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Kiss Me Once
Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once (Official Album Cover).png
Studio album by Kylie Minogue
Released 14 March 2014 (2014-03-14)
Recorded 2012–13
Genre
Length 38:46
Label
Producer
Kylie Minogue chronology
Aphrodite
(2010)
Kiss Me Once
(2014)
Singles from Kiss Me Once
  1. "Into the Blue"
    Released: 27 January 2014 (2014-01-27)
  2. "I Was Gonna Cancel""
    Released: 22 April 2014

Kiss Me Once is the twelfth studio album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue. It was released by Parlophone on 14 March 2014, her first studio album release since Aphrodite (2010), and first and only album under the management of Jay Z's Roc Nation.[1][2] The album is Minogue's first release under Warner Music Group worldwide, after the company purchased Parlophone. In North America, it was released by Warner Bros. Records, while in the United Kingdom under Parlophone.

Upon its release, Kiss Me Once was met with mainly positive reviews from music critics, many whom complimented Minogue's return to mainstream dance music and felt it lived up to expectations. However, critics were divided in the content; many praising it a solid record, while some felt it was dated and that she tried too hard, along with its lack of innovation from Minogue's perspective.[3] Commercially, Kiss Me Once had performed moderately worldwide. In Minogue's native Australia, the album entered at number one on the Australian Albums Chart, becoming her fourth number one album. In the United Kingdom, the album faced strong competition with George Michael's Symphonica, which eventually went to number one with Minogue at number two on the UK Albums Chart. Globally, however, the album performed moderately, peaking in the top 20 in countries including Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, France and The Netherlands. It also peaked at number thirty-one on the US Billboard 200.

Two singles and one promotional single were released from Kiss Me Once. "Into the Blue" was the lead single and performed moderately worldwide, charting in France, Switzerland and Spain. In Australia, the song missed the top twenty, peaking at forty-six. It missed the top ten in the United Kingdom, at number twelve. "I Was Gonna Cancel" was released on May 12, 2014 by Parlophone Records as the second single from the album, becoming commercially successful on Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs in the United States peaking at number five, while in the UK Singles Chart at number fifty-nine. To further promote the album, Minogue embarked on the accompanying Kiss Me Once Tour in September 2014.

Development and recording[edit]

Following the release of The Abbey Road Sessions (2012), Minogue split ways with her long-term manager, Terry Blamey and signed a new management deal with rapper Jay-Z's imprint Roc Nation.[4][5][6] Following this new deal, Minogue continued work on her twelfth studio album throughout 2013, with reports emerging in February 2013 that Minogue had been working with singer-songwriter Sia Furler.[7]

The album was mainly recorded in Los Angeles, with further recording sessions being held in New York City and London. In March 2013, Minogue posted on Twitter a photo of a microphone with the label Stargate beneath it, indicating that she had been working with the duo on the new album.[8] Other collaborators throughout 2013 included Darkchild,[9] Brooke Candy,[10] MNDR[11] and will.i.am.[12] The eve of Minogue's forty-fifth birthday, it was revealed that Minogue had recently recorded an "interesting" collaboration, later to be revealed as a collaboration with Enrique Iglesias.[13] On the same day, she unveiled a promotional single, "Skirt", a buzz single for Kiss Me Once.[14][15]

In May 2013, when discussing the album with Rolling Stone, Minogue stated that the album was "bringing out something different [...] which is cool". She also recognised that she had to "do something different", but added that the album "will maintain the DNA of what a Kylie track is, because I'm on it. I like to try and move the goalpost and experiment with different sounds."[16]

Speaking to Idolator about Sia Furler's involvement as executive producer, Minogue has said that they had worked together a couple of times, writing music. Minogue stated: "I got on with her so well. [...] I asked her if she would executive-produce. I was hoping she would say yes. I didn’t know if it was something she had done or was interested in, or if maybe she just preferred writing and doing her own music."[17] In an interview with Billboard, Minogue expressed that she had an epiphany during her "Kylie 25" campaign in 2012, stating, "I felt like I needed a new landscape, and once you've got your feet on the ground you're raring to go. [...] So far the support has been great, and it's just another part of this amalgamation of 'new' that I had wished for and was struck by."[18]

Composition[edit]

The first song and single "Into the Blue" was written by Kelly Sheehan, Mike Del Rio and Jacob Kasher. The song incorporates instrumentation from strings, guitars and synthesizers; as well as being generalized as part of the EDM genre, it has been called "a winner of a pop song which has a damn catchy, lightly brushed with electronic dance music sound that deep down is pretty much a classic Kylie Minogue pop tune. It will make you dance even if you're not a 40-something gay man or a handbag disco 30-something woman."[19] The second song, "Million Miles" written by Peter Wallevik, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Cutfather and Chelcee Grimes, begins with guitars.[20] The musical composition was compared to material from her 2000 effort Light Years. Samesame.com.au said "Kylie purrs in the middle bridge and delivers her own unique brand of PG temptress in a way no other can."[21] The lyrical content concerns sex with someone without any emotional connection. "I Was Gonna Cancel" was labelled the most "interesting" track on the record, and was written and produced by Pharrell Williams, Minogue's first collaboration with him. Minogue described the circumstances which inspired the writing of the song: "I had two days with him and did two songs, one of which is on my album and it's called 'I Was Gonna Cancel' - because I was having the worst day. Everything was too much. So my second day going in I was literally talking to myself saying, 'Keep it together, this is a very important day, it's Pharrell.' And I burst into tears as soon as I got there. That's why he wrote 'I Was Gonna Cancel' as I didn't feel like going, but had to."[22] Musically, the song is influenced by electro-funk music and has been compared to The Neptunes.[20][21] The fourth track "Sexy Love" written by Peter Wallevik, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Wayne Hector, Autumn Rowe, Cutfather, is "disco-tinged and with a hint of slap bass"; Minogue sings "You look so sexy in my head, you looks so sexy in my bed". The Guardian compared Minogue's performance to Barbadian singer Rihanna, but her image was perceived as "fun".[20] The song has been frequently referred to as the "offspring" of her previous singles "Love at First Sight" (2002) and "Wow" (2008).[21]

"Sexercize" was written by Sia Furler, who served as executive producer on the album along with Minogue, and is inspired by dubstep music. Compared again to Barbadian-American singer Rihanna, the song was also compared to tracks from her tenth studio album X (2007). "Feels So Good" is a remake of "Indiana" written by Tom Aspaul[23] and is "the sort of feather-light modern dance pop that Kylie does so well. The general air of luxuriousness is the perfect compliment to Kylie's airy vocals."[20] "If Only" is an electronic-inspired ballad with a heavy production and strong vocals. "Les Sex" (written by MNDR's Amanda Warner and Peter Wade Keusch) was noted by The Guardian as the best song on the album and was recommended by many music critics as a possible future single.[20] The title song, "Kiss Me Once" was appreciated by music critics for its lyrical content, which talks about the celebration of romance rather than sex, a common theme on the album.[21] The album's only duet "Beautiful", with Enrique Iglesias, "fits in well, thanks to the electronic sheen of the production and vocals performances in which both singers sound like robots slowly powering down."[20] In an interview with The Huffington Post, Minogue said about the recording; "Sadly we didn't record together [...] I remember I was in Paris... and at the end of the day the email came through with that song and it just made everything slow down and I really had visions of the song. It's very moving and I really wanted to be on it. Definitely. I was a little fearful that he might change his mind!".[24] The closing song "Fine" was the only song co-written by Minogue herself, and "perfectly bookends opener 'Into the Blue'’s strain of self-help realism, with Kylie delivering lines such as 'You’re going to be fine,' and 'It’s going to be okay, a brighter day will come.'"[20] Musically, "Fine" incorporates "'90s house, processed hand claps, and a rousing empowerment theme. A perfect bookend for an album celebrating the finer things in life. ‘Turn your face into the sun, sun, sun’ rouses a euphoric Kylie and with an energy such as this, it’s hard to ignore the word of Minogue."[21]

Singles[edit]

The lead single, "Into the Blue", premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC Radio 2 on 27 January 2014.[25] The song was released on 28 January 2014 in most countries.[26] The music video, directed by Dawn Shadforth, was released on 3 February 2014 and features French actor Clément Sibony.[27][28][29] The single debuted at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.[30] It has also charted in the United States, reaching number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[31]

The follow-up single was "I Was Gonna Cancel", written and produced by Pharrell Williams, released on 22 April 2014.[32] The music video for the song was directed by Dimitri Basil and premiered on 16 May 2014.[33][34]

Promotional singles[edit]

"Sexercize" was the album's first promotional single. As part of Minogue's "Audio-Visual Experience" a short film was released on 18 March 2014. It was directed by Roman Coppola and Chandelier Creative, and inspired by Kenneth Anger's 1965 short film Kustom Kar Kommandos.[35] The official video for the song was directed by photographer Will Davidson. It was released on YouTube on 19 March.[36] On 20 March, Minogue launched the "sexercize.tv" website, created to showcase "Sexercize" through the eyes of other collaborators such as Hattie Stewart x Chandelier, VFiles x Cody Critcheloe, Starsky + Cox, Mat Maitland x Jean Paul Gaultier, Gregoire Alexandre x Le Specs, Reilly x Dolce & Gabbana, National Geographic x Chandelier, Roman Coppola x Maserati, Will Davidson and Minogue.[37]

In Spain only, "Million Miles" served as a radio only single from the album.[38][39] "Beautiful", the duet with Enrique Iglesias was released as a radio only single in Australia in early 2014. On 6 June 2014, Kylie announced "Sexy Love" as the third radio only single from Kiss Me Once on Australian radio station Fox FM.[40] It was released to Australian radio that same day, but no digital or physical release materialized.

Promotion[edit]

On 13 February 2014, Minogue performed a special mini-concert at a pub in London.[41] A day later, on Valentine's Day 2014, she performed a mini-concert in Paris.[42] On 18 March 2014, Minogue performed songs from Kiss Me Once at a "MasterCard Priceless" show.[43] Minogue gave an interview and performed "Into the Blue", "Les Sex" and "Sexercize" on Le Grand Journal on 19 March.[44] On 21 March 2014, Minogue performed "Into the Blue" and "Especially for You" at Sport Relief 2014.[45] On 27 March 2014, Minogue performed "Into the Blue" at the Echo Awards in Berlin.[46] Minogue performed "Into the Blue" on 4 April 2014, on The Graham Norton Show where she also gave an interview.[47] As part of the promotion of the album, Minogue was featured on the cover of several magazines such as GQ Australia for the March 2014 issue,[48] on the 213th issue of Stylist with photography by Ellen von Unwerth,[49] Vogue Australia for the May 2014 issue with photography by Will Davidson,[50] on the May 2014 cover of Good Housekeeping (UK)[51] and GQ Italy for the August 2014 cover.[52] The second single, "I Was Gonna Cancel", was performed at the Logie Awards of 2014 in Australia on 27 April 2014[53] and on Alan Carr: Chatty Man in the UK on 16 May 2014.[54] "Sexy Love", was performed in Australia on the live show of The Voice on 30 June 2014[55] and on 1 July 2014 on Today.[56] "Beautiful" was performed along with a medley of hits at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[57]

Tour[edit]

In March 2014, Minogue announced the Kiss Me Once Tour. It commenced at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on 24 September 2014,[58] and continue through Europe until November 17, 2014. On 14 March, 2015, the tour went through Australia and finished at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 28 March 2015.[59]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[60]
Consequence of Sound C+[61]
Fact 3.5/5 discs[62]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[63]
The Independent 3/5 stars[64]
NME 7/10[65]
The Observer 3/5 stars[66]
PopMatters 7/10 discs[67]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[68]
Spin 7/10[69]

Kiss Me Once received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 19 reviews.[3] Alexis Petridis from the The Guardian, gave Kiss Me Once three stars out of five. He described the album as "glossy, depthless pop". Petridis felt that the album has "A handful of great moments, a bunch of filler, some excruciating lyrics about sex", while praising the songs "Sexy Love", "I Was Gonna Cancel", "Kiss Me Once" and "Les Sex".[63] Brittany Spanos from Spin gave Kiss Me Once a rating of seven out of ten. Spanos said that the album "lacks cohesion, but that hardly matters". According to Spanos, the standout songs on the album are "Into the Blue" and "Fine", which she describes as "two outstanding examples of empower-pop done right", while the majority of album is made up of "club-ready, tightly produced romantic pop gems".[69] NME reviewer Ben Cardew gave Kiss Me Once a rating of seven out of ten as well. Cardew said that the album proves that "after 26 years in the business, Kylie can still pull off a very modern pop album".[65] Andy Gill from The Independent gave the album three stars out of five, calling it "a partial success". Gill felt that Kiss Me Once is "more engaging and more characterful than either X or Aphrodite". Gill's noteworthy songs were "I Was Gonna Cancel", "Les Sex" and "Sexy Love".[64] Philip Matusavage from MusicOMH was mixed in his review, awarding the album with two stars. Matusavage said that Minogue should have chosen this moment for a "radical reinvention", calling the album her "most anonymous offering to date". Matusavage commended the songs "Feels So Good", "Fine" and "Les Sex".[70] Joe Sweeney from Slant Magazine gave the album a favorable review, awarding it with four stars out of five. Sweeney said that Minogue along with her songwriters and producers "stick with the winning formula of caffeinated synth-pop and disco, with a touch of dubstep tossed in for the kids". Sweeney praised the tracks "Sexy Love", "Into the Blue" and "Fine".[68]

Kitty Empire from The Observer awarded the album with three stars out of five. Empire described the album as "Polished but kittenish" and said that it "remains true to the effervescent dance-pop for which Kylie is known". Empire felt that the album's "contemporary American slant adds up to a handful of anonymous R&B filler tracks".[66] AllMusic reviewer Tim Sendra gave the album a favorable review, rating it with four stars out of five. He called it a "intoxicating blend of uptempo dance tracks, funky club cuts, sexy midtempo jams, and the occasional ballad". Sendra concluded his review by saying that Kiss Me Once is "a glittering, fun, and surprisingly powerful album that's classic Kylie through and through".[60] At USA Today, Elysa Gardner rated the album with three stars out of four, stating that the songs "may not stick to your bones, but their light, bright touch will give you a warm rush".[71] Fact reviewer Joe Muggs gave Kiss Me Once three and a half discs out of five. Muggs felt that Minogue's voice "remains as distinctive as it’s ever been" and that the album has "proper character and craft throughout". He praised the songs "I Was Gonna Cancel", "Sexercize", "Sleeping with the Enemy" and "Feels So Good".[62] A favorable review came from Clash, where reviewer Ian Wade gave the album a rating of seven out of ten. He said that Minogue "knows what she's doing, and she does it very well". Wade called Kiss Me Once "a triumph" and felt that it "proves a lot more memorable than Body Language or her previous studio set, 2010's Aphrodite".[72] Jon Dolan from Rolling Stone awarded the album with three stars out of five. Dolan felt that most of the production on Kiss Me Once has a "respect-the-goddess quality befitting an icon of her status". He also complimented Minogue's "tasteful self-awareness" by calling it "the rarest of diva virtues".[73]

Commercial performance[edit]

Kiss Me Once debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart with 29,251 copies sold in its first week, becoming Minogue's fifteenth top ten album.[74] In Oceania, the album debuted at number one in Australia with first-week sales of 8,166 copies, where it became her fourth number-one album.[75] The album slipped to number six in its second week with sales of 2,261.[76] The album debuted at number thirteen in New Zealand, but fell off the chart after one week, becoming her third studio album to spend a sole week in the chart.[77] In Japan, the album entered the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart at number forty, selling 3,088 units in its first week.[78]

In the United States, the album opened at number thirty-one with first week sales of 12,000 copies, making it Minogue's third highest charting album on the Billboard 200. Her previous studio album, Aphrodite, had sold 18,000 in its first week.[79] The album also debuted at number three on the US Dance/Electronic Albums and twenty-six on the Tastemaker Albums Chart.[80]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing for the album was announced on 26 January 2014. The standard edition has 11 tracks, while the special edition includes 2 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD.[81] The Japanese editions include "Sparks" (the B-side of "Into the Blue") and an exclusive Yasutaka Nakata remix of "Into the Blue" (on the standard edition only).[82]

Standard edition[83]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Into the Blue"  
  • Del Rio
  • Sheehan[a]
4:08
2. "Million Miles"  
3:28
3. "I Was Gonna Cancel"   Pharrell Williams
  • Williams
  • Sheehan[a]
3:32
4. "Sexy Love"  
  • Davidsen
  • Wallevik
  • Cutfather
3:31
5. "Sexercize"  
  • Sia Furler
  • Marcus Lomax
  • Jordan Johnson
  • Stefan Johnson
  • Clarence Coffee
  • Nella Tahrini
2:47
6. "Feels So Good"   Tom Aspaul 3:37
7. "If Only"   Rechtshaid 3:21
8. "Les Sex"   3:47
9. "Kiss Me Once"  
Jesse Shatkin 3:17
10. "Beautiful" (with Enrique Iglesias)
  • Taylor
  • Smith[b]
3:24
11. "Fine"   Loco 3:36
Total length:
38:46
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal co-producer
  • ^[d] signifies a remixer
  • "Feels So Good" is a cover of "Indiana" written and recorded by Tom Aspaul.[88]

Limited edition box set[edit]

The Kiss Me Once limited edition vinyl box set was exclusive to the Kylie Minogue store and sold out quickly. Only 3,500 sets were manufactured and include:

  • 12" vinyl (11 tracks)
  • CD (13 tracks)
  • Digital download code
  • Five 12" art prints
  • 12" sticker sheet
  • 12" "faux window" featuring raindrops and the album title

All is contained in a silk cloth-bound 12" vinyl box. 100 copies were signed by Minogue at random.[84]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the special edition of Kiss Me Once.[89]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref
Australia 14 March 2014 [125][126]
Germany [127]
France 17 March 2014 [128]
United Kingdom [83]
United States 18 March 2014 [84][129][130]
Mexico [131]
Japan 19 March 2014 [82]

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