Listen: Sia smiles through the pain in new song ‘Eye of the Needle’

For someone who professes to abhor attention, Sia sure makes a big noise.

You’ve already heard “Chandelier,” the Australian singer’s skyscraping electro-pop jam with the music video starring an 11-year-old dance phenom instead of Sia herself, who in a recent New York Times Magazine profile described the idea of becoming famous as “horrible.”

Now she has released another powerful tune in the form of “Eye of the Needle,” which appeared online early Monday and sounds just as huge as “Chandelier.”

“Tears fall to the beat,” Sia sings over tolling keyboards and a pummeling drum beat. “Smile through the pain.”


“Eye of the Needle” is the second sampling from “1000 Forms of Fear,” due out in July. Sia’s first album as an artist since 2010’s “We Are Born,” it follows a string of hit singles she has co-written for other artists, including Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You” -- and “Perfume,” the beautiful-creepy Britney Spears ballad that didn’t become a hit but totally should have.