Release date: February 2010
Ten is the second studio album by Australian-Italian singer-songwriter Gabriella Cilmi. Ten was released in February 2010 in Australia, and the following month in the UK. The album is preceded by the single "On a Mission" (January 2010) and marks Cilmi's foray into more 1980s inspired music.
Inspired by the likes of Giogrio Moroder, Blondie and Donna Summer, she has created a body of work that takes new wave and classic dance influences into poptastic future disco for the 21st century. According to Cilmi, the album features "lots of uptempo funk and disco-inspired numbers designed to make people groove" as well as "some more sexy tracks".
Speaking of the album, Gabriella says: "I've found my inner disco diva. The whole album is about me becoming an adult, becoming stronger. I want to really switch it on, smother myself in gold paint and transform into someone else. I can't wait to get this show on the road…".
While producing the album, Cilmi worked with Greg Kurstin, The Invisible Men and Dallas Austin, as well as Xenomania on the song "Hearts Don't Lie" which she likens to a Bee Gees song. The track "Love Me 'Cause You Want To" is the song she's most proud of due to the fact it was produced with her band. It features production from Xenomania, Dallas Austin and Greg Kurstin, and bears an electropop sound in contrast to her first album.
Ten was not as successful as Lessons to Be Learned, reaching number seventeen in Australia and number twenty-eight in the UK. The second single, "Hearts Don't Lie", was released in June 2010 in the UK. It has so far peaked at #51 on the Australian Airplay Chart, and failed to chart on the UK Top 75. The third single, "Defender", was released on August 30, 2010 accompanied by a B-side track, "Magic Carpet Ride".