Sia Furler surprised the world when she announced in February that her new album, This Is Acting , was already finished. Now, we have a rough idea of the much-anticipated project's release date. During a web chat with fans over the weekend, Sia revealed that This Is Acting will "probably" be released sometime in early 2016 — but it could come out at the end of 2015 (though, admittedly, she didn't seem too terribly optimistic). What wonderful news! Getting to hear the album at the end of the year would be awesome — but I'll survive if we have to wait a little bit longer. After all, the 39-year-old singer-songwriter just blessed our ears with 1000 Forms of Fear this past July — we don't want to get greedy!
Last month, Sia told NME that This Is Acting is comprised of material she wrote for other artists, so it'll sound like she's taking on a different persona for each song — just like an actor. Interesting. Given the multitude of fantastic tracks Sia's written for other singers in recent years, I decided to come up with a wish list of sorts for her new LP...
Here are 11 songs that were written by Sia — but released by other artists — that I hope influenced This Is Acting:
Cheryl Cole's "Firecracker" from Only Human (2014)
One listen to "Firecracker," and you'll be hooked.
Maroon 5 & Gwen Stefani's "My Heart Is Open" from V (2014)
"My Heart Is Open" is too gorgeous for words... so, I'll just stop here.
Rita Ora's "Radioactive" from ORA (2012)
What an anthem, right? I'm still miffed "Radioactive" never took off in the United States.
Beyoncé's "Pretty Hurts" from BEYONCÉ (2013)
The lyrics are a bit too "on the nose" at times, but amazingly, I don't think that significantly diminishes "Pretty Hurts'" overall impact. It's still stunning.
Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" from Wild Ones (2011)
Sia's "Wild Ones" hook is incredible. More of that, please.
Celine Dion's "Loved Me Back to Life" from Loved Me Back to Life (2013)
"Loved Me Back to Life" didn't bring Celine Dion's career back to life like I thought it might — but it's still pretty great.
We don't know who Sia wrote "Born Yesterday" for (possibly Katy Perry?), but I'm in love with its bouncy electronic sound.
Alexis Jordan's "Acid Rain" (2013)
"Acid Rain" is seriously underrated.
Katy Perry's "Double Rainbow" from PRISM (2013)
"Double Rainbow" is just so damn charming. It never fails to make me smile.
Kelly Clarkson's "Let Your Tears Fall" from Piece By Piece (2015)
"Let Your Tears Fall" is a synth-pop delight.
Rihanna's "Diamonds" from Unapologetic (2012)
OK, OK, you probably saw this one coming. What can I say? "Diamonds" is legendary.