Xanadu Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
Song Title: Xanadu
Artist: Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
Date of release: 6th of June 1980
Description: ” Xanadu ” is by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra. Olivia Newton-John is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born in Cambridge, England and aged six moved to Melbourne, Australia.
Although best known for her role as Sandy in the movie Grease, she has had a successful music career in the pop and country genres. Olivia’s recording success includes five Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones and another ten singles that reached the Top Ten.
In addition to a string of successful singles, she has had two Albums top the Billboard 200 Chart in the US. It has been estimated that her Worldwide record sales are in the region of 100 million which ensures Olivia has a place on the list of the best-selling artists of all time.
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band. They formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England. The founding members of ELO were Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan. Their first single, ” 10538 Overture “, reached number nine on the UK Singles Chart in 1972. Known in the United States as ” the English guys with the big fiddles. “, they had more success there than their native UK. Their estimated Worldwide records sales exceed 50 Million.
” Xanadu ” was written and produced by Jeff Lynne. The English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer rose to fame as the lead singer of Electric Light Orchestra. In 1988, he was a founding member, along with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty, of the supergroup Traveling Wilburys. On the 7th of April 2017, Jeff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ELO.
The song was released on the 6th of June 1980 in the United Kingdom and in July 1980 in the United States. It was taken as the title track from the soundtrack Album of the same name.
The Album, released in November 1980 by Jet Records in the United Kingdom and by MCA Records in the United States, became more successful than the film. Loved by critics and fans alike, it went 2x Platinum in the United States and Canada. In 1981 it became the 5th most popular soundtrack in the United States.
” Xanadu ” was recorded in 1980 at Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany. Unlike many of today’s collaborations where the two parties record separately for the work to be mixed later, for this recording both Olivia and the members of ELO were present for the full studio session.
It is the title song from the 1980 film of the same name. The film, directed by Robert Greenwald, is an American romantic musical fantasy. Written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel, it was to become a huge and costly box office flop.
The budget for the film at the time was in the region of $20 Million, which in today’s money is near $70 Million. The writers got the inspiration for the film from Down to Earth, a 1947 film which starred Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, and Marc Platt.
” Xanadu ” was a commercial success for Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending ten weeks on the chart there. It also reached number two on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Chart, nine on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart, four on the Record World Singles Chart and two on the Radio & Records ( R&R ) Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 21st of June 1980 and topped the chart for two weeks. It spent five weeks in the top ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 8
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 2, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 2, Canadian RPM Top Singles 9, Dutch (Top 40) 1, France (SNEP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Irish Singles Chart 1, Israel Singles Chart 1, Japan (Oricon) 18, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 8, Norway (VG-lista) 1, South African Chart 20, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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