Sophie Ellis-Bextor reaps the rewards of the "Saltburn effect"

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor reaps the rewards of the “Saltburn effect”

The use of ‘Murder On the Dancefloor’ by Sophie Ellis-Bextor in ‘Saltburn’, Emerald Fennell’s new film, in the dancey final scene, has caused the song to reappear on the charts, more than 20 years after its release.

It’s too early to talk about the Kate Bush case again, but it is a fact that ‘Saltburn’ is discovering ‘Murder On the Dancefloor’ to a new audience. The Ellis-Bextor classic has just climbed to number 8 on Spotify in the UK, overtaking recent singles from Central Cee and Doja Cat. This means that ‘Murder On the Dancefloor’ is more than likely to return to the official Spotify singles chart. United Kingdom – where it reached number 2 in 2002 – in the coming days. “Murder” is also number 8 on Spotify Ireland. On Spotify in the United States, it has just entered at number 181.

Globally, ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ is also making its mark and has just debuted at number 130 on Spotify’s global chart, according to information provided by chart data. It is the first time that ‘Murder On the Dancefloor’ appears on this list that reflects the most listened to songs daily in the world. As a curious fact, ‘Murder On the Dancefloor’ is also the 27th most searched song on Shazam at the moment.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has celebrated the new success of ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ by making her own tribute to the choreography that actor Barry Keoghan performs in the film, completely naked, to the tune of this 2000s pop classic.

‘Murder On the Dancefloor’ is the biggest hit of Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s career. Included in his debut album ‘Read My Lips’ (2001), it was a success not only in the United Kingdom, but throughout Europe, reaching the top 5 in countries such as France, Italy and the Netherlands, and especially in Australia. “Murder” today has more than 233 million views on Spotify. ‘HANA’, Ellis-Bextor’s latest studio album, has been on sale since last summer.

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