|Stop Me From Falling|
|Single by Kylie Minogue|
|From the album Golden|
|Released||9 March 2018|
|Kylie Minogue singles chronology|
|Golden track listing|
| "Stop Me From Falling"|
"Stop Me from Falling" is a song by Kylie Minogue,released on 9 March 2018 by Darenote Limited, as the second single from her fourteenth studio album Golden (2018). It was written by Kylie, Steve McEwan and Danny Shah, while production was handled by Sky Adams. Musically, "Stop Me from Falling" features a similar rhythmic structure to Kylie's previous dance-oriented songs, and includes elements of pop and country music. Lyrically, it talks about a person that is at the brink of falling in love.
"Stop Me from Falling" received favorable reviews from music critics, with many noticing its similarities to its predecessor "Dancing", and praising its production. Commercially, the track reached the top ten in Poland and Spain, but performed moderately in other international record charts it appeared on. An accompanying music video was shot while Minogue was on her Kylie Presents Golden tour, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the shows. The video premiered as an Apple Music exclusive, and was made available on 30 March.
To promote the single, Kylie performed the song on The Graham Norton Show and The One Show on BBC, and was also added on her Kylie Presents Golden set-list. It was also used as one of the opening tracks to her appearance on Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, where she was the headliner of the show. In April 2018, "Stop Me from Falling" was remixed into a collaboration with Cuban musical duo Gente de Zona, and premiered on 20 April 2018 for digital consumption. A second music video was shot in Havana, Cuba, and was released on that same day. Commercially, this version appeared in record charts in Poland and Ecuador.
Background and composition
In January 2018, Kylie released her single "Dancing", the first single from Golden (2018). Two months later, she announced the release of "Stop Me from Falling" a day prior to its release. Additionally, she revealed the song's premiere on BBC Radio 2. Shot with an ultraviolet filter, the artwork sees Kylie posing in a lace top. "Stop Me from Falling" was one of the tracks written and recorded in Nashville, where she felt the location had a profound effect on her and the parent album. It was written by Kylie, Steve McEwan, Danny Shah, and its producer Sky Adams. Kylie has identified "Stop Me From Falling" as one of her favorite songs from the album.
"Stop Me from Falling" runs for three minutes and two seconds, and features instrumentation of acoustic guitars, world beats, strings and an electric guitar. Musically, "Stop Me from Falling" is a pop song with elements of country music, and a rhythmic structure similar to Kylie's previous dance songs. Sarah Murphy from Exclaim! believed it fulfilled Kylie's experimentation with country music in Nashville, calling it "a twangy, country-pop tune that will still get your feet moving — just maybe in a line-dance pattern." Publications, such as Idolator and Spin, compared the track's sound and production to Kylie's predecessor single "Dancing". Writing for Spin, Anna Gaca noted the similarities, and stated that "you'll have no problem imagining these two living on the same record." Lyrically, the song was described by Mushroom Records as a "romantic" anthem that talks about being on the brink of love.
For the remix version with Cuban musical duo Gente de Zona, Kylie sings in both English and Spanish. Additionally, Kylie explained, "I love the new melody and energy Gente De Zona brought to 'Stop Me From Falling' and it was great to meet and work with them in Havana, Cuba."
"Stop Me from Falling" was released on 9 March 2018, as the second single from her Golden. It was sent to radio formats that same day, and premiered on BBC Radio 2, which featured Kylie as a special guest with Chris Evans. Additionally, the Gente de Zona remix premiered a month later on 20 April 2018 as a digital download and two months later, a remix package was distributed for digital consumption on iTunes, featuring radio mixes by Joe Stone, Cerrone, and PBR Streetgang. The cover art of the original version was a promotional shot of Kylie during the Golden photoshoot, whereas the Gente de Zona version featured Kylie in a red dress that was featured in the music video.
"Stop Me from Falling" received favorable reviews from music critics. Anna Gaca of Spin said the song was "a playful, effortless-feeling extension of the radiant country-pop Minogue introduced on lead single 'Dancing'". Lake Schatz of Consequence of Sound deemed the song "a fun and contagious country pop cut that'll have you slapping your knee", describing it as "Miley Cyrus going country (again), except Down Under". Writing for Idolator, Mike Wass said that the song is "every bit as cute and catchy as 'Dancing'", complimenting Kylie's ability to "stay true to the country-pop format". Sarah Murphy of Exclaim! called it "a twangy, country-pop tune" that motivates people to dance. Robin Murray of Clash noticed the song's "Southern twang amid Kylie's effervescent delivery". Official Chart Company's Jack White also noted the song of being "in-keeping with the country styling of Dancing". Daniel Megarry from Gay Times thought that while it lingered with Kylie's similar sound on "Dancing", it "still retained the catchiness and charm that we love from her."
Upon its release on Golden, Tim Sendra from AllMusic chose it as a standout track, and praised Kylie's ability to pull of both contemporary pop and country music. Similarly, a second editor at Exclaim! magazine, Ian Gormely, believed it was another great opener to the album and set the record's overall tone. However, Ben Cardaw from Pitchfork felt that Kylie was trying too hard with the country sound, and noted that her vocals and the instrumentation were flaws. Similarly, NME writer Larry Bartleet said that the song was close to a pastiche of the genre, noting its instrumentation as an example.
In Australia, "Stop Me from Falling" failed to make an impact on their ARIA Singles Chart, but made an appearance on the ARIA Digital Track chart, peaking at number 32. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number 9 on their Indie Chart. After the album's release in early April 2018, the track opened at number 78 on their regional singles chart and later peaked at number 52 there. It also peaked at number 12 on the Scottish Singles Chart for a sole week. In Croatia, "Stop Me from Falling" peaked at number 96. In Spain, it peaked at number 9 on the Spanish Digital Songs chart.
The remix version with Gente de Zona debuted at number 42 in Ecuador, which it ultimately peaked. The remix also made an appearance on Poland's Dance Top 50 chart, reaching number 22.
The first accompanying music video for "Stop Me from Falling" was filmed in Café de la Danse, Paris, where Kylie was performing for her Kylie Presents Golden promotional tour. Directed by Colin Solal Cardo, the video contains footage of Kylie's live performance to the crowd, interspersed with scenes of her in the venue alone and dancing backstage. The video was first made available to stream exclusively on Apple Music on 29 March before being uploaded to Kylie's YouTube channel.
"Stop Me from Falling" was first performed live during the Kylie Presents Golden concerts in March 2018. Kylie performed the song on The One Show and at the Queen's ninety-second birthday party, as well as performing the song at Sounds Like Friday Night alongside "Radio On". It was performed at various events throughout 2018, including her headlining set at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, and appeared in the set list for the Golden Tour following a performance of "The One".
Remix featuring Gente de Zona
|Stop Me From Falling (Remix)|
|Single by Kylie Minogue featuring Gente de Zona|
|From the album Golden|
|Released||20 April 2018|
|Kylie Minogue singles chronology|
On 20 April 2018, Kylie released a remix of the "Stop Me From Falling", which featured the Cuban music duo Gente de Zona; from the release of the album, rumours of said collaboration existing started making the rounds, with many fans speculating about how the style of the song would change and how Kylie and the duo would interact on the song. Following the release of the lead single "Dancing", videos and photos of Kylie shooting a video in Cuba emerged, with the remix being played in the background.
Background and release
With rumours of the song, and a leak a few days prior to the release, Kylie took to Twitter on April 18 to announce the song, posting the artwork of the single with the caption:
|“||'Stop Me From Falling' ft. Cuban legends @GdZOficial is almost yours! I'm so excited for you to hear this new version of one of my favourite songs on #Golden💃🏼.||”|
The song initially appeared as another bonus track to Golden on Spotify, and as a standalone single on iTunes, before a standalone Spotify release.
Much like the original version, the "Stop Me From Falling" remix uses guitars, hand claps, world beats and strings; the song has the same kind of structure, with two verses and choruses following a chorus breakdown and the outro, however, in the remix Kylie sings in both English and Spanish, with Gente De Zona appearing from the second verse; the instrumentation throughout the remix is slightly different to the original mix in that during the breakdown there is only hand claps and drums and no guitar, along with the backing vocals being more prominent throughout.
Contrary to the original release of "Stop Me From Falling", which had a low-budget video shot during the Kylie Presents Golden underplay shows, the remix featured a high-budget video that was shot in Havana, Cuba.
The video was directed by Sophie Muller, who shot the video, "Dancing". The music video was originally speculated back in February 2018 where Kylie was spotted in different locations in Havana, though it remained unconfirmed by publications. She announced the news on her Instagram a day before its premiere, and revealing a new single artwork. The video opens with Kylie and her date in a cafe, until hearing another man play an electric guitar. Infatuated, she becomes interested in the man, and features the two new lovers on a beach front. A waiter approaches the couple, with Kylie leaving her lover for him. As the chorus starts, it features her and a group of on-goers dancing in the middle of the streets of Havana to the song. Gente de Zona make an appearance from a rooftop, waving at Kylie as she starts hanging with another man. The second chorus has the on-goers, and Gente de Zona and herself, dancing in a bar. The pre-chorus has Kylie dancing around a fountain, surrounded by dancers in colorful outfits. The final chorus features Kylie and some back-up dancers dancing on a bar, with confetti shot in the air; it finishes with the singer falling into the audience and catching her.
An editor at Idolator believed it to be her best music video since 2010's "All the Lovers", which they described as an "untouchable video" due to its "less-is-more" approach. They also explained the synopsis, and said that "What comes next is an explosion of looks, choreography and pure, unadulterated fun." Justin Myers from the Official Chart Company praised the remix, and said ""Stop Me From Falling" is a summer banger and the joyous video makes us want to go on holiday and dance on tables." AXS writer Lucas Villa stated "In a red hot dress, she becomes the dancing woman emoji and tears it up with the colorfully-dressed locals."
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Stop Me From Falling".
- "Stop Me from Falling" – 3:01
- "Stop Me from Falling" (featuring Gente de Zona) – 3:00
Digital Remixes EP
- "Stop Me from Falling" (Joe Stone Remix) − 2:42
- "Stop Me from Falling" (Cerrone Remix) − 3:45
- "Stop Me from Falling" (PBR Streetgang Remix) − 3:43
- "Stop Me from Falling" – 3:01
Credits and personnel
Credits adapted from Tidal.
- Kylie Minogue – composition
- Sky Adams – production, background vocals, guitar, record engineering
- Cenzo Townshend – mix engineering
- Dick Beetham – master engineering
- Michael Stockwell – bass guitar, guitar
- Danny Shah – background vocals
- Steve McEwan – background vocals, banjo, guitar
|Charts (2018)||Peak position|
|Australia Digital Tracks (ARIA)||32|
|Japan Airplay (Tokio Hot 100)||35|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||35|
|UK Download (Official Charts Company)||42|
|UK Indie (Official Charts Company)||35|