MusicBritish singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor (44) has had more success than ever with her hit ‘Murder on the dancefloor’ 22 years after the song came out. This week the song is back in the Ultratop 40 for the first time since 2002. All thanks to a much-discussed nude scene in the film ‘Saltburn’.
This is the final scene of the psychological thriller, which has been available on Amazon Prime since the end of last year. In it, the character Oliver Quick (played by Barry Keoghan) dances completely naked through a house without any restraint, while ‘Murder on the dancefloor’ plays. It probably caused many young people to discover the song for the first time, after which it went viral on TikTok in January. We are now a month further and the success is increasing every day.
Countless influencers, world stars such as Oprah Winfrey and top skater Suzanne Schulting made videos with the song and even NASA cited the song. After all, Mercury looks like a disco ball in new photos. ‘It’s Mercury on the dancefloor, but you better not kill the groove’, the space agency wrote. The well-known clip, in which a cunning Ellis-Bextor sabotages a dance competition, surpassed 100 million views and Murder entered the list of most streamed songs in the world for the first time (16th place now), as well as in the prestigious American Top 100. ‘Murder on the dancefloor’ has even been included in the global Spotify chart for the first time after reaching more than 1 reached .43 million streams.
In England, a number 1 ranking is even close for the first time. The song has no longer been available on TikTok since Thursday, because record company Universal has removed all its music from the app. But the song is still often streamed and will soon be joined by sales of CD and vinyl singles that Ellis-Bextor has cleverly released. In Belgium she is also in the charts again: she managed to reach place 39 in the top 40. Great for a song that was released in 2002. The revival is reminiscent of ‘Running up that hill’ by Kate Bush, which had renewed success thanks to the ‘Stranger Things’ series.
What did Sophie Ellis-Bextor do during those 20 years?
The singer broke through in 2000 with the song ‘Groovejet (if this ain’t love)’ and later had success in the Netherlands with ‘Get over you’ (2002) and ‘Not giving up on love’ (2010) with Armin van Neighbors. After that it became quiet internationally, but she continued to make music, with considerable success, especially in England.
In addition to eight albums, she also had five children, all sons. That wasn’t easy; With her first two children she suffered from preeclampsia, she had to give birth prematurely and her babies ended up in intensive care. They are doing well now.
Her career took off when she gave live extravagant concerts via Instagram from her kitchen during corona times, almost tripping over her children. The ‘Kitchen Disco’ has grown into a phenomenon, with a tour of the same name that will soon visit Utrecht and Groningen.
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