Kylie Minogue Biography
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 asked 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 today, arguably 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 4 Logies on one night, including the Gold for "Most Popular Personality on Australian Television", and another Silver. In 1989 Kylie's first feature film The Delinquents was released around the world to rave reviews. Christmas of that year it became the top grossing movie in the U.K.!
"Kylie" is literally a household name throughout the world. To date she has received dozens of awards, Gold and Platinum discs and countless international hits; over a dozen throughout Japan, Europe and South-East Asia, several in Canada and South America, three top 40 hits and a Gold album in the U.S. Kylie's Greatest Hits (containing 22 hits) was released in 1992 debuting at #1 on the UK charts, going gold on release and accompanied by Kylie's Greatest Video Hits which reached #1 on the video charts! She has been the guest of Royalty in Britain and Europe, and the subject of several invitations for Royal Command Performances. Three sell-out world tours, the Lennon Memorial Concert in Liverpool in 1992 and most recently her critically acclaimed Intimate & Live Concert Tour resulting in 24 packed houses throughout Australia and 3 more in London which left U.K. fans clamouring for more.
On her move from PWL to the dance label Deconstruction, Kylie effectively made the difficult transition from "Pop Princess" to "Career Artist", a delicate move 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 no. 4 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 No. 2 in Australia and 11 in Britain.
In 1994 Kylie had a lead role in the $40 million dollar epic Streetfighter with Jean Claude Van Damme, and in 1995 she starred in a short film entitled Hayride To Hell shot in Australia for the European Film Festivals. In 1998 Kylie starred in an Australian independent film called Sample People; and alongside Molly Ringwald in Mushroom Pictures horror film Cut (both scheduled for release in early 2000). Earlier in 1999 she also found time to appear in a Caribbean production of Shakespeare's The Tempest for which she received rave reviews.
The 7th album Kylie Minogue (aka Impossible Princess) 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 No 1 for Miss Minogue (Australian Music Report). Recent collaborations include 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 No. 2 in the UK charts!
October '99 saw Kylie release 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 1 in both the UK and Australian charts. Spinning Around also gave Kylie the honour of being one of only two artists (the other being Madonna) to have a number one in the eighties, nineties and noughties! September 2000, Kylie released the follow up single, "On A Night Like This" repeating Spinning Around's success by debuting in the UK charts at #2 and Australian charts at #1. Kylie's most anticipated album yet, Light Years, was released at the same time to massive critical & commercial success debuting at #2 in the U.K. and reaching #1 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 4 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. Kylie ended a phenomenal year with the release of a fourth single from Light Years, "Please Stay" on December 11th, as well as a prestigious appearance at the Royal Variety Performance. The top 10 hit "Please Stay" was Kylie's 33rd hit single and her 20th UK Top Ten hit.
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 EVER. The tour was no less successful in the UK, where the capacity doubled to accommodate the huge number of ticket applications. The tour garnered rave reviews in the press, with the NME declaring that "the hits wheeled out tonight are pop at its most exciting" and the Guardian writing that the show was "utterly fabulous".
By now Light Years was platinum in the UK and 4x 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. She later took time out to attend the LA premiere of the film Moulin Rouge, in which she features. In May, British Vogue put Kylie on its cover, an event that made the evening news in Australia. Later, at Vogue's "It's Fashion" party, Kylie was seated on the top table, next to Prince Charles. Kylie has also been recently nominated for 4 ARIA Awards (Australian equivalent of the Brit Awards). On the way with her second Parlophone album, Kylie releases a brand new single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head."
Kylie Minogue Bio from Discogs
She first came to global attention with her role as Charlene Mitchell in the soap opera Neighbours. She began her music career in 1987 when she signed to Mushroom Records and released a cover-version of Little Eva's "Locomotion", which spent seven weeks as the Australian number one. The success of "Locomotion" lead to Minogue travelling to the UK to record with pop producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman, with whom she worked until 1992. In 1993, she signed with dance label Deconstruction, a move that was marketed as the start of a new phase in her career. The distance from her SAW-managed sugary past was highlighted, and her credibility boosted, in 1995, when she collaborated with Nick Cave on the murder ballad "Where the Wild Roses Grow".
After leaving Deconstruction, Minogue signed with Parlophone in April 1999, with whom she released the albums Light Years (2000) and Fever (2001), both of which proved enormous commercial and critical successes. In 2005, Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer, putting her career on hiatus for 18 months. Following treatment and surgery, she resumed her Showgirl Tour in Sydney on 11 November 2006.
In 2008, Minogue received an OBE from the Queen of England, not long after which she received the French cultural award, the “Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et Lettres” insignia (‘Knight’ in the Order of Arts and Letters). Her tenth album X (2008) was nominated for Best Dance Album for the 51st Grammy Awards. In 2008 she did a world tour. In 2009, Minogue toured the USA and Canada, exclusively. She released her eleventh studio album Aphrodite in 2010, her fifth with Parlophone. Inducted into the ARIA HOF (Hall Of Fame) on the 27th November, 2011.