Some People Have Real Problems

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Some People Have Real Problems
Studio album by Sia
Released 8 January 2008
Recorded London and L.A. in 2007
Genre Pop, alternative
Length 59:15
Label Hear, Monkey Puzzle
Producer Jimmy Hogarth
Sia chronology
Lady Croissant
Some People Have Real Problems
We Are Born
Alternative Cover
Singles from Some People Have Real Problems
  1. "Day Too Soon"
    Released: November 12, 2007
  2. "Buttons"
    Released: December 2007
  3. "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine"
    Released: April 21, 2008
  4. "Soon We'll Be Found"
    Released: October 13, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars 2008
Art Nouveau Magazine Positive link
Entertainment Weekly A- 2008
Pitchfork Media 4.8/10 link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars link 3/5 stars 2008

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.[1] The album debuted at number 26 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little Black Sandals"   Sia Furler, Dan Carey 4:14
2. "Lentil"   Sia, Samuel Dixon 4:27
3. "Day Too Soon"   Sia, Dixon 4:24
4. "You Have Been Loved"   Sia, Clifford Jones, Peter-John Vettese 4:23
5. "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine"   Sia, Rob Allum, Phil Marten, Eddie Myer 2:40
6. "Academia"   Sia, Carey 3:16
7. "I Go to Sleep"   Ray Davies 3:47
8. "Playground"   Sia, Dixon, Felix Bloxsom 3:29
9. "Death by Chocolate"   Sia, Greg Kurstin 5:03
10. "Soon We'll Be Found"   Sia, Rick Nowels 4:21
11. "Electric Bird"   Sia, Henry Binns 4:26
12. "Beautiful Calm Driving"   Sia, Dixon 5:02
13. "Lullaby" (including hidden track "Buttons") Sia, Dixon 9:55

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 backrdop.


Sales and chart performance[edit]

Following its release, the album debuted at number 26 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 20,000 copies in its first week.[4] The album was also chosen as iTunes Top Pop Album of 2008.

The album received Gold accreditation in the Australian ARIA charts in 2011.[5]


Chart (2008-09) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 26
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 26
U.S. Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums 5
U.S. Top Digital Albums 5
U.S. Billboard Tastemakers 10
Irish Albums Chart 92
Belgian Albums Charts (Flanders) 83
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[6] 41
Australian Independent Album Charts 1
French Albums Chart 58


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 the 21st April 2008 and later followed by "Soon We'll Be Found" which was released on 13 October 2008

Year Single Chart Peak
19/11/2007 "Day Too Soon" UK Singles Chart -
2008 "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine" U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 8 [1]
2008 "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine" Global Dance Tracks 24 [2]
2008 "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine" Dutch Top 40 11
2008 "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine" Spanish Singles Charts 12
2008 "Soon We'll Be Found" UK Singles Chart 94[7]
2009 "Buttons" Australian ARIA Singles Chart 67
2009 "Soon We'll Be Found" Australian ARIA Singles Chart 89
2010 "I Go To Sleep" Australian ARIA Singles Chart 32

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Catalog
United States 8 January 2008 Monkey Puzzle / Hear Music HMCD–30629
United Kingdom 14 January 2008 Monkey Puzzle MPRCDC1


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  2. ^ "**> some people have REAL problems <**". Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  3. ^ "**> Some People Have Real Problems <**". Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  4. ^ Hasty, Katie. "Keys Holds Off Radiohead, 'Juno' At No. 1". Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  5. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2011 Albums
  6. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  7. ^ "The Official UK Singles Charts". OCC. 2007-10-21. Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-10-23.