Elastic Heart

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"Elastic Heart"
Single by Sia featuring The Weeknd and Diplo
from the album The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)
Format Digital download
Genre PBR&B, indie pop, electronic
Length 4:20
Label RCA/Republic/Lionsgate
Writer(s) Sia Furler, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Abel Tesfaye, Andrew Swanson
Producer(s) Diplo, Greg Kurstin
Sia singles chronology
"She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)"
(2012)
"Elastic Heart"
(2013)
"Chandelier"
(2014)
The Weeknd singles chronology
"Live For"
(2013)
"Elastic Heart"
(2013)

Elastic Heart is a song by Sia, recorded for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the soundtrack for the 2013 American science-fiction adventure film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It was released as a digital single on October 1, 2013.[1] "Elastic Heart" was produced by American producers Diplo and Greg Kurstin. It has reached number 7 on the New Zealand music chart, and has also made chart appearances in UK, Australia and Belgium. Although the film version features The Weeknd singing the second verse, a solo version of the song also appears on Sia's sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear.

Background[edit]

"Elastic Heart" marks Sia's first release as the lead artist since her 2012 collaboration with David Guetta for "She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)". While the single is technically the second to be released, it is the second single to be confirmed, following by Christina Aguilera's "We Remain". It was sent to US rhythmic contemporary radio by RCA Records, Republic Records and Lions Gate Entertainment on October 8, 2013.[2]

Reception[edit]

"Elastic Heart" has received critical acclaim from a variety of music critics claiming it as one of the best tracks from the album. Blue Sullivan of Slant Magazine wrote that "'Elastic Heart' is a seamless and highly successful team-up that reads like a grimier after-market version of Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want'."[3] Spin magazine's Chris Martins stated that "Sia soared" and it was a "bubbling ballad,"[4] and Bradley Stern of MuuMuse claimed it was "a perfectly chaotic combination."[5]

Music video[edit]

A self-directed[6] music video for the track appeared on the Banana's Music Club YouTube channel on 13 November 2013. The video features a couple struggling to cope with their break-up. Most of the locations shown in the video appeared later on the artwork for the album 1000 Forms of Fear.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 67
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 79

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
New Zealand (RMNZ)[11] Gold 7,500*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States October 1, 2013 Digital download[1] RCA/Republic
October 22, 2013 Contemporary hit radio[12] RCA/Republic/Lionsgate

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elastic Heart (From "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Soundtrack) [feat. The Weeknd, Diplo]". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Top 40/R Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Blue (24 November 2013). "Original Soundtrack: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Martins, Chris (30 September 2013). "Sia Soars With the Weeknd and Diplo on 'Elastic Heart'". Spin. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Stern, Bradley (September 2013). ""Elastic Heart (feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)": Sia Soldiers On With Almighty 'Hunger Games' Anthem". MuuMuse. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Twitter.com - Sia's tweet, 14 November 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  7. ^ "The ARIA Report". ARIA Charts. November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo – Elastic Heart" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo – Elastic Heart". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 12th October 2013". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Sia feat. The Weeknd and Diplo – Elastic Heart". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "CHR Airplay Archive". FMQB. Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.