In Your Eyes (Kylie Minogue song)

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"In Your Eyes"
Kylie Minogue In Your Eyes.png
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Fever
B-side
  • "Tightrope"
  • "Good Like That"
  • "Harmony"
  • "Never Spoken"
Released 18 February 2002
Format
Recorded 2001; London, England
Genre
Length 3:18
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Richard Stannard
  • Julian Gallagher
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Can't Get You Out of My Head"
(2001)
"In Your Eyes"
(2002)
"Love at First Sight"
(2002)
"Can't Get You Out of My Head"
(2001)
"In Your Eyes"
(2002)
"Love at First Sight"
(2002)
Music video
"In Your Eyes" on YouTube

"In Your Eyes" is a song by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, taken from her eighth studio album Fever (2001). It was written by Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, and Ash Howes, and produced by Stannard and Gallagher. The song is a dance song and talks about sexual temptation. Delayed from a January 2002 release, it was released as the second single from the album on 18 February 2002 by Parlophone, except in the United States, where the song was not released.

Critical reception towards "In Your Eyes" was mostly positive, who commended the catchy chorus and the production, but many critics were reluctant in reviewing the song on the album. In Australia, the song debuted at number one was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). It reached number three in the United Kingdom, and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The single also charted inside the top twenty in Finland, Hungary, Canada, and New Zealand.

A music video for "In Your Eyes" was directed by Dawn Shadforth and was envisioned as a science fiction-extension from Minogue's previous single, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (2001). It features Minogue and numerous backup dancers, surrounded with LED lights. The song was performed live by Minogue at the one-off concert show Money Can't Buy. "In Your Eyes" was performed on her 2002 Fever Tour, and has appeared on all her concert tours since; its most recent inclusion was Minogue's Kylie Summer 2015.

Background and release[edit]

Following the success of Minogue's 2001 single, "Can't Get You Out of My Head", Minogue's label Parlophone were set to release the second single from the album Fever (2001). Minogue enlisted several writers and producers such as Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, and Ash Howes, all whom worked with Minogue on her seventh album, Light Years (2000).[1] All four of them, including Minogue, wrote "In Your Eyes" together, while Stannard and Gallagher handled the production of the song.[2] After the major success of "Can't Get You Out of My Head", it was announced that "In Your Eyes" would be released as the album's second official single, set for a January 2002 release.[3] However, due to the overwhelming success and radio airplay in the United States, the single was postponed until February 2002.[3]

Musically, "In Your Eyes" is a dance-pop song, which features influences of nu-disco and Europop.[4] In the first verse, her vocals span and range from F#m-D-D-C#-Bm.[5] When it reaches the chorus, her vocals range from F#m-Bm-C#.[5] The chords basically repeat with each verse it has. According to Popmatters and NME, the described the song as "another disco-sounding club track that lyrically propels Minogue further into a more sexual sound on the lyrics "I want to make it with you."[6][7]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Minogue performing the song during her For You, For Me Tour, 2009.

"In Your Eyes" had received positive reception from music critics. Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine gave it a good reception saying through the album "Similarly, "In Your Eyes" and the bleepy "Give It to Me" are contagious club hits waiting to infect." Ian Wade from Yahoo! Music compared it to Minogue's song "Spinning Around". He said "'In Your Eyes' which cheekily references comeback hit 'Spinning Around'."[8] JoeUser.com gave it a mixed review, saying ""In Your Eyes," which is not an immediate standout like "Love at First Sight, is a smoldering single. It takes a couple listens but it slowly inches into your head." He also added "Kylie Minogue can only concentrate on one man in the discotheque in the sultry "In Your Eyes."[9]

Chart performance[edit]

"In Your Eyes" was released on 18 February 2002. It was originally scheduled for release in January, but was delayed because of the airplay popularity of "Can't Get You Out of My Head".[10] It debuted at number three on the UK singles chart, becoming her twenty-second top-ten single. The song remained on the chart for seventeen weeks,three of which were in the top twenty. It was an airplay hit in the UK, where it reached number one. The song also peaked at number seven on the Club Chart.

The single became a hit elsewhere in Europe, reaching the top five in Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. "In Your Eyes" was released in Canada (where it peaked at number eleven) and Mexico, but not in the United States, where "Can't Get You Out of My Head" had just been released.

In Australia, "In Your Eyes" was released as scheduled on 21 January 2002. The song was certified gold prior to its release on pre-sales only.[11] It debuted at number one on the ARIA singles chart and became the fourth single by Minogue to reach the top position since 2000. It peaked at number 18 on Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ), and stayed on the charts for 18 weeks.

Music video[edit]

Background and synopsis[edit]

"In Your Eyes" featured a music video that was directed by Dawn Shadforth. The video features Minogue in a studio filled with colourful neon lights. There are two sequences; the first features Minogue and a group of dancers in front of a colourful background, the second is simply Minogue spinning before a background of flashing lights. Throughout the video, the two scenes are intercut and gradually fade.

The video featured an extension of the futuristic theme first introduced in the music video for "Can't Get You Out of My Head" the previous year. Minogue and her artistic director William Baker had become interested in the street interpretation of robotic, jerky movements and included this in the video. The costumes also represent this interest and were described by Baker as being a mix of "hip hop chic with sci-fi lunacy".[12]

Reception[edit]

Released to music video channels prior to the single's commercial release, the video was a hit, charting at number one on MTV's Hit List UK and at number four on MTV Europe's top twenty countdown.[13] The video was first released commercially as a DVD single in Australia in 2002, but was also included on the Ultimate Kylie companion DVD, released in December 2004.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "In Your Eyes".[14]

Live performances[edit]

The song was first performed on An Audience With Kylie Minogue. Since then it has been performed on all of her tours except the Anti Tour. It was featured on the Fever Tour in the fifth act entitled "Sex in Venice", where it closed the act. Just before the bridge began, the performance breaks into a Latin-type dance interlude where a Latin version of In Your Eyes is performed followed by a chorus of "Please Stay" followed by a chorus of "Rhythm of the Night" before the performance returns to the regular version of "In Your Eyes". The song was next performed in 2003 at Minogue's one-off, invitation-only gig Money Can't Buy to promote her ninth studio album Body Language. It was featured in the third act "Electro" where it again closed the act. Minogue then performed the song on her Greatest Hits Tour in 2005 where it was featured as the second song of the set. It was then featured on the Homecoming Tour in 2006 and 2007 where it was again featured as the second song of the set. In 2008 it was featured in the KylieX2008 Tour as the last song in the first act. This was a new remix that had a thicker bass. The same version was then used to close her first act on her North American Tour in 2009. The song was performed on the Aphrodite Tour in 2011 where it was performed in Japan only and as a request at a lot of dates, and its most recent performance was on Minogue's Kylie Summer 2015 Tour.

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals - Kylie Minogue
  • Background vocals - Richard Stannard
  • Writing - Kylie Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes
  • Producing - Richard "Biff" Stannard, Julian Gallagher
  • Recording and programming - Ash Howes, Alvin Sweeney, Martin Harrington
  • Mixing - Ash Howes at Biffco Studios
  • Keyboards - Julian Gallagher
  • Guitar - Martin Harrington
  • Drums - Mimi Tachikawa
  • Bass - Steve Lewinson
  • Photography - Vincent Peters

Source[17]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[48] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ Minogue, Kylie (2002). In Your Eyes (Liner notes). Kylie Minogue. Worldwide, except the United States: Parlophone. 
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  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Kylie-In-Your-Eyes/master/31476
  5. ^ a b http://www.azchords.com/m/minoguekylie-tabs-7412/inyoureyes-tabs-149812.html
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  7. ^ Needham, Alex (25 September 2001). "Kylie Minogue : Fever". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  8. ^ http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/l_reviews_a/22122.html
  9. ^ http://dusk411.joeuser.com/article/88250
  10. ^ Release information – In Your Eyes. Kylie.com. Retrieved 18 November 2006.
  11. ^ Accreditations – 2002 singles. ARIA Charts. Retrieved 18 November 2006.
  12. ^ La La La, William Baker and Kylie Minogue, Hodder and Stoughton, 2002. ISBN 0-340-73440-X. Paperback version.
  13. ^ Chart Positions – Fever. SloKylie.com – Slovenian Kylie Page. 3 January 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2006.
  14. ^ Discography – 2001+ Archived 28 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. MixKylie.co.uk. Retrieved 18 November 2006.
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  16. ^ The Minography – Mixes. LiMBO (Kylie.co.uk). Retrieved 18 November 2006.
  17. ^ In Your Eyes (Liner notes). Kylie Minogue. 2002. 
  18. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  19. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  22. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ allmusic.com (2012). "Kylie Minogue - Awards". allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  24. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes". Tracklisten.
  25. ^ "Kylie Minogue: In Your Eyes" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  26. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes" (in French). Les classement single.
  27. ^ "Musicline.de – Minogue,Kylie Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  28. ^ "Greek Singles Chart". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 3 April 2002. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  29. ^ slagerlistak.hu (2012). "Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista". slagerlistak.hu. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  30. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  31. ^ "Chart Track: Week 8, 2002". Irish Singles Chart.
  32. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes". Top Digital Download.
  33. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 10, 2002" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  34. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes". Top 40 Singles.
  35. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2007-06-25. 
  36. ^ "Top40-charts.com". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Romanian 2001 end-of-year charts". Archived from the original on 9 December 2002. Retrieved 9 December 2002. 
  38. ^ "Archive Chart: 2002-03-02". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  39. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes" Canciones Top 50.
  40. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes". Singles Top 100.
  41. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes". Swiss Singles Chart.
  42. ^ "Kylie Minogue: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  43. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association (2002). "End of year charts". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  44. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/annual.asp?year=2002
  45. ^ http://www.top40.nl/pdf/Top%20100/top%20100%20-%202002.pdf
  46. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  47. ^ http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2002.pdf
  48. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION.
  49. ^ "British single certifications – Kylie Minogue – In Your Eyes". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 10, 2015.  Enter In Your Eyes in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  50. ^ http://www.amazon.com/In-Your-Eyes-Live/dp/B00ABX1W26

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