Monday, March 21, 2016

Sia and Maddie Ziegler provide Cheap Thrills

Last year's Big Girls Cry was billed as the "final act" in Sia's trilogy of videos with teenage dancer Maddie Ziegler. But disproving the adage that all good things must come to an end, the pair are back together for Sia's latest single, Cheap Thrills.

As the song was originally written for Rihanna, it bears none of the psychodramatic hallmarks of Sia's more autobiographical material. "I realized just as soon as I was cutting it that it sounded a little bit too Brit-pop for [Rihanna]," Sia told Rolling Stone. "There's something really uplifting about [the song] that put me in a good mood... It felt very 'summer' and fun."

The bouncy synthpop gives Ziegler the chance to goof off, pulling beserk faces throughout and dopey poses throughout the clip while Sia - because she is still Sia - stands inert in the corner.

It's billed as a "performance edit" - so presumably there's a bigger-budget version of the video mired in a post-production suite right now. But I'll happily take this one instead.

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