Last Minute News! Sia's "Cheap Thrills" Now The Latest Member of Youtube's Billion Views Club
Youtube's Billion Views Club has just extended with another member and is getting more and more crowded lately.
Congratulations to Sia! Her video "Cheap Thrills" just hit 1 billion views on Youtube and became the 95th member of the view billionaires club!
Sia's journey in the music industry
This is not Sia's first entry, though. "Chandelier" was Australian singer's first champion, achieving billion-views status in November 2015. The smash-hit is currently at No. 25 in the club with 1.78 billion views on Youtube.
The catchy single, released in 2014, with its unconventional video of the 12-year old "Dance Moms" TV series child star Maddie Ziegler dancing wildly through a dirty apartment with a Sia wig, was a career booster for Sia. Before "Chandelier" few people knew that Sia had been in the music industry for over 20 years actually even though she's become mega famous in the last 3-4 years.
Her long-lasting fans know that Sia is not only a great performer but a very talented song-writer as well and she's the behind-scenes creator of mega hits like Rihanna's "Diamonds", Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts", Rita Ora's "Radioactive", Kylie Minogue's "Sexercise", Lea Michelle's "Cannonball", David Guetta's "Titanium" and co-wrote "Wild Ones" with Flo Rida, and many more ...
Born on December 18th, 1975, in Adelaide, Australia, Sia Furler started her career in mid-1990s locally as a singer in "Crisp", an Adelaide acid jazz band. Her debut album "Only See" came into life in 1997, when "Crisp" disbanded. After that she decided to move to London, England, where initially she provided back vocals for the famous "Jamiroquai" for a while, then fate crossed her path with the emblematic "Zero 7" English duo and she joined the group for the leading vocals of their first three studio albums. Their most popular collaborations probably are "Destiny" and "Distractions" singles. "Destiny" peaked at No. 30 on the UK Singles Chart.
Sia released her second solo album "Healing Is Difficult" after she signed a contract with Sony Music's sub-label "Dance Pool" in 2000 in memory of her boyfriend after his unfortunate death in a car accident in 1997. She signed to another label for her third studio album, displeased with the promotion of the previous one. "Color The Small One" was released in 2004 under a contract with "Go! Beat".
To the top
After another unsuccessful attempt to connect with the mainstream audience with her last album, Sia decided to take her chances in the United States, so she relocated to New York in 2005 and began touring across the states. Two more albums followed - "Some People Have Real Problems" in 2008 and "We Are Born" in 2010 but it was her sixth album "1000 Forms of Fear" and the breakthrough single "Chandelier" that brought her to the top.
"Cheap Thrills" featuring Sean Paul was released as a promotional single to her "1000 Forms of Fear" follow-up album "This Is Acting" in January 2016 and eventually became a smash-hit, climbing up to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. One of the two videos that were released for the song again features Maddie Ziegler - the dance child star from "Chandelier" video.
Although Sia has a lot of close star friends like Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry, she's notoriously shy and she says she doesn't want to be famous. She often covers her eyes and even her entire face with a wig or doesn't look at the cameras.
In her special "My Anti-Fame Manifesto" for Billboard Sia's deeply honest and straight-forward in her confessions: "If anyone besides famous people knew what it was like to be a famous person, they would never want to be famous. Imagine the stereotypical highly opinionated, completely uninformed mother-in-law character and apply it to every teenager with a computer in the entire world. Then add in all bored people, as well as people whose job it is to report on celebrities. Then, picture that creature, that force, criticizing you for an hour straight once a day, every day, day after day."
"If I were famous, I might want to see what is happening on the news channel, or on CNN.com. But I couldn't. Because I would know that I might run into that mother-in-law there, sharp-tongued and lying in wait for my self-esteem ... I have a family I love. They tend to say, "Great job!" or "You work really hard! Good for you!", or "You look nice today!", or "Don't be ridiculous, order the fries!", or "You are hilarious!".That's all the family I need. So me and fame will never be married.", she admits.
Our admirations to Sia's humble personality and congratulations again!
If you need a "pick-me-up", here's a video of the NY farmer Jay Lavery totally slaying Sia's "Cheap Thrills" in a dance routine, surrounded by his goats in the farm:
Jay's video, who posted it on his Facebook profile with the following uplifting message: "It's that time of the year for the Lets Move Challenge. Dancing is how I stay warm in the barn and I never know when I'm going to break out into a dance. But what most people don't know is that 15 years ago I had a traumatic back injury that caused me to have several back surgeries including a discectomy and a spinal fusion and never ending back pain. Dancing along with yoga and meditation are my only alternatives to pain medication. So I hope this can inspire anyone to move in spite of pain and I hope this puts a smile on your face for the New Year."
We definitely are smiling now! :)