Single by Taio Cruz featuring Kylie Minogue and Travie McCoy
Released 26 November 2010 (2010-11-26)
Recorded 2009-2010
  • CD single
  • digital download
  • Dance-pop
  • synthpop
Length 3:08 (Taio Cruz solo version)
3:08 (Taio Cruz feat. Kylie version)
3:40 (Taio Cruz feat. Travie McCoy)
3:22 (Taio Cruz feat. Kylie/McCoy version)
Label Island
  • Taio Cruz
  • Sandy Whilhelm
  • Taio Cruz
  • Sandy Vee
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
Get Outta My Way
Better Than Today
Music Video
Taio Cruz ft

Taio Cruz ft. Kylie Minogue - Higher

"Higher" is the fifth single from English singer-songwriter Taio Cruz's second studio album, Rokstarr. It was written and produced by Cruz and Sandy Vee, and was released on 26 November 2010. This song was originally written for Kylie Minogue's album Aphrodite, but plans fell through. However, Cruz and Kylie recorded a version of the song for the European release, while American rapper Travie McCoy recorded guest raps for the American release. The Brazilian and United Kingdom versions have parts of McCoy's rap mixed into the Kylie version. The version on Cruz's albums feature a solo vocal by Cruz with no guest vocalist and an edited version of the solo version was added to Radio Disney's playlist.

Music video

The European video, featuring Cruz and Kylie, was directed by Alex Herron and released 19 November 2010. The United States version, featuring McCoy, was released the same day. Both versions feature Cruz and either Kylie or McCoy in an underground warehouse with a live band. With over 51 million views, the video featuring Kylie is her most watched YouTube video to date.

Chart performance

"Higher" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 77, where after several weeks on the chart reached a peak position of number 25. The single debuted on the RIANZ Singles Chart on 30 November 2010 at number 32, eventually climbing to a peak of number 5. On the week ending 1 January 2011, the Travie McCoy version of "Higher" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #80, jumping 39 places to #41 the following week. Five weeks later, the single reached a new peak of #24. The single also managed to debut on the UK Singles Chart at number 60 on 16 January 2011; climbing to number 37 the following week, based entirely on downloads of the album version alone. Following its full physical release, it ascended to its peak position of number 8. In the United Kingdom, the United States version of the song made Radio 1's B-Playlist while the single version (with Kylie Minogue) has made Radio 2's B-Playlist.