After more than 20 years, Murder on the Dancefloor is a bigger hit than ever thanks to the nude scene in the film | Show

After more than 20 years, Murder on the Dancefloor is a bigger hit than ever thanks to the nude scene in the film | Show
After more than 20 years, Murder on the Dancefloor is a bigger hit than ever thanks to the nude scene in the film | Show
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British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor (44) has had more success than ever with her hit 22 years after the song came out. Murder on the dance floor. This week the song is back in the top 10 of the Dutch Single Top 100 for the first time since 2002 and also enters the Top 40 again. 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 dance floor sounds. 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.

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 the Netherlands she is at 7 in the Singles Top 100 this week, just like in June 2002. She is also in the Top 40 again for the first time since 2002, at position 30. The revival is reminiscent of Running up that hill by Kate Bush, thanks to the series Stranger Things was successful again.

Read more about the explicit scene in Saltburn: it took eleven takes to get it right

What did Sophie Ellis-Bextor do during those 20 years?

The singer had her breakthrough in 2000 with the song Groovejet (if this ain’t love) and later had success in the Netherlands Get over you (2002) and Not giving up on love (2010) with Armin van Buuren. 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 become a phenomenon, with a tour of the same name that will soon visit Utrecht and Groningen.

Also read: How are you doing now…? Murder on the dance floorstar Sophie Ellis-Bextor



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