” Titanium ” is by David Guetta ( Pierre David Guetta ), the French DJ, record producer and remixer. The song was written by Sia Furler, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort and Nick Van De Wall.
Production for the single was by David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort and Nick Van De Wall ( known professionally as Afrojack ).
The single was released by record labels Virgin and Capitol US on the 9th of December 2001 and taken as the fourth single from David’s Fifth Album, Nothing but the beat.
The song was initially issued as a digital download on the 8th of August 2011 one of four promotional singles.
A previous version of ” Titanium ” was leaked online in July 2011 and featured the vocals of Mary J. Blige, the American Grammy award-winning artist.
Australian artist Sia sings vocals on this version of the track. She’d recorded a demo which was sent out to various artists including Mary J. Blige, but David decided that it was Sia’s version that was the one to go with for the single.
Katy Perry was offered the track but declined; she felt the message was just to close to ” Firework “, her 2010 US Number One. David considered using other female artists for the track, Katy advised him to keep Sia’s vocals, so David took her advice, and it was Sia’s vocals used.
Sia revealed later that her vocals from the demo were used by David without her permission, she said of the unauthorised use of her vocals ” 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 “.
Keeping Sia’s vocals on the track proved to be a good move, the ballad which has elements of house, pop and urban-dance was a huge hit with music critics with critical acclaim across the board.
A review by commonsensemedia.org said the song ” The master of infectious dance beats, David Guetta does another respectable job with this track. Though the result isn’t mind-blowing, the inclusion of strong vocals by Sia helps to make this a solid single “.
Writing for the Guardian, a British newspaper, Tom Ewing wrote: ” Sia, on ‘Titanium’, handles the album’s best hook well “.
Rich Lopez reviewed ” Titanium ” for Dallas Voice ( a newspaper for the gay community in Dallas, Texas ) saying ” collaborative lyrics elevate this song to a higher level than any previous track” from the album, and called it “clever writing” from Sia ”
The accompanying music video for the song was shot on location in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac and at Dorval High School, in the province of Quebec, Canada.
Directed by David Wilson, it features actor Ryan Lee running from a SWAT team through woods. Both David and Sia are absent from the video.
” Titanium ” was a commercial success, in the United States it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number sixty-six and climbed to reach a peak of number seven.
The song was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold 3,852,000 copies in the United States as of March 2014.
Outside of the United States, the song was also successful; it reached number three in David’s native France giving him his thirteenth Top Ten hit there.
David also made it into the Top Ten in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
In the United Kingdom, ” Titanium ” entered the UK Singles Chart at number sixteen but fell back to number thirty-one-a week later. After three weeks the song had dropped out of the chart.
It re-entered later and went on to become a Number One, making it David’s fifth chart-topper and Sia’s first.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 7
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 5, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 10, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 4, Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100) 18, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 7, Colombia (National-Report) 9, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 5, Denmark (Tracklisten) 3, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 4, France (SNEP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 5, Honduras (Honduras Top 50) 25, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 25, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Israel (Media Forest) 1, Italy (FIMI) 3, Mexico Inglés (Billboard) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 3, Norway (VG-lista) 2, Poland (Polish Dance Club Singles Chart) 5, Romania (Romanian Top 100) 7, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 94, South Korea International Singles (Gaon) 83, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 5, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 9
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