Australian singer and songwriter Sia Furler dishes on what it's like to write for superstars Adele, Beyonce, Rihanna and Katy Perry. Her album, This Is Acting is due in stores on Jan. 29 and RollingStones reports, "It's full of songs rejected by A-list artists."
The "Chandelier" singer says about the rejected music, "I feel like they're hits, but nobody wanted them, and added "So I thought, 'let's see, as an experiment, if I'm right." Still considering herself an indie artist, Sia had to get familiar with pop music and confesses she hasn't been a listener of that genre of music, since she was 14 or 15-years-old. Since earning a living writing music for A-listers has been lucrative for the songwriter, she has had to listen to pop radio for six months in order to get comfortable with that particular style of music.
Hits like "Diamonds" recorded by Rihanna was a radio hit, but songs "Reaper" and "Cheap Thrills" didn't make the Unapologetic singers album. But Sia said about "Cheap Thrills," "Her manager said 'We want Diamonds.' We need soul. We want some music that has feeling. I went to Greg [Kurstin], and that's what we came up with. I realized just as soon as I was cutting it that it sounded a little bit too Brit-pop for her. It's more Icona Pop. We did actually send it to her, but they passed on it, and then I just couldn't stop listening to it in the car."
The hidden-faced Aussie felt connected to several songs for others, but thanks to rejection, she has placed them on her new album. "Bird Set Free" was rejected by both Rihanna and Adele while Beyonce sent back "Footprints." She also gave Katy Perry "Chandelier," the single that gained a Grammy nomination for "Best Music Video," says The Guardian.
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What's next for 39-year-old Furler? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sia has decided to direct "Sister," a film based on a one-page story written some eight years ago. She revealed, "I was too embarrassed to tell anyone I wanted to make a movie because I thought that it would be seen as a vanity project because I was a singer. ... And then last year, after I made the "Chandelier" video, I realized that I was pretty good at directing, so I felt a little braver."