Kylie Minogue

Indeed, total wasted moment that. Especially as was out after Ultimate Kylie, instead of being the other way around like it should have been.

If they had released "I Believe in You" as a single in the week that Ultimate Kylie did come out, they'd have just needed to sell 30,000 copies to beat Girls Aloud, whose CIN-charity single and #1 "I'll Stand By You" was crashing in sales and almost fell behind Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath" (which that week's issue of Music Week tells us was the longest time at that point a song had been stuck at #2 since "The Loco-motion", incidentally)

Two weeks after Ultimate Kylie hit retail, "I Believe In You", debuted at #2, behind Band Aid's second week at #1, with 39,000 sales. Absolutely robbed.
 
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So how did Boombox get unearthed actually? Pretty random for a demo from the previous era to be used in conjunction with Can't Get You Out Of My Head for a tour performance.
 
If they had released "I Believe in You" as a single in the week that Ultimate Kylie did come out, they'd have just needed to sell 30,000 copies to beat Girls Aloud, whose CIN-charity single and #1 "I'll Stand By You" was crashing in sales and almost fell behind Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath" (which that week's issue of Music Week tells us was the longest time at that point a song had been stuck at #2 since "The Loco-motion", incidentally)

Two weeks after Ultimate Kylie hit retail, "I Believe In You", debuted at #2, behind Band Aid's second week at #1, with 39,000 sales. Absolutely robbed.
Love pop facts like these. Interesting that it really could have been #1 if moved earlier release date wise.
 
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I Believe In You could have been a number one if they released it more strategically. That one is the number 1 that got away.
I guess that the logic was that it was more important to sell more copies of Ultimate Kylie than it was to have a hit single. If the biggest selling point of a Greatest Hits collection is its two new songs, keeping the two new songs exclusively on the album to shift more copies makes sense, imo.
 
I guess that the logic was that it was more important to sell more copies of Ultimate Kylie than it was to have a hit single. If the biggest selling point of a Greatest Hits collection is its two new songs, keeping the two new songs exclusively on the album to shift more copies makes sense, imo.

Then everyone else would have released their Greatest Hits singles afterwards as well. This one was probably the first time I'd seen that happening and I can't really think of any other examples, at least prior to the digital era, when GH's became obsolete for about 5 years and then the streaming era, when they bounced back and became the easisest way to rig the album chart for platinum discs.

I outlined this not long ago, but my theory is that Parlophone had seen "Slow" be a low-selling #1, Body Language had underperformed, and they thought that either Destiny's Child or Girls Aloud would beat them, so they could save face by releasing it afterwards and then claim that they knew they wouldn't be #1 anyway because of Band Aid. We all know that Ultimate Kylie was the answer to fix a pop emergency courtesy of the course-correction department of EMI.
 
Yep, it all started of so great and then slowly but surely went down hill. Not in the music itself of course.

It really was getting concerning music wise though.

Beautiful came up on my Spotify shuffle. That’s got to be her worst song for me.

I can’t believe that was even considered for a single, let alone made the album.
 
Something I never quite understood (and am irked by) was "Body Language" being released early. I believe it was brought forward because Robbie Williams was not going to meet his album deadline for Q4 2003 and Parlophone wanted to ensure they had a big release for Q4.

If true, it's unfair that Kylie had to deliver because Robbie couldn't. Plus Parlophone being greedy and (partly) setting Kylie for failure.

I am actually quite fond have "Body Language" but agree the first half is significantly stronger than the second half. Perhaps the additional time would have helped ensure the entire album was strong.
 
Something I never quite understood (and am irked by) was "Body Language" being released early. I believe it was brought forward because Robbie Williams was not going to meet his album deadline for Q4 2003 and Parlophone wanted to ensure they had a big release for Q4.

If true, it's unfair that Kylie had to deliver because Robbie couldn't. Plus Parlophone being greedy and (partly) setting Kylie for failure.

I am actually quite fond have "Body Language" but agree the first half is significantly stronger than the second half. Perhaps the additional time would have helped ensure the entire album was strong.
Yeah, it kinda sucks that she was forced to release it. If I recall correctly, Kylie had just decided that the album was going to be an 80s throwback record when they told her she needed to release it during Q4. Had she had more time to record, I imagine we’d have gotten more songs in the vein of Slow.
 
Body Language, certainly does rank highly up in my Kylie albums. But yes, the later half does let the side down can't deny that. Someday and I Feel For You especially so.
 
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When 'Sexy Love' started being pushed as a promo single in Australia I was worried.
They were literally throwing everything at the wall at that point to see what stuck. I'd actually forgotten that it received its own little promo campaign and wasn't just released to radio.





I guess that the logic was "The general public liked "Wow," so I guess they'll like "Sexy Love.""
 
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