Australian singer-songwriter Sia has released six studio albums. She’s written songs for some of pop’s biggest names: Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You,” David Guetta’s “Titanium,” and Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts,” among many others. Her latest release 1000 Forms of Fear is fraught with sad, brutal lyrics that seem far too violent and introspective for Top 40 Radio. This hasn’t stopped her lead single “Chandelier” from climbing its way up the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine weeks straight, earning a peak spot at #17. “Chandelier” is entirely melancholic in nature and describes the “glitter and fatigue of a party girl’s life” according to MTV. “Elastic Heart” was recorded for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack and also appears on 1000 Forms of Fear. It features The Weeknd’s exceptional croon and an impeccable soundscape courtesy of producer Diplo. “Big Girls Cry” takes listeners on a vulnerable journey through the woes of heartache.
Don’t get too excited about seeing Sia live in concert anytime soon. According to Billboard, her contract with RCA stipulates that she doesn’t have to tour or do press to promote her new album. She has however performed on Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Her Late Night appearance features an interpretive dance from Girls actress and writer Lena Dunham. At each of these performances, Sia only shows the audience the back of her platinum-blonde bob that has become her trademark. She’s more interested in creating visual art, which means putting different people in blonde bobs to lip-synch her lyrics and dance around her stage–as seen in her talk show appearances.