Xanadu is the soundtrack of the 1980 musical film of the same name, featuring the Australian singer Olivia Newton-John and the British group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released in June 1980 on MCA Records in the United States and July 1980 by Jet Records in the United Kingdom. The original LP release featured on side one the songs of Newton-John, and on side two the songs of ELO. In 2008 the soundtrack album was digitally remastered as a bonus CD as part of the film's DVD release entitled Xanadu – Magical Musical Edition.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||June 27, 1980|
|Studio||Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany|
|Genre||Pop rock, disco|
|Producer||Jeff Lynne, John Farrar|
|Electric Light Orchestra chronology|
|Olivia Newton-John chronology|
|Singles from Xanadu|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|
Although the film was a critical and commercial disappointment, the soundtrack was a worldwide success and received positive reviews from music critics going double platinum in the US and Canada. The hit singles "Magic" and "Xanadu", peaked at number one in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. Both singles also went to number one in the Netherlands and Italy, respectively. It was the 5th most popular US soundtrack in 1981.
The soundtrack featured songs on side one by the film's star, Olivia Newton-John, written by her long-time producer, John Farrar. The songs on side two were written and performed by ELO. The title track which closed side two featured Newton-John as lead vocalist.
At the time of the album's release, Olivia Newton-John was signed to MCA Records, while ELO were signed to Jet Records. A compromise was worked out between the two companies in that the album was released on MCA in the US and Canada, and on Jet in the rest of the world.
Side One tracks written by John Farrar.
Side One lead vocals by Olivia Newton-John unless noted.
|Side One (Olivia Newton-John)|
|2.||"Suddenly"||Newton-John with Cliff Richard||4:02|
|3.||"Dancin'"||Newton-John with the Tubes||5:17|
|4.||"Suspended in Time"||3:55|
|5.||"Whenever You're Away From Me"||Newton-John with Gene Kelly||4:22|
Side Two tracks written by Jeff Lynne.
Side Two lead vocals by Lynne unless noted.
|Side Two (Electric Light Orchestra)|
|8.||"Don't Walk Away"||4:48|
|9.||"All Over the World"||4:04|
|10.||"Xanadu"||Newton-John with Lynne||3:28|
|1.||"Fool Country" (performed by Newton-John. B-side of "Magic" single)||2:29|
|2.||"Drum Dreams" (performed by Electric Light Orchestra. B-side of "I'm Alive" and "All Over the World" singles)||3:06|
|3.||"You Made Me Love You" (performed by Newton-John. B-side of "Suddenly" single)||3:05|
|Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)||1|
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||1|
|Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)||4|
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||1|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||1|
|Italian Albums Chart||10|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||8|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||1|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||1|
|UK Albums (OCC)||2|
|US Billboard 200||4|
|US Record World||1|
Certifications and sales
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)||Platinum||20,000*|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions|
|"I'm Alive" (performed by the Electric Light Orchestra)||1980||27||—||7||38||16||10||32||—||20||16|
|"Magic" (performed by Olivia Newton-John)||4||20||1||13||36||—||4||12||32||1|
|"Xanadu" (performed by Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra)||2||1||6||1||1||1||8||3||1||8|
|"All Over the World" (performed by the Electric Light Orchestra)||78||—||3||10||28||12||—||—||11||13|
|"Suddenly" (performed by Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard)||37||—||60||—||—||6||30||—||15||20|
|"Don't Walk Away" (performed by the Electric Light Orchestra)||—||—||—||—||52||7||—||—||21||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|
Electric Light Orchestra personnel
Olivia Newton-John personnel
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