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"Elastic Heart" is the eighth track from Sia's sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear. The song was released on January 9, 2015 and serves as the album's fourth single.

Music video Edit

On 7 January 2015, the music video for the song was released. Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, the video features Maddie Ziegler, who previously appeared in the video for Sia's single "Chandelier", and actor Shia LaBeouf. In the video, Ziegler and LaBeouf wear nude and dirt-smeared outfits. Justine Harman from Elle likened the concept of the video to the plot of Titanic. Jason Lipshutz from Billboard summarised: "The entirety of the video features the surprising pair interpreting the song through various body contortions: they dance-fight, collapse in the middle of the cage, crawl toward and away from each other, and make some wildly fantastic facial expressions."[1] The video was NOMINATED for the 2015 VMA Award for Best Female Video.[2] Billboard selected the video as one "of the 10 best music videos of 2015 (so far)",[3] as did PopCrush, commenting that the video's "lopsided choreography and filthy warfare yields a raw, junkyard beauty that doesn’t ask who will make it out alive, but whether escape is ever really on the table."[4] New York magazine's Vulture.com ranked it #6 on its list of 2015's top 10 music videos.[5] As of January 2016, the video had received more than 520 million views on YouTube. It was the 8th most viewed YouTube video in 2015.[6]

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Sia - Elastic Heart feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler (Official Video)

Elastic Heart
Release date: January 7, 2015
Director(s): Sia, Daniel Askill
Producer(s): Diplo, Greg Kurstin
Cast: Maddie Ziegler, Shia LaBeouf

Controversy Edit

Upon its release, the video faced criticism due to the depiction of an adult and child dancing together, clad only in beige dancewear. Some commentators perceived the piece as pedophilic, and Sia later apologised on Twitter: "All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play these two warring 'Sia' self states. I apologize to those who feel triggered by 'Elastic Heart'. My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody."[7] A YouTube parody of the song by Bart Baker that references this criticism has received over 15 million views, as of October 2015.

Charts Edit

Weekly charts Edit

Chart (2015) Peak

position

Argentina (Los 40 Principales) 1
Australia (ARIA) 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 35
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 16
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 14
France (SNEP) 23
Germany (Official German Charts) 29
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Israel (Media Forest) 2
Norway (VG-lista) 10
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 10
US Billboard Hot 100 17
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 27
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 13

Year-end charts Edit

Chart (2015) Position
Australia (ARIA) 14
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 38
Italy (FIMI) 50
Poland (ZPAV) 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 32
US Billboard Hot 100 52

Certifications Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA) 2x Platinum 210,000
Canada (Music Canada) Platinum 80,000^
Italy (FIMI) Platinum 50,000
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum 600,000
United States (RIAA) 2× Platinum 2,000,000^[8]
^shipments figures based on certification alonesales/streaming figures based on certification alone

Lyrics Edit

And another one bites the dust
Oh, why can I not conquer love?
And I might have thought that we were one
Wanted to fight this war without weapons
And I wanted it, I wanted it bad
But there were so many red flags
Now another one bites the dust
Yeah let's be clear, I'll trust no one

You did not break me
I'm still fighting for peace

I've got a thick skin and an elastic heart
But your blade it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubberband until you pull too hard
Yeah I may snap and I move fast
But you won't see me fall apart
'Cause I've got an elastic heart

I've got an elastic heart
Yeah, I've got an elastic heart

And I will stay up through the night
Let's be clear, won't close my eyes
And I know that I can survive
I'll walk through fire to save my life
And I want it, I want my life so bad
I'm doing everything I can
Then another one bites the dust
It's hard to lose a chosen one

You did not break me
I'm still fighting for peace

I've got a thick skin and an elastic heart
But your blade it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubberband until you pull too hard
Yeah I may snap and I move fast
But you won't see me fall apart
'Cause I've got an elastic heart

I've got a thick skin and an elastic heart
But your blade it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubberband until you pull too hard
Yeah I may snap and I move fast
But you won't see me fall apart
'Cause I've got an elastic heart

References Edit

  1. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6429587/sia-elastic-heart-video-maddie-ziegler-shia-labeouf
  2. http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2015/best-female-video/
  3. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6605833/2015-10-best-music-videos-taylor-swift-maroon-5-sia
  4. http://popcrush.com/best-music-videos-2015-so-far/
  5. http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/10-best-music-videos-of-2015.html#
  6. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/2015s-10-most-viewed-music-videos-on-youtube-20151209
  7. http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/sia-sorry-over-pedophilia-upset-caused-by-elastic-heart-video-20150108-12kabs.html
  8. http://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&se=Sia#search_section


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