Higher (Taio Cruz song)

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"Higher"
Single by Taio Cruz featuring Kylie Minogue and/or Travie McCoy
from the album Rokstarr
Released 26 November 2010
Format
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Dance-pop , Disco
Length 3:08 (solo version)
3:08 (Kylie Minogue version)
3:40 (Travie McCoy version)
3:22 (Minogue/McCoy version)
Label Island
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Taio Cruz
  • Sandy Vee
Taio Cruz chronology
"Shine a Light"
(2010)
"Higher"
(2010)
"Telling the World"
(2011)
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Get Outta My Way"
(2010)
"Higher"
(2010)
"Better than Today"
(2010)
Travie McCoy singles chronology
"We'll Be Alright"
(2010)
"Higher"
(2010)
"Pretty Girls"
(2011)
Music video
"Higher" on YouTube

"Higher" is the fifth single from English singer-songwriter Taio Cruz's second studio album, Rokstarr. It was written and produced by Cruz and Sandy Vee, and was released on 26 November 2010. This song was originally written for Australian singer Kylie Minogue's album Aphrodite, but plans fell through.[1] However, Cruz and Minogue recorded a version of the song for the European release, while American rapper Travie McCoy recorded guest raps for the American release. The Brazilian and United Kingdom versions have parts of McCoy's rap mixed into the Minogue version. The version on Cruz's albums feature a solo vocal by Cruz with no guest vocalist and an edited version of the solo version was added to Radio Disney's playlist.

Live performances[edit]

On 30 October 2010, Cruz and Minogue appeared on Starfloor and performed the song as a new single. Cruz and McCoy performed the song on Z100's Jingle Ball 2010 on 16 December 2010. Cruz and Kimberly Wyatt performed the song on ITV's Daybreak on 14 February 2011 and on BBC's Let's Dance for Comic Relief on 19 February 2011. Also in February 2011, Cruz appeared on T4 with Jade Ewen, who filled in for Minogue as she was unavailable for the show. On 20 November 2011, Christina Grimmie performed at the 39th American Music Awards of 2011 pre-show alongside with Taio Cruz to a special rendition of "Higher".

Music video[edit]

The European video, featuring Cruz and Minogue, was directed by Alex Herron and released 19 November 2010.[2] The United States version, featuring McCoy, was released the same day.[3] Both versions feature Cruz and either Minogue or McCoy in an underground warehouse with a live band. With over 39 million views, the video featuring Minogue is her most watched YouTube video to date.

Chart performance[edit]

"Higher" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 77, where after several weeks on the chart reached a peak position of number 25. The single debuted on the RIANZ Singles Chart on 30 November 2010 at number 32, eventually climbing to a peak of number 5. On the week ending 1 January 2011, the Travie McCoy version of "Higher" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #80, jumping 39 places to #41 the following week. Five weeks later, the single reached a new peak of #24. The single also managed to debut on the UK Singles Chart at number 60 on 16 January 2011; climbing to number 37 the following week, based entirely on downloads of the album version alone. Following its full physical release, it ascended to its peak position of number 8.[4] In the United Kingdom, the United States version of the song made Radio 1's B-Playlist[5] while the single version (with Kylie Minogue) has made Radio 2's B-Playlist.[6]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Higher".

  • Digital download[7] (Released: 10 November 2011, United Kingdom)
  1. "Higher" - 3:07
  • Digital download[8] (Released: 26 November 2010, Europe, Australia and Canada)
  1. "Higher" (featuring Kylie Minogue) – 3:07
  • Digital download[9] (Released: 13 December 2010, Brazil)
  1. "Higher" (featuring Kylie Minogue and Travie McCoy) - 3:22
  • Digital download[10] (Released: 20 December 2010, United States, Canada and Australia)
  1. "Higher" (featuring Travie McCoy) - 3:40
  • German CD single[11] (Released: 26 December 2010, Germany and France)
  1. "Higher" (featuring Kylie Minogue) - 3:09
  2. "Little Lion Man" (BBC Live Version) - 2:48
  • Digital single[12]
  1. "Higher" (Extended Mix) – 7:06
  2. "Higher" (Mixshow Edit) – 5:36
  • Digital download - EP[13]
  1. "Higher" (feat. Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy) - 3:22
  2. "Higher" (feat. Travie McCoy) - 3:39
  3. "Higher" (DJ Wonder Remix) - 3:55
  4. "Higher" (7th Heaven Club Mix) - 6:31
  5. "Higher" (Club Junkies Remix) - 5:42
  • The Remixes - Digital EP[14]
  1. "Higher" (Jody Den Broeder Radio Mix) – 3:30
  2. "Higher" (Wideboys Radio Mix) – 3:39
  3. "Higher" (Ultimate High Radio Mix) – 3:42
  4. "Higher" (Jody Den Broeder Club Mix) – 6:18
  5. "Higher" (Wideboys Club Mix) – 6:11
  6. "Higher" (Ultimate High Club Mix) – 6:32
  7. "Higher" (Jody Den Broeder Dub) – 6:03
  8. "Higher" (Wideboys Dub) – 6:11
  9. "Higher" (Ultimate High Dub) – 6:18

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version
United Kingdom[57] 10 November 2010 Digital download Solo Version
Denmark[58] 26 November 2010 Digital download Featuring Kylie Minogue
Australia[59]
Finland[60]
Belgium[61]
Canada[62] 7 December 2010
Austria[63] 10 December 2010
Australia[64]
Italy[65]
Finland[66]
Denmark[67]
Belgium[68]
Germany[11] 13 December 2010
Brazil[9] Digital download Featuring Kylie Minogue and Travie McCoy
Australia[69] 17 December 2010 Featuring Travie McCoy
United States[10] 20 December 2010
Canada[12]
United Kingdom[70] 19 January 2011 Digital download Featuring Kylie Minogue
France[71] 31 January 2011 CD single
United States[14] 1 February 2011 Digital download – The Remixes Featuring Kylie Minogue or Travie McCoy
United Kingdom[72] 7 February 2011 Digital download Featuring Kylie Minogue or Travie McCoy

See also[edit]

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