Giving You Up

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"Giving You Up"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Ultimate Kylie
B-side "Made of Glass"
Released 28 March 2005
Recorded 2004; London, England
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:31
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"I Believe in You"
"Giving You Up"
"Sometime Samurai"
Music video
"Giving You Up" on YouTube

"Giving You Up" is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue, from her second greatest hits compilation Ultimate Kylie (2004). It was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Lisa Cowling, Paul Woods, Nick Coler and Minogue, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. "Giving You Up" was released as the compilation's second single on 28 March 2005 by Parlophone. It is composed as a dance-pop inspired song with elements of electropop and disco.

"Giving You Up" received favorable to mixed reviews from music critics, praising the production and composition, while some found it was not one of Minogue's strongest singles. Commercially, the song received generally good charting success, peaking inside the top ten in countries including Spain, Australia and the United Kingdom. An accompanying music video for "Giving You Up" was shot by Alex and Martin, which featured Minogue as a giantess walking through a town. Additionally, the song has been only performed once on one of her concert tours, this being Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour in 2005.

Background and release[edit]

In 2003, Minogue announced to release her third major greatest hits compilation, which was her first album to consist recordings from her record labels Stock Aitken Waterman, Deconstruction Records and Parlophone, which ventured from 1987 to 2004. "Giving You Up" was written and recorded during the summer of 2004 in London, England by Minogue and Xenomania for Minogue's greatest hits compilation Ultimate Kylie.[1] The song was released in various formats throughout the world. While most territories received a CD single and digital download release, the song was released as a limited edition vinyl single in the United Kingdom.[2] In Australia, the CD single was limited to 25,000 copies.[3]

Musically, "Giving You Up" is a dance-pop oriented song, which features elements of disco and synthpop. Lyrically, Minogue is trying to get her shy boyfriend to open up.[4] It was stated that the song "is electric and light, its message is naive. People cannot be changed. They can only change if they want to."[4] Dusk411 said the song is "has an 80s synth pop vibe to it."[4]

The international CD single featured the B-side "Made of Glass", which was written by Minogue and Xenomania during the recording sessions for Ultimate Kylie in 2004.[5] The song was also recorded by British pop singer Rachel Stevens, but released commercially as a B-side by Minogue in 2005.[6] Two artwork covers were released for the single; the international cover and the Australian cover. During the production of Ultimate Kylie, she recorded tracks "Loving You", "Everything I Know" and "Made of Glass". Due to the success in her native Australia, the song "Made of Glass" was released as a double AA-Side single in that country, and due to its success, "Made of Glass" even managed to be featured on Now Spring 2005, a compilation in Australia.[7] The song was released worldwide, but just not a A-Side. The instrumental version of "Giving You Up" has not been leaked, however a sample of it was featured on her Ultimate Kylie DVD.[8]


Critical response[edit]

"Giving You Up" received mixed reviews from pop music critics. In a review for, Jason Shawahn called the song "a sultry little throbber" and wrote that its "Minogue at her best".[9] Chris Taylor of was less impressed, and wrote that the song was "not one of Kylie's most inspired singles".[10] Pitchfork Media reviewer Nick Sylvester called the song "a return to big sound Fever electro, but with subtler production: all the hacksaw synth is pushed back and sanded off, so Kylie's head voice doesn't have to go through eight additional filters to compete with the bristle".[11] Pop Trash Addicts gave it a negative review, stating the song is "Kylie's Worst Single to Date". He said ""Giving You Up" is one of the worst songs Kylie has ever recorded - let alone released as a single. Lazy lyrics, tinny production and a god awful video clip [...] makes this the low point of her entire career."[12]

Chart performance[edit]

"Giving You Up" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number six on 4 April 2005, and remained on the chart for eight weeks.[13] In Ireland, the track reached a peak position of number twenty,[14] and remained in the top fifty for six weeks.[15] In Germany, the single reached number twenty-seven,[16] backed by its inclusion in trailers for the American television series Desperate Housewives.[17] Elsewhere, "Giving You Up" was largely successful, reaching number one in Portugal and the top twenty in Denmark,[18] Finland,[19] Greece, Spain,[20] and Ukraine.

In Australia, "Giving You Up" was released as a double A-side with "Made of Glass". The single debuted at number eight on 18 April 2005, and remained in the top fifty for seven weeks.[21]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Giving You Up" was directed by Alex and Martin and filmed in February 2005 in London, England.[22] The video features Minogue as a 17 foot tall, vampy, blonde giantess roaming through the streets and clubs of London at night. There are three sequences; the first features Minogue walking through a tunnel, the second of her walking through the streets and the third of her in a club. Throughout the video Minogue meets several people. In a sequence on the streets, she dances in front of a taxi cab that has stopped to let her across a zebra crossing. Minogue then heads to a club where she meets a shy man who is interested in her. In another scene on the streets, Minogue walks past three men, and begins to dance and sing to them.

The video premiered in February 2005 and was released commercially on the song's CD single. In 2006, the video was nominated for "Best International Video" at the 15th Annual MVPA Awards.[23]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Giving You Up".

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(8696382; Released 28 March 2005)

  1. "Giving You Up" - 3:31
  2. "Made of Glass" (Minogue, Cooper, Higgins, Cowling, Powell, Matt Gray) - 3:12

(8693620; Released 28 March 2005)

  1. "Giving You Up" - 3:31
  2. "Giving You Up" (Riton Re-Rub dub) - 6:31
  3. "Giving You Up" (Alter Ego remix) - 6:32
  4. "Giving You Up" (Music Video)

EU CD 1 and CD 3

  1. "Giving You Up" - 3:31
  2. "Made of Glass"

German CD 3
(8696410; Limited edition; Released 4 April 2005)

  1. "Giving You Up" - 3:31
  2. "Your Disco Needs You" (Almighty mix edit) - 3:29
  3. "Your Disco Needs You" (Music Video)

Australian CD Single
(022072; Limited edition; Released 11 April 2005)

  1. "Giving You Up" - 3:31
  2. "Made of Glass" - 3:12
  3. "Giving You Up" (Riton Re-Rub vox) - 6:31
  4. "Giving You Up" (Alter Ego dub) - 6:32
  5. "Giving You Up" (Music Video)

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed the song on "Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour" (2005).



The following people contributed to "Giving You Up":[30]


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