Last month, Adele returned to pop music with the record-breaking smash, “Hello” and yesterday Sia released a very Sia-like video for “Alive!” Needless to say, things are looking up for pop music.
In “Alive,” child-actress/dancer Mahiro Takano dons the infamous blonde bob (now half-black) replacing the role of Maddie Ziegler from the 1000 Forms Of Fear trilogy. Together, Sia herself and Daniel Askill directed the five-minute video. Askill also worked with Sia for her “Chandelier,” “Big Girls Cry,” and “Elastic Heart Videos.”
Sia also announced her album This Is Acting will be released on January 29 and also revealed the albums cover art via Instagram.
Sia spoke previously in an interview about the record, saying it’s comprised of songs she’s written for other artists.
“I’m calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go into it thinking, ‘This is something I would say,’” she said. “It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.
“Alive” in particular was decided last minute to not be used for Adele’s record and returned to Sia’s grasp. The “Elastic Heart” singer promises the track still holds Adele’s presence!
“It’s about [Adele’s] life, so I now sing a song from her perspective,” Sia told RTV Slovenija.
In the rightfully named survival track, Sia belts, “I’m still breathing/ I’m still breathing/ I’m still breathing/ I’m still breathing/ I’m alive/ I’m alive/ I’m alive/ I’m alive.”
Sia also released “Birds Set Free” from the album. A powerful piano-backed ballad that sounds straight out of the critically-acclaimed 1000 Forms Of Fear. “Birds Set Free” and “Alive” can be downloaded instantly when you pre-order This Is Acting.
Listen to “Birds Set Free” below:
Be sure to catch Sia as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live tomorrow night on NBC!