One Word

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This article is about the single by Kelly Osbourne. For the defunct British radio station, see Oneword. For the Elliott Yamin song, see One Word (Elliott Yamin song). For the Anya Major song, see Anya Major.
"One Word"
Single by Kelly Osbourne
from the album Sleeping in the Nothing
Released April 19, 2005
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:03
Label Sanctuary Records
Writer(s) Linda Perry
Producer(s) Linda Perry
Kelly Osbourne singles chronology
"One Word"

"One Word" is the first and only single from Kelly Osbourne's second album Sleeping in the Nothing. Unlike the pop/punk sound Osbourne sported in the past, "One Word" was a synthpop song that showed Osbourne embracing dance music. The single sounded very reminiscent of the 1980s Visage song "Fade to Grey", which caused some controversy over copyright issues, which was finally settled out of court when Osbourne's writing team agreed to give Visage a share of the royalties.


The song received a positive reaction from music fans and even some of Osbourne's harshest critics. On the track, Billboard said "she glides through the space-age number like she's the princess of the new wave dancefloor."[1] Similarly, Malinda Lo said the track "eases you in with a spacey, synthesized intro" and "makes use of computer assistance in the best possible way".[2] Brian Hiatt with Rolling Stone remarked, "Turns out her affectless vocals are better suited to...Eurythmics-biting synth-pop."[3] While the single wasn't a hit on the US Hot 100, it was extremely successful in the US dance charts and was consistently played at nightclubs across the nation thanks in part to a remix by acclaimed DJ Chris Cox. In the UK, the original track reached #9.

Music video[edit]

The music video to the song, directed by Chris Applebaum, is shot in black and white and is based on several themes and scenes from the 1965 French cult sci-fi movie Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville: Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution, mostly known simply as Alphaville) by Jean-Luc Godard.

Track listing[edit]


Chart (2005) Peak
US Hot Dance Airplay 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play [8] 24
US Pop 100 82
UK Singles Chart 9
Spanish Singles Chart 9
Portuguese Singles Chart 12
Canadian Singles Chart 17
Irish Singles Chart 19
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 38
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 48
Dutch Singles Chart[10] 83


  1. ^ Caulfield, Keith; Paoletta, Michael (2005-03-26), "One Word". Billboard. 117 (13):29
  2. ^ Lo, Malinda (June 2005), "Sleeping in the Nothing". Lesbian News. 30 (11):36
  3. ^ Hiatt, Brian (2005-04-21), "Kelly Osbourne: 'One Word'". Rolling Stone. (972):119
  4. ^ "(iTunes) One Word - EP". iTunes. Retrieved 11-2-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "(Amazon) One Word - CD". Retrieved 11-2-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "(Amazon) One Word – Pt. 1". Retrieved 11-2-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "(Amazon) One Word – Pt. 2". Retrieved 11-2-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Hot Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. June 18, 2005. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ Swedish Music Chart
  10. ^ Dutch Music Chart

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Preceded by
"Lift It Up" by Inaya Day
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay number-one single
June 18, 2005
Succeeded by
"Lonely No More" by Rob Thomas