The 2001 song recently became a viral hit thanks to Emerald Fennell's film Salt burn

Sophie Ellis-Bextor brought the party to Tonight's program with an upbeat version of their hit “Murder on the Dancefloor”. The confetti-filled performance marked Ellis-Bextor's debut on North American TV, decades after the song's release in 2001. The singer was accompanied by her house band, The Roots, with the lively audience dancing along.

“Murder on the Dancefloor,” which originally appeared on the singer’s debut LP Read my lipshas resurfaced in recent months thanks to its placement in Emerald Fennell's film Salt burn. The track plays during the film's final scene in which its star, Barry Keoghan, dances naked – a look that inspired a trend on TikTok, helping to propel the song up the Billboard charts and reaching number two in the UK.

Ellis-Bextor is set to perform the song this weekend at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards in London. Salt burn racked up a string of nominations at this year's BAFTAs, including Best British Film. Keoghan was nominated for Lead Actor for his role as the scheming Oliver Quick, with Jacob Elordi and Rosamund Pike receiving nominations for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively. Anthony Willis, who directed the film's score, was nominated for Original Score.

“It actually feels really magical and, to be honest, I don’t think I’ve fully processed it,” Ellis-Bextor recently told the BBC of the 23-year-old song’s resurgence. “It’s extraordinary. It's a song I've been singing for over 20 years. I still love singing it. I love the way people react when I do it live. But the fact that new people are discovering this, creating new memories with people is kind of beautiful.”


“Murder on the Dancefloor” will be released on vinyl for the first time this month. The single will be available on a limited edition red 7-inch, as well as a limited edition red CD single, from February 16th. book now.

The song continues a trend in recent years of older tracks becoming popular again. “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush became ubiquitous four decades after its release thanks to Weird stuffand “Push” by Matchbox Twenty liked the Barbie collision last year, almost a quarter of a century after it was released.