Sia’s catchy new single ‘Cheap Thrills’ was originally written for Rihanna

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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