Many of Hollywood’s most well-known musicians didn’t start off as successful solo artists. Instead, they began their careers penning songs for other singers or as members of other, now-defunct groups. Here are 10 popular artists who’ve been on the music scene way longer than you think.
Though Sia has been making music since the early age of 17, she first began garnering true public attention in 2005, when her piano ballad “Breathe Me” appeared in the HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and went on to became an instant viral sensation. In the following years, she released two albums — 2008’s Some People Have Real Problems, which debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 chart, and 2010’s We Are Born, which peaked at No. 37. More significantly, she became a known hit songwriter, penning tunes for huge pop stars, like Beyonce, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Flo-Rida and many, many more.
In 2014, she finally became a full-fledged star in her own right, thanks to her single “Chandelier.” The song, off her album 1000 Forms of Fear, became an international success and her highest ranked solo song to date at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for four Grammy Awards and 1000 Forms of Fear also reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts.