Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Why Rihanna Turned Down the Number One Song in the United States

It has been 10 weeks since Drake’s “One Dance” hit the top of Billboard Hot 100 and after so much time a worthy challenger has appeared to take away its crown. The new song from Sia and Sean Paul called “Cheap Thrills” has risen to the top of the charts to become the new #1.

It is interesting to note that the song’s performer was supposed to be Rihanna, who was aiming to make a performance that could rival “Diamonds”.

"I went to Greg [Kurstin, a frequent collaborator of Sia's], and that's what we came up with. I realized just as soon as I was cutting it that it sounded a little bit too Brit-pop for her. It's more Icona Pop. We did actually send it to her, but they passed on it, and then I just couldn't stop listening to it in the car," Sia told Rolling Stone last December.

For somebody who made a career out of writing songs  both for herself and others, it is not usual to see them so entranced by one of their own songs. Sia herself said that it is unusual for her to listen so intently to one of her own songs. She claims that the song helps her greatly in improving her mood and all she has to do is imagine someone other than herself singing it.

The road to the top was neither easy nor quick, but it was definitely sped up by the appearance of Maddie Ziegler in the music video. Maddie is a 13-year-old dancer whose first appearance in the music video of Sia’s “Chandelier” has made her an irreplaceable part of the Sia’s crew. It was announced on Monday that Ziegler will be performing alongside Sia during her Nostalgic for the Present Tour which opens on 29th September in Seattle.


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