Singer/songwriter/producer/massive hitmaker Sia announced that her album This Is Acting will be released everywhere on January 29, 2016 (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records). Sia revealed cover art and album release date for This Is Acting via her new Instagram account earlier this week. In celebration of her album pre-order going live, Sia premieres her video for “Alive” on Vevo. Fans who pre-order This Is Acting will receive “Alive” and new track “Bird Set Free” instantly. Click HERE to watch the video for “Alive.” Click HERE to listen to “Bird Set Free.” Sia will be performing “Alive” and “Bird Set Free” on “Saturday Night Live” on November 7th.
The video for “Alive” stars 9 year old child actress/dancer Mahiro Takano and was filmed in Chiba, Japan. The video was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, the same creative team behind the videos for “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart” and “Big Girls Cry.”
In addition to Jessie Shatkin who produced “Alive,” Sia also worked with longtime collaborator/producer Greg Kurstin on This Is Acting. “Alive,” the album’s first single was written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso, Jr. and was produced by Jesse Shatkin, who also co-wrote and co-produced Sia’s massive four-time Grammy nominated “Chandelier.”
Sia released her #1 charting, critically-acclaimed, and gold-certified album 1000 Forms of Fear (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) last year in July, which features her massive breakthrough singles “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart.” The groundbreaking video for “Chandelier” has enjoyed an unprecedented 965 million views and its follow-up video “Elastic Heart” with over 436 million views.
An astonishingly creative and uncompromising performer, Sia is also a highly prolific hit maker and songwriter, having penned several hit singles over the last few years for others. She has crafted songs for pop icons including Rihanna (“Diamonds”), Katy Perry (“Double Rainbow”), Britney Spears (“Perfume”), Kelly Clarkson (“Invincible”), Carly Rae Jepsen (“Making the Most of the Night”), Beyoncé (“Pretty Hurts”) and Celine Dion (“Love Me Back To Life”), and many more. Sia has also been the featured vocalist on some of the most massive hits she has written for others including “Titanium” with David Guetta, “Beautiful Pain” with Eminem, and “Wild Ones” with Flo Rida. Additionally, Sia was nominated for a Golden Globe last year for the song “Opportunity” from the 2014 adaptation of the Broadway musical “Annie.”