Tunes for Tuesday: Sia ft Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills”

If someone were to make a song that captured the sound of the mid twenty teens, it would have the following hallmarks:

  • a raggae type beat, either real or faux
  • a female vocalist
  • a male voice on the bridge and/or the breakdown
  • electronic riffs that aren’t to-to EDM.

Bullet point one is why Sean Paul, after a decade of dormancy, is now the featured artist on Sia’s new number one track (which finally knocked Drake’s “One Dance” out of the Billboard penthouse after 10 weeks and counting.) Bullet points 2-4 are why this is Sia’s first Number One hit of her career.

This is from Sia’s album This Is Acting, which is a compilation of tracks she wrote for other artists that they then rejected. Unsurprisingly, this was originally meant for Rihanna. (Sia wrote RiR’s Number One hit “Diamonds” a couple of years back.) It seems to have all worked out in Sia’s favor though. The best part is that this track was actually released five months ago, but it took the heat kicking in and the summertime vibe to finally give it the push it needed to get all the way up the charts.



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