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Sophie Ellis-Bextor Lands Back In UK Top 10

by Music-News.com on January 8, 2024

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Murder on the Dancefloor re-enters the UK Top 10 today for the first time in 22 years at Number 8, thanks to its inclusion in the soundtrack to writer-director Emerald Fennell’s erotic psychological thriller Saltburn. The 2001 disco banger – which originally peaked at Number 2 – has enjoyed its highest-ever week of streams in the UK as a result. More on that below.

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A tender folk ballad about the malaise of living at home while your friends have all moved away, Stick Season (whose title refers to the transition period in Vermont between autumn and winter) had previously spent two non-consecutive weeks at Number 2.

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The Saltburn Effect! Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Murder on the Dancefloor rockets back into Official Chart Top 10 with biggest-ever streaming week

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Murder on the Dancefloor returns to the Official Singles Chart Top 10 today for the first time in 22 years, thanks to its inclusion in Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn.

Re-entering today at Number 8, according to Official Charts Company data Murder on the Dancefloor enjoys its best-ever streaming week in the UK (2.2 million streams). For context, in the 12 months prior to Saltburn’s release on Amazon Prime, weekly streams of the song stood at 293,000.

Having enjoyed prolific Singles Chart success in her early solo career plus five Top 10 albums, today marks Sophie’s first Top 10 single since 2007’s Catch You.

Speaking on her surprise return to the Official Singles Chart, Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells Official Charts:

“I’m always very connected to my music, and one thing I’ve always loved about my work is its ability to surprise me. Murder on the Dancefloor is a song I’ve been singing for 20 years, and I’m on really good terms with it. I love singing it, I love performing it and what’s happening at the moment is kind of magical, actually.

“Thank you [to all the fans new and old streaming the song] for such a magical adventure. I’m so proud of Murder on the Dancefloor, but I also share it with everybody who has love for it. I’m just having so much fun. Thank you!”

On Sophie’s success, Lauren Kreisler, Director of Brand & Digital, Official Charts, comments:

“The Official Chart is a mirror to British popular culture, that’s no more evident than in this week’s chart. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, welcome back to the Top 10!  

“We love to see the British public rediscovering chart classics, or young audiences discovering them for the first time, even.

“10 years ago, the Official Charts Company introduced streaming into the Singles Chart, and in the streaming era we’ve seen time and again that a memorable song paired with a ‘memorable’ scene, like Barry Keoghan’s Saltburn finale, can be dynamite for chart success.

“Murder On The Dancefloor originally peaked at Number 2 back in 2001, will the ‘Saltburn Effect’ continue and take it all the way this time? We’ll just have to wait and see…”

But the Saltburn fun doesn’t end there. The dark psychological thriller’s soundtrack also helps Mason and Princess Superstar’s 2006 single Perfect (Exceeder) re-enter the Official Singles Chart for the first time in 17 years, landing at Number 40. Upon original release, the track peaked at Number 3.

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