Well, his reign is over – although it may be brief – as another track has taken the coveted spot, despite being released several months ago. Sia‘s Cheap Thrills marks her first time leading the Hot 100 with her own single (she wrote Rihanna’s Diamonds, which was also number one in 2012) and the first female to do so since Madonna in 2000. The song has spent 23 weeks in the charts overall.
Cheap Thrills is from her latest album This Is Acting, which was released in January this year. Other singles from the album including Alive and Bird Set Free had a good amount of radio play, but never reached the peak spot on the Billboard charts.
During an interview with Rolling Stone last year, she revealed that she had originally written the song for Rihanna, however, it was turned down:
“Her manager said “We want Diamonds. We need soul. We want some music that has feeling. I went to Greg [Kurstin], and that’s what we came up with. I realised just as soon as I was cutting it that it sounded a little bit too Brit-pop for her. It’s more Icona Pop. We did actually send it to her, but they passed on it, and then I just couldn’t stop listening to it in the car,” she recalled.
“There’s something really uplifting about it that put me in a good mood, and I would just pretend it wasn’t me singing,” she described the song with a laugh. “It felt very summer and fun, and I was like, ‘I’ll put that on there.'”
I’m sure she’s grateful that she kept it. Watch the video for Cheap Thrills below.