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publication 17th March 2014
length 3:36
Genre (s) pop
Author (s) Sia , Jesse Shatkin
Publisher (s) Sony Music Entertainment
Label Inertia Records, Monkey Puzzle, RCA Records
album 1000 Forms of Fear

Chandelier ( English for chandelier ) is a song by the Australian singer-songwriter Sia from the album 1000 Forms of Fear , released in 2014, and the album's first single . It was released as a music download on March 17, 2014 and as a CD single in Germany on September 19, 2014 by Sony Music Entertainment . The song was written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin and produced by Shatkin and Greg Kurstin . It belongs to the genre of pop , electro-pop , electronica and R&B .

Lyrically the song deals with a sad topic. Detailed descriptions of the thought processes and the associated demoralization of an alcohol-dependent “party girl” are discussed.

Chandelier received mostly positive reviews from music critics who praised Sia's songwriting and singing. In the US, the single reached # 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Sia's first single on the Hot 100. At the 2015 Grammy Awards , the song was in the categories Song of the Year , Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance , as well as that Associated music video nominated in the Best Music Video category.

Music video

For the music video , Sia hired the dancer Maddie Ziegler , who was discovered on the reality show Dance Moms , for whom she developed a dance choreography together with the American choreographer Ryan Heffington. Sia and Daniel Askill directed the film. In the video, Ziegler is dancing with a blonde Sia wig in an abandoned apartment, stepping, jumping, turning and crawling from room to room. Ziegler was given the task of studying the entire choreography in 4 days, but then managed to do it in about 3 hours. The video was released on May 6, 2014 and has been viewed over two billion times on YouTube since then. It won the “Best Choreography” award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and was nominated for a Grammy . In addition to the official Director's Cut of the music video, an uncut Director's Cut was created as a so-called Extended Version of the music video, which contains an extended beginning and some additional shots at the end. Furthermore, there is a completely uncut version that shows the entire choreography danced by Ziegler in a single camera shot, a so-called "one-take" video.

Live performances

Sia performed with Chandelier in The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 19, 2014 together with Maddie Ziegler and presented the music video live on stage, almost true to the original. She sang the song on Late Night with Seth Meyers on June 9, 2014 and Girls' lead actress Lena Dunham danced the choreography. On July 4, 2014, Sia performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on. There Kimmel and his co-host Guillermo Rodriguez learned the dance choreography of the video from Ziegler. On July 30, 2014, Sia presented the song on the VH1 program SoundClash along with her songs Elastic Heart and Big Girls Cry . On February 8, 2015, Sia and Ziegler performed together with the actress and comedian Kristen Wiig and presented the song in the style of the video but with a changed stage design and new choreography at the Grammy Awards 2015 . In all of her appearances, Sia always sings with her back to the camera.

CD single track list

  • German single CD
    1. Chandelier  - 3:36
    2. Chandelier (Four Tet Remix) - 4:31

Chart placements

Charts Top ranking Weeks
Chart placements
Germany (GfK) Germany (GfK) 10 (53 weeks) 53
Austria (Ö3) Austria (Ö3) 2 (42 weeks) 42
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) 2 (63 weeks) 63
United Kingdom (OCC) United Kingdom (OCC) 6th (114 weeks) 114
United States (Billboard) United States (Billboard) 8th (46 weeks) 46
Australia (ARIA) Australia (ARIA) 2 (45 weeks) 45

Awards for music sales

Chandelier has been awarded 2 × gold , 41 × platinum and 2 × diamond worldwide. According to awards, the single was sold more than seven million times.

Country / Region Award Sales
Awards for music sales
(country / region, Award, Sales)
Australia (ARIA) Australia (ARIA) Platinum record icon.svg 5 × platinum 350,000
Belgium (BEA) Belgium (BEA) Platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum 60,000
Denmark (IFPI) Denmark (IFPI) Gold record icon.svgGold
+ Platinum record icon.svg2 × platinum (streaming)
Germany (BVMI) Germany (BVMI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 300,000
France (SNEP) France (SNEP) Diamond record icon.svg diamond 250,000
Italy (FIMI) Italy (FIMI) Platinum record icon.svg 5 × platinum 250,000
Canada (MC) Canada (MC) Platinum record icon.svg 3 × platinum 240,000
Mexico (AMPROFON) Mexico (AMPROFON) Diamond record icon.svgDiamond
+ Platinum record icon.svg2 × platinum
New Zealand (RMNZ) New Zealand (RMNZ) Platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum 30,000
Norway (IFPI) Norway (IFPI) Platinum record icon.svg 5 × platinum 50,000
Austria (IFPI) Austria (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold 15,000
Sweden (IFPI) Sweden (IFPI) Platinum record icon.svg 4 × platinum 160,000
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 30,000
Spain (Promusicae) Spain (Promusicae) Platinum record icon.svg 3 × platinum 120,000
United States (RIAA) United States (RIAA) Platinum record icon.svg 3 × platinum 3,000,000
United Kingdom (BPI) United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum record icon.svg 3 × platinum 1,800,000
All in all Gold record icon.svg2 × gold
Platinum record icon.svg41 × platinum
Diamond record icon.svg2 × diamond

Main article: Sia (singer) / Awards for music sales

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Grammys 2015 Nominees . Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  2. Sia Taps 'Dance Moms' Star For 'Chandelier' Video: Watch . Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  3. Maddie Ziegler talks Sia . Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  4. Sia's 'Chandelier' Music Video Is Hauntingly Beautiful . Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  5. Sia - Chandelier (Official Video) . Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  6. Best Music Video Grammy Nominations . Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Sia - Chandelier (Extended Version) - Daniel Askill . Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  8. Exclusive one-take version of Sia's Chandelier video . Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  9. One-Take Version of Sia's Chandelier video . YouTube. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  10. Jeremy Gordon: Sia Performs 'Chandelier' on Ellen . Pitchfork Media. May 19, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  11. Megan Gibson: Watch Lena Dunham Dance To Sia's Chandelier on Late Night with Seth Meyers . In: Time . June 10, 2014.
  12. Ben Kaye: Watch: Sia performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live . Consequence of sound. 4th July 2014.
  13. Jimmy Kimmel & Guillermo Learn Sia's "Chandelier" Dance on YouTube (Uploaded July 4, 2014)
  14. Diane Cho: Ed Sheeran, Grouplove + Sia's Set List for Episode 2 Leaked! . VH1. July 29, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Watch Kristen Wiig Perform "Chandelier" With Sia on the Grammys . In: Slate Magazine . February 8, 2015. Accessed March 12, 2015.
  16. Sia performs Chandelier for Ellen but refuses to show her face . In: Sydney Morning Herald . May 20, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  17. Keith Caulfield: Sia Earns First No. 1 album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear' . In: Billboard . July 16, 2014.
  18. Chandelier (2-Track) . (Germany),, Inc. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  19. a b c d e f Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US AU