One Word

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"One Word"
Kelly Osbourne - One Word.jpg
Single by Kelly Osbourne
from the album Sleeping in the Nothing
B-side"Sound Of The Crowd"
Released19 April 2005
Songwriter(s)Linda Perry
Producer(s)Linda Perry
Kelly Osbourne singles chronology
"One Word"

"One Word" is a song by British singer Kelly Osbourne, released as the first and only single from her second studio album Sleeping in the Nothing (2005). Unlike the pop/punk sound Osbourne sported in the past, "One Word" is a synthpop song that showed Osbourne embracing dance music. To date it is Osbourne's last single release.

Critical reception[edit]

"One Word" received positive reviews from music critics, 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 was not successful on the US Billboard Hot 100, it was highly successful on the US dance charts where it reached number 1 on three US dance charts. It was consistently played at nightclubs across the nation, due to a remix by acclaimed DJ Chris Cox.

Chart performance[edit]

On 15 May 2005, "One Word" debuted and peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart becoming Osbourne's third top 10 hit in the United Kingdom. A week later, it dropped to number 16 and the week after, it fell to number 21. Then on 11 June it fell nine places to number 30 and then eleven places to number 41. The following week, it dropped to number 62 and the song made its last appearance on the chart on 2 July at number 98, lasting 7 weeks on the chart. In the United States, "One Word" failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 but peaked at number 21 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, a continuation of the Billboard Hot 100.

Music video[edit]

The music video to "One Word" was filmed in early 2005 and was directed by Chris Applebaum. The video, which is filmed 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.

The video begins with Osbourne sitting in the back of a black taxi with two men sitting in front of her as it rains outside. She then opens a book onto a page with a picture of a man and on the other page is words handwritten in French. The two men then walk into a building followed by Osbourne and they enter a room where Osbourne sings to two microphone speakers. While she's doing this, scientific shapes start appearing on a black screen with subtitles below which reads "What is the privilege of the dead?, To die... no more". After this, she, along with the two men, walk down a spiral staircase and then she enters an elevator with a woman inside. Kelly then notices that the woman has the code 37164 tattooed on her neck and as she and the men exit the elevator, she takes out her camera necklace and takes a picture of the woman. She then walks down the corridor singing the chorus while sliding her hands on the walls. After this, she and the men enter a room and the two men sit in front of a table with a woman standing on it with a scientist positioning her. Osbourne is shown taking notes of what is happening but as she's doing this, it is shown that a picture is above her but it's the same picture of the man that was shown in her book at the beginning of the video. She then gets her camera necklace out again and takes a picture of the scientist positioning the woman. She and the two men enter another room where three women who are dressed in swimsuits are shown placing roses on three men. A bird is then shown flying around the room but while this is happening, one of the men exhales a cloud of smoke. Kelly and the two men then walk out of the room and enter another room where an audience of men are scoring a woman who is modelling and posing for them. Towards the end of the video, Osbourne is shown laying on a bed, but she pulls out a ball from under her sleeve with the number 1 marked on it. She then rolls it over to the woman modelling for the men and she bends over to pick it up. The model goes over to a man and sits on his lap to distract him. While he's not looking, she places the ball into a hole which causes a series of television screens to display random numbers. After this, Kelly and the two men leave the building and get back in the taxi. As they are driving, she looks out the back window and sees that the street lights they drive past the turn off as the screen fades to black.


Many people noticed similarities between "One Word" and the 1980s song, "Fade to Grey" by the band Visage, which caused controversy over the copyright issues, which was settled out of court after Osbourne's writing team agreed to give Visage a share of the royalties.

Track listing[edit]


Chart (2005) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 38
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 17
Canadian Singles Chart 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 60
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 83
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 48
UK Singles (OCC)[16] 9
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[17] 21
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[18] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 1
US Hot Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[20] 1
US Pop 100 (Billboard) 82


  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 November 2, 2011.
  5. ^ "(Amazon) One Word - CD". Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "(Amazon) One Word – Pt. 1". Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "(Amazon) One Word – Pt. 2". Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  8. ^ " – Kelly Osbourne – One Word". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  9. ^ " – Kelly Osbourne – One Word" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  10. ^ " – Kelly Osbourne – One Word" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  11. ^ " – Kelly Osbourne – One Word". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  12. ^ " – Discography Kelly Osbourne". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  13. ^ " – Kelly Osbourne – One Word" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  14. ^ " – Kelly Osbourne – One Word" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  15. ^ " – Kelly Osbourne – One Word". Singles Top 100. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Kelly Osbourne Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "Kelly Osbourne Chart History (Dance Mix/Show Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  19. ^ "Kelly Osbourne Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "Dance Singles Sales: June 18, 2005". June 18, 2005. Retrieved February 11, 2015.

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