It's No Secret

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For the 1966 Jefferson Airplane song of the same name, see Jefferson Airplane Takes Off.
"It's No Secret"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Kylie
B-side
  • "Look My Way"
  • "Made in Heaven"
Released 15 December 1988[1]
Format
Genre Pop
Length 3:58
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Especially for You"
(1988)
"It's No Secret"
(1988)
"Turn It into Love"
(1988)
Alternative cover
Australian cover of "It's No Secret"
Kylie Minogue American singles chronology
"Especially for You"
(1988)
"It's No Secret"
(1988)
"Hand on Your Heart"
(1989)

"It's No Secret" is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue taken from her debut studio album Kylie (1988). The song was written and produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, who were also the producers of Minogue's first four studio albums. The song was intended to be released as the fifth single from Kylie, but due to the success and longevity of Kylie's massive selling duet with Jason Donovan, "Especially for You", over Christmas 1988 and the following new year, it was only released in a handful of countries. In the United States, "It's No Secret" was released as Kylie's third single where it reached the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40.

Background[edit]

Originally scheduled to be released worldwide, "It's No Secret" was cancelled in most territories in favour of "Hand on Your Heart", a brand new track, which was released in April 1989 and was the first to be released from her second album Enjoy Yourself. Eventually, the song was only released in USA, New Zealand, Canada and Japan. A screenshot from the video of "It's No Secret" was used as the cover of the "Hand on Your Heart" CD and cassette, while the track itself was also used as the B-side to its follow-up, "Wouldn't Change a Thing" which was released in July 1989.

Due to its limited release and therefore, no promotion, the song was not a huge commercial success, but it did well enough to promote its parent album Kylie from which it was released. "It's No Secret" debuted at number 47 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, where it only peaked for a sole week. In February 1989, the song climbed to number 37 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, managing to peak inside the Top 40. In total, the song spent a total of thirteen weeks in the Hot 100, making the song one of Kylie's longest-running singles on the chart itself. The song was a bigger hit in Japan where it peaked at number 4 in December 1988, becoming Kylie's fifth consecutive Top 10 hit in that country in just under a year.[2]

An accompanying music video was shot for the single in Minogue's native country Australia. It features a vague storyline with Minogue having an argument with her boyfriend because he keeps taking money from her and she eventually finds out he's also interested in another girl. She walks around reflecting on her unhappy relationship until she eventually finishes with him. The final scene is of Minogue walking blissfully down a train track, a single woman once again. The video to "It's No Secret" opens Minogue's second official video collection, Kylie: The Videos 2, which was released in the UK and Australia in November 1989 and was a big seller.

Minogue promoted "It's No Secret", performing it on Live at the Hippodrome, a UK television show, and in a rare all-live with band U.S. appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show and Club MTV.

Chart performance[edit]

"It's No Secret" debuted at number 47 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, where it peaked for one week. To date, this is Minogue's worst performing single in New Zealand. In February 1989, the song debuted at number thirty-seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, managing to peak inside the top forty. In total, the song spent a total of thirteen weeks in the Hot 100, making the song one of Minogue's longest-spanning single on the chart itself. The song peaked at number four in Japan.[3]

Music video[edit]

The clip was shot in Port Douglas, Queensland. It starts with Kylie behind the counter of a diner, her boyfriend asking for money, she later sees him with another girl and walks out. Next she gets off a train and she is seen walking down a train track amongst the cane fields in a strapless top and jeans, arriving at a beach house, singing to a photo of her ex-boyfriend, sitting beside a waterfall, arriving poolside in a dress at Mirage resort Port Douglas and lastly on the beach.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "It's No Secret".

North America 7" vinyl single and cassette single
  1. "It's No Secret" – 3:55
  2. "Made in Heaven" – 3:24
North American 12" vinyl single
  1. "It's No Secret" (Extended) – 5:46
  2. "Made in Heaven" (Maid in England mix) – 6:20
Japanese 7" vinyl single
  1. "It's No Secret" – 3:55
  2. "Made in Heaven" – 3:24
Japanese 3" CD single
  1. "It's No Secret" – 3:55
  2. "Look My Way" – 3:35
Japanese 12" vinyl single
  1. "It's No Secret" (Extended) – 5:46
  2. "The Loco-Motion" (Sankie Mix - long version) – 6:55
New Zealand 7" single
  1. "It's No Secret" – 3:55
  2. "It's No Secret" (Instrumental) – 3:55
Australian 12" single
  1. "It's No Secret" (Extended) – 5:46
  2. "It's No Secret" (Instrumental) – 3:55
iTunes Digital Download EP
  1. "It's No Secret" (7" Mix) – 3:32
  2. "It's No Secret" (Extended Version) - 5:46
  3. "It's No Secret" (Alternative Extended Version) - 5:27
  4. "It's No Secret" (7" Instrumental) - 3:30
  5. "It's No Secret" (7" Backing Track) - 3:30
  6. "It's No Secret" (Album Instrumental) 3:56
  7. "It's No Secret" (Album Backing Track) 3:57
  8. "Look My Way" (Instrumental) - 3:36
  9. "Look My Way" (Backing Track) - 3:36

Live performances[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 22
Japan (Oricon) 4
New Zealand (RIANZ)[5] 47
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 37

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