Xanadu (Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"Xanadu"
Xanadusingle.jpg
One of the UK releases, with pink vinyl
Single by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Xanadu
B-side
  • "Whenever You're Away from Me" (with Gene Kelly) (US)
  • "Fool Country" (UK)
Released6 June 1980
Recorded1979
Studio Musicland Studios ( Munich)
Genre
  • rock
  • pop
Length3:28
Label
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
" I'm Alive"
(1980)
"Xanadu"
(1980)
" All Over the World"
(1980)
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
" Magic"
(1980)
"Xanadu"
(1980)
" Suddenly"
(1980)

"Xanadu" is the title song from the soundtrack of the 1980 film Xanadu. Written by Jeff Lynne of the English rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), the song is performed by English-born Australian singer, songwriter and actress Olivia Newton-John, with Lynne adding parenthetic vocals in the style of his other songs on the Xanadu soundtrack, and ELO providing the instrumentation. It was Lynne's favourite of his own songs. [1][ failed verification] "Xanadu" reached number one in several countries and was the band's only UK number-one single, [2] when it peaked there for two weeks in July 1980. It was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry. [3] It also peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. [4]

Background

"Xanadu" was written by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)'s Jeff Lynne for the soundtrack of the musical film of the same name. It was sung by lead actress Olivia Newton-John as the character, Kira with instrumentation and vocals from ELO (including Lynne). "Xanadu", was released as a single by ELO and Newton-John in June 1980, which peaked at number one in several European countries, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom and West Germany.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Billboard(favourable) [5]

Billboard′s reviewer described the song as a "sizzling track", writing, "Essentially it's Olivia taking Jeff Lynne's usual spot as lead singer of ELO. The combination is a winning one." [6]

Personnel

Charts

Olivia featuring Paula version

"Xanadu"
Single by Olivia featuring Paula
Released4 December 1995
Recorded1995
GenreDance
LabelMDS
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne

In late 1995, two Australian dance performers released versions of the song. Sydney singer Olivia Featuring Paula (on the MDS label) released a dance version first, followed by Kirsty K. (on Central Station Records). Both versions charted on the ARIA Singles and Dance Charts in the first half of 1996. [35]

Charts

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia ( ARIA) [36] 55

Kirsty K. version

"Xanadu"
Single by Kirsty K.
ReleasedDecember 1995
Recorded1995
GenreDance
Length3:30
LabelCentral Station
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne

Charts

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia ( ARIA) [37] 71

New Electric Light Orchestra version

In 2000, ELO's Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song, with his own vocals, for the box set Flashback and the All Over the World compilation. Though it was billed as an ELO selection, the song was recorded by Lynne with Marc Mann on keyboards, but with no input from his former bandmates Richard Tandy, Bev Bevan, and Kelly Groucutt.

Sharleen Spiteri version

"Xanadu"
Single by Sharleen Spiteri
from the album The Movie Songbook
ReleasedFebruary 2010 (2010-02)
Recorded2009
GenrePop
Length3:34
Label
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Sharleen Spiteri
Sharleen Spiteri singles chronology
" It Was You"
(2008)
"Xanadu"
(2010)

In 2009, Scottish singer-songwriter Sharleen Spiteri recorded the song for a second studio album titled The Movie Songbook which was released on 1 March 2010 worldwide. Xanadu was released as the lead single from the album in February 2010 and has so far made the BBC Radio 2 C-List. [38]

Charts

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Singles ( OCC) [39] 71

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