be a star, she is iconoclastic, uncompromising, and a little zany. On Twitter, she identifies herself thusly: "i am sia, i was born from the bumhole of a unicorn named steve." In 2013, she agreed to a rare interview with Billboard, but insisted on posing for the cover wearing a paper bag over her head. When RCA Records wanted to sign her, she asked for a clause stipulating that she wouldn't have to tour or do interviews to promote her album. They agreed. She's that good.
It's also because despite Sia's reluctance to embrace the spotlight, this enigmatic Australian is the single most successful and prolific songwriter of the past year, her tracks having sold upwards of 13 million, classing up the Hot 100 in the process and injecting it with a much-needed dose of emotional authenticity. She has honed her pop melodicism through a string of solo albums: 2001's Hearing Is Difficult, 2004's Colour the Small One (which included the achingly vulnerable "Breathe Me," memorably featured in the finale scene of the HBO series Six Feet Under), 2008's Some People Have Real Problems, and 2010's We Are Born. She also lent her lush, magical voice to records by British downtempo duo Zero 7, ushering them to prestigious awards and critical acclaim in the U.K.
Now Sia is gearing up to release her fifth solo album, which she wrote and recorded with longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin (P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Tegan & Sara). The first shot across the bow is the soaring single "Chandelier" - a relentlessly honest account of her past years trying to keep her demons at bay by partying ("Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cause I'm just holding on for tonight"). The song (which she co-wrote with Jesse Shatkin) is signature Sia: relentlessly honest, sonically epic, and with the kind of full-throated vocal only she can deliver.
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