Sia has released her new song “Saved My Life,” co-written by Sia, Dua Lipa and the track’s producer Greg Kurstin.
The single arrived hours after Sia debuted “Saved My Life” during Americares’ COVID Is No Joke livestream fundraiser, which featured the singer – hidden behind a light fixture – performing the track accompanied only by a keyboard.
The studio version adds additional instrumentation to the stripped-down livestream take; Kurstin recorded the song’s “Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Programming, Drums, Guitar” at his Los Angeles studio while Sia laid down her vocals while social distancing in Palm Springs, California.
“Someone must have sent you to save me tonight,” Sia sings on the track. “I know that in darkness I have found my light/I know that in darkness I’ve been given sight/In your loving arms I feel delight/In your loving arms I’ll be alright.”
Sia’s proceeds from “Saved My Life” will benefit Americares and CORE Response.
See Sia’s “COVID Is No Joke” performance of “Saved My Life” at the 59-minute mark of the video below:
Sia has issued an apology after accidentally injecting herself in a feud between fandoms.
After confusing Nicki Minaj for Cardi B on Twitter, fans of the rappers started a tweet-storm reprimanding the singer, causing the hashtag #Siaisoverparty to trend.
The mix-up all began when a fan asked Sia if she would ever collaborate with Minaj in a (since-deleted) tweet that included a photo of the Young Money rapper.
Sia then replied: "I love @iamcardib," she wrote. "And although this isn't a collaboration, I would love to COLLAB with her any day!"
While some fans were excited at the idea of a Cardi and Sia collaboration, that didn't deter Minaj fans—better known as "barbz"— from instantly unloading on the "Chandelier" singer.
After reading replies from fans referring to the rappers' past feuds, Sia then fired off a series of since-deleted tweets which were screenshot and shared on Twitter.
"I don't give a sh-t about feuds," one read. "George Floyd was f--king murdered. Breonna Taylor. Murdered. Come on let's rise in unity. You think @iamcardib and Nikki [sic] are so petty that they would want you focusing on a silly feud instead of REAL NEWS."
She followed up by tweeting: "Hey @iamcardib @nickiminaj you aren't thinking about a feud right now are you? We are focused on the problem of systemic racism."
While those tweets have since been deleted, Sia has left the apology she issued on her Twitter feed.
"I totally misunderstood a tweet earlier that has resulted in me making a buffoon out of myself," she wrote. "Sorry @nickiminaj and @iamcardib if you hear about it. Can I just like you both?"
In an interview on the Zach Sang Show, the Grammy-nominated performer reflected on her relationship with Maddie Ziegler, the Dance Moms reality star who amassed greater solo fame at 11 years old after starring in Sia's "Chandelier" music video in 2014.
Over the years—and many music videos together—the songstress has become a mentor, friend and protective parental figure to the now-teenage multi-hyphenate.
"As soon as I met Maddie, I felt extreme desire to protect her and I think that it was part of my own healing," Sia said during the interview. "I felt just extreme compulsion to protect her and yet the irony is that I didn't want to be famous and I threw this child into the spotlight and she would say to me, 'Don't be silly—I was already famous and I wanted to be famous.'"
Sia continued, "And I say, 'And you know it can stop at any time right? If you want it to stop, I can make it stop. You can just go back to being a normal person again.'"
However, "She said, 'No, I just love performing. I love dancing and I love acting so much,' and so I thought how's a good way I can keep her safe is just keep making projects for her and therefore most of the time we're working together." Ziegler is set to star in Sia's upcoming film, Music.
As an example of her protective actions, Sia recalled, "I kept her off a plane that Harvey Weinstein tried to get her on."
"When he invited her, I told [Maddie's mom] Melissa, I just said, 'Please don't, do not do that, do not do that, do not do that.'" E! News has reached out to Ziegler's rep for comment. Weinstein, who has faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct from many accusers, is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence after being found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual act in the first degree.