Top 5 memorable songs of Sia 

Sia Kate Isobelle Furler/ Credits go to Getty Images


Sia Kate Isobelle Furler
,globally known as Sia,is an Aussie songwriter,record producer,music video director and one of the greatest voices of all times.Born on 18th of December 1975 in Adelaide,South Australia,Sia’s tumultous,roller coaster like,yet earnestly admirable road to success and mental,psyhical and spiritual recovery is one worth the recognition and story-telling.

    At only 22 years old,she had released her debut studio album,named “Only See” on Flavoured Records in Australia,while at 33 marked her first album to chart in The United States at number 26 on US Billboard 200 only for now,to become of the most rated and loved singers in the pop industry,with her seventh and latest album making headlines all over the world,titled “This is acting”.

      Regardless if you had listened to her music once or twice in your lifetime,had heard her randomnly on radio or had not seen her at all before,I’ve got you covered with some of the less known facts about one of the best artists of our generation.You can thank me later.

  • Although she had been working in the music industry for over twenty years,Sia’s smash-hit “Chandelier” from her sixth studio album “1000 Forms of Fear” made her popular amongst Hollywood and got her the notoriety and fame she would have well deserved way before.It’s kind of odd for her long-standing fans(myself included) ,but I guess that everything happens for a reason.Also,it was certainly worth the wait,considering her professional ascent in the following years.
  • Her career in singing actually began in a local band named “Crisp” in the mid-1990s,which lasted until 1997,when Sia took the status of a solo musician.
  • She began touring across The United States for the first time in 2005,when she moved in New York due to having problems connecting with her audience and poor promotion by her record label during her first three albums.The following years included releases of her fourth and fifth studio albums,titled “Some People Have Real Problems”in 2008 and “We are born” in 2010.
  • Sia’s outstanding voice made her flexible in reaching several music styles over the years,including hip-hop,funk and soul.However,at her main core remained pop music,which devoted her.

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Sia attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter / Photo credits go to Getty Images
  •    Amongst her international recognition,she received several awards,including 8 ARIA Music Awards,1 MTV Video Music Awards,1 Rolling Stone Australia Award,as well as scoring 6 wins for APRA Awards.

Since you still have yet to discover the incredible Sia,let me ease your job by presenting my top 5 fav songs of Sia of all time.Believe me,you will be mesmerized.

 1.Sia-Fire meet gasoline

 

    This is undoubtedly,my absolutely favorite song.Ever.Since I heard it for the first time,it sparkled something real deep within me,which made me fall in love with it a lil bit whenever I listened to it.It still gives me unexplainable chills.

       This record is from her sixth studio album,”1000 Forms of Fear” and was written by Sia,Greg Kurstin and Samuel Dixon.

FUN FACT: The official music video was not so official and neither was the single,whereas the purpose of it was to promote Heidi Klum’s Lingerie Collection,where Sia only licensed the song.Either way,this song is gold.

    I don’t know what got to me and what exactly blew my mind,either her amazing vocals,the love story itself that it is so beautifully portrayed or the soulful lyrics,what’s certain is that her rawness and uniqueness as an artist and as a vocalist are shining brighter than ever through this masterpiece.

     FAV LYRICS“Fire meet gasoline/I’m burning alive/And I can barely breathe/When you’re here loving me.”

     I am portraying an addictive and perhaps a toxic type of relationship,which describes such an overhelming and intense love,that ended up with damaging both of them.

2. Sia-Chandelier

     “Chandelier” is the lead single from Australian recording artist Sia’s sixth album,which drove her to some of the highest musical achievements thus far.The single attained widespread success,charting within the top five on record charts in 20 countries,including Italy,Poland,Australia,France and Norway.It has also reached number 8 in The United Stated on the Billboard Hot 100,becoming Sia’s first single as a lead artist to appear on the Hot 100.

   The song even received nominations at the 57th Grammy Awards for Song of the Year,Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance,with its video receiving also a nomination for Best Music Video.

     It was viewed on Youtube over 1.2 billion times,becoming one of the most viewed and praised videos of all time.Quite impressive stats,right?

    In essence,”Chandelier” is about the consequences of alcoholism and the way it is viewed,without rationality,through the perspective of a “party girl”,which despite the thrill and excitement that it surely involves,it still ends up being a big mistake on the next day.Well,I guess that’s a pretty common subject.

    Okay,and can we focus on those vocals? I love how distinctive,intense and hoarse her voice sounds on her records,she is truly something else.

   FAV LYRICS:“1,2,3,1,2,3 drink” ,just because it reminded me of a good ol’ party.And that I’m thirsty.

3. Sia-Bird set free

   “Bird set free” is the first promotional single from her latest album,”This is acting”,released on the 3th of November 2015.It was written in collaboration with one of her good friends,Greg Kurstin,who had also produced the song.

       I choose sharing with you a live performance of this masterpiece on one of my favorite TV show’s ever ,Ellen’s Show,with the purpose of showing to you how crazily good her vocals truly are,without any alterations in the studio.I mean,those high notes are everything.Her authenticity and the way she is pouring her heart out on stage never cease to amaze me.

      Oh,and I love how she weaves in such a special,yet pretty unconventional way her songs with the art of dancing.Each one of her talented dancers portrays a story,with endless meanings,that holds no limits in imagination or fantasy,making her stand out easily from the crowd of artists nowadays.

FUN FACT: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sia revealed that the song was written for the soundtrack of “Pitch Perfect 2”,but they rejected it in favour of “Flashlight” by Jessie J.Then,she pitched it to Rihanna, who rejected it,then to Adele, who initially recorded it,but let it to Sia in the end.I simply couldn’t envision anyone else singing this piece of art as spectacular and raw as Sia effortessly does.

FAV LYRICS: And I don’t care if I sing off key/ I find myself in my melodies/ I sing for love, I sing for me/ I shout it out like a bird set free.”

4. Sia-You’re never fully dressed without a smile

 

FUN FACT: This is actually one of the few songs that are not written by Sia,which it may be surprinsing,given that most of her songs were created almost entirely by her.Anyway,it was covered by her especially for being included in the soundtrack of The Broadway Musical,”Annie”.

   The music video for this song was filmed in New York City and it shows cast members from the 2014 film as they spread cheer to the citizens of New York City by dancing, performing random acts of kindness and holding signs with the word “smile” written on them.

 This cheerful song really makes me wanna smile all the time.How about you?

FAV LYRICS:“Your clothes may be Chanel, Gucci/ Your shoes crocodile/ But baby you’re never fully dressed without a smile/ And if you stand for nothing you’ll fall for it all/ We got all we need, got no more.”

5. Sia-Cheap Thrills

 

     Taken from her seventh studio album,”Cheap Thrills” is the latest single of Sia at the moment,which have already scored pretty awesome records in the music industry.The remix of the song,a featuring with Sean Paul,was released on 11 February 2016 as the second single from this album.

  Commercially,this song became a smash-hit in no time whatsoever,marking accomplishments like certified Platinum for shipments of over 70,000 copies and reached number 6 in her hometown.In Ireland, the song reached number  1 instantly.In New Zealand, the song reached number 3, and eventually certified Platinum for sales of over 15,000 copies. In the UK, it was Sia’s highest chart position as a solo artist, peaking at number 2. In the United States, the song has peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    With a lot of dancing and partying vibes,along with its unconventional video,Cheap Thrills” has got under my skin and made me sing my lungs out whenever I hear it on the radio.Sorry not sorry,fellow drivers.

      You can also check out the special performance video of the song,where the 13 years old Maddie Ziegler couldn’t be left out.Once again,a mesmerizing coreography,which keeps you in a constant trance.The trio of Maddie and another two male dancers put on a spectacular dance,proving their massive and outstanding talent.

 

I guess that now you’re ready to join the greatest fans’ community,am I right?

 

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5 times Leonardo Di Caprio left us swooning 

 

   

   Leonardo Di Caprio is,without a single doubt,one of the most humble,talented,successful and greatest actors of all time,who is setting the cinematographic standards to higher and higher levels with each one of a kind role we get to see him portraying into the masterpieces he gave life. Movies like “The wolf of the Wall Street”(2013),”The aviator”(2004),”What’s eating Gilbert Grape”(1993),”The Great Gatsby”( 2013) and the iconic “Titanic” (1997) are just a few of the best rated films in history, which surely left a mark upon the world.

       His career in acting is currently blossoming and although he is acknowledged for his amazing skills in the world of cinema,he chose to use this platform for making the Earth heard through plenty of humanitarian actions and programs he is involved in in order to make a difference into the environment.

   So, an outstanding actor,a committed environmentalist,a good-looking guy…did I miss something?

   Oh,that’s right. With his first Oscar win of his career for the “Best actor in a leading role” in the well-known movie “The Revenant” travelling around the whole world and headlining every newspaper/magazine/article at the moment,Leonardo Di Caprio never cease to make us swoon and be head over heels for him.Whether it’s because some incredible scene from an epic movie,an awards show or some wise words he delivered in some live TV show,Di Caprio could be easily recognized as the epitome of perfection. Girls,you feel me.

   But here’s the thing. Once with Leo’s big and well deserved win,we sadly need to say goodbye to our favorite memes, which kept us entertained on his tumultuous road to the Oscars.*crying internally*

    Though,for the old times’s sake, let me remind you some of the best.

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  Now,if you weren’t already impressed with what I’ve just showed you, I’ve got for you some of the best reasons Leonardo Di Caprio made us believe he is the ideal man.

1.His famous quotes 

   One thing that I truly admire about the actor Leonardo Di Caprio is his authenticity and rawness that he never fails to show through his grand roles. Regardless the genre or the emotional impact that a movie holds, we get to envision Leo being himself in front of a camera. His whole act is pure and his enormous talent is always shining the brightest.  So, along with the masterpieces he had given life to, he also managed to create some famous quotes, full of wisdom that cannot be forgotten or left out from my top 5.

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   By the way,this is a completely improvised line.I repeat,improvised.mSurpringly enough, it turned out to be in the film and became the fourth greatest line of all times. Pretty damn good for a 23 years old Leo,right?

      And of,course,this is gold.

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     Don’t swoon yet.There’s more.

 

 2.His sense of humor 

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  During the opening monologue of the hilarious TV show “Saturday Night Live”, the famous comedian Jonah Hill recreated with Leonardo Di Caprio one of the most memorable scenes from the iconic “Titanic” on Saturday, the 25th of January.

  Jonah Hill was the special guest host on that episode and his monologue contained bad mouthing Di Caprio, who admited that he wasn’t initially the first one on the cast’s list for “The wolf of Wall Street”. As if on cue, Leonardo Di Caprio made his sudden appearance, taking everyone by surprise in order to debunk the lies of his good friend.

  The sketch couldn’t be done without Jonah requesting Leo to “relive” the moment that made our hearts go on(pun intended), saying “Hey Lee, remember when we were on set and I would get really nervous? Can we do the thing we always did every day that made me feel safe?”

   I guess I’m not the only one quite dissapointed we wouldn’t get this chance. Lucky Jonah.

  Oh, and let’s not forget about the famous reaction of Leo at the 2016’s Golden Globes, where his priceless face while looking at Lady Gaga went instantly viral. Although there’s no bad blood between them, we could not but enjoy his hilarious mistake.

 

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3.His big heart 

   As I mentioned briefly at the begginning,Leonardo Di Caprio is known not only for his acting skills,but because he has an incredibly big heart.Throughout his career,he has been an outspoken advocate for environmental issues,establishing his own foundation “Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation” with the main mission of protecting the Earth’s rights and implementing solutions to build a stronger relationship between humanity and the natural world. Di Caprio also made several films to educate the public about environmental issues,including “The 11th Hour”.

   He led several innovative fundraising events, raising over $60 million for projects the foundation is developing and supporting. Additionally, in an effort to empower his fans to make a difference, DiCaprio uses social media to inform and inspire the public, showing them ways to take action on an array of issues – from protecting sharks in California and Elephants in Africa to supporting the transition of our society to clean, renewable energy.

    Did I mention that for his 41th birthday, Di Caprio celebrated with a charity bash? Kanye West performed,a PR company shot video footages of the entire evening, all with the purpose of raising money for his environmental foundation. Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

    Do I need to say something more? Of course I do.Can we talk about his man bun,please? I mean,look at him.

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4. His unmistakable talent

  Known for his unconventional roles,Leo started out in television before moving on to the cinematographic industry, scoring his first Oscar nomination for “Best supporting actor” at the early age of 19 for the role in “What’s eating Gillbert Grape” in 1993.

   His early credits included guest appearances on such programs as “The New Lassie” and “Roseanne”. He also landed a role on the dramatic comedy “Parenthood”.

  In 1997,he starred in James Cameron’s drama, “Titanic”, which was the breaking point that showed his potential as a future star. The 90th also turned Leonardo Di Caprio to a major teenage heartthrob. Thanks God.

  With 78 wins and 192 nominations at the moment, Leonardo Di Caprio’s career has contributed to some of the best performances of the last two decades and fortunately, it is still going strong.

5.Photoshoots

  Last but not least,his photoshoots are everything.Although we are accustomed to Leonardo Di Caprio’s physical appearance from today,we couldn’t but be enveloped in nostalgia and sadness when we think about the 90th version of Leo,with that slicked back hair and sexy smirk,doing one of his first photoshoots. Who wants him back,too?

  In the studio photos,19 years old Leonardo Di Caprio slays a cozy turtleneck sweater and some over-sized pants which matches the mysterious look he gives to the camera and smoking a cigarette with his feet.His styling evolution is clear as day,but it doesn’t stop us daydreaming about his early days,when he was able to make us swoon just by giving us this intense gaze. Please, let me bless you with this recently released pictures.

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