Sia’s recent release of her new music video, featuring the talented 11 year old dancer Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms, hit over 1 million views in less than 24 hours. A mere week has gone by and the video has collected more than 7 million views. This passionate Aussie singer and songwriter has a downtempo style, fusing alternative pop and soulful jazz together to create an interesting blend. It’s not surprising Sia has gained the ultimate spotlight for her latest single, “Chandelier”. However, fans were surprised by Sia’s move in transferring the spotlight onto the young and talented dancer, Maddie Ziegler.
The music video has been well received, as its simplicity reveals the true and haunting beauty of child-like innocence. Slow tracking shots of bare empty rooms in an apartment are shown to be dimly lit by gentle streams of sunlight. Maddie immediately draws light into the dark space, with her platinum blonde wig shining brightly, imitating Sia’s signature hairstyle. A bold statement of innocence in its most natural form is accomplished through a daring nude leotard. It’s as if everything is stripped back and we are left with Maddie dancing her heart out to Sia’s vocals which heavily embrace the notion of carpe diem. Her free spirited cartwheels, spins and jumps produce a strange affect on the audience, as we feel as if we have stumbled across something beautifully rare and private. The ﬁnal scene is of Maddie breathing heavily from ﬁnishing her dance with a zoom out and fade to black, leaving us overwhelmed.
Sia has already achieved international success, yet through her recent release of her breathtaking video and upcoming sixth album named 1000 Forms of Fear (to be released June 2014) we can see she still has a big future ahead of her.
Song: co-written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin, produced by Greg Kurstin
Video: directed by Sia and Daniel Askil, choreographed by Ryan Hefﬁngton
Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia.
Latest single: “Chandelier”, released 17 March 2014
Sounds like: Frou Frou, Imogen Heap, Björk, Jem
Say what? Sia discovered her voice in a karaoke bar, whilst on a university gap year in Italy.
Je suis la imaginer, Imogen.