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Kylie's new video for her single 'Dancing' somehow re-imagines Ms. Minogue in collaboration with Dolly Parton
on the set of "The Day of the Dead" - with a depiction of a 1970's Nashville motel room thrown into the mix. The film, directed by Sophie
Muller, was shot over 2 days at London's Bush Hall, where all of the above was somehow brought to life - including a dance with death.
The video also displays Kylie's talent for re-appropriation as it features a $20 guitar which director Sophie
found in a junk shop - echoing the legendary 50p hot-pants that came to define the video for 'Spinning Around.' Of course the guitar was customised with hundreds of amazing crystals but Kylie delights in the art of making do and the juxtaposition of expensive and cheap, and was delighted to find a guitar small enough to be the perfect fit for her petite frame.
'Dancing' was chosen as the first single for many reasons, not least that it brilliantly illustrates the theme of the album, much of which could be described as cathartic. The single itself presents the view that life isn't always a bed of roses so we should enjoy the sparkling moments when we have them. As Kylie herself says: "Life's all just moments which all join up - some of them are great, and some of them are less than sparkling - but ultimately I wanted this video to reflect the celebratory nature of the song".
Learning the choreography, which was based on an interpretation of line-dancing, presented a slight challenge to the normally adept Kylie as it involved a completely different style of movement. Kylie says; "I always thought I could learn routines quickly but this was different. However, by the time I had to dance with the Grim Reaper at the end I had mastered it. And if that's not a funny allegory for life I don't know what is!".
The Video, Directed By Sophie
Muller, Introduces A New Form Of Line- Dancing Which Ends With An Unlikely Celebratory Dance With The Grim Reaper!
"The Nashville influence is evident on "Dancing," which opens with acoustic guitar fingerpicking and Minogue brandishing some twang in her inflection before giving way to a rousing beat that would be equally accepted at both honky-tonks and dance clubs." - Rolling Stone
"...a country-pop banger." - Entertainment Weekly
Golden, Kylie's first studio album in four years and her fourteenth studio album in a record breaking career, will be released April 6 via BMG, her first for the label. The album was mainly recorded in Nashville, which was a first for Kylie, a fact which couldn't help but inform the sound - albeit in Kylie's superlative pop style. Pre-order Golden and receive "Dancing
" as an instant grat download
Golden is one of Kylie's most personal date - with every song on Golden co-written by Minogue. Her trip to Nashville involved working alongside two key writers, both with homes in the city. One was British-born songwriter Steve McEwan (whose credits include huge Country hits for Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney
and Carrie Underwood), and the other was Amy Wadge, another Brit (best known for her mega-selling work with Ed Sheeran). It was, then, a truly international project: Golden was mainly created with African-German producer Sky Adams and a list of contributors including Jesse
Frasure Eg White, Jon Green, Biff Stannard, Samuel Dixon, Danny
Shah and Lindsay
Rimes, and there's a duet with English singer Jack Savoretti.
Full tracklisting for Golden below:
2. Stop Me From Falling
4. A Lifetime To Repair
5. Sincerely Yours
6. One Last Kiss
7. Live A Little
8. Shelby '68
11. Raining Glitter
12. Music's Too Sad Without You (with Jack Savoretti)