Homegrown pop phenom Sia has unleashed the very first taste of her upcoming album This Is Acting in the form of the huge new single Alive, which was originally written for Adele’s next album.
As Rolling Stone reports, Alive (below) was co-written by Adele and singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. and was set for inclusion on Adele’s highly-anticipated new album, but Sia ended up keeping it despite Adele’s $1 million offer for the track.
Alive sees Sia’s huge vocals sit atop Adele-friendly peaks and troughs, with a huge chorus and some more delicate moments dotted throughout. The song will appear on Sia’s next album, This Is Acting, which in February this year the singer said she had finished recording.
This Is Acting will be comprised entirely of songs which were originally intended for other artists. As Pitchfork reports, Sia has told Beats 1 that the album contains songs written for Beyoncé and Rihanna, amongst others.
Sia has also revealed she’s been working with English producer and singer FKA twigs, who recently dropped a heavenly cover of Sia’s Elastic Heart.
Sia also says she has a song on Adele’s forthcoming new album, so let’s hope the next thing she checks off her to-do list is breaking that no-touring policy.
Hear Alive in full, below.
Listen: Sia – Alive