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Better Than Today
Better Than Today
Single by Kylie Minogue
From the album Aphrodite
Released 3 December 2010 (2010-12-03)
Recorded 2009
Format
  • CD single
  • digital download
  • 7"
Genre
  • Pop
  • snythpop
Length 3:26
Label Parlophone
Writer(s)
  • Nerina Pallot
  • Andy Chatterley
Producer(s)
  • Nerina Pallot
  • Andy Chatterley
  • Stuart Price
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
Higher
(2010)
Better Than Today
(2010)
Put Your Hands Up
(2011)
Aphrodite track listing
"Illusion"
(7)
"Better Than Today"
(8)
"Too Much"
(9)

"Better Than Today" is a song by Kylie Minogue taken from her eleventh studio album Aphrodite (2010). The song was originally written and produced by Nerina Pallot and Andy Chatterley for Pallot's 2009 extended play, Buckminster Fuller EP. It was re-recorded by Kylie in 2009, and received additional production by Stuart Price.

"Better Than Today" was released as the third single from the album on 3 December 2010. It was not as successful as Kylie's preceding releases. After debuting on the chart early with album downloads, it peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 32, making it her lowest placing since "The One" in 2008. The single was released in Australia on 28 February 2011. It debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 55, making it her third single to miss the top-fifty, after "Finer Feelings" in 1992 (number 60) and "Get Outta My Way" in 2010 (number 69). Despite under-performing in the United Kingdom and Australia, it became Kylie's sixth number-one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and her third consecutive number-one single from the album Aphrodite on that chart.

Live PerformancesEdit

Kylie premiered "Better Than Today" by adding it to the set list of her 2009 For You, For Me Tour. Prior to performing the song on the first tour date in Oakland, she said, "I know it's taken me a little long to get [to the United States], so I thought I'd give you guys a first..." Rolling Stone commented on Kylie's background singers during the song, saying they had "the evening's most striking fashion innovation": neon pink wigs worn as shoulder pads. After the tour stop in Chicago, John Dugan of Time Out said that the performance was his "favorite song of the night".

To promote the single, Kylie took on a number of television performances. Most of these performances resembled ones from the tour and the music video as well. On 7 November 2010, she sang the song live on The X Factor's results show. She wore a red, fringed cocktail dress with small cut-outs in the waist and the silver heels featured in the music video. She received a standing ovation from all four judges; Dannii Minogue, who is a judge on the show and Kylie's sister, gave her praise. She called the performance a "ten out of ten". Kylie reprised this performance for BBC One's Children in Need 2010 television special on 19 November 2010. She donned a bodysuit similar to the one featured in the video, but in white. Kylie opened Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball on 6 December 2010, adding "Better Than Today" to her set list. She wore a sheer, white floor-length gown with the same silver heels. She then went on to perform the song at the annual Royal Variety Performance on 10 December 2010. Kylie and Gary Barlow got the chance to greet Prince Charles and Camilla at the London Palladium, where the event was held. At the end of 2010, she performed a big band version of the song at Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny.

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