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7 Songs You Didn’t Know Sia Wrote

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With hits like “Chandelier,” “Alive,” and “Elastic Heart,” the claim that Sia is a phenomenal songwriter is irrefutable. Having just released her seventh studio album This is Acting on January 29th, Sia gave the world twelve new songs to obsess over. The album features tracks originally written for other artists, such as Adele and Rihanna, that were never released. While the woman behind the wig tries to avoid the spotlight, she’s been writing hit songs for other artists since the late 90s. Here are seven songs that you may or may not have known Sia wrote.

1. “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce

It is rumoured that Sia originally wrote this song for galpal Katy Perry, but Perry never saw the e-mail. Sia then approached Rihanna with the song before Beyoncé ultimately ended up with the hit single.


2. “Diamonds” by Rihanna

In an interview with the New York Times, Sia revealed she wrote Rihanna’s hit single in only 14 minutes. The track continues to be one of Rihanna’s most streamed songs on Spotify.


3. “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself” by Ne-Yo

A party anthem staple, Sia co-wrote the track with the R&B singer in 2012. In an interview with MTV, Ne-Yo stated how much he admired Sia and appreciated the chance to step out of his comfort zone.


4. “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson

As opposed to Clarkson’s normal fist-pumping anthems about her struggles of feeling alone and low, “Invincible” gives a fresh take to the singer’s usual theme, something much needed to break up the synonymy of Clarkson’s usual work.


5. “Flashlight” by Jessie J

This song was written specifically for “Pitch Perfect 2,” in hopes to be the movie’s equivalent of “Cups.”

6. “If You Say So” by Lea Michele

In an interview with the New York Times, Sia recounted how she was approached by Lea Michele to write a song about the young star’s late boyfriend Cory Monteith. Sia had mixed feelings about the track since she herself is a recovered alcoholic and addict. Despite the writer’s initial hesitancy surrounding the song, “If You Say So” is phenomenally composed and indescribably moving.


7. “Strange Birds” by Birdy

This was one of the stronger tracks off Birdy’s sophomore album Fire Within. Sia and Birdy have tweeted back and forth on several occasions, making it seem as though they share a mentor-mentee relationship.

Also worth noting are two songs that Sia co-wrote and featured on: “Wild Ones feat. Sia” by Flo Rida and “Titanium feat. Sia” by David Guetta. Both were hit singles for the respective groups and helped draw more attention to Sia’s own work.

Despite the wide range of genres and artists that Sia has written for, there remains a commonality throughout her work. This feat is quite impressive as it shows her versatility in writing concepts and content, proving that she knows how to write a hit song no matter the circumstance.

About Elisa Money

Music Industry, Drexel University, class of '17. Canada born and raised, American and Canadian according to my passports. Moved from Vancouver to Philly in 2013. Music, photography, athletics, name it! Wherever you are, make the world a better place :)

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