You might not be able to see her face, but Sia’s voice is unmistakable.
Sia was the guest on Tuesday evening, for the latest edition of Carpool Karaoke on James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’. While the Australian singer didn’t show her face, she did belt out some of her biggest hits along with Rihanna’s ‘Diamond’, in-between talking about aliens and her famous wigs.
The latest album from Sia - This is Acting is a follow up to her successful 2014 album 1000 Forms of Fear and her 7th studio release. This is Acting is a self-written album by the Australian singer and consists of twelve tracks, some of which the singer wrote for the likes of Rhianna but were turned down, knowing this it might leave some listener feeling that This Is Acting is a second hand record with the tracks being released for the sake of it, however there are still some great moments.
Opening track Bird Set Free showcases Sia's empowering vocal, the soft, angelic keys in the intro entice us in before imploding into a dramatic chorus elevate Bird Set Free. Toning down the album is Alive, which is a mediocre track and unfortunately doesn't live up to the song title. Only Sia's confident vocals help savour the song but there's not enough vibrancy or creativity pouring out of the track for it to be considered memorable.
Move Your Body and Cheap Thrills aid the energetic production of This is Acting with the fast, catchy beat being fitting for a nightclub. Move Your Body lives up to the track title with influence of latino music.
Continue reading: SIA - This Is Acting Album Review
From the confirmed to the rumoured and the long-awaited, here's half a dozen of the records we're looking forward to hearing in 2016.
RiRi’s been holding back her eighth album Anti, despite revealing the high concept artwork with a full-on unveiling ceremony at a small gallery in Los Angeles a few months back and having already released a host of hit singles from it. Possibly waiting for the tremors from Adele’s 25 to wear off before dropping it, the Barbadian singer’s new effort has no official release date as yet but will definitely be arriving in 2016.
Rihanna's 'Anti' is certain to drop in 2016
Rihanna also wanted her latest release, Alive
Popular and talented singer and songwriter Sia has revealed she was offered a million dollars from Adele for her new single while superstar Rihanna also wanted to take it off her hands. Alive is Sia’s first single from her new album This Is Acting and was recently previewed online.
Sia's latest single Alive is in demand
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, the Australian 39-year-old told the DJ about the story behind her song, Alive, and how she originally gave it to Rihanna but was pleased when the Umbrella hit-maker gave it back.
Continue reading: Sia Reveals That Adele Offered A Million Dollars For Her New Single
The band will support the EP on tour this February.
Texan two-piece The Wind and The Wave re-introduce some of the nation's favorite pop songs with their upcoming EP release, 'Covers One'. The record is set for release in February and will be followed up by a US tour.
The Wind And The Wave release 'Covers One' EP in February 2015
The EP features epic renditions of hits of both old and new. There's Sia's explosive 2014 showstopper 'Chandelier', R. Kelly's 2003 number one 'Ignition', Metric's 2009 single 'Gold Guns Girls', Stevie Nicks' third solo single from 1982 'Edge of Seventeen' and Regina Spektor's 2013 release 'You've Got Time'. 'Covers One' will also feature versions of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time' and Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' which were specially recorded for the 'Grey's Anatomy' soundtrack.
Gwyneth Paltrow made a passing comment about Blue Ivy and now the internet cannot stop obsessing about it.
Gwyneth Paltrow went on Watch What Happens Live last night and, like everything Gwyneth Paltrow does, it was very entertaining in a really weird way. How did Paltrow manage to sneak Sia and Blue Ivy Carter into her interview? Read on for full-on pop-culture meltdown.
Gwyneth Paltrow just gave everyone an overdose of pop culture.
So, be it for the PR or actual human reasons, Paltrow is known to be good friends with the Carters and apparently knows the ins and outs of their lives.
This year's Brit Award nominations features a few surprises...
The 2015 Brit Award nominations have finally been announced with, it seems, a few surprises alongside the obvious candidates. There's no prizes for guessing who's come out on top for this year's list of award-winning possibles.
Sam Smith leads nominations
Awards season rears its ominous head for another year, with some major ceremonies - in both film and music - having already taken place. We've seen prizes sent out for 2014's films; I.e. Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards, People's Choice Awards, AFI Honours; and now it's time for music, with the BBC Sound of 2015 having already taken place and now The Brits and the Grammys have unveiled their candidates.
Sia's new music video for 'Elastic Heart' has been raising a few eyebrows.
Sia returns with another spectacularly choreographed video, once again starring pre-teen dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler who is this time joined by a topless Shia LaBeouf in a caged face-off for the epic single 'Elastic Heart'.
Shia LaBeouf goes primal in Sia's 'Elastic Heart' video
Having previously appeared in the erratic video for Sia's multi-platinum single 'Chandelier', 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler makes a return complete with the same wig and nude-coloured leotard for another bout of expressive movement in 'Elastic Heart'; the song from the soundtrack of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. While her talent remains breathtaking in her latest venture, viewers were still quick to criticise the controversial content.
The New York premiere of 'Annie', held at the Ziegfeld Theater, was a star-studded affair, with appearances from producer Will Smith, star Cameron Diaz and singer Sia Furler - who has re-recorded original 'Annie' song 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile' - with her husband Eric Anders Lang.
The Aussi singer-songwriter was accused of thinking she was "too cool" for the award show.
It seems Sia has been on the receiving-end of some harsh backlash from fans after she chose not to attend Australia's ARIA Awards ceremony on Wednesday (Nov 26th), especially since she was prized with four awards, and got even more hate after apparently only recording one acceptance speech.
Sia took to Twitter to address why she missed the award ceremony
Jim Carrey's first guest host spot on 'SNL' since 2011 was a real winner.
Jim Carrey's third appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' at the weekend (October 25th 2014) proved to be another eye-wateringly hilarious episode - though we know we'll be stuck with an image of the actor in a nude unitard and blonde wig forever more.
Jim Carrey does 'Chandelier' rather well
Yes, Saturday's 'SNL' highlight was the Halloween themed office party sketch, which saw the 'Dumb and Dumber' star re-enact the video for Sia's Platinum hit 'Chandelier', alongside identically dressed cast member Kate Mckinnon as they attempted to battle it out for the right to wear the costume. The pair performed the energetic dance routine of 'Dance Moms' star Maddie Ziegler who starred in the video, and while it has to be said that it really is a remarkable rendition, Jim Carrey's customary absurd facial expressions made it a truly unmissable show - that and musical guest Iggy Azalea's unexpected cameo.
Continue reading: Jim Carrey Does Sia's 'Chandelier' On 'SNL'. Scarily Well.
The cast of 'Annie' lead New York City in a collective happiness in a moving video.
If anything's going to cheer you up today, let it be the heartwarming video for Sia's rendition of 'Annie' song 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile'. Released ahead of the movie re-boot, it's got us all a little bit choked up.
Sia never fails to make us smile
As part of the soundtrack for the new film, Sia has recorded an exceptionally uplifting update on the original song which first featured in the 1977 Broadway run. In the run-up to the new movie's release, an adorable promotional video premiered on 'Good Morning America' alongside the track, featuring the colourful cast doing their best to get commuters and shoppers to smile while out and about in New York City. With signs reading 'Smile' and other encouraging messages, the young actors hand out drawings of smiley faces to strangers as well as free lemonade in return for smiles, high fives, flowers and, for the dedicated joggers of the city, bananas and water.
Beyonce leads the nominations at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
The nominations have been announced for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, and no one is surprised that Beyonce is a front runner with a staggering eight nominations for various videos from her fifth album, Beyoncé. Close behind with seven nods apiece are Eminem and newcomer Iggy Azalea. Beyonce has been nominated for an impression fifty VMAs in the past and has walked away with twelve, whilst Eminem also holds an impressive eleven "Moonman" trophies.
Beyonce's videos for tracks including 'Drunk In Love', 'Pretty Hurts' and 'Partition' are nominated
Her fifth album was released in a surprise move at the end of last year, with all tracks accompanied by music videos, so Beyonce will no doubt be thrilled that the risky move has paid off.
Continue reading: Beyonce, Iggy Azalea And Eminem Lead The Way In VMA Nominations
After years of writing No. 1 hits for fellow artists, Sia is finally claiming a chart-topper under her own name.
After her phenomenal success with Chandelier, Sia’s career has taken off in a whole new way. This week, the singer/songwriter’s album 1000 Forms of Fear, reached the top of the Billboard 200, marking it as the best sales week of her career – and her very first Billboard No.1.
Sia performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The album sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13. Like her last two records, it was released by RCA, via Monkey Puzzle.
Continue reading: Mysterious Sia Reaches First Billboard No.1 With '1000 Forms Of Fear'
In truth, there aren't many pop artists who could be described as like a fine wine, i.e. improving with age, but Sia Furler is definitely an exception. Having been making music for a good 30 years, Sia has always been well respected for all her musical projects, but her forthcoming sixth album '1000 Forms of Fear' is likely to mark a turning point. With first single 'Chandelier' becoming an immediate hit, her new track 'Big Girls Cry' is cementing that new album anticipation.
The track opens with gentle piano, soon accompanied by a simple drum beat that almost has the effect of an unsteady heartbeat. Before long, Sia's unique, throaty vocals come in with a slow, heart-stopping oscillation at the end of each line. Then, as we've come to expect from Sia, in comes that typical explosive chorus which sees her voice gradually elevate to incredible heights as she imprints a gorgeous melody right into our consciousness.
There's something about the not entirely coherent singing that makes the intelligible lyrics stand out powerfully; as the chorus dies down, we hear her softly repeat, 'Big girls cry when their heart is breaking', and that's all you really need out of the song to understand it's premise. Not that anyone cares WHAT she's singing; that final harmony-layered chorus sees, in typical Sia fashion, her affectedly raspy voice reach some breathtaking notes that straight-up distract the listener from anything else.
Continue reading: Sia - Big Girls Cry Single Review
Where will Ms. Minogue be headed to on her new album's tour?
Kylie Minogue has announced a full UK tour for her new album, Kiss Me Once. The Australian starlet will be playing 31 shows in 15 countries to promote her new pop record. Kylie will celebrate the release of her first album under Jay Z's Roc Nation label by kicking off in September in Liverpool and wrapping things up in Sheffield in November.
2014 Will See Kylie Minogue Embark On A Tour For Her Latest Album.
Credited with single-handedly reviving the BBC's singing talent contest, The Voice, the 45 year-old singer has a sizeable fan base in the UK who will no doubt be poised to snap up the tour tickets when they go on sale this Friday (21st March). Kiss Me Once sees Kylie team up with some of the hottest names in music today, including producers Sia, Stargate and Pharrell Williams.
The Aussie pop star made a surprise appearance at a Kylie night to promote her new album.
We've all heard similar stories: a musical legend hops on the mic at a random karaoke to perform their own hits and the tale goes down in history. However, some stars decide to take that magic into their own hands and engineer an "impromptu" performance that quickly gets tweeted and blogged about across the world.
Kylie Brought Some Cheer To Shoreditch With A Secret Karaoke Performance.
Kylie Minogue appeared in the diddy London pub, The Old Blue Last, in Shoreditch last night for a bit of speedy publicity and a clever plug of her new album, Kiss Me Once. Due to the security detail, fans at the Kylie karaoke evening still weren't allowed near the star whilst she performed her three songs onstage so it wasn't exactly a front room party.
Could Rob's flirting with Michelle Rodriguez the night before have had something to do with it?
Despite Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 sweeping the board at last night's Teen Choice Awards ceremony, neither of the movie's stars - Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart - were in attendance, presumably to avoid any kind of awkward encounter.
Kristen & Rob Dated For Years, Is This Really The End For Their Love?
The former couple, whose lovelife echoed that of their on screen human/vampire romance, weren't at the event to pick up even one of their seven Teen Choice surfboards. Ironically, the pair were nominated for 'Best Romance' for their steamy on screen relationship but as the franchise wound up with its final instalment, it looks like the real-life couple will never been seen again either.
OK, so the majority of the US public have just one race on their minds today and that’s the US Presidential race. But once that’s been decided in a few hours, all thoughts will surely be turning to the all-important albums chart race… surely? Can any of this week’s releases threaten Taylor Swift’s position at the top or will she get a second term at number one?
Aerosmith have returned, after an 11-year hiatus from writing any new material. Time appears to have stood still on Aerosmith-land in those eleven years and Music From Another Dimension is pretty much as you would expect an Aerosmith album to sound. Of course, Steven Tyler’s presence on American Idol has brought the attention of Aerosmith back to a new generation of fans, so much of this material may well even sound fresh to them.
Date of birth
18th December, 1975