Nicki French Returns With “This Love,” Reunites With “Total Eclipse” Producer
In 1995, in the midst of colorful international dance-pop acts like Real McCoy, Ace Of Base, 2 Unlimited and La Bouche filling up the charts, British singer Nicki French found herself in the enviable position of having a global hit with her dance-pop cover of Bonnie Tyler‘s ’80s torch song “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” French’s house-meets-hi-NRG rendition, produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, climbed all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 that summer — it was held off the top spot by Bryan Adams‘ “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” — and also went Top 5 in Australia and the UK. Meanwhile, in Canada, Nicki’s version fared even better by shooting all the way to #1.
Sadly, chart success eluded French stateside after that, though her debut album Secrets did crack the Billboard 200 that same year.
Cut to 20 years later, and Nicki has reunited with Mike Stock for a brand new upbeat track called “This Love,” a wordplay on Stock’s former London-based indie label Love This Records, which French was signed to in her “Total Eclipse” mid-’90s heyday.
Above you can hear about 35 seconds of “This Love” by watching the trailer for the music video, which, given that it’s Pride season, aptly features Nicki singing while scenes with two men holding hands and people dancing in a field are mixed throughout. If only Madonna‘s “Bitch I’m Madonna” video was half as classy!