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"Never Give Up" is a song recorded by Sia, from the soundtrack of the Garth Davis-directed film, Lion. Written by Sia and its producer Greg Kurstin, it was released on 18 November 2016.[1] The critical reception for the song was positive, and it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written For Visual Media.[2]

"Never Give Up"
Never Give Up by Sia.jpg
Single by Sia
from the album Lion soundtrack
Released18 November 2016
FormatDigital download
GenreElectropop, Indian
Length3:41
LabelSony Classical
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Greg Kurstin
Sia singles chronology
"The Greatest"
(2016)
"Never Give Up"
(2016)
"Angel by the Wings"
(2016)

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Critical receptionEdit

Jon Blistein from Rolling Stone called it an "inspirational anthem."[3] Sam Murphy from Music Feeds said, "Sia taps into the Indian roots of the film by delivering a Bollywood vibe beneath her characteristically sunny undertones."[4] Lars Brandle in Billboard described it as a "powerful and uplifting" number.[5] The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.[2]

Lyric videoEdit

An accompanying lyric video was released on 3 January 2017. Inspired by the plot of the film,[6] the clip follows a child and an older child with their faces shrouded, wearing half-blonde and -black Sia wigs, searching for each other in a deserted and ominous train station. As the video progresses, the kids reunite, scale a steely locomotive and follow the tracks out of the station and into the night.[3] The song's lyrics appear spray-painted on various surfaces in the yard.[7] Reviewing the clip, Vibe staff wrote that the singer "envisioned a journey of hope and faith between two conjoined souls in the visual experience."[8]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] Gold 35,000^
France (SNEP)[34] Platinum 150,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[35] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Never Give Up - Sia - Greg Kurstin". Deezer. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Grammy Nominations 2018: Complete List", Variety, November 28, 2017
  3. ^ a b Blistein, Jon (3 January 2017). "Watch Sia's Stirring 'Never Give Up' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Hear A New Bollywood-Inspired Sia Song 'Never Give Up'". Music Feeds. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. ^ Brandle, Lars (4 January 2017). "Watch Sia's Lyric Video for 'Lion' Theme 'Never Give Up'". Billboard. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Sia's "Never Give Up" Gets a 'Lion'-Inspired Music Video". The Hollywood Reporter. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  7. ^ "See Faceless Characters in Sia Wigs Run through Train Yard in "Never Give Up" Video". ABC News. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Sia's "Never Give Up" Lyric Video Is A Journey Filled With Hope". Vibe. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Sia – Never Give Up". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Sia – Never Give Up" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201717 into search. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 18, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Sia – Never Give Up". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Airplay Charts Deutschland – Woche 03/2017". German Charts. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Luxembourg Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 10, 2017" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sia – Never Give Up" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Norway Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Romanian International Top 10 Singles Chart". Media Forest. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  23. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201728 into search. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  24. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201703 into search. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  25. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sia – Never Give Up". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  27. ^ "Top Singles Annuel 2017 (physique + téléchargement + streaming)". SNEP(Syndicat National de l'Edition phonographique). Archived from the original on 29 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  29. ^ "Rádiós Top 100 - hallgatottsági adatok alapján - 2017". Mahasz. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  30. ^ "Single Top 100 - eladási darabszám alapján - 2017". Mahasz. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  31. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official Year-End singles chart". SloTop50. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  32. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2017 – hitparade.ch". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  33. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #414". auspOp. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  34. ^ "French single certifications – Sia – Never Give Up" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  35. ^ "Polish single certifications – Sia – Never Give Up" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 March 2017.

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