Heard of Sia? If not, well, you've heard her. She's the Australian singer-songwriter behind chart-dominating hits like Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," David Guetta's "Titanium" and Rihanna's "Diamonds." It's clear that Sia, who has a decade's worth of her own alt-leaning material, has a knack for hit singles. And now, after a three-year break, Sia's working on her next solo album, the follow-up to 2010's We Are Born.
Get excited. To help, we listed the eight reasons you should be counting the seconds until her next album drops.
Sia earned her first U.S. No. 1 single last year when Rihanna’s “Diamonds” (which she co-wrote) hit the top spot. While Sia’s solo material is usually more alternative and indie-leaning, the taste of a No. 1 single may mean Sia finally figured out what fans really want and she'll adjust her solo music accordingly.
Remember Christina Aguilera’s performance of “Blank Page” at The People’s Choice Awards this month? That’s a ballad she wrote with Sia.
How about “You Lost Me” from that episode of Entourage? Another with Sia.
Even the Golden Globe-nominated ballad “Bound To You” was—yep, you guessed it—a Sia collab.
Not to mention Sia has some fantastic ballads with "Breathe Me" and "I'm In Here." So with more eyes (and ears) on her than ever, expect massive, heart wrenching ballads, which are clearly her specialty.
Sia and David Guetta teamed up to work on the EDM producer’s Nothing But The Beat album. The two wrote “Titanium” together to be shopped to other (i.e. more famous than Sia) artists. But once Guetta heard Sia’s vocal take for the demo, he knew no one else could handle the song. "It was perfect the way it was; I didn't even want to give it to anyone else,” he said. Not even Mary J. Blige.
Sia reinvented another hit of the past—with a Latin twist this time. She collaborated with Swedish singer/songwriter Peter Jöback to cover Chris Isaak’s classic “Wicked Games,” complete with Spanish trumpets and a samba beat!? Yet, Sia sounded equally at home in the cover as she does in her own material.
Perhaps as a thank you for the awesome ballads on Bionic and Burlesque, Xtina chose Sia as her mentor for the first season of The Voice. The world then got a taste of the cute and kooky Australian’s personality (like in this interview with the show’s social media correspondent Alison Haislip).
New music means more interviews hopefully!