Released: 25 November 2008 (2008-11-25)
Some People Have Real Problems is the fourth studio album by Australian singer Sia. Released in 2008, the album featured singles including "Day Too Soon", "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine" and "Soon We'll Be Found". In live performances of the latter song, Sia used sign language to accompany her singing. The album displays a more upbeat pop-style than Sia's previous downbeat albums, whilst show-casing Sia's vocals on a number of big ballads. Non-single track, "Buttons", received attention due to its video in which Sia's face is distorted by pegs, string, net and condoms. The album debuted at number 26 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Sia talks about the inspiration for the album's name: "During recording people would come in and complain about traffic, and I'd say, 'Some people have real problems.' Like, they're waiting for a lung or they don't have a mum," she says. "I thought it would be a funny name for an album. And then I thought if I were to get rich and successful I would remember to not turn into an asshole. But I am one, so it didn't work."
Some People Have Real Problems received mixed to favourable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 20 reviews.
Near the time of release, those who purchased the CD could download 4 bonus tracks: "Buttons", "Blame It on the Radio", "Cares at the Door" (B-side for UK release of "Day Too Soon"), and "Bring It to Me".
"Buttons" is a hidden track after "Lullaby" on the international edition of the album, but it is a normal track on the Australian edition, in which it was the first single. "Buttons" was written by Freescha and Furler.
Sia commissioned fellow Aussie filmmaker Kris Moyes to direct the music video which went instantly viral through various online media channels including Perez Hilton's Blog, gaining 300,000 hits in under 3 hours.
Shot in the director's Hollywood apartment, the director manipulates the Sia's image using various wood and plastic materials as she performs the song against a pastel backdrop.
The first single "Day Too Soon" was released on 12 November 2007 in the UK and was followed by "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine" on 21 April 2008 and later followed by "Soon We'll Be Found", which was released on 13 October 2008