As she set out to make “some people have REAL problems,” Sia Furler had a clear view of what she did — and didn’t — want her seventh solo album to be.
“I wanted to make an unfashionable album,” the Australian-born singer, who performs under her first name only, says with a laugh. “I just wanted it to be a pop album. I didn’t want it to be put in a genre. I wanted it to be good songs, played well...an album that you could put in the CD player and couldn’t necessarily tell what era it came from.”
Sia’s career to this point has glowed through a couple of periods itself.
The goddaughter of
Men at Work frontman Colin Hay, Sia, 32, was part of the Australian acid jazz group Crisp, and then the British collective Zero 7 before going solo with “OnlySee” in 1997 — scoring a couple of underground dance hits and placing her song “Breathe Me” in the series finale of HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”
A move to Los Angeles also led to a friendship with Beck, who appears on “some people...”
Sia’s new album, which came out Jan. 8, has already become her most successful, hitting No. 26 on the Billboard 200 chart and enjoying distribution via the Starbucks chain. “I feel like it’s an exciting time,” she says. “It finally feels like all the machinery is working together smoothly.”
The timing is good because she has several other projects on the runway — an animated superhero called H (for humanitarian) Crusader, a musical she calls a modern-day “Annie” and a screenplay. She also has a remake of Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” circulating on YouTube.
So Sia’s “real” problem, it seems, is finding enough time to do everything she wants.
“This is the best job ever,” she says. “I don’t really think about business; it doesn’t really bother me or worry me much. I’ve always felt pretty safe about being able to make a living out of music, so I just concentrate on doing it, you know?”
Sia and Har Mar Superstar perform Saturday (March 1) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit. com.
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