A Blast from the Past Hits the Charts
Okay, music buffs, here’s the scoop: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s killer tune from 2001, ‘Murder on the Dancefloor,’ just made a smashing comeback to the Top 10 after 22 whole years. And guess what got it there? A cool appearance in the flick ‘Saltburn,’ directed by Emerald Fennell.
Hitting No. 8 and Streaming Like Crazy
The song’s now chillin’ at No. 8 on the charts, scoring a sweet 2.2 million streams. Before ‘Saltburn’ hit Amazon Prime, it was already doing pretty well, peaking at 293,000 streams a week, according to Official Charts Company data.
Back in 2001, Ellis-Bextor’s jam made it to No. 2 but got edged out by Daniel Bedingfield’s ‘Gotta Get Thru This.’
TikTok Magic and Streaming Surge
TikTok’s been in on the action too! Celebs like Paris Hilton used the song as a backdrop for their videos. And get this—the song’s hashtag racked up more than 40 million views on the app.
And Spotify? They spilled the beans that the song popped up on a bunch of New Year’s Eve playlists. December 31, 2023, was a massive day for the song, hitting 1.5 million streams on the platform.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Surprised and Loving It
The lady behind the hit, Sophie Ellis-Bextor herself, couldn’t be more stoked. She mentioned how connected she feels to her music and how it never fails to surprise her. She’s been belting out ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ for two decades and is totally vibing with its unexpected resurgence. According to her, it’s pure magic!
A Dance-Filled Finale in ‘Saltburn’
Turns out, the song’s appearance in ‘Saltburn’ was during a pretty wild scene. The lead character, Oliver, played by Barry Keoghan, does a naked dance around his pals’ mansion after some, let’s say, dramatic events unfold. It’s the grand finale of the film.
Old Hits Making a Comeback
This isn’t the first time an oldie but goodie got a second wind thanks to a TV show or movie. Remember Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ hitting No. 1 after being featured on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’? Yep, vintage tunes making a fresh splash.
Sophie’s Celebrations and a Personal Connection
Sophie Ellis-Bextor was super thrilled about the song’s climb up the charts. She even posted a video of herself rocking out in antlers—a nod to the Saltburn estate vibes and Oliver’s dance moves in the movie.
She also spilled that she knew exactly how ‘Saltburn‘ would use the song when they asked for permission. And watching the film with her mom and son? Yeah, she was a bit worried about the intense scenes but turns out, her son thought it was a top-notch flick.
What’s Topping the Charts Right Now
As for this week’s chart-topper? It’s Noah Kahan’s ‘Stick Season,’ marking the Vermont singer-songwriter’s first No. 1 hit in the UK. The new year’s brought some changes with only a few non-Christmas songs holding their ground in the Top 40.
So, there you have it—a classic tune makes a killer comeback thanks to a film cameo and some serious streaming love!