Some People Have Real Problems

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Some People Have Real Problems
Studio album by Sia
Released 8 January 2008 (2008-01-08)
Recorded 2007
Genre
Length 59:15
Label
Producer Jimmy Hogarth
Sia chronology
  • Some People Have Real Problems
  • (2008)
Alternative Cover
Singles from Some People Have Real Problems
  1. "Day Too Soon"
    Released: 6 November 2007 (2007-11-06)[1]
  2. "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine"
    Released: 27 March 2008 (2008-03-27)[2]
  3. "Soon We'll Be Found"
    Released: 13 October 2009 (2009-10-13)
  4. "Buttons"
    Released: 25 November 2008 (2008-11-25)[3]

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

Background[edit]

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."[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
Art Nouveau Magazine Positive[8]
Billboard Positive[9]
The Boston Globe Positive[10]
The Boston Phoenix 3/4 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[12]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork Media 4.8/10[14]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[16]

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.[6]

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"[edit]

"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.

Personnel[edit]

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.[19] The album was also chosen as iTunes Top Pop Album of 2008.

The album received Gold accreditation in the Australian ARIA charts in 2011.[20]

Album[edit]

Chart (2008-09) Peak
position
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[21] 41
Australian Independent Album Charts 1
French Albums Chart 58

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[22] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

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

Year Single Chart Peak
position
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[23]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes – Music – Day Too Soon". iTunes Store (US). Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine". 7digital (BE). Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "iTunes – Music – Buttons (Remixes)". iTunes Store (US). Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sia interview - Features - Music". Time Out Sydney. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Sia Talks Missed Winehouse Collaboration, Working With Beck". Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Some People Have Real Problems". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Some People Have Real Problems – Sia". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Reneau, Cale (2008). "Some People Have Real Problems: Album Review". Art Nouveau Magazine (March-April). Archived from the original on 18 August 2009. 
  9. ^ Wood, Mikael. Billboard http://web.archive.org/web/20080925190851/http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/content_display/reviews/albums/e3i5d4ee6c1f9636327deaa5402a021aa97. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Laban, Linda (15 January 2008). "She's not feeling sorry for herself". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 18 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Micallef, Ken (28 January 2008). "CD Reviews". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Savage, Lesley (4 January 2008). "Review: Some People Have Real Problems". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Macpherson, Alex (4 January 2008). "Sia, Some People Have Real Problems | Pop". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 5 January 2008. 
  14. ^ Colville, Liz (27 February 2008). "Sia: Some People Have Real Problems". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. 
  15. ^ Sheffield, Rob (7 January 2008). "Some People Have REAL Problems". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  16. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (13 January 2008). "Music Review: Sia: Some People Have Real Problems". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. 
  17. ^ "**> some people have REAL problems <**". Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  18. ^ "**> Some People Have Real Problems <**". Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  19. ^ Hasty, Katie. "Keys Holds Off Radiohead, 'Juno' At No. 1". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  20. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2011 Albums http://www.aria.com.au/pages/httpwww.aria.com.aupageshttpwww.aria.com.aupageshttpwww.aria.com.auALBUMaccreds2011.htm
  21. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  22. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION.
  23. ^ "The Official UK Singles Charts". OCC. 2007-10-21. Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-10-23.