Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'


Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was released Tuesday, July 8.

Sia took a rather unconventional route to promoting her album. She opted not to show her face during TV performances of the album's single "Chandelier," and didn’t pose for traditional photo shoots. Instead, she performed on TV with her back to the camera while a dancer (or dancers) interpreted the song — as seen recently on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Late Night With Seth Meyers" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

The promotion of the album effectively launched with her uniquely photographed Billboard magazine cover story last year. She was pictured on the Nov. 2 cover with a bag over her head that read, in part, "This artist is responsible for over 12 million track sales … and doesn't want to be famous."

Sia previously charted twice on the Billboard 200, with 2008's No. 26-peaking "Some People Have Real Problems" and 2010's No. 37 hit "We Are Born." ("Some People" logged Sia's previous biggest sales frame, when it launched with 20,000.) Prior to that, she reached the Heatseekers Albums chart with 2006's "Colour the Small One" (No. 14).

sia-1000-forms-of-fear-650Sia is probably best-known as the female voice heard on David Guetta's "Titanium" and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," both of which were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She also co-wrote Rihanna's No. 1 smash "Diamonds," Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)," Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts" and Britney Spears' "Perfume," among other tunes.

"Chandelier," meanwhile, recently became Sia's first top 20 hit on the Hot 100as a lead artist. It jumped 20-17 on the chart dated July 19.

so happy for her. really love this album.