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“Chandelier”, as we all have come to know, is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, from her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear (2014). Written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin, it was created following a jam session in the studio featuring Sia on the piano and Jesse Shatkin playing a marimba. Produced by Shatkin and Greg Kurstin, it was released on March 17th, 2014 as the lead single from the album. In the US, “Chandelier” was released for digital download onto iTunes Stores through Monkey Puzzle, with distribution by RCA Records. In the UK, “Chandelier” was released digitally on June 29th 2014. A day later, it was sent by RCA Records to US hot adult contemporary radio.

It is an electropop song, featuring electronica, R&B and reggae influences. Lyrically, the song has a melancholic theme, detailing the demoralization and rationalization of alcoholism through the thought process of a “party girl”. More broadly, the song speaks to the fleeting feelings of release and abandon that come with intoxication, as well as the pain, guilt and emptiness that accompany addiction, alcoholism and hedonistic excess.

The single received critical acclaim and reached the top 5 on record charts in 20 countries. In the United States, the single peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sia’s first single as a lead artist to appear on the Hot 100, and has sold over 2 million copies. The song received 4 nominations at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, with its video receiving a nomination for Best Music Video.

The music video for the song, directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, features US dancer Maddie Ziegler. It has been viewed on YouTube more than 2.5 billion times. In support of the single and 1000 Forms of Fear, Sia, often with Ziegler, performed “Chandelier” on a number of US television shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Saturday Night Live, Dancing With the Stars, and at the 57th Grammy Awards.


In 2010, Sia released her fifth studio album We Are Born, which ended up number two on the Australian Albums Chart. Following the release, Sia took a hiatus from performing and co-wrote songs for other recording artists, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Flo Rida and David Guetta. In 2013, Sia recorded the track “Elastic Heart” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

In May 2014, Sia announced her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear and released “Chandelier” as its lead single. The melody and chords were formed following a jam session in the studio featuring Sia on the piano and Jesse Shatkin playing a marimba. Sia revealed that she initially wrote the track for Rihanna or Beyoncé, but after their refusal she decided to record the song herself (ha ha, lesson there somewhere :-).

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