Sia has been a pioneer in the music industry for years now. Even if you don’t listen to her own personal music, you’ve definitely heard a song or two in your lifetime that was written by the artist. In fact, one of her most recent projects, ‘This Is Acting’ was a compilation of songs she wrote for other artists that had been rejected throughout her career that she thought deserved to see the light of day.
Now, Sia has announced her eighth studio album titled “Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture,” she also released the first song and video from the project titled “Hey Boy.” The film marks the first time Sia has held a full on directorial position for a feature length film beyond just her own music videos.
The film, according to Sia, is about a young girl named Music who looks at the world in a very unique way. Music is played by Sia’s biggest muse Maddie Ziegler, who has been featured in most of Sia’s music videos throughout the past 5+ years. Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr. also star in the film.
The video and trailer for the film have already been released along with the announcement that the movie will have a special limited theatrical release by IMAX in February 2021 pending the Covid-19 pandemic.
The album in its entirety will be released in February 2021 through Sia’s label Atlantic. The song “Hey Boy,” which has already dropped, was written by Sia herself and Jesse Shatkin and Kamille; Shatkin also produced the track.
Sia’s team described the film as a “wholly original exploration of the healing power of love and the importance of community. Sia’s music is integral to the story of the film as the characters examine the fragile bonds that hold us together and, through fantastical musical sequences, imagine a world where those bonds can be strengthened in times of great challenge.”
The album is 14-tracks long and was written both specifically for the film itself, but was also inspired by the film as they made it. The singles “Together” and “Courage To Change” were both released by Sia earlier this year as a means of bringing awareness to climate change and the power the human race has to make a change, however, they were also released while Sia and her team were working on this film, and therefore will also be included within it.
An accompanying original cast soundtrack album is scheduled to be released this winter as well so that all the individual voices that made the project possible have a moment to shine. Sia has been largely off the radar within the past few years as a solo artist at least. Her most recent solo album was the 2017 holiday collaboration album she created with Greg Kurstin “Everyday Is Christmas,” and most recently released musical project was a collaborative album with Labrinth and Diplo appropriately titled “L.S.D.”
Now, fans are excited to see what the creative genius has in store for her next project and directorial debut. According to Sia it’s one of her favorite projects yet that she’s worked extremely hard on, so she’s excited for the world to finally see it.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.