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Sunday, October 03, 2010

UK Chart: "Get Outta My Way" And Other Great Kylie Jams That Missed The Top 10

With the exception of Kylie Minogue's "The One"—a digital-only release that peaked at #36 on the UK chart in 2008—the Aussie pop queen hasn't had a single miss the UK Top 10 since "Breathe" hit #14 in 1998. Well, until now. "Get Outta My Way" has jumped up from #48 to #12 in its first official week of release.

Kylie fans are no doubt scratching their heads in bewilderment, wondering what went wrong. (Personally, I though the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance of the song earlier this week was impeccable.) But they can at least be comforted by the fact that "All The Lovers" initially debuted at #4 in June then dropped a bit before climbing back up to #3. We shall see.

But speaking of "Breathe," that brings to mind other Kylie singles like that—ones that failed to crack the UK Top 10, but have gone on to be my favorites. The two main jams that spring to mind are "What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before)," which peaked at #12 in 1992, and "Put Yourself In my Place," which got no further than #11 in 1994.



These two came after Minogue's early success, when her career was waning a bit in the early '90s. "What Kind Of Fool" was her final offering from the Stock Aitken Waterman hit factory (with ironic lyrics, given that context), and "Put Yourself..." is simply a timeless (in my mind) ballad—something we don't often get from Kylie. I'd advise cranking it up some night in the car when you're just aimlessly driving around.

Yeah—"Get Outta My Way" is a true pull-out-all-the-stops Kylie single, and maybe it should have been the first one issued off Aphrodite. But in the end, no one can continuously dance at the top of the charts forever. And #12 isn't that bad. It still makes her 18th Top 20 hit within a ten-year span—hardly an underachievement.

So I say well done, Kylie. Now you showed us what you're made of, as you have so many times before.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Written In The Stars" - Tinie Tempah *new* *1 week*
2. ""Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
3. "Let The Sun Shine" - Labrinth *new*
4. "Make You Feel My Love" - Adele
5. "Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
6. "Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry
7. "For The First Time" - The Script
8. "Heartbeat" - Enrique Iglesias feat. Nicole Scherzinger
9. "Katy On A Mission" - Katy B
10. "Start Without You" - Alexandra Burke

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10 Comments:

  • At 2:32 PM, OpenID stephenferosh said…

    why won't katy perry go away.

     
  • At 5:28 PM, Blogger Jump! said…

    Damn! I hate be right but I actually predicted a top ten miss when the video (which is still awful) premiered. Better luck with single #3.

     
  • At 11:38 PM, Blogger countpopula said…

    Honestly, look at the crap in the top 10. Does Kylie even want to be associated with that dross? Enrique w/the Sherz? The Script? A crappy old Adele remake that's been done LOADS of times? Kylie is too good for this shizz.

     
  • At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    I'll tell you what went wrong for Kylie. She picked THE WRONG lead single. She should have picked the strongest track on the album - which is undoubtedly "Get outta my way". Picking a song the "casual fan" will like is WAY BETTER for chart-performance than picking a song that a die-hard Kylie fan will like. The charts over the years have shown that NOT picking a strong lead single has an impact on the performance of the follow-up singles. #3 is decent but we all know that a GREAT Kylie track cannot help but go to no.1 in the UK.

     
  • At 1:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Jump!" you are an idiot. Do you honestly believe that people don't buy singles because of an "awful video"? STFU!

    We get it, you don't like the video. Everybody else likes it, so there.

     
  • At 12:06 PM, Blogger Jump! said…

    I didn't say the video (which I want to remind you is awful in my opinion) was the only reason this song didn't do well. I just knew when I saw the video that it wasn't going to help promotion. A long gap between single releases, no b-sides,scattered promotional efforts and the fact that the singles packages offered little to collectors all helped in the slightly underwhelming chart performance.

    @Pranav- I agree. I love "all the lovers" but i think the title track or GOMW would perhaps have been good lead singles.

    Liking the GOMW video doesn't make you a bad person. Sorry anonymous if you're upset.

     
  • At 12:21 AM, Anonymous kurt said…

    I'm a longtime Kylie fan, and I know this is sacrilege, but something about Aphrodite is lacking. I've put her great Impossible Princess and '94 Kylie Minogue albums back in rotation and find myself listening to those more than the new one, which doesn't seem to have much edge. I do like the title track, though...

     
  • At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well it is the record companies fault especially in Australia where they release the physical and download versions one week apart therefore limiting Kylies charts because they are a week apart. One only needs to look at tonights Australian physical singles chart which debuts Kylie GOOMW which enters at a fabulous #3 damn record companies..........

     
  • At 7:15 AM, Blogger ajb333 said…

    Well it is the record companies fault especially in Australia where they release the physical and download versions one week apart therefore limiting Kylies charts because they are a week apart. One only needs to look at tonights Australian physical singles chart which debuts Kylie GOOMW which enters at a fabulous #3 damn record companies..........

     
  • At 1:56 AM, Blogger thebuzz said…

    Do you think the very long official release date of 23 Sept for Get Outta My Way caused this? The song was out and able to be purchased 2 months earlier and the song was "old news" before the official release. I think her record company has a lot to answer for, as I think they stuffed up her biggest hit off this album.

     

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