Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sia is set to make her directorial debut this year with the musical drama film Music.
The pop hitmaker co-wrote the screenplay for the movie, which was announced at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, along with 10 songs for the official soundtrack, Music – Songs From and Inspired by The Motion Picture.
Her two-in-one project has experienced multiple delays, and Billboard has been following its every move leading up to its scheduled February release date in the U.S.
Find out everything we know (so far) below:
Movie & album release dates
Music is scheduled for a special limited theatrical IMAX release in the U.S. on Feb. 12 and it opens in Australia on Thursday (Jan. 14) via StudioCanal. Music – Songs From and Inspired by The Motion Picture will drop on Feb. 12 via Monkey Puzzle/ Atlantic.
Songs on the album
Sia released the lead single “Together” and its colorful accompanying visual on May 20, 2020, followed up by “Courage to Change” on Sept. 24, which she later performed at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.
She dropped a third single “Hey Boy” on Nov. 19, the same day she announced the movie’s soundtrack. Sia also teased a sneak peek of Kate Hudson‘s performance of “1+1” on Dec. 18.
Actors in the movie & plot
Oscar-nominated actress Kate Hudson plays Zu, a “newly sober drug dealer and self-saboteur” who becomes the sole guardian of her autistic half-sister Music, who’s played by Sia’s longtime dancer Maddie Ziegler. As Zu struggles to take care of Music, she turns to her friendly neighbor Ebo, who’s played by Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., for help.
Controversy about autism
Sia faced severe backlash in November from the autistic community after casting Ziegler for the role rather than an actor on the autism spectrum. “Grrrrrrrrrr. F–kity f–k why don’t you watch my film before you judge it? FURY,” the “Chandelier” singer wrote in a since-deleted tweet shortly after revealing the trailer.
She elaborated further on the controversy to Australia’s The Sunday Project this month, stating, “I mean, it is ableism I guess as well, but it’s actually nepotism because I can’t do a project without her [Ziegler]. I don’t want to. I wouldn’t make art if it didn’t include her.”