While most of the attention for Saturday Night Live this weekend went to Donald Trump’s appearance (with mixed reviews), the luminous Sia also returned to the late night show with her new single “Alive,” to explosive vocal effect.
The single is from her upcoming album release This Is Acting, due out January 29, 2016.
For the performance, the Aussie singer covered her face (as usual) with an oversized wig and painted eyes on her cheeks as a dancer interpreted the song to dramatic effect.
Sia drops the first track off her upcoming album This is Acting today, a raw, scorched-earth anthem about survivorship – “Alive.”
Originally written for Adele’s next project, it didn’t make that album but Sia decided to record it herself. Sia says although the song was written specifically for Adele, she liked the challenge of singing a song meant for Adele’s perspective.
The title of the album, This Is Acting, refers to the fact that the songs were all written for other performers. Sis admits, these songs aren’t necessarily something she would say. ‘It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.”
From the song:
I was born in a thunderstorm
I grew up overnight
I played alone
I played on my own
Hey I wanted everything I never had
Like the love that comes with life
I wore envy and I hated it
But I survived
I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don’t change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
‘No hope, just lies
And you’re taught to cry in your pillow
But I survived
Last night, huge pop star Sia attended Olivia Newton-John’s sold out “Summer Nights” concert at the Flamingo Las Vegas. And I had the chance to meet her backstage!
I’m a big fan of hers. And she is a BIG fan of Olivia’s. So, it all worked out great, huh?
Sia has a “no touring” policy. But that isn’t keeping her from getting offers to do so. And apparently huge offers. So, she’s recently stated that she might consider touring… IF.
What if? This if: “I don’t care about doing it so I’ll throw the most ludicrous idea out and say say ‘I’ll do a live show if you can get Olivia Newton-John to perform with me’, because that’s my childhood dream.”
And so, there she was last night, dancing throughout the concert to all those ONJ hits. And then afterward, she came backstage to meet her idol.
The official video for “Elastic Heart” directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, featuring Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler. choreographed by Ryan Heffington.
This is the follow up to 4-time Grammy nominated hit “Chandelier,” on iTunes.
At first glance, I shied away (see what I did there?) from the video when I saw it featured Shia LeBeouf, as I’ve had enough of his “hot cup of crazy.”
But watching the video, the musical and choreographic textures were really intriguing. The rhythms, dance vocabulary… Very watchable. And, to be honest, the two sexy bodies weren’t hard to look at either.