Alive (iTunes) is the lead single from Sia's forthcoming album This Is Acting, which is compiled of tracks originally written for others. Sia discussed in an interview that she plays a variety of characters on her new record, which explains her title.
"I'm calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn't go in thinking 'this is something I would say'. It's more like play-acting. It's fun."
The track Alive was originally intended for Adele, now with cover art featuring Sia's grungy aesthetic wearing a black & white wig. Symbolic? Perhaps. This is only the beginning of the pop star's new releases. Who knows what's next.