2 January 2024

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back on the charts thanks to *that* ‘Saltburn’ scene

The 44-year-old released the tune back in 2001, but it has recently been given a boost after featuring in Emerald Fennell’s latest film

Attention everyone who finally watched Saltburn over the holiday break (prayers to those of you who made the mistake of doing so with your parents) and now has ‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ stuck in their head: the track is set for a spectacular return to the UK Top 40 this week, following its inclusion in Emerald Fennell‘s latest film.

The second single lifted from Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s debut solo album Read My Lips, ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ peaked at Number two upon release in 2001 and helped solidify her pop star status in her home country, becoming her most enduring hit. 

Now, 22 years after its last Top 40 appearance, the track eyes a rather unexpected – but very welcome – return to the Official Singles Chart, boasting a position of Number 27 midweek and expected to climb higher still by Friday. Meanwhile, the track also entered Spotify‘s global chart for the first time. 

In celebration of the feat, Ellis-Bextor just recreated Barry Keoghan’s nude dance to her iconic song to ring in 2024 (Note: She remained clothed but did put on a pair of antlers for good measure).

And if you’re wondering how Ellis-Bextor feels about her hit being used in the film, she recently revealed to People that she “wasn’t quite prepared for the visual,” and added that “Seeing it written down as a premise is different. I mean, Barry really went for it. And it’s, like, the whole song!”

“Whenever your music’s used, you get a little synopsis,” she continued. “So I saw Emerald’s name connected to the project and I already was familiar with her and how talented she is. I’ve seen Promising Young Woman and really enjoyed it. This little synopsis described how the character would be dancing, but I didn’t have any context. I’ve got quite a quirky sense of humour anyway, so I was like, I think I have to see how this plays out.”

“I didn’t really know exactly how it would play in terms of the role it was in the movie until I saw it at the screening, but I absolutely loved it. I think it’s such a clever, funny, smart film. I really enjoyed it,” Sophie then noted.

A Reminder that Saltburn is now playing on Prime Video, just in case you haven’t seen it and everyone chatting about the bathtub scene is making you feel left out.

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Prime Video / Saltburn

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