Chocolate (Kylie Minogue song)
|Single by Kylie Minogue|
|from the album Body Language|
|Released||28 June 2004|
|Format||CD single, vinyl single|
|Recorded||El Cortijo Studios, Spain|
|Length||5:00 (album version)
4:02 (radio edit/single version)
|Kylie Minogue singles chronology|
"Chocolate" is a song by Australian recording artist and songwriter Kylie Minogue, taken from her ninth studio album Body Language (2003). The song was written by Karen Poole and Johnny Douglas, while production was handled by Douglas. Released on 28 June 2004 by Parlophone and Mushroom, the song later appeared on her 2004 greatest compilation Ultimate Kylie. Before the commercial release of Minogue's version, "Chocolate" was originally a duet including a rap by Ludacris, however it wasn't released as the final mix.
Musically, the song utilizes a dance written song, but features elements of pop and R&B. Although lyrically, the song has been unexplained, however many over viewers have subjected that the song talks about Kylie being consumed by love. "Chocolate" received mainly mixed reviews from music critics, enjoying her lyrics, while criticizing the transition to more R&B and hip-hop-oriented music. After its release, "Chocolate" experienced moderate success on the charts, peaking inside the top ten in the United Kingdom and Hungary. However, it charted lower in her native Australia at number fourteen, becoming her first single to chart outside the top ten since 2001.
An accompanying music video was shot by Dawn Shadforth and was filmed on 6 and 7 June 2004 in London, England. It featured Minogue in a Moroccon-inspired theme, where it features a group of dancers dancing in the video. The video was a moderate hit on music channels. The song has only been performed twice on Minogue's major concert tours, these being Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour and Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour.
Musically, "Chocolate" utilizes a dance written song, but features elements of pop and R&B. Along with her studio album Body Language (2003), the song is known to be very different to Minogue's signature music, which was more uptempo dance music. Lyrically, the talks about "A heart-broken girl, who has cried rivers over previous boyfriends, finally finds a man who's as smooth as chocolate." According to BBC Music, they said the musical composition "sticks, so you'll be humming that, but the verses are too slow to make an impact. Also, you can't hear Kylie's voice for all the computer synthesisation." Helen Pidd from The Guardian noticed the songs "saccharine innuendo and breathy vocals".
Before the commercial release of Minogue's version, "Chocolate" was originally a duet including a rap by Ludacris, however it wasn't released as the final mix. Then in 2006, the song was leaked online worldwide.
"Chocolate" received mixed reviews from music critics. BBC Music gave it a mixed review, awarding it two stars out of five. They said "It's a good song but not as addictive as a real bar of chocolate." Helen Pidd from The Guardian was more favorable to the song, stating "Chocolate seems a likely future single [...] but somehow sounds too dated to pack any punch in the age of Beyoncé and Missy Elliott." Adrien Begrand from PopMatters was positive with its inclusion to the studio album, calling it "streamy" and said along with "After Dark"; "keep the last half of the album from being a complete waste of time."
On 28 June 2004, "Chocolate" was released in the United Kingdom. The song became Minogue's twenty-seventh top ten single when it debuted at number six on the singles chart, and spent a total of seven weeks in the top seventy-five. Outside of the UK, the song was a modest success. It reached number fourteen in Italy, and charted well outside the top twenty in France, Germany and Ireland. Airplay was limited and the song was unable to break into the top twenty in many territories.
On 12 July 2004, "Chocolate" was released in Australia to minimal success only reaching number fourteen on the singles chart. It spent a total of 4 weeks in the top 50, becoming Minogue's first single to chart outside the top ten since "Your Disco Needs You" in 2001.
"Chocolate" featured a music video that was directed by Dawn Shadforth and was filmed on 6 and 7 June 2004 in London, England, with rehearsals six days before filming began. The video features the song's single edit and Minogue performing several jazz dance numbers in a studio-theater with back-up dancers.
The video is a tribute to the MGM musicals of the 1940s, and saw Minogue reunite with choreographer Michael Rooney whom she had previously worked with on the video for her hit single "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (2001).
The video was a moderate hit on music channels. Although it could not match the success of its predecessors the video was a top twenty hit in the UK, reaching number eleven on the TV airplay chart and number thirteen on MTV's Europe Top 20 countdown. It was also played frequently on music channels in Australia.
The version of the song used in the music video and also heard on radio, was remixed to be shorter than the original album track. This version featured an altered instrumental, newer vocals and a slightly alternate structure for its commercial release.
Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:
The song was also performed on:
- Money Can't Buy 2003 TV concert
Formats and track listings
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Chocolate".
(CDR6639; Released 28 June 2004)
(CDCRS6639; Released 28 June 2004)
(021822; Limited edition; Released 12 July 2004)
(12R6639; Released 28 June 2004)
(12RDJ 6639; Released 28 June 2004)
|Europe||28 June 2004|
The following people contributed to "Chocolate":
- Kylie Minogue – lead vocals
- Johnny Douglas – production, mixing, all instruments, backing vocals
- Karen Poole – backing vocals
- Dave Clews – programming, Pro Tools, vocal engineering
- A Guevara – MC
- Geoff Pesh – mastering
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