A bouncy reggae Icona pop song. This world wide number 1 hit was originally penned for Rihanna but the she rejected it. Sia wrote this song with Greg Kurstin, in an interview with Rolling Stone Sia said: “I went to Greg and that’s what we came up with. I realized just as soon as I was cutting it that it sounded a little bit too Brit-pop for her. It’s more Icona Pop. We did actually send it to her, but they passed on it, and then I just couldn’t stop listening to it in the car. There’s something really uplifting about it that put me in a good mood, and I would just pretend it wasn’t me singing. It felt very summer and fun, and I was like, “I’ll put that on there.” Sia released a remix of the song featuring Jamaican artist Sean Paul. In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Sean Paul was asked about his reaction to feature on the song, he said: “I just thought: ‘What a big sound, nice hook and melody she had put down. I’m a huge fan of her voice. She spans generations. My mum is a big fan of her voice and her songs and writing.”
Release Date: February 11, 2016
Songwriter/s: Sia Furler – Greg Kurstin – Sean Paul Henriques.
Label: Inertia – Monkey Puzzle – RCA
Chart Rankings: In the UK, the song peaked at number 2 on the Official Charts Company. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 1.2 million copies. In the US, it became Sia’s first number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. It also topped the Adult Top 40, US Dance Club Songs and Mainstream Top 40 songs. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Double Platinum for sales over 1.6 million copies. ‘Cheap Thrills’ topped the charts in several countries around the world including Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. It was certified Double Platinum in Poland, nine times Platinum in Italy, seven time Platinum in Canada, five times Platinum in Spain, Quadruple Platinum in Australia and Sweden. In Belgium, Germany and New Zealand it was certified Double Platinum, and in Austria it was Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Sia Kate Isobelle Furler was 40 years old when she released this song.
Cover Versions: Ahmed Alshaiba (Oud cover) – Megan Nicole – Gorenc Siblings – boyceavenue – Madilyn Bailey – KHS & Kina Grannis (Played on a Bicycle) – Vidya Vox – Leroy Sanchez – Sofi Winters – Ember Trio – Macy Kate – Sanathani Gowda – Peter Bence (Piano cover) – Kids of Leo – Anna Margo – Nika Zorjan – Alexander Stewart – Jenna Davis – Pelleko (Metal cover) – V-Sounds – Angelic – 2000 Voices (Acapella) – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.