You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of “pop” artists who’ve lasted more than a decade, let alone more than two decades! In July 1987 Kylie released her first single - a remake of the 1962 Little Eva hit “Locomotion”. The song hit Number One in Australia and remained in the top spot for seven weeks, becoming the biggest Australian single of the ‘80s. Twenty years later she now holds the record for the most played female artist on UK radio over the last 20 years!
Since then she has released nine studio albums, two live CDs, seven live concert DVDs, plus her Greatest Hits and the Ultimate Kylie double album and multiple video packages. This is of course in addition to 43 singles released internationally, all of which have been hits.
Kylie has been the guest of Royalty in Britain and Europe, she’s received countless gold and platinum discs; she’s been honored with numerous prestigious awards and in 2000 closed the Sydney Olympics. She’s sold-out six world tours, including the critically acclaimed 2006/2007 “Showgirl Homecoming” concert which saw her concluding the original Showgirl tour that was cut short due to illness.
She’s graced the covers of the world’s leading magazines, including Attitude, Australian Style, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Elle, The Face, FHM, Follow Me, Glamour, GQ, Harpers Bazaar, Heat, Hello, ID, Melody Maker, Ministry, Music Week, OK, Paris Match, Rolling Stone, Sky, Select, Time and multiple covers of Vogue (Australian Guest Editor in 2006), the list is endless.
Early on in her career, after the release of “Shocked”, her thirteenth hit single in 1991, Music Week magazine declared that Kylie was the only act in the history of the British pop music to have their first thirteen releases all go Top Ten. Kylie now has 39 consecutive U.K. hits, none of which failed to peak in the Top 20, 29 in the Top Ten!
Today Kylie is one of the world’s most successful female music artists, but she wasn’t always known as a singer. Kylie started her career at age eleven when approached to act in the national Australian T.V. drama series “Skyways”, this was followed by more Australian television roles in the popular drama “The Sullivans” and later “The Henderson Kids”.
After her seventeenth birthday Kylie left school to take up acting as a full time profession. Her character “Charlene” in the Australian “soap” Neighbours is still arguably today, one of the most popular characters ever to come out of Australian television.
By the time Kylie was out of her teens she had won five Logies (the Australian equivalent of an Emmy); the youngest actress ever to do so. In 1987 she won the Silver Logie for “Most Popular Actress” and in 1988 she was the first artist ever to win four Logies on one night, including the Gold for “Most Popular Personality on Australian Television”, and another Silver.
Kylie’s recording career began in 1987 when she released “Locomotion” which topped the charts in Australia and Southeast Asia. The success of this release led to Kylie teaming up with famed British record producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman in London.
Kylie’s eponymously titled debut album, released July 1988, contained the hit singles “I Should Be So Lucky”, “Got To Certain”, a re-recorded version of “The Loco-motion” and “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi”. It sold over five million copies worldwide. Her duet with Jason Donovan, “Especially For You” debuted at Number Two and shipped Silver on release bringing Kylie’s single sales in the U.K. to well over two million in under twelve months. The album sold similar quantities, going seven-times platinum in the UK.
In October 1989 Kylie released her eagerly awaited second album, Enjoy Yourself, which shot to Number One in the U.K. with pre-sales of over 600,000 copies. The album spawned four worldwide hits, including the Number One singles “Hand on Your Heart” and “Tears on My Pillow”.
In December Kylie’s first feature film, “The Delinquents”, was released around the world to rave reviews and became the top grossing movie in the U.K. Also that month, Kylie joined the likes of Bob Geldof, Lisa Stansfield, Bananarama, Bros, Cliff Richard, and Wet Wet Wet for Band Aid 2’s 1989 recording of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money for Ethiopia.
Two more albums - Rhythm of Love and Let’s Get To It – and more classic singles – “Better The Devil You Know”, “What Do I Have To Do”, “Shocked” - followed before the release of Kylie’s Greatest Hits in 1992. The album collected all 19 hits along with three new songs and debuted at Number One on the UK charts.
On her move from PWL to the dance label Deconstruction, Kylie effectively made the difficult transition from “Pop Princess” to “Career Artist”, a delicate jump very few artists have been able to make successfully.
September 1994 saw the release of her album simply entitled Kylie Minogue. Greeted with much critical acclaim the album debuted at Number Four in the U.K. All three singles released from the album became worldwide hits.
Kylie’s third duet, “Where the Wild Roses Grow”, a “Murder Ballad” penned by Nick Cave and recorded with Nick and his band, The Bad Seeds, was released internationally in 1995, becoming her 25th consecutive hit peaking at Number Two in Australia and Eleven in Britain. The release introduced Nick Cave to a whole new audience whilst doing the same for Kylie.
Kylie’s sixth studio album, Impossible Princess (aka “Kylie Minogue”) was released in March 1998. With all lyrics by Kylie Minogue, Impossible Princess, featuring collaborations with The Manic Street Preachers, Brothers In Rhythm and Dave Ball (Soft Cell, The Grid), became yet another Number One for Miss Minogue.
In addition to Nick Cave, Kylie’s list of collaborations extend to the successful cult underground dance track “G.B.I.” recorded with leading Japanese artist Towa Tei (of Dee-lite fame); a track called “In Denial” with the Pet Shop Boys for their album, a duet with Ben Lee on “The Reflex” for a Duran-Duran tribute album, and the famous duet with Robbie Williams, “Kids” which debuted at Number Two in the UK charts!
In October 1999 Kylie released a collectible art book featuring contributions from many of the world’s most respected artists, on the theme of “Kylie”. Demand for the book was unprecedented with a second printing within the first month of release!
June 2000 saw the much anticipated release of “Spinning Around” the first single from Kylie’s debut studio album for Parlophone Records. In true style she caused a sensation by debuting at Number One in both the UK and Australian charts.
In September 2000 her follow up single, “On a Night Like This” debuted in the UK charts at Number Two and Australian charts at Number One. Kylie’s most anticipated album yet, Light Years, was released at the same time to massive critical and commercial success debuting at Number Two in the U.K. and reaching Number One in Australia (double platinum!)
Kylie performed to her biggest audience ever at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games! Kylie thrilled more than four billion viewers with her rendition of “Dancing Queen” and “On a Night Like This”. Less than two weeks later she headlined the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
In January 2001 tickets went on sale for Kylie’s first major tour in nine years. The “On a Night Like This” tour sold out immediately for shows in the UK, Europe and Australia, where the tour became the most successful arena tour by a female artist. The tour was no less successful in the UK, where the capacity doubled to accommodate the huge number of ticket applications.
By now Light Years was platinum in the UK and quadruple-platinum in Australia, where readers voted her “Best Pop Artist” in Australian Rolling Stone. Back in the UK, Kylie was nominated for a prestigious Brit Award for Best International Female.
September 2001 saw the Kylie phenomenon reach fever peak with the release of her global smash hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” from the multi-platinum selling album Fever. The album generated a further three smash hit singles “In Your Eyes”, “Love At First Sight” and “Come into My World” and sold over six million copies worldwide.
Kylie garnered a host of major awards including Top of the Pops Awards for Best Tour for “On a Night Like This” and Top Song for “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”, three Italian Dance Music Awards for Best International Artist, Best Song and Best Video, an NME Award for Best Pop Act, and Showbusiness Personality of The Year at the Variety Club of Great Britain Awards.
Kylie stole the show at the 2002 Brit Awards with an incredible performance of “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and won two major awards for Best International Female and Best International Album. At the World Music Awards in Monaco, Kylie delivered another show stopping performance to an world-wide audience of a billion people and was honored as Best Selling Australian Artist of The Year.
Kylie was awarded “Woman of The Year” 2002 at the Elle style awards while the record-breaking “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” garnered three Ivor Novello Awards for Best International Single, Best Dance Record and Most Played Record of The Year, and scooped an MTV Award for Best Choreography in a Music Video.
Kylie swept the board at the ARIA’s winning four awards including the first Special Achievement award! Just weeks later Kylie triumphed at the 2002 MTV Music Awards Best Pop Act and Best Dance Act and stole the show at Top of The Pops Awards with a stunning performance of “Come Into My World” and a second award for Tour of The Year for “Fever 2002”.
November 2002 saw the highly anticipated release of the Fever 2002 Live DVD and Kylie: La La La, written in collaboration with her artistic director Will Baker. La La La documents Kylie’s remarkable career and includes over 300 photos, most of which have never been seen before.
Kylie was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Governor General of Australia for “Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry” and for the third year in a row won “Australian Performer of the Year” and “Showbusiness Ambassador of the Year” for the second consecutive year at the 28th Annual MO Awards in Australia.
In June Kylie was voted the sexiest pop pin-up in the world by viewers of music channel VH1 and her “Agent Provocateur” commercial won Best Cinema Commercial of the Year at the British TV Awards.
Kylie spent the summer of 2003 recording her ninth studio album, Body Language, in London, Ireland and Spain. The Body Language release was preceded by the hypnotic single “Slow”, written by Kylie Minogue/Emiliana Torrini and Dan Carey which debuted at Number One in Australia and the UK.
In February 2004 Kylie received a Grammy for “Come Into My World”, which was the Best Dance Recording. During 2004 polls released by the PPL reveal that Kylie is the most played female artist on UK radio over the last 20 years and fourth overall.
In March 2005 Kylie’s sold-out “Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour” opened to great critical acclaim in Glasgow. She went on to perform 23 sold-out nights at only four venues in the UK including seven nights at Earls Court Arena where she set the record for the most dates by a female artist ever at a UK venue. The tour also played fourteen sold-out dates throughout Europe before traveling to Australia where the rest of the tour had to be postponed due to Kylie being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.
Kylie spent the next twelve months focusing on her treatment and recovery from cancer and in June of 2006 readers of leading British fashion magazine GQ and Glamour both vote Kylie “Woman of The Year”. In October of 2006 Kylie’s enchanting children’s book, ‘The Showgirl Princess’ was published, delighting her younger fans (and some older ones too!) Shortly after the release of the book Kylie’s first fragrance “Darling” was released by beauty giants Coty. “Darling” became the most successful fragrance launch in the history of Australian retailing and also is a huge success in the UK and throughout Europe.
Kylie’s tenth longplayer studio album, X, features thirteen tracks, including the lead-off single, “2 Hearts”, produced by London based electro band Kish Mauve. Among the other musicians contributing to the album are Cutfather & Jonas (Jamelia – “Superstar”, Mercedes – “Get Rich”), Richard ‘Biff’ Stannard (Spice Girls, Holly Valance), Bloodshy & Avant: Christian Karlsson & Pontus Winnberg (Christina Milian, Brooke Valentine), Guy Chambers (Beverley Knight, Delta Goodrem), Cathy Dennis (Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson), Karen Poole (Leona Lewis, Mutya Buena), Calvin Harris (Kelis, Roisin Murphy), Greg Kurstin (Jessica Simpson, Lily Allen) and Eg White (Natalie Imbruglia, Maria Lawson).