Queer rapper Brooke Candy and hit songwriter Sia have been working together for more than two years, polishing up the "Opulence" artist's official debut album and packaging her as a certified pop star on RCA Records (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera). It's an unlikely collaboration, but one rooted in genuine friendship—the "Alive" singer approached Candy at the very beginning of her career, when she was still homeless and sporting those long iconic braids from Grimes' "Genesis" video.
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Today, Sia's work as Candy's Executive Producer finally premiered online with an optimistic anthem, "Living Out Loud," that sees the two trading off verses throughout. "No, nothing can stop me now," Sia wails on the chorus, with those unparalleled pipes designed to cause ceaseless chills. "I'm screaming my demons out [...] Living out loud is the only way I know how." Paired with bright, power-pop production, "Living Out Loud" could very well be Candy's first opportunity to break into mainstream music, having previously dominated the high fashion, queer art world.
"The new record we've been working on together has a strong message, but the sound is more polished," Candy told Noisey last March. "I've been describing it as thoughtful pop, like Luscious Jackson meets Smashing Pumpkins meets Madonna. The melodies are clean and bubbly, but the message is real. I want to make music that makes people feel some sort of bliss. That makes people want to spread some sort of love and light onto this planet because I think we're in a sort of dark age and the planet really needs it."
Listen to "Living Out Loud" by Brooke Candy and Sia, below.