Love at First Sight (Kylie Minogue song)

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This article is about the 2001 Kylie Minogue song. For the unrelated track of the same name on her debut album, see Kylie (album).
"Love at First Sight"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Fever
B-side "Baby"
Released 10 June 2002 (2002-06-10)
Format
Recorded 2001; Dublin, Ireland
Genre
Length 3:57
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Richard Stannard
  • Julian Gallagher
Certification Gold (Australia)
Silver (BPI)
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"In Your Eyes"
(2002)
"Love at First Sight"
(2002)
"Come into My World"
(2002)
Kylie Minogue American singles chronology
"Can't Get You out of My Head"
(2002)
"Love at First Sight"
(2002)
"Come into My World"
(2003)
Music video
"Love at First Sight" on YouTube

"Love At First Sight" is a song by Australian singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue, taken from her eighth studio album Fever (2001). It was written by Kylie Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes and Martin Harrington. It was produced by Richard "Biff" Stannard and Julian Gallagher. After the success of her two previous singles from the album, she continued the release of singles to the North American market. Musically, "Love at First Sight" is a dance-pop song with strong house and europop elements. Lyrically, the song deals with Kylie falling in love with someone "at first sight", hence the title of the single.

"Love At First Sight" was met with positive reviews from music critics, praising the songs production and lyrical content. The song received chart success worldwide, where it peaked at three in Australia and number two in the United Kingdom. The song was released in the United States, and was successful on the US Hot Dance Club Songs Chart, peaking at number one. The song also peaked in the top ten in another five more countries, and peaked in the top forty in all charting countries. Due to its success, the song was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording in 2003, but lost to "Days Go By" by Dirty Vegas.

The accompanying music video for "Love At First Sight" was directed by Johan Renck, where it feature Minogue in futuristic area, where it featured back-up dancers. The song was positively received for its futuristic imagery. To date, "Love at First Sight" is Minogue's third highest viewed single, having over 6 million views to date. The song has been performed on majority of her tours. It was first introduced on her KylieFever2002 tour and has recently been performed on her Aphrodite World Tour, where the song was a mash-up with her 2010 song "Can't Beat the Feeling".

Background[edit]

After being signed to Parlophone in 1999, Minogue released her seventh studio album Light Years (2000) which reestablished her career as a comeback. Around the end of 2000, the A&R of the label Miles Leonard announced she was in production with her eighth studio album Fever, which became her second studio album from Parlophone. Before releasing "Love At First Sight", she released two singles from the album; "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and "In Your Eyes". "Can't Get You Out of My Head" became Minogue's most successful single in her music career, topping the charts in over twenty countries, while "In Your Eyes" was generally successful as well. Then brought the attention of releasing this song as the third single.

"Love at First Sight" was written by Kylie Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes and Martin Harrington. It was produced by Richard "Biff" Stannard and Julian Gallagher. The song was recorded in Dublin, Ireland at the Biffco Studios. Stannard also contributes backing vocals to the song. It was announced by Parlophone that "Love At First Sight" would become the third single from the album, but the second for the United States and Canada and the previous single "In Your Eyes" would only get a club release there.

The song is also present in Dance Dance Revolution Max 2 for the PlayStation 2, as well as the "TwinMasterplan Mix" in the arcade and Japanese home versions of Dance Dance Revolution Supernova.

Composition[edit]

Musically, "Love At First Sight" is a fast-paced dance-oriented song. According to many sources, the song incorporates many elements of europop,[2] dance-pop and disco influences.[3] According to MusicNotes.com, which was published by EMI Music Publishing, the song is written the key note of G Major.[4] In vocal range, Minogue's vocals span from the key note of B3 to the key note of D5, while the piano range spans from the key note of C2 to the note of D5.[4] The song is set in a moderately fast paced dance song with a tempo of 126 beats per minute.[4] According to the website, the songs composition is set as a pop and dance song.[4] Jason Thompson from PopMatters said the song "opens itself up to the listener with a sexy as hell melody and is one of the sexiest, funkiest classic disco songs that never was . . . until now.'[3] Jacqueline Hodges from BBC Music compared the song to Modjo.[5]

Lyrically, the song talks about falling in love with someone "at first sight", hencing the title of the song. The song has been known as a cliche as well, due to its title. According to Jacqueline Hodges from BBC Music, she said along with the title track "Fever"; "use tempting lyrics and suggestive panting to underpin a none-too-subtle good time agenda."[5]

Release and artwork[edit]

Parlophone had released the single in the United Kingdom in 2002 as the third single. They released it through Ireland as well. Warner Music Group later released the single in Australia as a digital download, while Mushroom released the single physically in Australia and New Zealand. With the success of the single, Love At First Sight was released in the United States and Canada by Capitol in 2002.

A digital download was released as well. Parlophone released it through the United Kingdom and Ireland. Capitol released the single through the United States and Canada as the Ruff & Jam US Radio Mix as its lead single version. . The single was later released by EMI in the rest of Europe. Warner Music Group released the digital download in Australia with remixes and the single, however, Warner Music didn't additionally released the digital single in New Zealand, as a result only receiving the single physically or through Kylie's 2002 album Fever. The US remix was released online in the United States the same year, then released the single through Canada. It additionally got released in the United Kingdom the following.

The artwork of the single is taken from a photo shoot for Minogue's LoveKylie underwear range. It features Minogue nude against a blue background with her name nor the single's name present, resulting in a sticker being on the front cover. This version was released in most territories.[6] In some territories, a different version was released featuring Kylie resting against a supported glass in red lighting [7] The US and Canadian single featured Kylie wearing a pink t-shirt. A vinyl was also released.[8]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Love at First Sight" received positive reviews from music critics. Chris True from Allmusic was favorable towards the track saying "songs like "Give It to Me" and "Love at First Sight," her maturity helps transcend this limiting tag, making this a very stylish Euro-flavored dance-pop record that will appeal to all ages."[2] Alex Needham from NME praised the songs production saying "Thus that filter disco effect (ie. the one that sounds like you've gone under water and then ecstatically come up for air) is splashed all over 'Love At First Sight' and the title track."[9] Hunter Felt from PopMatters gave an extended review of the song:[10]

"“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Love at First Sight” are two of the best songs of the last five years, they both provide a perfect synthesis of Kylie’s pop princess appeal and her admirable exploration of experimental electronic music. [...] “Love at First Sight” might even be better, a poppier, and even stranger song. Kylie had the audacity to basically rewrite Daft Punk’s immortal “Digital Love” and somehow may have even made it even more perfect than it already was. These songs are super-dense sound collages full of tiny strange little details that reward headphone listening (check out the subliminal bongos on the chorus to “Love at First Sight”) while encouraging, perhaps demanding, dancing."

Due to its success, the song was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording in 2003, but lost to "Days Go By" by "Dirty Vegas.

Chart performance[edit]

"Love at First Sight" was released in the UK on 10 June 2002, debuting at #2, and spending a total of twelve weeks in the Top 75, and was also certified Silver for shipments of at least 200,000 copies and sold 195,000 copies.[11] It also became Minogue's third consecutive release to top the UK radio airplay charts. The song received 3,116 plays in one week, breaking the record that she held previously with "Can't Get You Out of My Head."

Outside of the UK, the song was also very successful. It reached the Top 10 in Spain, Israel, Hong Kong, Poland, Canada, Hungary & Ireland as well as in many other countries while in Minogue's home country of Australia, the song debuted at #3 on the singles chart. It was certified gold in Australia for sales of over 35,000. The song peaked at number nine in New Zealand, being certificated Gold and shipping over 7500 copies to the country.

Due to favorable reception, "Love at First Sight" was released in the United States with a different arrangement mixed by duo Ruff & Jam. Minogue had previously found success on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Loco-Motion" in 1988 (#3) and "Can't Get You Out of My Head" in 2001 (#7). "Love at First Sight" became her second consecutive release to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard charts, reaching #23. It also performed very well on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where it became Minogue's second song to reach #1 there. In the US, the song has sold more than 134,000 copies, becoming Minogue's second best-selling single in that country according to Nielsen SoundScan.[12]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Love at First Sight" was directed by Johan Renck, and was shot on a virtual set in Dublin, Ireland in May 2002. It features Minogue and several others dancing in a futuristic setting while she sings the song, with an abundance of rotoscoped effects overlaid throughout. Large portions of the video were filmed in a single take.[13]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Love at First Sight".[14]

UK CD single #1
  1. "Love at First Sight" – 3:59
  2. "Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head" – 4:03
  3. "Baby" – 3:48
  4. "Love at First Sight" music video
UK CD single #2
  1. "Love at First Sight" – 3:59
  2. "Love at First Sight" (Ruff and Jam Club mix) – 9:31
  3. "Love at First Sight" (The Scumfrog's Beauty and the Beast Vocal edit) – 4:26
Australian CD single
  1. "Love at First Sight" – 3:59
  2. "Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head" – 4:03
  3. "Baby" – 3:48
  4. "Love at First Sight" (Ruff and Jam Club mix) – 9:31
  5. "Love at First Sight" (Twin Masterplan mix) – 5:55
  6. "Love at First Sight" (The Scumfrog's Beauty and the Beast Vocal edit) – 4:26
Vinyl single
  1. "Love at First Sight" – 3:59
  2. "Love at First Sight" (Kid Creme Vocal dub) — 6:27
  3. "Can't Get You out of My Head" – 4:03
  4. "Love at First Sight" (The Scumfrog's Beauty and the Beast Vocal mix) – 8:54
  5. "Love at First Sight" (The Scumfrog's Beauty and the Beast Acappella) – 1:34
Official remixes[15]
  1. "Love at First Sight" (Album edit) – 3:58
  2. "Love at First Sight" (Ruff and Jam Radio Vocal 7") – 3:38
  3. "Love at First Sight" (Ruff and Jam U.S. remix) – 3:45
  4. "Love at First Sight" (Ruff and Jam Lounge mix) – 4:41
  5. "Love at First Sight" (The Scumfrog's Beauty and the Beast dub) – 8:54
  6. "Love at First Sight" (Kid Creme Vocal-Less dub) – 6:23
  7. "Love at First Sight" (Kid Creme Vocal edit) – 2:35
  8. "Love at First Sight" (David Guetta & Joachim Garraud Dancefloor Killa mix) – 6:26
  9. "Love at First Sight" (Ruff and Jam Radio mix Instrumental) – 3:48
  10. "Love at First Sight" (David Guetta & Joachim Garraud Mekaniko dub) – 6:21

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed the song as the original version on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Total Request Live. She performed a version which included brass instruments in 2010 on Hootenanny

Love at First Sight has been performed on all of Minogue's concert tours to date bar the Anti Tour. It first premiered on Minogue's Fever tour in 2002. It was the third song performed in the first act entitled Silvanemesis. Minogue wore a crystal-mesh bra and skirt with matching boots. The song was then performed in 2003 on Minogue's one-off, invitation-only promotional concert: Money Can't Buy. It was the last song performed at the concert where Minogue wore a sparkly tank top, leather pants and boots, the wire gloves from a Body Language photoshoot. The song then closed Minogue's greatest hits tour where Minogue wore a blue waistcoat, blue three-quarter pants and a pink tie. The tour had to be cancelled after the European leg due to Minogue's diagnosis of breast cancer. Minogue resumed the tor under the name Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour. The tour introduced longer breaks between acts to accommodate Minogue's medical condition. The song was again performed as the final song of the concert. Minogue wore a sparkly tank top, white three-quarter pants with pictures from her career on them. In 2008, Minogue performed the song on her KylieX2008 world tour as the Ruff and Jam U.S Mix. The song was featured in all four set orders. In the Opening Night set, the song ended the fourth act entitled Black Versus White. In Main Set, the song closed the show until the 17 May when I Should Be So Lucky was added to the set list. It was then featured in the encore for the remainder of the tour. The Ruff and Jam U.S Mix was then used to close her For You, for Me tour in 2009, which was her first tour in North America. The song was then featured in her Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour in 2011 as a mash-up with Can't Beat the Feeling from the album Aphrodite, which the tour was supporting.

Charts[edit]

#1 successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Blame" by Sono
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
20 July 2002 – 27 July 2002
Succeeded by
"The Need to Be Naked" by Amber

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Kyle Minogue - Love at First Sight". Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b True, Chris. "Fever - Kylie Minogue". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation.
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Jason (2-25-2002). "Kylie Minogue: Fever". Popmatters. Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2-10-2011.
  4. ^ a b c d http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0042875
  5. ^ a b http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/nvrg
  6. ^ Kylie Minogue Love At First Sight Australian 5" Cd Single 020942 Love At First Sight Kylie Minogue 9397600209423 991 216735
  7. ^ Kylie Minogue Love At First Sight European 5" Cd Single CDR6577 Love At First Sight Kylie Minogue 991 219032
  8. ^ Kylie Minogue Love At First Sight French 12" Vinyl Record/Maxi Single 5512976 Love At First Sight Kylie Minogue 724355129765 991 223158
  9. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/kylie-minogue/5652
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  11. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/kylie-minogues-official-number-2-singles-sales-revealed-2839/
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/472719/ask-billboard-katy-perry-kylie-minogue-cee-lo-green
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  15. ^ The Minography – Mixes. LiMBO (Kylie.co.uk). Retrieved 18 November 2006.
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  17. ^ "Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  21. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight". Tracklisten.
  22. ^ "Kylie Minogue: Love at First Sight" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
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  37. ^ Swiss Year-End Charts 2002 - swisscharts.com
  38. ^ http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2002.pdf
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  40. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association (2002). "2002 Accreditations". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  41. ^ Chart#1333 Number 49 charts.org.nz

References[edit]

  • Official Chart History for "Love At First Sight". link.
  • Kylie.com - Official Site. link. Last accessed on 1 March 2006. - Release and chart information.

External links[edit]