Like the cast of Grease once sang, David Guetta and Sia go together "like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong," or something.
Since their first collaboration, Titanium in 2011, the pair have been almost inseparable, teaming up on no less than seven occasions, most recently on the funk-lined thumper Flames, which has peaked at Number 11. Here's a timeline of David and Sia (Davia?)'s musical partnerships.
Combined sales: 1.76 million
David and Sia's first collaboration was the result of a perfect storm. A respected singer-songwriter but with little mainstream success, Sia wrote and recorded a demo of the track for David, who in turn recorded it with Mary J Blige, but ultimately he preferred Sia's take. She agreed to the release, insisting it would be her last record as a singer - except it would be just the beginning of her rise to global stardom: Titanium went on to top the Official Singles Chart and sell over one million copies.
Wild One Two (2012)
Combined sales: less than 20,000
At the same time as Titanum, Sia featured on the party-starting Wild Ones by Flo Rida. A rapper-less remix of the track by Guetta and Nicky Romero featured on the former's re-release of his Nothing But The Beat 2.0 album.
She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) (2012)
Combined sales: 408,000
The pair hooked up again less than a year later under similar circumstances as Titanium. "I wrote that for Cher," Sia later revealed on the origins of She Wolf on Twitter. "Can't you hear me giving my Cher? I'm giving it my Cher!" But while its towering chorus and Sia's wallpaper-peeling vocals are all present and correct, the result didn't quite have the same magic as its predecessor, but still peaked at a respectable Number 8.
The Whisperer (2014)
Combined sales: Less than 20,000
Sia is the only artist to have tamed Guetta into producing a synth-less, electro-free ballad; and as it turns out, The Whisperer, which featured on his 2014 album Listen, is a pretty great one.
Bang My Head (2015)
Combined sales: 536,000
David and Sia re-grouped in 2015 for Bang My Head, an electro-tropical number that sounds like a blueprint for Sia's This Is Acting Album (the one with Cheap Thrills on it), which was released a couple of months later. Once again, uplifting defiance is the name of the game here - because if it ain't broke...
Combined sales: 116,000
Sia's stirring piano ballad recorded for the Fifty Shades Darker film earlier this year was given the Guetta (and Afrojack) treatment, adding some nifty electro-squiggles to the chorus.
Combined sales: 109,000
David and Sia's seventh collaboration puts a funky twist on their trademark motivational anthems, with Sia declaring: "Just keep moving, look within for the strength today" over the kind of synthwave production you might expect to soundtrack neo-noir crime thriller.
David Guetta and Sia's collaborations ranked in order of sales (UK)
|1||TITANIUM||DAVID GUETTA FT SIA||1||2011|
|2||BANG MY HEAD||DAVID GUETTA FT SIA||18||2015|
|3||SHE WOLF (FALLING TO PIECES)||DAVID GUETTA FT SIA||8||2012|
|4||HELIUM||SIA VS DAVID GUETTA & AFROJACK||45||2018|
|5||FLAMES||DAVID GUETTA FT SIA||11||2018|
|6||THE WHISPERER||DAVID GUETTA FT SIA||N/A||2014|
|7||WILD ONE TWO||DAVID GUETTA & NICKY ROMERO FT SIA||N/A||2011|
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