Rihanna might’ve taken up Sia on “Diamonds,” but when it came to the her latest songwriting masterpiece, the “Umbrella” songstress decided to take a rain check (tee-hee).
“Cheap Thrills,” which premiered on Beats 1 on Wednesday, is Sia’s latest addition to her forthcoming album, This Is Acting. Unlike 2014’s 1000 Forms of Fear, This Is Acting shows off a brighter, more care-free side of Sia’s songwriting, and with good reason. “I’m calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go in thinking ‘this is something I would say,'” she told NME back in February. “It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.”
In addition to Rihanna’s pass on “Cheap Thrills,” the album is set to include tracks that Sia wrote for other A-listers like Adele, Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Shakira. Sia’s not taking the “Cheap Thrills” rejection personally, though. “I realized just as soon as I was cutting it that it sounded a little bit too Brit-pop for [Rihanna]. It’s more Icona Pop”.
Sia made the decision to record the song herself after becoming a little obsessed with the track. “I just couldn’t stop listening to it in the car,” she told RollingStone. “There’s something really uplifting about it that put me in a good mood, and I would just pretend it wasn’t me singing. It felt very summer and fun, and I was like, ‘I’ll put that on there.’”
This Is Acting is due January 29. In the meantime, lend your ears to Sia’s synth-heavy “Cheap Thrills” below.
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