Zero Gravity (Kate Miller-Heidke song)

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"Zero Gravity"
Kate Miller-Heidke - Zero Gravity.png
Single by Kate Miller-Heidke
Released25 January 2019 (2019-01-25)
GenrePop-opera
Length2:57
Label
Songwriter(s)
Kate Miller-Heidke singles chronology
"You've Underestimated Me, Dude"
(2016)
"Zero Gravity"
(2019)
"Ernie"
(2019)
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
  • Kate Miller-Heidke
  • Keir Nuttall
Finals performance
Semi-final result
1st
Semi-final points
261
Final result
9th
Final points
284
Entry chronology
◄ "We Got Love" (2018)   
"Don't Break Me" (2020) ►

"Zero Gravity" is a song performed by Australian singer Kate Miller-Heidke. It was released as a single on 25 January 2019, and was Australia's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 after it won the jury and public vote on Eurovision - Australia Decides on 9 February 2019.[1][2]

In an interview with broadcaster SBS, Miller-Heidke said she has always known of Eurovision, but became more invested since Australia became involved. She said "I think what I love about Eurovision is the permission to go a bit bonkers and I love how it embraces all different genres and different levels of experimental music and performance. I love how theatrical it is."[3]

The song was performed during the first Eurovision semi-final on 14 May 2019, and qualified for the final.[4] It finished in ninth place with 284 points. The performance featured the singer and two dancers atop large bendy poles, using their body weight to sway themselves through the air above the stage.

Background[edit]

"Zero Gravity" has been called a pop-opera song. Miller-Heidke wrote the song following her experience with post-natal depression after the birth of her son, Ernie, and how she felt "weightless" as she recovered.[5] "Miller-Heidke said "For me, after the birth of my son, Ernie, I went through a long period of feeling like I'd lost my identity and feeling very sort of foggy and down in a lot of ways, and it took a couple of years after he was born for me to feel like I was regaining my strength and clarity, and motivation, and a sense of who I was as well. And that was just an amazing feeling and so that's what this song tried to capture."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

auspOp reviewed the track, calling it "cute, danceable, quirky, edgy and just a little bit bonkers. It blends pop, dance and even opera and allows Kate to showcase her extraordinary vocal ability. So pretty perfect, it seems."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Kate Miller-Heidke, Keir Nuttall and Julian Hamilton, with lyrics by Miller-Heidke and Nuttall.

  1. "Zero Gravity" – 2:57
  2. "Zero Gravity" (Acoustic) – 3:38
  3. "Zero Gravity" (Radio Edit) – 2:39
  4. "Zero Gravity" (7th Heaven Remix) – 3:55
  5. "Zero Gravity" (Where It's ATT Remix) – 3:13
  6. "Zero Gravity" (Donatachi Remix) – 2:59

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 95
Lithuania (AGATA)[8] 64
Scotland (OCC)[9] 62
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 2
UK Download (OCC)[11] 57

Release history[edit]

Region Date Release Format Label
Various 25 January 2019 Original[12] Digital download, streaming Universal Music Australia
19 April 2019 7th Heaven Remix[13]
19 April 2019 Where It's ATT Remix[14]
26 April 2019 Radio edit[15]
3 May 2019 Acoustic[16]
14 May 2019 EP[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kate Miller-Heidke takes out Australian Eurovision spot after public vote". News.com.au. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  2. ^ Holden, Steve (11 March 2019). "Eurovision 2019: The acts to look out for in Tel Aviv". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Kate Miller-Heidke, on 'plumbing the depths' for 'Zero Gravity', and her love of all things Eurovision". Special Broadcasting Service. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ "First Semi-Final: 10 acts qualify for Eurovision 2019 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  5. ^ Richards, Natalie (9 February 2019). "Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest". Perth Now. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  6. ^ "KATE MILLER HEIDKE REVEALS EUROVISION TRACK". auspOp. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  7. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #526". auspOp. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 21". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Zero Gravity – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Zero Gravity (7th Heaven Remix)". Spotify. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Zero Gravity (Where It's ATT Remix)". Spotify. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Zero Gravity (Radio Edit)". Spotify. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Zero Gravity (Acoustic)". Spotify. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Zero Gravity – EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved 15 May 2019.