KYLIE drops Tension – “A blend of personal reflection, club abandon and melancholic high.”

Graham Robson September 23, 2023

Kylie’s highly-anticipated new album, Tension – a record full of euphoric, empowered dance floor bangers and sultry pop cuts – is out now via BMG.

The critically-acclaimed record is her first since 2010’s Aphrodite to include two top 20 singles in the UK: the global smash hit singles Padam Padam and the title track Tension. Released in May, Padam Padam quickly cemented its status as a global viral sensation and song of the summer with 157 million global streams, four weeks in the UK Top 10, Number 1 in the UK airplay chart, remixes by HAAi, Jax Jones and Absolute, and even calls for ‘Padam’ to be added to the dictionary. Tension meanwhile debuted in the UK Top 20 and Number 7 in the UK airplay chart in its first week of release, with TikTok users across the world similarly embracing the track.

Discussing Tension, Kylie says: “I started this album with an open mind and a blank page. Unlike my last two albums there wasn’t a ‘theme’, it was about finding the heart or the fun or the fantasy of that moment and always trying to service the song. I wanted to celebrate each song’s individuality and to dive into that freedom. I would say it’s a blend of personal reflection, club abandon and melancholic high.”

Kylie’s glittering career has seen her amass sales of over 80 million records worldwide, five billion streams and eight UK Number 1 albums. Her multiple awards include three BRIT awards, two MTV awards and a Grammy. Kylie is the only female artist to score a Number 1 album and Top 10 singles in five consecutive decades in the UK.

Tension is out now.