Classic 'Annie' Song Gets a Modern Twist by Sia That Some Fans Won't Like (VIDEO)

Sia Annie soundtrack

If you’ve seen the previews for the Annie remake, you know that this movie looks like a completely modern update — for good or for bad — on the 1982 classic. The new version stars Quvenzhané Wallis (who you may remember from Beasts of the Southern Wild), Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, and Cameron Diaz, and while some have already judged the trailer and found it wanting (Hitfix: “Is there anything more to be done with this material that won't be tacky and horrible?”), I happen to think it looks cute, in a corny kind of way.

Those who think it was a terrible idea to remake the movie may not be in a receptive state of mind for some of Annie’s new music, which has also been majorly revamped. For example, guess who covered the song "You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"? SIA. As in Sia, the awesomely reclusive/unusual Australian downtempo/pop/jazz singer.

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I don’t think I would have predicted Sia would be on this soundtrack if you gave me a chalkboard and a week’s worth of time to write down my best guesses, but she’s already released a poppy rendition of the song. Her new spin on “You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" comes with a lyrical refresh, too: it now references Chanel and Gucci, among other changes. Also, it sounds ... well, completely different and not at all like what I expect a Sia song to sound like.

The music video is either insipid or sweet, depending on whether you are charmed by children trying to cheer up cranky New Yorkers. Personally, I think it’s fun to watch — take a look:

Pretty surprising, right? Sia will apparently contribute two other songs for the soundtrack: "Opportunity" and a track called "Moonquake Lake" featuring Beck. Quvenzhané Wallis also sings on the soundtrack along with Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz (... Cameron Diaz? Really?), so that should be interesting to hear when it comes out.

What do you think about Sia’s take on the original Annie song? Are you looking forward to the remake, or do you think it looks awful?


Image via Columbia Pictures

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