Sophie Ellis-Bextor's 'Murder On The Dancefloor' Coming To Vinyl After 'Saltburn' Viral Scene

16 January 2024 | 10:52 am | Mary Varvaris

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s iconic 2001 dance-pop single Murder On The Dancefloor has received a new vinyl pressing following the single’s rapid success featuring on the popular film Saltburn.

Murder On The Dancefloor is now available to pre-order on limited edition blood-red 7” vinyl and CD single, with the vinyl containing the single and Jewels & Stone Mix Edit, while the CD comes with two other versions, including the Danny D remix.

The new vinyl and CD are set for release on Friday, 16 February, via Polydor/Universal – you can pre-order your copy here.

In addition to the upcoming physical releases, Ellis-Bextor has shared a seven-track EP on streaming services, with songs released in 2001 that hadn’t gone to streaming finally landing now. The EP features Murder On The Dancefloor, the song’s original B-side, Never Let Me Down, and remixes of the beloved single from Jewels & Stone, HQ, Twin Murder and Danny D.

Due to Saltburn’s success (and the memeability of star Barry Keoghan’s nude dance), Murder On The Dancefloor has reached a new generation of listeners. The song and film’s impact can’t be understated – on the first UK Singles Chart of 2024, Murder On The Dancefloor landed at #8, its first chart success since peaking at #2 in 2001. The song reclaimed its #2 spot last week.

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Addressing her resurgence on the UK charts, Ellis-Bextor told BBC, “It actually feels really magical. And if I'm honest, I don't think I've completely processed it, really. It’s extraordinary. It's a song I've been singing for over 20 years; I still love singing it.”

She continued, “I love the way people react when I do it live. But for new people to be discovering it, for it to be making new memories with people is kind of beautiful.”

In a recent NME interview, Ellis-Bextor spoke about Murder On The Dancefloor’s recent success in the US, describing the song and film’s impact as “extraordinary”.

“That’s what’s been quite extraordinary. To them, it’s a new song, and that’s bonkers,” she commented. “It didn’t do anything there the first time around, and I’m fine with that. If I’ve learned anything along the way, it’s that you’ve got to go where the momentum is.”