Singers » Pop Singers » KYLIE MINOGUE
|Full name||: Kylie Minogue|
|Alias||: Kylie Minogue|
|Animals||: The Monkey|
|Father||: Ronald Charles Minogue|
|Mother||: Carol Jones|
|Siblings||: Dannii Minogue, Brendan Minogue|
|Education||: Camberwell High School|
|Activists||: Pop Singers , Rock Singers|
Kylie Ann Minogue, the pride of Australia, is a renowned singer-songwriter and an actress. She started her career at a very young age with Australian television series like: ‘Skyways’, ‘The Sullivans’, ‘The Henderson Kids’ and ‘Neighbor’. It was ‘Neighbor’ that helped put her on the centre stage when an English record company decided to give her a break. She has given many hit albums to the world, like: ‘Kylie’, ‘Kylie Minogue’, ‘Fever’, ‘Rhythm of Love’, ‘Body Language’, etc. She has worked in many movies as well. Her concerts are considered to be iconic and she is a style icon all over the world. Her energy and conformability in sexually portraying herself has led people and media to constantly compare her with Madonna. Where Madonna is known as the ‘Queen of Pop’, Kylie is called the ‘Princess of Pop’. She has been a victim of breast cancer and fought with it bravely and survived. After her recovery she made it a point to talk about her fight with cancer to the media to give more courage and inspiration to the people struggling with cancer.
With her big break in 1986 in ‘Neighbors’, kylie got noticed at one of the benefit concerts where she performed a song called ‘The Loco-motion’ along with the other cast members of the show. She got noticed by the aces of the music industry and in 1987 she signed a contract with an Australian recording company called the Mushroom Records. ‘The Loco-Motion’ spent 7 weeks at the top position at the Australian music charts and became the highest selling track in Australia in 1980s.
In 1988, the huge success of ‘The Loco-Motion’ in Australia led the British music producers: Stock, Aitken and Waterman, to sign her with their record labels in order to make her into an international star. This led to the production of her debut album called ‘Kylie’ in the same year and a particular track from the album ‘I should Be So Lucky’ became an international favorite.
In 1989, Kylie recorded another album called ‘Enjoy Yourself’ with her ‘Neighbors’ co-star and boyfriend at that time, Jason Donovan. The duets from this album instantly became chart toppers. Her popularity was spiraling up and in the year 1990, Kylie was cast in the movie ‘The Delinquents’, which effectively transformed her image from an adorable pop star into a sexy movie star.
In 1990, Kylie came up with her third album called ‘Rhythm of Love’. This time her album had more of peppy dance numbers, which changed her ‘girl-next-door’ image. She was targeting more mature audience and she herself took the charge of thedesign of her music videos. Her hit single from this album ‘Better the Devil You Know’ showcased her to be more flamboyant and sexy.
In 1991, Kylie’s fourth album ‘Let’s Get to It’ failed to reach the top ten on the UK Album Chart. Singles like: ‘If You Were with Me Now’, ‘Give Me Just a Little More Time’ and ‘Word is Out’, belonged to this album. In order to promote the album more profusely, Kylie set on the ‘Let’s Get to It’ Tour. By this time her contract was done with Stock, Aitken and Watermen and she decided not to renew it as she felt that they creatively stifled her.
By this time Kylie adopted a more ‘indie’ style. In 1994, she signed a contract with the Deconstruction Records and released her fifth album called ‘Kylie Minogue’, which did very well in Europe and Australia. This was the time when she made a friendly appearance in the hit comedy of that time ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. She appeared in Australia’s Who Magazine amongst ‘the 30 Most Beautiful People in the World’, which impressed director Steven E. de Souza and he cast her opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in ‘Street Fighter’.
In 1996, she collaborated with the Manic Street Preachers and recorded an album called ‘Impossible Princess’ but she retitled it ‘Kylie Minogue’ in the UK after the sad demise of Diana, Princess of Wales. It was the lowest selling album of her career. But in Australia alone the album was a hit and it remained 35 weeks on the album chart.
In 2000, she was dropped by her recording company Deconstruction Records and was taken up by Parlophone. The same year she released her seventh album ‘Light Years’, which featured a collection of various disco dance numbers. This album did very well in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The hit single from the album ‘Spinning Around’ became her number one track in the UK in 10 years. The album also featured a duet with Robbie Williams called ‘Kids’.
In 2001, she came up with her eighth album ‘Fever’. The album sold 8 million copies throughout Australia, Europe and the United States. The single ‘Can’t Get You Out of My head’ became the biggest successful single of her entertainment career. In 2002, she toured the world with her concert ‘KylieFever2002’. It turned out to be her biggest production till date.
In 2005, Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer, which led to the cancellation of the Australian leg of her hugely popular tour called ‘Showgirl’. She had to go into an immediate medical treatment. After this she went through surgery and then chemotherapy. During this time she and her representatives urged the media and to her fans to help her keep her privacy.
In 2005, Kylie released her digital single ‘Over the Rainbow’ and after that media started reporting that her health was improving and she was recording material for her next album. She started preparing for her upcoming tour called ‘Showgirl Homecoming’. In 2006, her children’s book called ‘The Showgirl Princess’, which she wrote during the time of her recovery, was released. This was the time when she released her fragrance called ‘Darling’.
In 2007, Kylie released an album called ‘X’ after a gap of four years. This was her 13th album and contained 13 tracks that were recorded in London, Stockholm, and Ibiza. This was also the year when Kylie acted in a documentary called ‘White Diamonds’ directed by her friend and her stylist William Baker. The documentary was the behind the scenes from her ‘Showgirl’ tour in 2006.
In 2009, Kylie along with English comedians James Corden and Mathew Home hosted the Brit Awards 2009. It was said at the time that she added glamour and charm to the award function. This was the year when she also appeared in a Bollywood movie called ‘Blue’ in an item number called ‘Chiggy Wiggy’.
In 2010, Kylie released her studio album called ‘Aphrodite’. The album was executively produced by Stuart Price who also participated in the song writing process of the album along with Kylie, Calvin Harris, Jake Shears, Nerina Pallot, Pascal Gabriel, Lucas Secon, Tim Rice-Oxley and Kish Mauve. In 2011, she got on her tour ‘Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour’ and travelled to Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. This was the biggest tour of her life.
In 2012, Minogue she began "K25" - a year-long celebration for her 25 years in the music industry.
In October 2012, she released the compilation album, The Abbey Road Sessions. The album contained reworked and orchestral versions of her previous songs.
Kylie Minogue was born on May 28, 1968, in Melbourne, Australia, to an accountant called Ronald Charles Minogue and a former stage dancer from Wales, Australia Carol Ann Minogue. She was raised in Surrey Hill in Melbourne and was sent to Camberwell High School. She was the eldest of the three children.
Kylie along with her younger sister Dannii, began their careers together as child artists on the Australian television. When Kylie was only 12, she did small time roles in soap operas like ‘Skyways’, ‘The Sullivans’ and ‘The Henderson Kids’. Her big break in the entertainment industry came with her ‘tomboy car mechanic character of Charlene’ on one of the most popular Australian soap operas called ‘Neighbors’ in 1986.
Kylie was in a romantic relationship with the French actor Olivier Martinez since 2002 and broke up with him in the year of 2007. She highly regarded and appreciated him in the media for supporting her during her breast cancer days. She entered into a relationship with model Andres Velencoso in 2008 and is still in a strong relationship with him.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 in the middle of her worldwide tour, ‘Showgirl’. She had to cancel the tour in order to get into immediate surgery and subsequent chemotherapy. During the time of her hospitalization, the then Prime Minister of Australia John Howard issued a public statement supporting Kylie in her battle with cancer. She has been appreciated worldwide for sharing her experience with cancer diagnosis and treatment with the media to make people more aware of it.
Released in 2001, ‘Fever’ (with the biggest hit single of Kylie’s life ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’) got her four ARIA Awards including the ‘Most Outstanding Achievement’ award and two Brit Awards for the ‘Best International Female Solo Artist’ and ‘Best International Album’.
Kylie received an order of the British Empire (OBE) for her excellence in music and entertainment industry. She told the media that she felt very touched and honored to receive an accolade like this.
In 2007, the fourth waxwork of Kylie was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. It is said that only Queen Elizabeth II has more models created, just like Kylie. A bronze cast of her hand was also added to Wembley Arena’s ‘Square of Fame’ in London.