|Single by David Guetta featuring Sia|
|from the album Nothing but the Beat|
|Released||9 December 2011|
|David Guetta singles chronology|
|Sia singles chronology|
"Titanium" is a song by French DJ and music producer David Guetta, featuring vocals by Australian recording artist Sia. Taken from Guetta's fifth studio album, Nothing but the Beat , the song was written by Sia, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort and Afrojack. Production was also handled by Guetta, Tuinfort and Afrojack. "Titanium" was initially released for digital download on 8 August 2011, as the first of four promotional singles from the album. It was later released as the album's fourth single in December 2011. The song originally featured the vocals of American recording artist Mary J. Blige, whose version of the song leaked online in July 2011.
"Titanium" is a pop song which draws from the genres of house and urban-dance. The song's lyrics are about inner strength. Critics were positive towards the song and noted it as one of the standout tracks from Nothing but the Beat. Sia's vocals received comparisons to those of Fergie and the song was also musically compared to Coldplay's work. "Titanium" attained top 10 positions in several major music markets, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number one, becoming Guetta's fifth number-one single on the chart and Sia's first.
The song's accompanying music video premiered on 21 December 2011 but does not feature appearances by Guetta or Sia. Instead, the video focuses on a young boy, played by actor Ryan Lee, with supernatural powers. The video has received over 1 billion views on YouTube as of 26 January 2019.
"Titanium" was written by Sia, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort and Afrojack. ... This has made me more curious to study her music more because I was really impressed. I have the biggest people on the album and she has a different profile, more like an indie kind of artist and it makes her song even more special, it makes it stand out I think."Production was also handled by Guetta, Tuinfort and Afrojack. After discovering Sia's music online, Guetta picked her to appear on his fifth studio album, Nothing but the Beat . Guetta told an insider from Los Angeles, "I was totally amazed by Sia
The song originally featured vocals from American recording artist Mary J. Blige, whose version of the song leaked online in July 2011. ... I'd rather not speak about it." Sia recorded a demo of the song, which was then sent to Blige and other artists. Eventually, Guetta decided to stay with her version. He explained, "The first time I heard what Sia did, because she was not in the studio with me, I fell in love with it ... I didn't even want to give it to anyone else; it was perfect the way it was. It's not only about how big you are in America, it's about the song and the voice." American pop singer Katy Perry was the first person to be offered the track but turned it down because she felt its message was too similar to that of her song "Firework". An insider told Take 40 Australia, "So that 'Titanium' song, Sia wrote it for Katy, but [Katy] didn't want to do a song with Guetta ... " According to Sia's manager, Jonathan Daniel of Crush Management, Sia wrote the song for American R&B singer Alicia Keys. Guetta considered approaching other female singers to record on the song, however Perry advised him to keep Sia on the track. Guetta ultimately followed this suggestion. Sia revealed that Guetta put her vocals on the song without asking for permission:In an interview with News.com.au, Guetta spoke about its leak, saying, "You shouldn't even know about that
"And then Mary J. Blige sang it. And then he took her vocal off it, and put my vocal back on, my demo vocal, without asking and released it. And I never even knew it was gonna happen, and I was really upset. Because I had just retired, I was trying to be a pop songwriter, not an artist."
"Titanium" was released for digital download on 8 August 2011, as the first of four promotional singles from the album, as part of the iTunes Store's countdown to the album's release.
"Titanium" is a houseand urban-dance song. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in common time with a tempo of 126 beats per minute. The verses are in the key of E♭ major, with a chord progression of E♭–B♭–Cm. The chorus and breakdown are set in the key of C minor, with a chord progression of A♭–B♭–Gm–Cm. Sia's vocal range span from the note of G3 to the note of E♭5.
According to Andrew Gregory of The Daily Telegraph , the song's intro features "a hint of 80s flavour". ... by amping up [her] vocals to match the outsized beats." David Jeffries of Allmusic compared the song to the music of Coldplay.Al Fox of BBC Music wrote that on the song, Sia has "ghostly mandolin-esque vocals". Cameron Adams of Herald Sun called them "square-peg", while Melinda Newman of HitFix compared her vocals to those by Fergie. Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club wrote that on the song, Sia "manage[s] to keep [her] head above the waves of synths
David Byrne and Tony Peregrin of Windy City Times described "Titanium" as "epic" and "energizing", writing, "it is Sia who steals the show" on Nothing but the Beat. "'Titanium' sees Guetta giving the Australian songstress some long overdue commercial appeal, while Sia's vocals bring a quirky twist." Kerri Mason of Billboard magazine described the song as "Guetta's quirkiest and most epic track to date (in itself an unusual combination)." Jamie Horne of The Border Mail called it a "strong" track. Joe Copplestone of PopMatters noted that songs on the album such as "Titanium" and "Night of Your Life", "recall the power" of Guetta's previous collaborations with Kelly Rowland on "When Love Takes Over" (2009) and "Commander" (2010). "Titanium" was nominated for Dance Work of the Year at the 2012 APRA Music Awards, but lost to "From the Music" by The Potbelleez.Robert Copsey of Digital Spy agreed, calling the song one of "the record's standouts". Tom Ewing of The Guardian wrote, "Sia, on 'Titanium', handles the album's best hook well." Rich Lopez of Dallas Voice wrote that the "collaborative lyrics elevate this song to a higher level than any previous track" from the album, and called it "clever writing" from Sia. David Griffiths off 4Music called it "The most intriguing hook-up" on the album, writing that
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, "Titanium" was pulled from radio stations in the United States due to the use of gun-related lyrics in the song. "Titanium" is part of a group of songs that have been taken off the air, including Kesha's "Die Young", and "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People.
On the French Singles Chart, "Titanium" debuted at number nine on 13 August 2011.After weeks of ascending and descending the chart, the song peaked at number three on 7 January 2012, giving Guetta his thirteenth top 10 hit in France. In Australia, the song debuted at number 31 on the ARIA Singles Chart on 15 August 2011, and peaked at number five on 5 September 2011. It was certified five times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting sales of 350,000 copies. "Titanium" became Sia's second highest charting single as a solo artist in the country as well as Guetta's ninth top 10 hit there. On the New Zealand Singles Chart, it debuted at number 18 on 15 August 2011. The following week, the song fell to number 39 and eventually fell out of the top 40. Upon its release as a single in December 2011, "Titanium" re-entered the chart at number 12 on 5 December 2011, and peaked at number three on 30 January 2012. It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ), denoting sales of 45,000 copies. In Austria, "Titanium" debuted and peaked at number three on 19 August 2011, and remained in the top 10 for ten consecutive weeks. The song was certified platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), denoting sales of 30,000 copies.
"Titanium" also reached the top 10 in the charts of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.On the UK Singles Chart, "Titanium" debuted at number 16 on 20 August 2011, and fell to number 31 the following week. The song descended the UK Singles Chart for three consecutive weeks and eventually fell out of the top 100. Upon its release as a single in December 2011, "Titanium" re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 61 on 14 January 2012, and climbed to number eight the following week. On 11 February 2012, it peaked at number one, and became Guetta's fifth number-one single on the chart and Sia's first. The song also reached number one on the UK Dance Chart. "Titanium" was certified quadruple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting sales and streams of 2,400,000. "Titanium" was the fourth best-selling single of 2012 in the UK, and it has sold over one million copies there as of February 2013.
In the United States, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 66 on the issue dated 27 August 2011.After it was released to US radio in April 2012, "Titanium" reached a new peak of number seven on the issue dated 21 July 2012, and became Guetta's fourth top-ten single on the Hot 100. It also peaked at number three on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, and number three on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. "Titanium" was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As of March 2014, the song has sold 3,852,000 copies in the U.S.
The music video for "Titanium" was directed by David Wilson.It was filmed in December 2011 in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac and at Dorval-Jean-XXIII High School, in the province of Quebec, Canada. A 14-second preview of the video was uploaded to Guetta's official YouTube account on 16 December 2011. The preview showed a young boy (played by actor Ryan Lee) in the smoky woods running away from a SWAT team of men. The video then closes with the caption, "The Music Video Coming Soon". The full video premiered online on 20 December 2011. Neither Guetta nor Sia appear in the video. Jason Lipshutz of Billboard magazine noted that "the supernatural scene and suburban setting" in the video recall the science fiction film Super 8 (2011), in which Lee stars. Becky Bain of Idolator wrote that, "The video is beautifully shot, and is courageous enough not to answer all its mysteries." A writer for Capital FM called it a "very cinematic video".
As of July 2020, the video has received over 1.3 billion views on YouTube.
In a deserted and destroyed school hallway, Lee's character is shown huddled on the ground. He slowly stands and walks down the hallway. He sees a female teacher in a classroom, who is horrified at the sight of him and closes the door. As the boy makes his way outside the school building, a police car arrives and the teacher rushes outside to tell the policeman about the boy, who rushes home on a bicycle to pack his things. At home, he sees a news report about the incident. Several policemen then appear outside the front door of the boy's house, while he tries to escape through the back door. The boy realizes that the door is locked, so he uses his telekinetic powers to grab the keys from the kitchen bench. The police breach the house to find two teddy bears floating in the air. The boy escapes into the woods, pursued by a SWAT team. An officer catches him and throws him to the ground. Surrounded and held at gunpoint, the boy gathers himself before using his supernatural powers once again to push the men away in a burst of power.
"Titanium" was used in the fifth season of the American television show Gossip Girl episode "I Am Number Nine", which aired on 7 November 2011.It also appears on the soundtrack of the 2014 film Wild Tales . Scottish recording artist Emeli Sandé performed "Titanium" with Guetta at the NRJ Music Awards, held in France on 29 January 2012. On 21 April 2012, Sia made a surprise appearance during Guetta's set for the second weekend of Coachella in Indio, California, where they performed "Titanium". The song also appears in the 2016 dance video game Just Dance 2017 . Sia performed the song throughout 2016 as a part of the setlist of her festival tour. It was performed by Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow in the Pitch Perfect bathroom a cappella scene. It was also covered in 2019 by the Cast of the American musical comedy television series Perfect Harmony —including Geno Segers, Rizwan Manji, and Tymberlee Hill— during the seventh episode of its inaugural season, "Rivalry Week". Dutch artist Glennis Grace performed the song with Afrojack at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
|1.||"Titanium (featuring Sia)" (Extended)||5:12|
|2.||"Titanium (featuring Sia)" (Alesso Remix)||6:43|
|3.||"Titanium (featuring Sia)" (Nicky Romero Remix)||5:40|
|4.||"Titanium (featuring Sia)" (Arno Cost Remix)||7:02|
|5.||"Titanium (featuring Sia)" (Gregori Klosman Remix)||6:23|
|6.||"Titanium (featuring Sia)" (Cazzette's Ant Seeking Hamster Mix Remix)||6:37|
Credits adapted from the liner notes for Nothing but the Beat.
|Australia (ARIA)||5× Platinum||350,000^|
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Platinum||30,000*|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Platinum||30,000^|
|Italy (FIMI)||2× Platinum||60,000*|
|Mexico (AMPROFON)||2× Platinum||120,000*|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||3× Platinum||45,000*|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||2× Platinum||60,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||4× Platinum||2,400,000|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
|Austria||9 December 2011||Digital EP|
|France||12 December 2011|
|Spain||13 December 2011|
|Ireland||16 December 2011||Digital Remix|
|United States||24 April 2012||Contemporary hit radio|
|Rhythmic contemporary radio|
In May 2012, "Titanium" was covered by British recording artist Tulisa on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation covered the song during their special program Within Temptation Friday on the Belgian radio station Q Music, where the band chose songs to cover not related to their style of music. Their version was then included on their cover album The Q-Music Sessions , released in April 2013. On 10 May 2013, Demi Lovato covered the song during a concert in San Diego, California.
Also in 2013, The Piano Guys released a mashup of "Titanium" and the classical music piece "Pavane" by Gabriel Fauré; the music video was filmed on location in Bryce Canyon National Park and Dixie National Forest, Utah.A separate Piano Guys version of the same was released featuring vocals by Tyler Ward.
English fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dawes covered the song on his debut album What Just Happened? in 2013.
Madilyn Bailey's version of "Titanium" reached number 13 on the French singles chart in 2015 and spent 34 weeks there.It also appeared on the Belgian French Wallonia Ultratop chart, peaking at number 23.
German Electro and Classical Music band Symphoniacs released an instrumental cover version of "Titanium" on 18 September 2017
On 31 October 2011, Andrew Wishart covered "Titanium" in the third series of The X Factor Australia ."Titanium" was also covered by Martin Madeja on the second season of X Factor Germany on 8 November 2011. On 10 February 2012, Morten Benjamin performed the song on the fifth season of X Factor Denmark . On 11 October 2012, 13-year-old Beatrice Miller performed "Titanium" during the judges' houses round of the second season of The X Factor USA . The song was also performed by Jahméne Douglas during the judges' houses round and Lucy Spraggan during the third live show of the ninth series of The X Factor UK on 20 October 2012. Spraggan's version had her own verses rather than those of the original song, and used the second half of Titanium's chorus as its own. On 7 November 2013, Ellona Santiago performed "Titanium" during Week 2 on Night 2 of the third season of The X Factor USA, where all the contestants had to sing their Save Me song due to graphic issues.
On 22 October 2012, former Lady Gaga backup singer Chevonne and 16-year-old Avery Wilson performed "Titanium" as a duet during the October battle rounds of the third season of The Voice US .On 23 April 2013, Michelle Chamuel and Chelea M. performed "Titanium" as a duet during the battle rounds of the fourth season of The Voice US.
On 16 May 2013, Adam Lambert and Angie Miller performed a duet of the song on the finale of the twelfth season of American Idol , where Miller was a finalist.
British pop and soul singer Jahméne Douglas released a cover version of "Titanium" on 22 July 2013 as the lead single from his debut studio album, Love Never Fails (2013).Douglas' version peaked at number 94 on the UK Singles Chart. Talking to Digital Spy , Douglas said: "It's very hard to sing. I was scared to do it because it's a big chart song and I'm quite old school. For me, the song is about strength and the music video is based around domestic violence and how a woman gets out of it. The lyrics are so powerful for that interpretation. Hopefully if someone is in that situation and watches it, they'll think, I can get out." A music video to accompany the release of "Titanium" was first released onto YouTube on 12 June 2013 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-four seconds. The music video shows Douglas next to a piano, while a story of domestic abuse plays out.
An a cappella version of the song was sung by Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow during a shower scene in the film Pitch Perfect (2012).
In 2019 a cover of "Titanium" the Perfect Harmony Cast —including Geno Segers, Rizwan Manji, & Tymberlee Hill— was released by Universal Music Group on 20th Century Fox TV Records.
In August 13, 2020, English singer Rick Astley uploaded a pianoforte cover to video-sharing site YouTube.
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