Sia always seems to have something up her sleeve. Whether it's her trilogy music videos for "Big Girls Cry," "Elastic Heart" (starring Shia Labeouf), and "Chandelier," which personally disturb you in a beautifully animalistic way, or her appearances shielding her face with her signature half-blonde, half-black wig -- she always keeps you guessing. And if you think you've seen it all from the Australian singer-songwriter, Sia decided to add a surprise appearance from Jamaican rapper Sean Paul when she released the lyric video for the bouncy-pop track, "Cheap Thrills" from her new album This Is Acting, which was released last month.
"Cheap Thrills," originally written for Rihanna, is destined to be a summer anthem with it's dancey-pop sound and tropical beat (and Sean Paul). The video sets the scene of a 1950's dance-off with extremely awkward contestants/dancing/everything. The judge saunters around the dance floor, judging the uncomfortable old-timer dance moves when two faceless, Sia-wig-wearing party crashers appear and steal the show. The mystery contestants leave the room perplexed as they pull out some new-age Michael Jackson moves, the air guitar, and even the robot. The video is silly, fun and refreshing - a complete shift from her previous dark emotional productions - but she never falls short on the creativity scale.