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X
10th studio album

X is the tenth studio album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue; it was released November 21, 2007
X
X
Studio album by Kylie Minogue
Released 21 November 2007
Recorded May 2006 - August 2007
Genre
  • Dance-pop
  • electronic
Length 45:12
Label Parlophone
Producer(s)
  • Bloodshy & Avant
  • Guy Chambers
  • Cathy Dennis
  • Freemasons
  • Jonas Jeberg
  • Kish Mauve
  • Greg Kurstin
  • Richard "Biff" Stannard
  • Eg White
Kylie Minogue chronology
Kylie Body Language
(2003)
X
(2007)
Aphrodite
(2010)
Singles from X
1. 2 Hearts
9 November 2007
2. Wow
15 February 2008
3. In My Arms
15 February 2008
4. All I See
11 March 2008
5. The One
28 July 2008

"X" is the tenth studio album by Kylie Minogue. It was released on 21 November 2007 by Parlophone. It is her first release since the greatest hits compilation Ultimate Kylie (2004), and her first studio album since Body Language (2003). Work on the album began following Kylie's gradual recovery from breast cancer and subsequent radiotherapy treatment. Her cancer, which was diagnosed in May 2005, resulted in the postponement of Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour midway through its run. Kylie resumed the tour in late 2006, in the midst of recording X, and was completed later in the following year.

Commercially, X was a success. In Australia, the album debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart, becoming her first number-one album since Body Language (2003) and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at number four, being held off by artists Westlife, Shayne Ward and Leona Lewis. It gained a higher position than her last record and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. The album achieved strong charting internationally, peaking inside the top 20 in countries including Austria, Germany, Ireland, Taiwan and France.

Release and promotion Edit

The release of X was announced on 21 September 2007. To promote the release of the album, Kylie performed on an exclusive show on ITV1 called The Kylie Show, featuring six songs from the new album, and four of her previous hits. It aired on 10 November 2007. In addition, Kylie performed several songs in various European TV shows.

On 28 November 2007, Kylie announced she would promote X with a tour, to be called KylieX2008.

A major problem with the album's promotion was Kylie's management selecting poor choices of singles. Numerous sources, including Perez Hilton, responded very positively to the track "Speakerphone", produced by Bloodshy & Avant. Another fan of that song is American singer Madonna who included the track on her Celebrity playlist for iTunes in 2008, stating that she thought that "Speakerphone" was the best song on the album. The song was commended for being overly modern and progressive, especially for an American audience who responded to "Can't Get You Out of My Head".

Others responded that "Wow" or "Like a Drug" would have been a suitable first single for the album in the United States. Instead, with the mentality that the only substantial way to boost album sales in North America would be to appeal to an urban market (similarly to Kylie's ninth studio album, Body Language), "All I See" was released as that region's lead single and failed on the mainstream charts, despite the single version featuring American rapper Mims.

Another problem with the album's American promotion involved Kylie's low-public profile in comparison with the rest of the world. In the past, she had rarely appeared in the public eye in the region except for heavy airplay of "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and "The Loco-Motion", besides appearing on general music channels such as MTV and VH1 and never having a tour on the continent of North America. In Europe, additional problems arose in the release of "2 Hearts" as the song was a drastic jump from Kylie's other work (especially on X) and clearly duplicated from the Kish Mauve version. The release of the final single, "The One" was a neglected release as it featured only a digital download single along with a promotional music video. The single version was remixed with a more club feel by the Freemasons.

"X Allmixedup" Edit

On 15 December 2007, a mashup single titled "X Allmixedup" was released on iTunes, containing four songs from X—"2 Hearts", "The One", "In My Arms" and "Like a Drug", with the latter being the only track from these four that did not get a release as a standalone single. The single was only released in Australia and New Zealand for the promotion of the KylieX2008 tour.

SinglesEdit

"2 Hearts" was released globally as the lead single from X except in the US. The single was a hit, reaching number one in Australia and number four in the UK. The song received mixed reviews, praising the lazy tone and production while criticizing the lack of commercial appeal and memorability. The song was a commercial success, peaking inside the top 10 in countries including Australia and Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Two singles were released on 16 and 17 February, respectively; "Wow" was released in Australia, Europe and the United States, while "In My Arms" was released in Europe. While "Wow" was a modest hit in Australia reaching number eleven, it was a big hit in the UK reaching number five and selling around 180,000 copies, "In My Arms" was a solid hit across Europe, where it peaked in Romania and reached the top 10 in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland. "All I See" was released as the lead US single and second Canadian single. It reached number 81 on the Canadian Hot 100 but failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100. It nevertheless peaked at number three on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. "The One" was released as a single in the UK, Europe and Australia. Although it was only released as a digital single, it reached number 36 on the UK chart.

Other songsEdit

Despite never having been released as a single, "Speakerphone" managed to chart on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 87 based on high downloads from the album. In August 2009, Kylie held a competition for fans to create a music video for "Speakerphone". The winner was an animation made by Hungarian animator Rudolf Pap, whose video was shown at the Hollywood Bowl on 4 October 2009 prior to Kylie's concert. A version of "Sensitized" featuring French singer Christophe Willem served as a promotional single in Europe, but did not manage to chart on any major record charts.

Track ListingEdit

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "2 Hearts"  
  • Jim Eliot
  • Mima Stilwell
Kish Mauve 2:51
2. "Like a Drug"  
  • Mich Hedin Hansen
  • Jonas Jeberg
  • Engelina Andrina
  • Adam Powers
  • Cutfather
  • Jeberg
3:18
3. "In My Arms"  
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Calvin Harris
  • Richard "Biff" Stannard
  • Paul Harris
  • Julian Peake
  • C. Harris
  • Stannard
3:32
4. "Speakerphone"  
  • Christian Karlsson
  • Pontus Winnberg
  • Henrik Jonback
  • Klas Åhlund
Bloodshy and Avant 3:54
5. "Sensitized"  
  • Guy Chambers
  • Cathy Dennis
  • Serge Gainbsourg
  • Chambers
  • Dennis
3:57
6. "Heart Beat Rock"  
  • Minogue
  • Karen Poole
  • C. Harris
  • John Lipsey
C. Harris 3:24
7. "The One"  
  • Minogue
  • Stannard
  • James Wiltshire
  • Russell Small
  • John Andersson
  • Johan Emmoth
  • Emma Holmgren
  • Stannard
  • Freemasons
4:05
8. "No More Rain"  
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonas Quant
Greg Kurstin 4:02
9. "All I See"  
  • Jeberg
  • Hansen
  • Edwin Serrano
  • Raymond Calhoun
  • Cutfather
  • Jeberg
3:05
10. "Stars"  
  • Minogue
  • Stannard
  • P. Harris
  • Peake
  • Stannard
  • P. Harris
  • Peake
3:41
11. "Wow"  
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • Kurstin
Kurstin 3:10
12. "Nu-Di-Ty"  
  • Poole
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
Bloodshy and Avant 3:04
13. "Cosmic"  
  • Minogue
  • Eg White
White 3:09
Total length:
45:12
CD-ROM bonus track
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
14. "Rippin' Up the Disco"  Hansen • Jeberg • Jasmine BairdCutfather • Jeberg 3:29
Total length:
48:41
Australian and New Zealand iTunes Store bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
14. "Magnetic Electric"  
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • Kurstin
Kurstin 3:16
15. "White Diamond"  
  • Minogue
  • Babydaddy
  • Jake Shears
  • Babydaddy
  • Shears
3:03
Total length:
51:31
European iTunes Store bonus track
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
14. "Heart Beat Rock" (Benny Blanco Remix featuring MC Spank Rock)
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • C. Harris
  • Lipsey
C. Harris  
Total length:
48:15
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
14. "King or Queen"  
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • Kurstin
Kurstin 2:39
15. "I Don't Know What It Is"  
  • Minogue
  • Stannard
  • P. Harris
  • Peake
  • Rob Davis
  • Stannard
  • P. Harris
  • Peake
3:18
Total length:
51:09
Mexican special edition bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
14. "In My Arms" (featuring Aleks Syntek)
  • Minogue
  • C. Harris
  • Stannard
  • P. Harris
  • Peake
  • C. Harris
  • Stannard
3:40
15. "In My Arms" (Spitzer Dub Remix)
  • Minouge
  • C. Harris
  • Stannard
  • P. Harris
  • Peake
  • C. Harris
  • Stannard
5:03
16. "Wow" (CSS Remix)
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • Kurtsin
Kurstin 3:16
17. "Carried Away"  
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • Kurstin
Kurstin 3:17
18. "Cherry Bomb"  
  • Minogue
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Quant
  • Poole
Bloodshy and Avant 4:17
19. "Do It Again"  
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • Kurstin
Kurstin 3:22
Total length:
68:07
Chinese, Taiwanese and Malaysian edition bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
3. "In My Arms" (featuring Jolin Tsai)
  • Minogue
  • C. Harris
  • Stannard
  • P. Harris
  • Peake
  • C. Harris
  • Stannard
3:32
Total length:
45:12
US edition bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
14. "All I See" (featuring Mims)
  • Jeberg
  • Hansen
  • Serrano
  • Calhoun
  • Cutfather
  • Jeberg
3:51
15. "Carried Away" (Amazon MP3 bonus track)
  • Minogue
  • Poole
  • Kurstin
Kurstin 3:17
Total length:
52:20


X Logo
Singles | Tour | Photoshoot

"2 Hearts"
"Like a Drug"
"In My Arms"
"Speakerphone"
"Sensitized"

"Heart Beat Rock"
"The One"
"No More Rain"
"All I See"
"Stars"

"Wow"
"Nu-Di-Ty"
"Cosmic"
Bonus Tracks
"Rippin' Up the Disco"
"Magnetic Electric"

"White Diamond"
"King Or Queen"
"I Don't Know What It Is"
"Carried Away"
"Cherry Bomb"
"Do It Again"

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