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If you want to make a hit pop song, the first name on most artists’ speed dial is Sia. The hitmaker has been amassing a laundry list of chart toppers for both herself and other artists over the past decade, working with everyone from Adele to Beyoncé to Rihanna, while still managing to carve out her own incredible solo career with songs like “Chandelier” and “The Greatest.”
Now, Sia is working with American singer and rapper Brooke Candy for the new single “Living Out Loud.”
Best known for her song “Das Me” and her collaboration with Grimes on the Canadian singer’s music video for “Genesis,” “Living Out Loud” is the first single from Brooke’s upcoming debut album Daddy Issues.
The new track features the perfect pairing of vocals from both women, with Brooke opting to forgo her trademark rapping style on the single. While the song has an upbeat, high energy vibe, its subject matter is more of a cautionary tale for the clubs, rather than an ode to fun nights spent partying.
Taking on substance abuse, Brooke and Sia trade off singing duties on “Living Out Loud,” with the track acting as a countdown to a life lost from drinking. An intermittent downbeat pulls the listener back from mindlessly enjoying the track, acting as a reminder of the darker message.
Sia is still dropping chart-topping tracks from her 2016 album This Is Acting, including “Move Your Body” in January. Sia is up for three Grammys on Sunday, including Best Pop Vocal Album for This Is Acting, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Cheap Thrills” featuring Sean Paul and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Try Everything” from Zootopia.