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NEWS 16 Jan 2008

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Sia’s New Release, some people have REAL problems, Debuts @ #26 on Billboard Charts; Goes to #3 on iTunes Week of Release

Appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"And "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Preview North American Tour Kicking Off February 15!

It's been a big week for Sia!

Following months of internet buzz that included strong support from sites ranging from Myspace to Perez Hilton to Rollingstone.com and EW.com, Sia's new solo release, some people have REAL problems (Monkey Puzzle Records/Hear Music), has debuted at #26 on the Billboard charts, selling more than 20,000 copies and finishing ahead of fellow press darling Kate Nash. The album also hit #3 on iTunes, and #2 on Rhapsody.

Sia celebrated the album's release with a performance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on January 8, followed by a tour of New York City in a specially designed bus that escorted her to 3 jam-packed performances at The Apple Store (Soho), Virgin Megastore and Starbucks.

Sia will follow all this with a very special performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on January 25th (tune in for a surprise!). Sia will also be featured in an upcoming two-page spread in the February issue of Spin, and a profile in Rolling Stone. Fans excited for her upcoming North American tour, which kicks off February 15, can also check out exclusive performance videos from her recent show at Hiro Ballroom (NYC) on "AT&T Blue Room."

Music critics nationwide agree that some people have REAL problems is one of Sia's finest:

"...stunning." - Entertainment Weekly (A-), January 11, 2008

"Sia's Some People Have Real Problems is an exellent soundtrack for a cold January spent bundled up indoors..." -ABC News, January 8, 2008

"...you'll want to get caught up in the drama Sia has to offer on her [third]

solo cd." - Associated Press

"From the moment she slips into her [opening track] ‘Little Black Sandals' she grabs your heart." - Chicago Tribune, Dec. 30, 2007

"... a Feist-y, airy crowd-pleaser of jazzy electropop." - WIRED, January 2008

"...Sia Furler vacillates...between Norah Jones smoky and Beth Orton ambient. At her most distinctive though, the former vocalist for electro-soul pioneers Zero 7 is something stranger and sadder..." - Spin, January 2008

"Sia Furler has a remarkable, sensitive, and astutely adult voice. It moves effortlessly and communicates ache like no other working today" - Black Book, December/January 2008

"The first great pop album of the new year." - Slant, January 13, 2008

"The record resonates with luxuriant instrumentation and sensitive, insightful lyics, but it's Sia's sensual and enchanting vocals that carry each song." - Amplifier, January 10, 2008

It all started back in August, when a video for the song "Buttons," a hidden track on some people have REAL problems, was picked by Perez Hilton, creating a fan frenzy that sent the video roaring up the Youtube charts, where it became the #1 most linked and #2 most viewed clip on YouTube the week it was leaked. Sia followed this by previewing most of her new CD live during a sold-out tour last fall, and releasing a 4-song digital EP on November 6 previewing tracks from the CD, including the first single, "Day Too Soon." The single was also made available as a free download to more than 1.5 million customers via Starbucks locations in the U.S. on November 6 as part of the company's "Song of the Day" campaign.

With two major label solo albums already under her belt, Sia has enjoyed worldwide success and recognition both as a solo artist and as the vocalist for Zero 7 (Simple Things, When It Falls and The Garden), Sia made her first U.S. splash as a solo artist when her song "Breathe Me" was featured in the final episode of the HBO cable television series "Six Feet Under" in late 2005, and which shot to #1 on iTunes the following day. Since then Sia has continued to gain critical acclaim and a growing fan base, touring last fall to sold-out shows across the U.S.

some people have REAL problems is a co-release in the U.S. and Canada from Monkey Puzzle Records and Hear Music. The album is available at Starbucks Company-operated locations and traditional music retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

The new music on some people have REAL problems is at once upbeat, quirky, and achingly gorgeous, featuring incredible song writing and lush arrangements. Sia also enlisted the help of a few talented friends when recording some people have REAL problems, including Beck, who sings on a track called "Academia."

Don't Miss Sia On Tour in the United States in 2008!

2/15 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up

2/16 Tempe, AZ @ Club Congress

2/18 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

2/19 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

2/20 Vancouver, BC @ Richard's on Richards

2/21 Seattle, WA @ Showbox

2/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater

2/24 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater & Cafe

2/26 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

2/27 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall

2/29 Chicago, IL @ Metro

3/1 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

3/3 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club

3/4 Montreal, QC @ Les Saints

3/5 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

3/7 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

3/8 New York, NY @ Webster Hall

3/10 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

3/11 New Orleans, LA @ The Parish

3/12 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

3/14 Austin, TX Stubbs (SXSW)

3/15 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues

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