Olivia Newton-John Part Five
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Newton-John continued to record and perform pop-oriented songs also.
In 1998, she went back to Nashville to record Back with a Heart (No. 59 Pop). The album returned her to the Top 10 (No. 9) on the Country Albums chart. It’s first single was a re-recording of “I Honestly Love You“ produced by David Foster as well as including Kenneth “Babyface“ Edmonds on background vocals that charted Pop (No. 67) and also AC (No. 18). Country radio dismissed the song, though it did peak at No. 16 on the Country Sales chart. The album track, “Love Is a Gift,“ won Newton-John a 1999 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song after being included on the daytime serial, As the World Turns.
During October— December 1998, Newton-John, John Farnham and Anthony Warlow performed in The Main Event Tour. The album Highlights from The Main Event peaked at No. 1 in December, sold 4 × platinum, won an ARIA Award for Highest Selling Australian CD at the 1999 Awards as well as was likewise nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album.
For the 2000 Summer Olympics, Newton-John and also Farnham re-teamed to perform “Dare to Dream“during the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremony. Broadcast of the ceremony was viewed by an approximated 3.5 billion people all over the world.
In December 1998, following a hiatus of about 16 years, Newton-John likewise returned to touring by herself and in 2000 released a solo CD, One Woman‘s Live Journey, her first live album since 1981‘s Love Performance, which was only available in Japan on vinyl pressings.
Newton-John‘s subsequent secular albums were released primarily in Australia. In 2002, Newton-John released (2), a duets album including primarily Australian artists (Tina Arena, Darren Hayes, Jimmy Little, Johnny O’Keefe, Billy Thorpe, Keith Urban) along with a heartfelt “duet“ with the deceased Peter Allen. The very same year, Newton-John was inducted into Australia‘s ARIA Hall of Fame.
Indigo: Women of Song, a tribute album covering songs by artists such as Joan Baez, the Carpenters, Doris Day, Nina Simone, Minnie Riperton as well as others, was released in 2004. She dedicated the album to her mom, that had died the previous year.
Newton-John also released several Christmas albums. In 2000, she teamed with Vince Gill and also the London Symphony Orchestra for ‘T is the Season sold exclusively through Hallmark. The following year, she released The Christmas Collection which compiled seasonal music previously recorded for her Hallmark Christmas album, her appearance on Kenny Loggins‘ 1999 TNN Christmas special and her contributions to the Mother and Child and Spirit of Christmas multi-artist collections. (Green Hill Records re-released this album with different artwork in 2010.) In 2007, she re-teamed with her Grace and Gratitude producer, Amy Sky, for Christmas Wish (No. 187 Pop) which was sold exclusively by Target in its first year of release.
Newton-John acted periodically since Two of a Kind. She appeared in a supporting role in the 1996 AIDS drama, It‘s My Party. In 2000, she appeared in a dramatically different role as Bitsy Mae Harling, a lesbian ex-con country singer, in Del Shores‘ Sordid Lives. Newton-John reprised her role for Sordid Lives: The Series which aired one season on the LOGO TV network. The series included five original songs written as well as composed by Newton-John specially for the show. In 2010, Newton-John starred in the film Score: A Hockey Musical, released in Canada. Newton-John portrayed Hope Gordon, the mother of a home-schooled hockey prodigy. The film opened the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Newton-John‘s TV work consisted of starring in two Christmas films, A Mom for Christmas (1990) and also A Christmas Romance (1994)— both Top 10 Nielsen hits. Her daughter, Chloe, starred as one of her children in both A Christmas Romance and in the 2001 Showtime film The Wilde Girls. Newton-John guest-starred as herself in the sitcoms Ned and Stacey, Murphy Brown, as well as Bette, and also made two appearances as herself on Glee.
For her first Glee appearance, Newton-John re-created her“Physical“ video with series regular Jane Lynch. The performance was released as a digital single, returning Newton-John to the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 89) for the very first time since her 1998 re-release of “I Honestly Love You“. In Australia, Newton-John hosted the animal and nature series Wild Life as well as guest starred as Joanna on two episodes of the Australian series The Man From Snowy River.
Newton-John released another concert DVD, Olivia Newton-John and the Sydney Symphony: Live at the Sydney Opera House and also a companion CD, her third live album entitled Olivia‘s Live Hits. An edited version of the DVD premiered on PBS station, WLIW (Garden City, New York), in October 2007 and subsequently aired nationally throughout the network‘s fund-raising pledge drives.
In 2008, Newton-John participated in the BBC Wales program Coming Home about her Welsh family history. In 2009, Newton-John appeared on Andrea Bocelli‘s holiday album My Christmas as well as PBS TV holiday special My Christmas Special, with David Foster, Kenny Loggins and also Richard Marx.
In January 2011, Newton-John started filming the comedy A Few Best Men in Australia with director Stephan Elliott, in the role of mother of the bride. The groom is played by Xavier Samuel.
Newton-John was actively touring and doing concerts from 2012-2017 as well as also performed a handful of shows in 2018. In 2012, an Australian tour of Perth, Melbourne and also Sydney, also a tour of the USA, treated fans to songs that she had actually never performed in concert before. Her dates for A Summer Night with Olivia Newton-John also consisted of stops in Asia and Canada as well as culminated in a rare concert appearance in London in 2013. Her March 2013 UK trek also incorporated Bournemouth, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester and also Cardiff, Wales.
In November 2012, Newton-John teamed with John Travolta to make the charity album This Christmas, on behalf of The Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre and the Jett Travolta Foundation. Artists included on the album consist of: Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Chick Corea, Kenny G, Tony Bennett, Cliff Richard as well as the Count Basie Orchestra.
A 2013 residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas was postponed due to the May 2013 death of her elder sister, Rona (aged 70), from a brain tumor. Newton-John resumed with 45 shows starting in April 2014. In conjunction with the upcoming Las Vegas shows, Newton-John released a new EP in April 2014 entitled Hotel Sessions, which included seven tracks of unreleased demos that were recorded between 2002 and also 2011 with her nephew Brett Goldsmith. The CD includes a cover of “Broken Wings“ along with the popular-with-fans original “Best of My Love“, which had actually leaked on the internet several years prior.
Her Las Vegas stay was eventually extended beyond August 2014, and her Summer Nights residency did not complete until December 2016. Her successful three-year run also prompted a fourth live album, Summer Nights: Live in Las Vegas (2015). In 2015, Newton-John also reunited with John Farnham for a joint venture called Two Strong Hearts Live.
In 2015, Newton-John was a guest judge on an episode of RuPaul‘s Drag Race. That very same year, she scored her first number-one single on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart with “You Have To Believe“ with daughter Chloe as well as producer Dave Aude. The song was a re-imaging of her 1980 single“Magic“, which she notes was to celebrate both the 35th anniversary of Xanadu and also as a dedication to her daughter, said “I met Chloe‘s dad on the set of Xanadu, so, without that film, Chloe wouldn’t be here. She was the real ‘magic‘ that came out of that film!“ The song ended up being the first mother-daughter single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart.
On 7 May 2019, Olivia‘s elder brother Hugh, a doctor, died at age 78; his passing left Newton-John the sole surviving sibling.
On 25 June 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Olivia Newton-John among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.