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Kylie Minogue : Biography

Kylie : The legend that is Kylie

Kylie has delighted us with some of the most memorable pop ditties in history. From 'I Should Be So Lucky' through to her new material, her music has always stood out.

Born in Melbourne Australia on May 28 1968, Kylie Ann Minogue shot to stardom in 1987 by starring as Charlene Mitchell in the hit Australian soap 'Neighbours', after stints on 'Skyways', 'The Sullivans' and ' The Henderson Kids' on Australian TV.

Before long Kylie was being mobbed in Sydney shopping centres and receiving awards, including the youngest ever actress to win the Silver Logie for the "Most Popular Actress."

Kylie and some other members of the cast perform a version of the
Little Eva hit 'The Loco-motion'. Afterwards someone suggests to Kylie that she records it.

In July 1987 it is released and by August it had hit the number one spot and remained there for seven weeks.
 

 
Kylie's first image was the wholesome girl next door

Kylie and her early PWL/Stock, Aitken & Waterman days

Kylie was quickly picked up by pop-producer Pete Waterman and signed up to his PWL label. Her first single I Should Be So Lucky shot to number one in the UK charts. Her production and writing team was the award winning Stock, Aitken and Waterman team (Mike Stock, Matt Aiken & Pete Waterman).

Despite being branded as disposal pop, Kylie followed the success of 'Lucky' up with the Loco Motion, Je Ne Sais Pas Pour Quoi, Got To Be Certain and Especially for you, a duet with old flame and Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan.

Kylie also continued her acting career by appearing in the film 'The Deliquents' but it wasn't long before her music starting taking over.

Having quit Neighbours, Kylie's next album 'Enjoy Yourself' yielded numerous other smash hits including the number one Hand On Your Heart and Never Too Late.

With her next album 'Rhythm Of Love', Kylie also sexed up her image - the album yielding great tracks including one of her trademark tracks, Better The Devil You Know. Further singles included Step Back In Time. For the first time on this album Kylie had co-written and produced some of the tracks with credible artists, with only half the album being written and produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Her last album with PWL, 'Let's Get To It' paved the way for her next two albums. Kylie had dropped the bubblegum pop for more adult beats and R&B numbers. Matt Aitken had since dropped out Kylie co-wrote the tracks with Mike Stock and Pete Waterman.

However she ended her PWL days where she began - with two bubblegum pop tracks 'What Kind Of Fool' and a cover of Kool & The Gangs 'Celebration'.
 

 
By the mid-90s Kylie had transformed into a sex kitten and her music has changed style from the bubblegum pop to soft sultry tunes and sexy beats

The move to deConstruction away from bubblegum pop

She left PWL in 1992 craving more musical independence and joined the Deconstruction label. Her first single was the super sexy 'Confide In Me' which stormed the UK charts at number two. Kylie was now proving her talents as a trained vocalist with some stunning ranges on her first album with the label simply called 'Kylie Minogue'.

The Kylie of the mid nineties was completely different to that of the late eighties and early nineties. Gone was the manufactured pop, gone was the dungarees and shoes - in was the soft sultry tracks, in were the sexy dresses, small heels and knee high boots.

Follow up singles included 'Put Yourself In My Place'. A second album was released on the label, named 'Impossible Princess' where Kylie worked with Dave Ball (of Soft Cell fame) and Ingo Vauk. The album was delayed in the UK because of the death of Princess Diana and on it's release in 1998 it was re-branded as 'Kylie Minogue' - her third album to have new name in the title

Kylie also embarked on her first tour since the 'Let's Get To It' tour with 'Intimate & Live' in small venues across the UK and Australia. The show included many of her old favourites including 'What Do I Have To Do' and 'I Should Be So Lucky' in a new style.

However the two albums were not commercially successful. After the success of 'Confide in Me', Kylie did not break the top ten with any more of her singles with the label.
 

 
Kylie returned in 2000 with a wholesome image again and a stunning pop album too!

Parlophone era brings back the pop-tastic Kylie

In 1999, having being dropped by Deconstruction, Kylie bounced back on her new record label Parlophone in 2000 with a number one smash Spinning Around, which was a throw back to her PWL days. The follow up album 'Light Years' in which she collaborated with Robbie Williams, was out and out pop and the next three singles, 'On A Night Like This', 'Kids (duet with Robbie) and 'Please Stay' from the album all reached the top ten.

The album was full of pop tunes with standout tracks including 'Butterfly', 'So Now Goodbye', 'Your Disco Needs You' and 'Disco Down'.

Kylie being Kylie, the new era brought a new look - the fun loving and disco diva Kylie, with gold hotpants, stiletto heels and the wholesome girl image back once more.

Spring 2001 saw the kick off of a major world tour, 'On A Night Like This', which was instantly acclaimed by the press with NME saying 'Generation K has glimpsed heaven. And that is slightly wonderful' and the Daily Mail said that 'Kylie is in her element, revelling in her status as the queen of pop - a woman at the apex of her career'.

The tour had a distinct disco feel to it and many old classic Kylie tracks were revived including 'Never Too Late', 'Turn It Into Love', 'Hand On Your Heart' and 'Wouldn't Change A Thing'.

Germany and Australia saw one more release from 'Light Years' - the ultra-camp 'Your Disco Needs You'. UK fans petitioned for its release over here but it never happened, although it had a strong part in the tour.
 

 
Cute-Kylie was quickly replaces by Sex-Kylie in 2002 with stunning Dolce & Gabanna stage costumes with her trademark fast becoming leather thigh high boots

Dance 'Fever' hits the world!

In September 2001 Kylie released the first single from her new album 'Fever' called Can't Get You Out Of My Head. Kylie Fever took off and it became one of the biggest number one singles of all time and it even managed to break the US - her first big hit there since the 'Loco-Motion' in 1988.

Kylie was given her own 'Audience With' on ITV1, and despite using the same musical backing as she did for the 'On A Night Like This', the costumes were sexier than the tour and she revealed a stunning new sexy accessory - thigh high boots. She wore the same boots/outfit for the Bambi Awards, now fully intending to make the thigh boots a regular part of her performance wardrobe.

It was clear that Kylie would need a really sexy outfit to accompany her thigh boots and she found what she was looking for in Dolce & Gabanna corset dresses. In March 2002 Kylie made headlines with her corset/boots appearances at the Brit Awards, World Music Awards and Italian Music Festival.

The Fever Tour followed soon after and Kylie wowed audiences rising from the centre of the stage in a robot outfit which came apart to reveal her most stunning stage outfit to date, wearing her now trademark pair of thigh high boots, and during the first encore Kylie donned a gold pair of thigh high boots.

Kylie followed up the success of 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' with 'In Your Eyes' and 'Love At First Sight' which charted at number 3 and number 2 in the UK charts respectively.

One more single from Fever awaited the fans after the tour had finished. Winning a Grammy for Best Dance recording, 'Come Into My World' entered the UK charts at number 8 after so successfully opening the Fever tour.
 

Red Blooded Woman brought the street-sexy Kylie image

Kylie goes for musical creativeness

In 2003 Kylie returned with a new album, new look and a new musical style. The first single 'Slow' had an sexy-electro vibe to it and showed off Kylie's bleached blonde Brigitte Bardott look.

The accompanying album 'Body Language' showed off a range of various styles from electro, hip-hop to R&B with Kylie determined not to bring out a Fever #2 album.

There was no tour for Body Language but for her fans Kylie performed a one-off show at London's Hammersmith Apollo with her mixture of material from her 'Body Language' album and her other Parlophone work with some re-workings of some hits from her deConstruction era.

Early 2004 saw more success for Kylie with singles 'Red Blooded Woman' and 'Chocolate' both making the top ten. 'Red Blooded Woman' was R&B mixed with pop and brought about yet another new image to accompany the single - jeans with black leather knee high boots over the top. 'Chocolate' was the last single from 'Body Language' was was a sexy piece of sultry pop at it's very best. These singles, as with 'Slow' showcased Kylie's creativeness and were a far shout from the disco pop of Light Years.
 

Showgirl was the biggest Kylie tour to date - and brought the Beauty-Kylie image with it

The Showgirl hits the stage....

However it was only a matter of time before Kylie returned to what she was best at and in December, the single I Believe In You that accompanied 'Ultimate Kylie', her greatest hits collection entered the UK charts at number two. As with every other new Kylie release, a new image accompanied the album and single - glittery dresses and small heels and also jeans and small heels. By March the follow up Giving You Up had reached number six continuing Kylie's stranglehold on the UK Top Ten.

Kylie then embarked on her world tour to promote the album. The 'Showgirl Tour' was instantly acclaimed by press and her fans. It was a celebration of her career to date with most of the fan-favourite songs making an appearance on the tour. Much to the fans delight 'I Should Be So Lucky' was again performed as the original version, after different versions of it on 'Intimate & Live', 'On A Night Like This' and 'Fever2002'.

She was also to headline UK's Glastonbury Festival in June after the Australia and Asia dates as a grand finale for the tour.

Unfortunately in May 2005, as she prepared for her homecoming shows, Kylie was diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer and had immediate surgery to remove it, postponing her tour and cancelling Glastonbury.

Chemotherapy and treatment awaited in Paris and by January sister Dannii had confirmed that with the cancer in 'full remission' the Showgirl tour was being re-scheduled finally for December 2006.
 

Biography written by Steven

Kylie through the ages - 1987 - 2005

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