It’s battle of the pop divas on Song Off today as we see new songs from the upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ movie fight it out for the title of ‘best song on the soundtrack’. We’re expecting plenty of vocal punch-ups and production kicks here.
In the blue corner is Australian singer-songwriting sensation Sia, and in the red is seasoned music veteran and pop diva herself Christina Aguilera. Let’s see who wins…
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[column width=half]Sia. Aussie popstrel whose released some great albums, two iconic songs with David Guetta and has penned hit tunes for Beyonce, Rihanna and many others.[/column]
[column width=half last=true]Christina Aguilera. One of the best singers on the planet and with some okay albums. Judge on The Voice US and queen of throwing shade at unlucky hopefuls on the show.[/column]
[column width=half]’Elastic Heart’. Weird title, catchy and dramatic almost-dancefloor tune.[/column]
[column width=half last=true]’We Remain’. Dramatic title, catchy and emotive ballad-y tune.[/column]
Plenty of big-bodied, iconic female vocals?
[column width=half]Yes. Sia’s recently become one of the biggest behind-the-scenes queens of pop production and so any chance for her to take centre stage again after a hiatus from being a proper popstar is great by us. Her vocals are top notch here and suitably cinematic.[/column]
[column width=half last=true]Absolutely. Christina’s voice has always been top-notch and she doesn’t fail to deliver here. It’s all very 90s ‘Whitney and Mariah’ but well-updated. She’s the new queen of vocal dramatics here.[/column]
Sizzling pop production?
[column width=half]No, but that’s okay. It’s the most ‘pop’ that the producers have probably gone in a while. It sounds very ‘Drake or Kanye trying to release a crossover pop hit’, so not very pop at all actually.[/column]
[column width=half last=true]Yes. It’s a big, stirring emotional production that would have been great on her last album and is full of big ‘we will survive’ sentiments. The post-chorus production is particularly sweeping and lovely.[/column]
Big electronic producers?
[column width=half]Yes. This is the big selling point of the song as Sia’s vocals were made for being electronic producers to craft around. The Weeknd (a Canadian hip-hop and electronic producer) and Diplo (electronic dance producer) have plenty of fun here and it’s a dramatic, swirling song that you’ll be hitting repeat on.[/column]
[column width=half last=true]No. There’s a bit to it, obviously, but it’s much more ‘pop’ and R&B than Sia’s tune. The lyrics, incidentally, are thanks to Ryan Tedder, power ballad extraordinaire and feel more than a little nod to Adele’s recent successful tunes.[/column]
Is it the breakout song of the album?
[column width=half]Yes. Sort of. It is a brilliant song and we’re calling it the breakout tune because it’s Sia and is therefore amazing, but the whole soundtrack is on the whole pretty good.[/column]
[column width=half last=true]No, but that’s alright, because we still love it a lot and it’s got a fantastic production and killer vocals and what more can you ask for in a pop song?[/column]
Should you download it?
[column width=half last=true]Yes.[/column]
Who wins the sing-off?
That’s up to you!
What do you think of the two songs? Vote below for which ever song you reckon is much better than the other. The soundtrack for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ will be released worldwide on 19th November 2013.
Result: The odds were ever in Christina’s favour, as ‘We Remain’ won this song off with 93.33% of the vote.