By Marissa G. Muller
Sia can no longer hide from the spotlight.
The Australian singer has just scored a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with her sixth full-length release, 1000 Forms of Fear, which has sold 52,000 copies in its first week.
This news is especially exciting for those who’ve been rooting for the Australian singer, considering she’s spent the past four years putting her energy into writing songs for others. Among them: Rihanna‘s “Diamonds,” Beyoncé‘s “Pretty Hurts” and Ne-Yo‘s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself).”
Now she’s finally receiving the recognition she deserves. This victory is all the more impressive since she bypassed a traditional promotional cycle behind 1000 Forms of Fear. Leading up to the release, Sia didn’t even show her face in promo photos, videos, or performances and instead opted for a rotating cast to play her while wearing a blonde wig in the video for the lead single “Chandelier” and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
1000 Forms of Fear is Sia’s first album in four years and follows up 2010’s We Are Born, which debuted at No. 2 in her home country of Australia. The album features guest spots from The Weeknd, Diplo, and Lana Del Rey collaborator Justin Parker (“Ride,” “Videogames”).
You can grab 1000 Forms of Fear over at iTunes.