"Rainbow"
Rainbow by Sia.jpg
Single by Sia
from the album My Little Pony: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Released15 September 2017
GenrePop
Length3:17
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
  • James Vincent Notorleva[1]
Producer(s)Jesse Shatkin
Sia singles chronology
"Dusk Till Dawn"
(2017)
"Rainbow"
(2017)
"Santa's Coming for Us"
(2017)
Music video
"Rainbow" on YouTube

"Rainbow" is a song by Australian singer Sia, released on 15 September 2017 as the lead single from the animated film My Little Pony: The Movie soundtrack. In the film, the song is performed by a pop singer pegasus named Songbird Serenade (voiced by Sia). The lyric penned by James Vincent Notorleva (JIM), "I can see your rainbow / in your tears / as they're falling down", has inspired the makeup trend of "rainbow tears".[2]

Music video

The music video for "Rainbow" was released on 19 September 2017. The video was directed by Daniel Askill and features Maddie Ziegler with choreography by Ryan Heffington.[3] The video cuts between footage of Songbird Serenade performing for a large crowd and Ziegler dancing only on a stage covered by a thin strip of water, wearing a wig resembling Songbird Serenade's mane, and successfully fighting and conquering the elements.[4][5]

Reception

"Rainbow" received critical praise. Bryan Rolli from Billboard called the song "uplifting", explaining "The Australian pop star eschews the vocal acrobatics of past hits like 'Chandelier' in favor of a restrained hook and hypnotic beat, while still sounding as powerful and inspired as ever. She maintains the evenhanded, optimistic spirit that elevates her best songs, singing, 'I can see a rainbow in your tears as the sun comes out.'"[6] Hilary Hughes from MTV said, "'Rainbow' has all the hallmarks of a stellar Sia single: Empowering message, driving beat, and an infectiously catchy melody."[7] Gabriella Ginsberg from Hollywood Life said the song was "simply gorgeous".[8]

References

  1. ^ Sources include:
    • Liner notes from physical copy of the album. The specific page can be found here.
    • "My Little Pony: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Credits". Tidal. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ Trish Bendix (24 September 2017). "Sia Shines Like a "Rainbow" in a Gorgeous Song from the "My Little Pony: The Movie" Soundtrack". New Now Next. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Sia - Rainbow (From The 'My Little Pony: The Movie' Official Soundtrack) (Official Video)". YouTube. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  4. ^ Breanne L. Heldman (19 September 2017). "Watch Sia's latest video with Maddie Ziegler… for My Little Pony: The Movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  5. ^ Gibson Johns (27 September 2017). "Maddie Ziegler 'never' did this one signature thing while dancing until she met Sia". AOL. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  6. ^ Bryan Rolli (15 September 2017). "Sia Brings Inspirational Song 'Rainbow' to 'My Little Pony' Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  7. ^ Hilary Hughes (15 September 2017). "SIA SOARS ON HER NEW SONG FROM THE MY LITTLE PONY MOVIE". MTV. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  8. ^ Gabriella Ginsberg (24 September 2017). "Sia Recorded A Song For The 'My Little Pony' Movie Soundtrack & It's Actually Amazing". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 24 September 2017.