Totally Hot

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Totally Hot
Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released 1978
Recorded 1978
Genre Pop, rock, adult contemporary
Label MCA
Producer John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Grease
(1978)
Totally Hot
(1978)
Xanadu
(1980)
Singles from Totally Hot
  1. "A Little More Love"
    Released: 1978
  2. "Deeper Than the Night"
    Released: 1979
  3. "Totally Hot/Dancin' 'Round and 'Round"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Daily Vault A[2]

Totally Hot is Olivia Newton-John's ninth US and tenth international studio album. Released in November 1978, it became her first solo Top 10 (No. 7) album since 1975's Have You Never Been Mellow. Dressed on the album cover all in leather, Newton-John's transformation in Grease from goody-goody "Sandy 1" to spandex-clad "Sandy 2" emboldened her to do the same with her music. The album's singles "A Little More Love" (No. 3 Pop, No. 94 Country, No. 4 AC), "Deeper Than The Night" (No. 11 Pop, No. 87 Country, No. 4 AC), and the title track (No. 52 Pop) all demonstrated a more aggressive and uptempo sound for Newton-John.[3] (The "Totally Hot" single was remixed for commercial release adding an instrumental bridge that lengthened the song by over thirty seconds from the original album track. As well, "Deeper Than The Night" was remixed to 4:56 and released in Europe on a 12" disco single format.) Newton-John filmed promotional videos for all three singles and wrote two of the album's tracks, "Borrowed Time" and "Talk To Me".

Although the album de-emphasized country, it still reached No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Newton-John released the B-side, "Dancin' 'Round And 'Round," of the "Totally Hot" single to Country radio - the first time since her 1975 single, "Let It Shine/He Ain't Heavy ... He's My Brother", that Newton-John worked both sides of a single to different radio formats. "Dancin' 'Round And 'Round" peaked at No. 29 Country [4] and is her last charted solo Country airplay single to date. (The song also charted Pop (No. 82) and AC (No. 25) after Totally Hot completed its chart run.)

The album was certified Platinum in the United States[5] and the single, "A Little More Love", was certified gold.[6] The album only reached No. 30 in the UK (where it was also released as a limited edition picture disc) but it was certified Gold[7] and the single "A Little More Love" reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart (itself certified Silver), and was even a surprise Number One single in Israel. The album was a Top 10 success in Australia, Canada and Japan (although none of its singles charted in Japan). The album was re-released in Japan during 2010 featuring two bonus tracks - an extended version of "Totally Hot" and "Love Is Alive" from her 1981 live album, "Love Performance."

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Please Don't Keep Me Waiting" - 5:48 (Stephen Sinclair, Joe Falsia)
  2. "Dancin' 'Round and 'Round" - 3:58 (Adam Mitchell)
  3. "Talk To Me" - 3:27 (Olivia Newton-John)
  4. "Deeper Than the Night" - 3:35 (Tom Snow, Johnny Vastano)
  5. "Borrowed Time" - 3:36 (Olivia Newton-John)
Side Two
  1. "A Little More Love" - 3:27 (John Farrar)
  2. "Never Enough" - 4:10 (John Farrar, Pat Farrar, Alan Tarney, Trevor Spencer)
  3. "Totally Hot" - 3:11 (John Farrar)
  4. "Boats Against the Current" - 3:56 (Eric Carmen)
  5. "Gimme Some Lovin'" - 4:11 (Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood, Spencer Davis)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/totally-hot-mw0000202460
  2. ^ http://dailyvault.com/toc.php5?review=5418
  3. ^ All music guide to country: the .... Google Books. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  4. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country .... Google Books. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Totally Hot". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Olivia Newton-John – A Little More Love". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Totally Hot". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Totally Hot in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go