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"Xanadu"
File:Xanadusingle.jpg
One of UK releases with pink vinyl
Song by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Xanadu
B-side"Fool Country" [Olivia Newton-John] (UK)
"Whenever You're Away from Me" [Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly] (US),
ReleasedJune 6, 1980 (UK)
July 1980 (US)
Recorded1980
StudioMusicland, Munich
GenreDisco, pop
Length3:00
LabelJet (UK)
MCA (US)
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
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"Xanadu" is the title song from the soundtrack album Xanadu, and is the title song from the 1980 film of the same name. The song is performed by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Olivia Newton-John. Newton-John sings the primary vocals, with ELO lead singer Jeff Lynne adding "parenthetic" vocals in the style of their other songs on the Xanadu soundtrack, along with providing the instrumentation.

The single reached number one in several countries, and was the band's only UK number one single,[1] when it peaked there for two weeks in July 1980. It was certified as "silver" by the British Phonographic Industry.[2] The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.[3]

Chart performance[]

Personnel[]

  • Olivia Newton-John - lead vocals
  • Jeff Lynne - Guitar, Keyboards, backing vocals
  • Bev Bevan - drums, percussion
  • Richard Tandy - keyboards
  • Kelly Groucutt - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Louis Clark - strings
Preceded by
"Crying" by Don McLean
UK Singles Chart number-one single
July 12, 1980 – July 26, 1980
Succeeded by
"Use It Up and Wear It Out" by Odyssey
Preceded by
"Funkytown" by Lipps Inc
West German Singles Chart number-one single
August 7, 1980 – August 21, 1980
Succeeded by
"Santa María" by Oliver Onions
Preceded by
"Funkytown" by Lipps Inc
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
September 5, 1980 – September 12, 1980
Succeeded by
"The Winner Takes It All" by ABBA
Preceded by
"Funkytown" by Lipps Inc
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
36/1980 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Upside Down" by Diana Ross
Preceded by
"Crying" by Don McLean
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
July 19, 1980 – August 16, 1980
Succeeded by
"The Winner Takes It All" by ABBA

Kirsty K. version[]

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"Xanadu"
Song by Kirsty K.
ReleasedAugust 1996 (1996-08)
Recorded1995
GenreDance
Length3:30
LabelCentral Station
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne

In early 1996, two Australian dance performers released versions of the song. Sydney singer Olivia Featuring Paula (on the MDS label) released a dance version first, followed by Kirsty K. (on Central Station Records). Both versions charted on the ARIA Singles and Dance Charts in the first half of 1996.[citation needed]

Chart performance (Kirsty K. version)[]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia ARIA Dance Chart[citation needed] 71

New Electric Light Orchestra version[]

In 2000, ELO's Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song, with his own vocals, for the box set Flashback and the All Over the World compilation. Though it was billed as an ELO selection, the song was recorded by Lynne with Marc Mann on keyboards, but with no input from his former bandmates.

Sharleen Spiteri version[]

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"Xanadu"
Song by Sharleen Spiteri
from the album The Movie Songbook
ReleasedFebruary 2010 (2010-02)
Recorded2009
GenrePop
Length3:34
LabelMercury, Universal
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Sharleen Spiteri

In 2009, Scottish singer-songwriter Sharleen Spiteri recorded the song for a second studio album titled The Movie Songbook which was released on March 1, 2010 worldwide. Xanadu was released as the lead single from the album in February 2010 and has so far made the BBC Radio 2 C-List.[27]

Music video[]

A Music video for the song was added to Spiteri's official YouTube channel in February 2010. The video shows the Capitol Records Building and Spiteri performing the song with an acoustic guitar and one male and two female back up singers.

Chart performance[]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK (Official Charts Company)[28] 71

Other cover versions[]

Karin Glenmark recorded the song in Swedish, with lyrics by Ingela "Pling" Forsman, and released it as a single in 1980.[29] Her version chartered at Svensktoppen for 10 weeks between October 26-December 21, 1980.[30] 1980 also saw the release of Swedish language-recordings by Ingmar Nordströms.,[31] Flamingokvintetten [32] and Wizex.[33]

British indie artist Dev Hynes, under his alias, Lightspeed Champion, did his own rendition of "Xanadu" as a b-side to his single "Tell Me What It's Worth".

The song appeared on the first episode of the fourth season of the American adult animated sitcom American Dad! "The Vacation Goo" wherein the alien character Roger performed "Xanadu on a cruise ship as he is impersonating Olivia Newton-John.

Dannii Minogue also covered "Xanadu" for her 2007 album Club Disco.

References[]

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  2. [[[:Template:Certification Cite/URL]] "[[:Template:Certification Cite/Title]]"] Check |url= value (help). British Phonographic Industry. URL–wikilink conflict (help) Select singles in the Format field. Type Xanadu in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  4. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. "Austriancharts.at – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. "Ultratop.be – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. "Xanadu in Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  8. "Xanadu in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  9. Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. "Top 40-lijst van week 31, 1980". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Hawtin, Steve. "Song artist 171 - Electric Light Orchestra". Tsort.info. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  11. "Xanadu in Irish Chart". IRMA. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2013. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help) 1st result when searching "Xanadu"
  12. Lee Zhito, ed. (1980). "xanadu"+"israel"+"billboard" Billboard, September 6, 1980. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  13. Lee Zhito, ed. (1980). "xanadu"+"japan"+"billboard" Billboard, November 15, 1980. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  14. "Nederlandse Top 40 – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  15. "Dutchcharts.nl – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. "Charts.nz – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu". Top 40 Singles.
  17. "Norwegiancharts.com – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu". VG-lista.
  18. John Samson. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (E)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  19. "Swedishcharts.com – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu". Singles Top 100.
  20. "Swisscharts.com – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. "ELO". Wweb.uta.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  22. "Charts". Wweb.uta.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  23. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  25. "100 Top Hits of 1980" (PDF). Charismusicgroup.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  26. "UK Singles of the Year" (PDF). Record Mirror. London: Spotlight Publications. December 27, 1980. p. 30. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  27. - 17:05. "Radio 2 - Playlist". BBC. Retrieved March 19, 2010.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  28. "Sharleen Spiteri". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  29. "Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  30. "Svensktoppen". 1980. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  31. "Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  32. "Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  33. "Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved May 29, 2011.

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