This Is Acting Album is by Sia, the Australian singer, songwriter and record producer. The seventh studio album was released on the 29th of January 2016 by record labels Inertia, RCA Records and Monkey Puzzle, an independent label owned by Sia.
This Is Acting features tracks that were written by Sia for other artists that for one reason or another not included on their albums. Sia has said that writing songs for other artists is like ” play-acting ” hence the name of the album.
Upon release, it received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the vocal performance of Sia, while others felt it had an impersonal feel. Despite the critic’s mixed feelings about the album, it was a chart success.
As of the 1st of January 2017, the United States sales of the album are 299,600 physical copies with 904,000 album-equivalent units ( 1 Album = 10 downloads or 1500 song streams ). Since August 2017, worldwide sales for This Is Acting is in the region of 2,000,000 copies.
The album has gone 4x Platinum in Poland, 2x Platinum in Canada and France, Platinum in Denmark, United Kingdom and the United States. It has been awarded Gold disc status in Australia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland.
The lead single, ” Alive “, released on the 24th of September 2015, was co-written by Sia, Adele, and Tobias Jesso Jr. Initially intended for Adele, it was dropped from her album at the last minute.
A commercially successful release, the single debuted and peaked at number fifty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
In Sia’s native Australia, the song debuted and peaked at number ten; there it has been certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association with sales 70,000 copies.
In the United Kingdom, ” Alive ” peaked at number thirty on the UK Singles Chart, it also made it into the top Forty in Austria, Belgium ( Wallonia ), Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.
This Is Acting was a commercial success for Sia. In the United States, the album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.
In Australia, it entered the chart at Number One. The album also topped the charts in Norway, Russia and Switzerland. In the United Kingdom, it made number three on the UK Albums Chart.
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler was born on the 18th of December 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia.
She began her career in the music business as a singer in Crisp, a local acid jazz band. The band disbanded in 1997 and Sia ventured solo, releasing OnlySee, her debut studio album. The album, only available in Australia, was not a commercial success and none of the tracks was released as singles.
Over the following years and several albums, Sia couldn’t get the breakthrough she needed, that is until 1000 Forms of Fear.
Released as her sixth album on the 4th of July 2014, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 in the United States and as of January 2016, it has sold one million copies worldwide.
Sia came into the record-buying public’s view with the release of the single ” Chandelier “, which featured the dancing of Maddie Ziegler, the American child dancer, in the video.
Today, Sia is not just a successful singer-songwriter for her work, she also writes for other artists and has collaborated on singles like ” Titanium ” with David Guetta, ” Diamonds ” with Rihanna and ” Wild Ones ” with Flo Rida.
To date, Sia’s Album releases are eight studio, six live albums, one Compilation and one video album. She has also released thirty-five singles and forty-two videos.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, Sia has won eight Australasian Performing Right Association ( APRA ), ten Australian Recording Industry Association Music, ten American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ( ASCAP ), three BMI London and one International Dance Music Award. She has been nominated for nine Grammys.
Sia is a vegan and a staunch supporter of animal rights. In 2016, she was nominated for a Libby Award for ” Best Voice for Animals “.
This Is Acting Track Listing:
1. Bird Set Free
3. One Million Bullets
4. Move Your Body
6. Cheap Thrills
8. House on Fire
10. Sweet Design
11. Broken Glass
12. Space Between
13. Cheap Thrills ( Feat Sean Paul )
14. The Greatest ( feat Kendrick Lamar )
16. Move Your Body ( Alan Walker Remix )
17. Midnight Decisions
18. Jesus Wept
19. The Greatest
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