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Read My Lips (album)

Read My Lips is the debut album released by pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Released on August 27 2001 by Polydor. The title was presumed to be based on a quote by U.S. president George H. W. Bush from his 1992 campaign in which he said he wouldn't raise taxes; actually, it's simply based on a line from the song "The Universe Is You". It sold 816,358 copies in the United Kingdom and a little over 2 million copies worldwide, it became a success in Europe selling over a million copies being certified Platinum, it was also successful in Australia and Latin America. The first single from this album was "Take Me Home", and "Lover" was scheduled to be the second single but was replaced by Murder on the Dancefloor. The album was first released in 2001, but after the success of the "Murder on the Dancefloor", Polydor (in the United Kingdom) and Universal (International) decided to re-release the album with extra tracks to push the sales up, the re-issue was released in 2002.

"Take Me Home" and "Murder on the Dancefloor" were released as singles in 2001 and both became substantial UK Top three hits, the latter staying on the charts for several months. These singles were followed in 2002 by "Music Gets the Best of Me" and "Get Over You"/"Move This Mountain", two further hit singles.

Track listing

Standard version

  1. "Take Me Home" (Bob Esty, Michele Aller) - 4:10
  2. "Lover" (Allen Newell, Andy Boyd, Ellis-Bextor) - 3:25
  3. "Move This Mountain" (Ben Hiller, Alex James, Ellis-Bextor) - 4:47
  4. "Murder on the Dancefloor" (Gregg Alexander, Ellis-Bextor) - 3:52
  5. "Sparkle" (Boyd, Newell, Ellis-Bextor) - 4:33
  6. "Final Move" (Boyd, Newell, Ellis-Bextor) - 4:46
  7. "I Believe" (Tommy Danvers, Ellis-Bextor, Jonny Rockstar) - 4:06
  8. "Leave the Others Alone" (Boyd, Newell, Ellis-Bextor) - 4:11
  9. "By Chance" (Reza Safinia, Ellis-Bextor) - 4:15
  10. "The Universe is You" (Boyd, Newell, Ellis-Bextor) - 3:40
  11. "Is It Any Wonder" (Hall, Ellis-Bextor) - 4:28
  12. "Everything Falls Into Place" (Boyd, Newell, Ellis-Bextor) - 3:46Re-issue
  13. "Murder on the Dancefloor" - 3:52
  14. "Take Me Home" - 4:10
  15. "Lover" - 3:25
  16. "Move This Mountain" - 4:47
  17. "Music Gets the Best of Me" (Alexander, Ellis-Bextor, Matt Rowe) - 3:45
  18. "Sparkle" - 4:33
  19. "The Universe is You" - 3:40
  20. "I Believe" - 4:06
  21. "Get Over You" (Rob Davies, Ellis-Bextor, Mathias Johansson, Henri Korpi, Nina Woodford) - 3:18
  22. "By Chance" - 4:15
  23. "Is It Any Wonder" - 4:28
  24. "Leave the Others Alone" - 4:11
  25. "Final Move" - 4:46
  26. "Everything Falls Into Place" - 3:46
  27. "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" (Live version) (Davies, Cristiano Spiller, Ellis-Bextor, Vincent Montana Jr., Ronald Walker) - 3:59

The international version has the same tracklisting as the re-issue omitting Sparkle and Final Move.


Chart (2001) Peak
UK Albums Chart 2
Chart (2002) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 9
Austrian Albums Chart 18
French Albums Chart 33
Finland Albums Chart 18
German Albums Chart 10
Mexican Albums Chart 7
Mexican International Albums Chart 2
New Zealand Albums Chart 9
Swedish Albums Chart 53
Swiss Albums Chart 26

Chart Certification Sales
Australia ARIA Platinum 70,000+
Germany IFPI Gold 100,000+
UK BPI 2x platinum 816,358+
France SNEP Gold 75,000+
Europe IFPI Platinum 1 Million+
Brazil Gold 50,000+


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