Giving You Up

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"Giving You Up"
European CD cover.
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Ultimate Kylie
B-side "Made of Glass"
Released 28 March 2005
Format CD single, digital download, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2004
Genre Dance pop
Length 3:34
Label Parlophone, Mushroom
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"I Believe in You"
(2004)
"Giving You Up"
(2005)
"2 Hearts"
(2007)

"Giving You Up" is a song by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue from her greatest album Ultimate Kylie (2004). The song was released as the album's second and final single on 28 March 2005. It was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Lisa Cowling, Paul Woods, Nick Coler, and Minogue, while production was by Higgens and Xenomania. The song is a dance track, which features instrumentation of synthesizers and keyboards. The track was her last solo single after she was diagnosed with breast cancer one year later, and resumed with 2007 single "2 Hearts".

"Giving You Up" received mixed reviews from music critics, whom complimented Minogue's vocals but dismissed the production and composition. It peaked inside the top ten in both Australia and the United Kingdom, and also charted in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and Finland. Alex and Martin commissioned the accompanying music video for the single, which shows Minogue as a giantess and walking around the streets of London. "Giving You Up" has only been performed on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.

Background[edit]

Kylie Minogue's track "Giving You Up" appears on her third greatest hits album Ultimate Kylie (2004).[1] It received positive reviews from music critics and peaked inside the top twenty in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and Germany.[2][3][4][5] The album was certified quadruple platinum in Australia and triple platinum in Australia and the UK, respectively.[6][7]

In support of the album, she released its lead single "I Believe in You" (December 2004). An uptempo electropop song, "I Believe in You" received positive reviews from most music critics for its production values and Minogue's vocal abilities.[8][9][10] The song was commercially successful, reaching the top ten in countries including Denmark, Australia, Austria, Italy and the UK.[11][12][13][14][5] "I Believe in You" peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, her first charting single in the US since "Red Blooded Woman" (2002).[15]

Composition and release[edit]


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"Giving You Up" was written and recorded during the summer of 2004 in London, England by Minogue and Xenomania.[16] It was the third new song recorded for the compilation; the other two were "I Believe in You" and "Loving You", with the latter being cut from the album.[16] Lyrically, Minogue is trying to get her shy boyfriend to open up.[17] Music editor Dusk411 felt the message in the song was “naive”. He commented “People cannot be changed. They can only change if they want to.”[17] Musically, "Giving You Up" is a dance-pop song.[17] Dusk411 said the song is "has an 80s synth pop vibe to it."[17]

"Giving You Up" was released as a CD single and digital download. It was released as a limited edition vinyl single in the United Kingdom.[18] In Australia, the CD single was limited to 25,000 copies.[19] All formats featured the b-side "Made of Glass", which was written by Minogue and Xenomania during the recording sessions for Ultimate Kylie in 2004.[20] It was also recorded by British recording artist Rachel Stevens but was never released.[21] "Made of Glass" appeared on the Australian compilation Now Spring 2005.[22]

Reception[edit]

"Giving You Up" received mixed reviews from pop music critics. In a review for About.com, Jason Shawahn called the song "a sultry little throbber" and wrote that its "Minogue at her best".[23] Chris Taylor from MusicOMH.com was less impressed, and wrote that the song was "not one of Kylie's most inspired singles".[24] 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".[25]

"Giving You Up" entered at number eight on the Australian Singles Chart.[26] It lasted seven weeks in the top fifty.[27] It entered the Spanish Singles Chart at number seven, and peaked at six the following week. It lasted six weeks in the chart.[28] The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number six and lasted ten weeks in the top 100.[5] It reached number 137 in the Annual UK Singles Chart of 2005.[29] "Giving You Up" entered and peaked at number twenty on the Irish Singles Chart.[30] The song reached the top forty in other territories in Europe, including Finaldn, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland.[31] The song reached number thirteen on the Billboard European Hot 100 Singles chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Giving You Up" was directed by Alex and Martin and filmed in February 2005 in London, England.[32] 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.[32] 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.[32]

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.[33]

Live performances[edit]

"Giving You Up" has only been performed on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour in 2005. The song was used at the first segment, which features her in a blue showgirl costume with a blue headdress.[34] The performance is supported by back-up dancers wearing green showgirl and showboy costumes.[34]

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to "Giving You Up":[35]

Formats and track listings[edit]

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

  1. "Giving You Up" - 3:31
  2. "Made of Glass" (Minogue, Cooper, Higgins, Cowling, Powell, Matt Gray) - 3:12
  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)
  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[39]
  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)

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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