"Bird Set Free" was initially written for the musical comedy, Pitch Perfect 2, but was rejected in favor of "Flashlight" — another song co-written by Sia. The song was later sent to Rihanna, who rejected it.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Sia told that "Bird Set Free," along with "Alive," were originally written for Adele's then-upcoming third studio album, 25. The song made it to the final cut, and a demo was recorded by Adele, who also planned to record it for her album. However, after having been told that the track was more of a "Sia song," she returned it back to Sia. After pitching it to Adele, Sia felt "seller's remorse," as she felt connected to the song. She describes it as "a big, anthemic, fun, sing-along-in-the-car song."
The song "Bird Set Free" is written in the key of F minor.
Critical Reception Edit
Rolling Stone said the song is "liberating". In a review of the song's parent album This Is Acting, Kathy Iandolf of Idolator wrote "This album is dark, indicated by the lead single 'Alive,' but also by the opener 'Bird Set Free,' where Sia takes a solemn vow to emotional liberation amidst strong piano keys." Alex McCown of The A.V. Club called it the "best female empowerment sing-along Katy Perry never wrote." Calling the song a "ginormo self-empowerment anthem", Hugh Montgomory of The Independent wrote "Sia produces something more complex, battle-cries from a volatile soul.
Sia performed "Bird Set Free" and "Alive" on the November 7, 2015 episode of Saturday Night Live.
Usage in Media Edit
"Bird Set Free" was featured over the end credits of the horror film The Shallows. It was also featured in the opening credits of the 2017 film Unforgettable.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||98|
|Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)||69|
|New Zealand Heatseekers (Recorded Music NZ)||9|
|Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)||65|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||69|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||92|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Spanos, Brittany (3 December 2015). "Sia on Reclaiming Adele, Rihanna's Unwanted Hits". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
- ↑ "Sia Talks New Album, Rejection | On Air with Ryan Seacrest". "Ryan Seacrest Presents" on YouTube. Accessed on 2016-01-25.
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