Australian weird-pop auteur Sia is on top of the charts today with “Elastic Heart.” The video for her latest single, which stars noted plagiarist Shia LeBeouf and Dance Moms survivor Maddie Ziegler, took the top spot on the daily countdown of the most viewed videos on YouTube. Sia came on strong last year with her unique brand of pop and her latest success got us thinking about her early days. Before she was a star in her own right, Sia was a songwriter penning hits for some of the biggest names in music. Check out these seven hits you had no idea were written by Sia.
Cannonball – Lea Michelle – Lea Michelle has hit a few obstacles in her attempted transformation from Glee star to pop star, but “Cannonball” is her biggest hit to date. Lea is more than likely bound for Broadway in the inevitable Ryan Murphy revival of Funny Girl that no one can stop, but her pop career will always be linked to this Sia penned jam.
Let Me Love You- Ne-Yo – Sia is responsible for the catchy chorus on this ballady Ne-Yo hit. Even before she was swinging from chandeliers she knew her way around a powerful hook.
Perfume – Britney Spears – Britney’s latest album Britney Jean didn’t exactly set the charts on fire, but if it contained a memorable single it was “Perfume,” another hooky Sia creation.
We Are One –PitBull/JLo/Claudia Leitte – The World Cup is one of the biggest events in global sports and working on the anthem is a huge honor. The Australian songress contributed lyrics and melody for “We Are One,” the song that PitBull, Jennifer Lopez, and Claudia Leitte would take to Brazil in 2014.
Radioactive – Rita Ora – Sia wrote this jam for Rita Ora, whoever that is…
Diamonds – Rihanna – Legend has it that Sia penned this platinum selling hit for RiRi in just 14 minutes, which is roughly how long it takes me to decide on my Starbucks order.
Pretty Hurts – Beyonce – Sia tried to sell this song to Katy Perry and Rihanna, but only Beyonce’s pretty was painful enough for her to connect with the lyrics. She included it as part of her iconic surprise album, making Sia’s lyrics part of pop history.