|I Believe in You|
|Single by Kylie Minogue|
|From the album Ultimate Kylie|
|Released||6 December 2004|
|Kylie Minogue singles chronology|
"I Believe in You" is a song by Kylie Minogue. It was written by Kylie and Scissor Sisters members Jake Shears and Babydaddy and produced by Shears and Babydaddy. It received an overall positive reception from music critics when it was released as the first single from Kylie's third greatest hits compilation, Ultimate Kylie, in December 2004. In the song, Kylie describes how she believes in her lover rather than anything else.
The single peaked at number two in the United Kingdom and at number six in Australia. The song became a dance club hit in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2005 and earning a nomination for a 2006 Grammy Award in the "Best Dance Recording" category.
Composition and recording
"I Believe in You" is an upbeat electropop and synthpop song, which features the use of synthesizers and keyboards. The lyrics of the song, co-written by Kylie, describe how she does not believe in anything except her lover. Written and recorded for Ultimate Kylie during the summer of 2004 in London, the song takes its inspiration from disco and 80s new wave electro-pop music (and has been described as similar to 80s-era New Order).
The song opens with a keyboard playing the choral melody. This melody is maintained throughout the song, except for occasional pauses for Kylie's verses. As the song continues, drums and synth strings are added into the background, which continue through the whole song. The refrain features Kylie singing a high octave chorus with strings and a thumping beat in the background. "I love it," Kylie says about the song. "It does everything it's meant to do and then some."
The collaboration with Shears and Babydaddy was seen as unlikely by many, including Kylie. "When the idea of working together came up I thought, 'well, I love their album but that is not the music I make'. However, we got on immediately; we were on the same wavelength," she said.
"I Believe in You" received a positive response from many music critics. A review by Mark Edwards from Stylus Magazine called the song "a masterpiece" and "a fabulous return to form" from her previous album, Body Language, which was not well reviewed by some music critics. Joey Rivaldo, in a review for About.com, said the song was "perfect for radio" and praised it for its "nice laid back pop sound." Rivaldo also said that "although it has taken a while for many to catch on to this tune, looking back, many say it was well worth the wait." In his review, Rivaldo gave the song three out of five stars. In another review for About.com, Jason Shawahn called the song "one of the finest euro disco confections to come down the pike since the glory days". Virgin.net called the song a "rather demure and stylish collaboration" with Jake Shears and Babbydaddy, and said that "while it may all lack any really enticing hooks (or particularly interesting lyrics), it's still quite an enchanting record" due to its "pulsing analogue bassline and kick drum combo."
The song was nominated for an ARIA Award in Australia for "Best Pop Release" in 2005, and Kylie garnered a nomination for "Best Female Artist", providing her with an ARIA Award nomination for the eighth consecutive year. The song was also nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award in the "Best Dance Recording" category, providing Kylie with a Grammy nomination in that category for the fourth consecutive year.
"I Believe in You" debuted on radio on 14 October 2004, and was released on 6 December 2004 in the United Kingdom and debuted and peaked at number two on the UK singles chart, outsold in its first week of sale by the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid 20. It remained in the top ten for four weeks, but it spent six weeks at number one on the airplay chart, and seventeen weeks on the chart in total. It sold 150,000 in the UK. In Australia, the single peaked at number six, and was certified gold in 2005. In most European countries, the song was a top ten hit on both the singles and airplay charts. In France, the song made a poor chart showing, which was mainly due to the fact that the single was not made commercially available until the following year, and at the time of its initial release, could only be purchased as an import single.
In the United States, the single did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number three on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and number four on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart. The single returned Kylie to popularity in the American dance market (her last single, "Chocolate", did not chart on any Billboard issues). However, the song did not gain popularity outside of the dance music market. In New Zealand, it debuted at number 38, then after two weeks, it peaked at number 29, but dropped out after five weeks.
"I Believe in You" featured a futuristic music video that was directed by Vernie Yeung. The video features Kylie in a studio filled with colourful neon lights. There are four main sequences; the first two take place in a large sphere enclosed by neon lights, the third is simply Kylie dancing before a psychedelic flash of swirling colours, and the final scene is with a troupe of dancers, each wearing illuminated costumes of different colours. As the video concludes, the four scenes are intercut and gradually fade, including additional shots of the dancers, and Kylie in the second sphere wearing the same clothes and having the same hairstyle as in the first sequence. Kylie wears three costumes during the course of the video, has two different hairstyles, and one sequence shows her with glitter around her eyes.
The music video was noted for using high-end visual effects, which were done by Soho-based company The Mill, who enhanced the light bars on the spheres which Kylie is enclosed in. As the video progresses a new sphere is added around Kylie each verse, and a new light for each sphere is added as well. Glow effects were used on the dancers in the fourth sequence of the video to make Kylie stand out.
Released to music video channels in November 2004, the video was a hit, charting at number one for three weeks on MTV Europe's top twenty countdown and at number two on the UK TV airplay chart. The complete version of "I Believe in You" featured in the music video has been released commercially through CD singles and digital downloads, and some include remixes by Mylo and Skylark. The video was released commercially on the Ultimate Kylie companion DVD, released in December 2004.
Three official remixes were commissioned to promote the song. Mylo created two remixes, the Mylo Vocal and the Mylo Dub, which use the song's original vocals over a new bassline constructed with synthesizers and some electric guitar. The remixes received positive reviews from music critics. About.com stated that the remix provides the song with an "electro trip", commenting that it is "the perfect mix for all the Mixshow DJs out there." Skylark's mix features a kick beat and according to About.com is "more geared toward the clubs" as it is more "underground" than Mylo's remixes.
All three remixes were included on the CD single and offered through downloads in December 2004. The remixes achieved chart success in Brazil, where they reached number one on the dance music chart, and in the United States. A radically different version of the song was crafted in 2007 for The Kylie Show, a one-off television program that aired on UK's ITV on 10 November 2007 as a marketing vehicle for her tenth studio album X. The new version changed the song from an up-tempo electronic song into a torch song. This version was also performed by Kylie during her KylieX2008 concert world tour.
"B.P.M." was released as the B-side to the commercial single release of "I Believe in You". The song was produced by Richard Stannard, and Julian Gallagher (collectively known as BiffCo), and was written by Kylie, Stannard and Gallagher. The song had gone through many incarnations; it began as an instrumental track written by Stannard and Gallagher titled "Sunset River", and when the two began working with Kylue, lyrics were added and changes were made to the music. Originally recorded during the Body Language album sessions in 2003, the song was not released until the release of Ultimate Kylie a year later. "B.P.M." was one of the many songs that were considered to be added to the album as a new track, but was released as a B-side to "I Believe in You" instead.
Kylie has performed the "I Believe in You" on most of concert tours since its debut in Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour. It was performed in the fifth act, entitled "Dreams", preceding a performance of the song "Dreams (Impossible Princess)". The tour had to be cancelled due to Kylie's diagnosis of breast cancer. The tour was continued under the name Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour in 2006/2007; "I Believe in You" appeared in the set list for this your, again in the fifth act entitled "Dreams". The ballad version of the song was performed on her X World Tour and was described as a blue train by newspapers. This song was performed as part of all four set orders in the act entitled "Starry Nights" (or "Beach Party" in the case of one leg). The the same version was performed on her North American tour in 2009 in the fifth act, following performances of "White Diamond" and "Confide in Me". The song was also performed on the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour; it was performed in the second act following a performance of "Illusion" where Kylie pulled round the stage on a chariot by her male dancers who are dressed to resemble horses. The Abbey Road Sessions version of the song was performed at the 2015 show of the A Kylie Christmas concert series. This version was also performed during the F1 Grand Prix 2016, along with other performances throughout the year.
The song replaced "Breathe" in the set list for the Golden Tour at the second show; the song was removed from the set list during the European and Australian legs of the show, as well as the rescheduled shows in Dublin and Belfast; however, it was performed during the last show of the tour, as a duet with Jake Shears, the co-writer of the song.
Minogue also performed the song on Top of the Pops and The Kylie Show TV special. In 2012, she performed The Abbey Road Sessions version of the song on BBC Proms in the Park.
Formats and track listings
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "I Believe In You".
UK CD Single 1
UK CD Single 2
European CD Single 1
European CD Single 2
European 12" Single
Australian CD Single
Wayne G also remixed the song with Club Junkies. There is a Club Mix (7:43) and a Radio Edit (3:59).