“Cheap Thrills” by Australian singer, songwriter and record producer Sia Furler is a bouncy party anthem. Music critics had high praise for the track from one of pops finest songwriters. It certainly gets the thumbs up from Lovesongs247.com.
The original version was recorded for her seventh studio album This Is Acting in 2016. An official remix version of “Cheap Thrills” featuring vocals by Jamaican performer Sean Paul was released for digital download in February 2016. This version was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group performance. Paul added his own lyrics to the remix and the reggae tinged synth-pop song creatively employs a constant tropical beat and electro-pop style synth layers.
In the US “Cheap Thrills” became Sia’s first number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Sean Paul’s fourth. It reached top positions in France, Germany, Canada and Italy and in the UK reached number 2 on the singles chart.
Interestingly the song was originally intended to be performed by Rihanna for her album Anti in 2016, but was rejected by her. The lyric video featuring Sean Paul has been viewed more than 720 million times. It features a faceless couple wearing wigs which have become part of Sia’s signature look.
She became the first woman over 40 to top the Hot 100 since Madonna topped the charts with “Music” in 2000. The song is also proving popular in other media and is included in the dance video game Just Dance 2017.
A nice bouncy way to keep the year on track!