Unstoppable (Sia song)

"Unstoppable" is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, taken from her seventh studio album This Is Acting (2016). The song was written by Sia and Christopher Braide, and produced by Jesse Shatkin. It was released as the album's final promotional single on 21 January 2016. In July, a new version of the song was made for Gillette's 2016 Olympic ad campaign, "Pretty Isn't Perfect", which features a verse from American rapper Pusha T.[1][2][3] The song has accumulated prolonged success as a sleeper hit, garnering increasing fan attention over the course of six years, and reappeared on worldwide charts in the early 2020s.

"Unstoppable"
Unstoppable single art.jpg
Single by Sia
from the album This Is Acting
Released21 January 2016 (2016-01-21)
GenreElectropop
Length3:37
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jesse Shatkin
Live video
Unstoppable (Live from the Nostalgic For The Present Tour) on YouTube

CompositionEdit

"Unstoppable" is the fifth track on Sia's 2016 album This Is Acting. It has been called a "stomping, empowering jam" and "swollen self-esteem anthem of her ",[4][5] with lyrics like, "I'm unstoppable, I'm a Porsche with no brakes / I'm invincible, I win every single game / I'm so powerful I don't need batteries to play / I'm so confident yeah I'm unstoppable today."[6]

Release and commercial useEdit

Sia debuted "Unstoppable" on 20 January 2016, days before the album's 29 January release date.[4] The song marked the sixth used to promote the album prior to its release.[6][7][8] Major League Baseball used the song to promote the 2016 Postseason as well as highlights.[9]

In 2019, the song was used in the commercial for the Lancôme Idôle fragrance, which starred Zendaya.[10]

ReceptionEdit

"Unstoppable" has received mostly positive critical reception, with most reviewers commenting on its theme of empowerment. Jessie Morris of Complex commented that the song sounds like a "page torn right out of Demi Lovato's Confident book", while editors of other media platforms like Idolator noticed this as well, which raised speculation that the track was intentionally written for Lovato.[11][12] Billboard's Jessica Katz said the song is reminiscent of work by Rihanna and "clearly follows in the lineage of emotional barn-burners that have become [Sia's] trademark".[6] Michelle Lulic of Bustle said its lyrics "make it clear is the female empowerment anthem you had no idea you were missing from your life. Seriously, if you need a song to get you through the rest of the work week... and this is the song you've been waiting for."[13] Furthermore, Lulic wrote, "While ... the song was not initially written for [Sia], it certainly doesn't take away from [her] ability to handle the powerful ballad and catchy lyrics. Because, honestly, if it was Rihanna, Adele, or even Katy Perry singing this song, it still wouldn't lose its powerful message."[13]

MTV's Emilee Lindner said it "encourages those who are feeling weak to put their armor on". Furthermore, she wrote, "The song seems like it's taking the message from her previously released track, 'Alive', and giving it a boost. Instead of just surviving, she's going to prove to people that she's going to succeed, and she's going to look good doing it."[7] Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone called the song "triumphant", with a "fist-pumping, wall-smashing" chorus.[14] Stereogum's Tom Breiham, who wrote about the song after its debut but before This Is Acting's release, guessed that Sia wrote "Unstoppable" with a recording artist like Katy Perry in mind. He compared the song to the work of Florence and the Machine.[5]

Commercial performanceEdit

On the Billboard Hot 100 the song debuted at number 98 after 6 years of being released and peaked at number 38 becoming Sia's eighth top 40 hit on the chart.[15]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Certifications for "Unstoppable"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[56] Gold 20,000 
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[57] Gold 45,000 
France (SNEP)[58] Diamond 333,333 
Germany (BVMI)[59] Platinum 400,000 
Italy (FIMI)[60] Gold 35,000 
Portugal (AFP)[61] Gold 5,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] Gold 400,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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