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Kylie Minogue

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Date of Birth:28 May 1968
Birthplace:Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
First Name:Kylie
Middle Name:Ann
Last Name:Minogue
Height:5' ?" (153 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Gemini
Claim to Fame:On A Night Like This
Occupation:Singer, Sonwriter, Actress, record producer, fashion designer, author, entrepreneur, philanthtropist
Occupation Category:Singer
Music Genre:Electronica, Pop/Rock
Music Style:Adult Contemporary, Club/Dance, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Electronic, Euro-Dance, Euro-Pop, Pop
Music Mood:Amiable/Good-Natured, Bright, Campy, Carefree, Cheerful, Confident, Energetic, Exuberant, Fun, Giddy, Gleeful, Happy, Innocent, Party/Celebratory, Playful, Provocative, Sensual, Sexual, Sexy, Sparkling, Stylish
Musical Instrument:Vocals
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Biography for Kylie Minogue

Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (born 28 May 1968 (53 years ago)) is an Australian pop singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to prominence in the late 1980 (41 years ago) through her role in the Australian TV soap opera Neighbours, before commencing her career as a recording artist in 1987 (34 years ago).

Signed to a contract by songwriters and producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1987 (34 years ago), she achieved a string of hit records throughout the world. Her popularity waned during the early 1990s, leading her to part company from Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1992 (29 years ago). During the 1990s, Minogue distanced herself from her earlier work and attempted to establish herself as a credible and independent performer and songwriter. Her projects were widely publicised, but her albums failed to attract a substantial audience and resulted in the lowest sales of her career at the time. She returned to popularity as a pop artist in 2000 (21 years ago), and became well-known for her elaborate music videos and expensively mounted stage shows. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 (16 years ago), Minogue returned to performing and recording in late 2006 (15 years ago) after a period of convalescence.

Although she was dismissed by some critics during her early career, she has achieved longevity as a pop icon. She has sold over 60 million records worldwide, and has achieved her greatest successes in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa and Latin America. She was awarded an OBE in 2008 (13 years ago) "for services to music".

Early years

Kylie Ann Minogue was born 28 May 1968 (53 years ago) in Melbourne, Australia, the first child of Ronald Charles Minogue, an accountant of Irish ancestry and Carol Ann (née Jones), a former dancer from Maesteg, Wales. Her sister, Dannii, is also a pop singer, and her brother, Brendan, works as a news cameraman in Australia. Minogue was raised in Surrey Hills, and educated at Camberwell High School.


1968–1986: Career beginnings

The Minogue sisters began their careers as children on Australian TV. From the age of twelve, Kylie appeared in small roles in soap operas such as The Sullivans and Skyways, and in 1985 (36 years ago) was cast in one of the lead roles in The Henderson Kids. Interested in following a career in music, she made a demo tape for the producers of the weekly music programme Young Talent Time, which featured Dannii as a regular performer. Kylie gave her first TV singing performance on the show in 1985 (36 years ago) but was not invited to join the cast. Dannii's success in this program overshadowed Kylie's acting achievements, until Kylie was cast in the soap opera Neighbours in 1986 (35 years ago). In Neighbours Minogue played Charlene Robinson, a schoolgirl turned garage mechanic. As stated in The Guardian, "[H]er appeal at first lay in her unapologetic ordinariness... she played an oil-smudged mechanic with no desire to better herself. Charlene was happy to spend her life grappling with the intestines of greasy cars." A story arc that created a romance between her character and the character played by Jason Donovan culminated in a wedding episode in 1987 (34 years ago) that attracted an audience of 20 million viewers.

Her popularity in Australia was demonstrated when she became the first person to win four Logie Awards in one event, and the youngest recipient of the "Gold Logie" as the country's "Most Popular TV Performer", with the result determined by public vote.

1987–1992: Stock, Aitken and Waterman and Kylie

"I Should Be So Lucky" (1987, 34 years ago) was one of the early music videos that presented Minogue as a "girl-next-door".During a Fitzroy Football Club benefit concert with other Neighbours cast members, Minogue performed "I Got You Babe" as a duet with the actor John Waters, and "The Loco-Motion" as an encore, and was subsequently signed to a recording contract with Mushroom Records in 1987 (34 years ago). Her first single, "The Loco-Motion", spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian music charts, sold 200, 000 copies, and became the highest selling single of the 1980 (41 years ago). Its success resulted in Minogue traveling to England with Mushroom Records executive Gary Ashley to work with Stock, Aitken & Waterman. They knew little of Minogue and had forgotten that she was arriving; as a result, they wrote "I Should Be So Lucky" while she waited outside the studio. The song reached number one in the UK, Australia, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Israel and Hong Kong, and was a hit in many parts of the world. Her debut album, Kylie, a collection of dance-oriented pop tunes spent more than a year on the British album charts, including several weeks at number one. The album did not sell strongly in the United States and Canada, although the single, "The Loco-Motion", reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number one on the Canadian Singles Chart. "It's No Secret", released only in the U.S., peaked at number thirty-seven in early 1989 (32 years ago), and "Turn It Into Love" was released as a single in Japan, where it reached number one.

In late 1988 (33 years ago), Minogue left Neighbours to focus on her music career. Jason Donovan commented "When viewers watched her on screen they no longer saw Charlene the local mechanic, they saw Kylie the pop star." A duet with Donovan, titled "Especially for You", sold over one million copies in the UK in early 1989 (32 years ago), but critic Kevin Killian wrote that the duet was "majestically awful...[it] makes the Diana Ross, Lionel Richie "Endless Love" sound like Mahler." She was sometimes referred to as "the Singing Budgie" by her detractors over the coming years, however Chris True's comment about the album Kylie for Allmusic suggests that Minogue's appeal transcended the limitations of her music, by noting that "her cuteness makes these rather vapid tracks bearable".

Her follow up album Enjoy Yourself (1989, 32 years ago) was a success in the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Asia and Australia, and contained several successful singles (including the number one "Hand on Your Heart"), but it failed throughout North America, and Minogue was dropped by her American record label Geffen Records. She embarked on her first concert tour, the Enjoy Yourself Tour, in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Australia, where Melbourne's The Herald Sun wrote that it was "time to ditch the snobbery and face facts — the kid's a star." In dec. 1989 (32 years ago), Minogue was one of the featured vocalists on the remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas", and her debut film, The Delinquents, premiered in London. It was poorly received by critics, and the Daily Mirror reviewed Minogue's performance with the comment that she "has as much acting charisma as cold porridge", but it proved popular with audiences; in the UK it grossed more than £200,000, and in Australia it was the fourth-highest grossing local movie of 1989 (32 years ago).

Rhythm of Love (1990, 31 years ago) presented a more sophisticated and adult style of dance music and also marked the first signs of Minogue's rebellion against her production team and the "girl-next-door". Determined to be accepted by a more mature audience, Minogue took control of her music videos, starting with "Better the Devil You Know", and presented herself as a sexually aware adult. Her relationship with Michael Hutchence was also seen as part of Minogue's departure from her earlier persona; Hutchence was quoted as saying that his hobby was "corrupting Kylie", and that the INXS song Suicide Blonde had been inspired by her. The singles from Rhythm of Love sold well in Europe and Australia and were popular in British nightclubs. Pete Waterman reflected that "Better the Devil You Know" was a milestone in her career and that it made her "the hottest, hippest dance act on the scene and nobody could knock it as it was the best dance record around at the time". "Shocked" became Minogue's thirteenth consecutive British top 10 single.

In May 1990 (31 years ago), Minogue performed her band's arrangement of The Beatles's "Help!" before a crowd of 25,000 at the John Lennon: The Tribute Concert on the banks of the River Mersey in Liverpool. Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon offered Minogue their thanks for her support of The John Lennon Fund, while the media commented positively on her performance. The Sun wrote "The soap star wows the Scousers — Kylie Minogue deserved her applause". After recording a fourth album, Let's Get to It (1991, 30 years ago), Minogue had fulfilled the requirements of her contract and elected not to renew it. She had expressed the viewpoint that she was stifled by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and later compared the experience to her time with Neighbours, saying all they required her to do was "learn your lines... perform your lines, no time for questions, promote the product".

A Greatest Hits album was released in 1992 (29 years ago). It reached number one in the UK and number three in Australia, and her single version of Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" reached the UK Top 20.

1993–1998: Deconstruction, Kylie Minogue and Impossible Princess

Minogue's subsequent signing with Deconstruction Records was highly touted in the music media as the beginning of a new phase in her career, but the eponymous Kylie Minogue (1994, 27 years ago) received mixed reviews. It sold well in Europe and Australia, where the single "Confide in Me" spent four weeks at number one. She performed a striptease in the video for her next single, "Put Yourself in My Place", inspired by Jane Fonda as Barbarella. This single and her next, "Where Is the Feeling?" each reached the British top twenty, but although the album peaked with the top 5, it soon lost momentum. During this period she made a guest appearance as herself, in an episode of the comedy The Vicar of Dibley. The director Steven E. de Souza was intrigued by Minogue's cover photo (wallpaper) in Australia's Who Magazine as one of "The 30 Most Beautiful People in the World", and offered her a role opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Street Fighter (1994, 27 years ago). The film, costing USD$40 million was a moderate success, earning USD$70 million in the U.S., but received poor reviews with The Washington Post's Richard Harrington calling Minogue "the worst actress in the English-speaking world". She co-starred with Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin in Bio-Dome (1996, 25 years ago), but it was a failure, dismissed by Movie Magazine International as the "biggest waste of celluloid space." Disillusioned, Minogue returned to Australia where she appeared in the short film, Hayride to Hell (1995, 26 years ago), and then to the UK where she filmed a cameo role as herself in the movie Diana & Me (1997, 24 years ago).

The Australian artist Nick Cave had been interested in working with Minogue since hearing "Better the Devil You Know", saying it contained "one of pop music's most violent and distressing lyrics" and "when Kylie Minogue sings these words, there is an innocence to her that makes the horror of this chilling lyric all the more compelling". They collaborated on "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (1995, 26 years ago), a brooding ballad whose lyrics narrated a murder from the points of view of both the murderer (Cave), and his victim (Minogue). The video was inspired by John Everett Millais's painting Ophelia (1851-1852), showed Minogue as the murdered woman, floating in a pond as a serpent swam over her body. The single received widespread attention in Europe, where it reached the top 10 in several countries, and acclaim in Australia where it reached #2, and won ARIA Awards for "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Release". Following concert appearances with Cave, Minogue recited the lyrics to "I Should Be So Lucky" as poetry in London's Royal Albert Hall "Poetry Jam", at the suggestion of Cave, and later described it as a "most cathartic moment". She credited Cave with giving her the confidence to express herself artistically, saying: "He taught me to never veer too far from who I am, but to go further, try different things, and never lose sight of myself at the core. For me, the hard part was unleashing the core of myself and being totally truthful in my music". By 1997 (24 years ago), Minogue was in a relationship with the French photographer Stephane Sednaoui, who encouraged her to develop her creativity. Inspired by a mutual appreciation of Japanese culture, they created a visual combination of "geisha and manga superheroine" for the photographs taken for the album Impossible Princess and the video for "German Bold Italic", Minogue's collaboration with Towa Tei. Minogue drew inspiration from the music of artists such as Shirley Manson and Garbage, Björk, Tricky and U2, and Japanese pop musicians such as Pizzicato Five and Towa Tei.

Impossible Princess featured collaborations with musicians such as James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore of the Manic Street Preachers. Largely a dance album, its style was not represented by its first single "Some Kind of Bliss", and Minogue countered suggestions that she was trying to become an indie artist. She told Music Week, "I have to keep telling people that this isn't an indie-guitar album. I'm not about to pick up a guitar and rock." Acknowledging that she had attempted to escape the perceptions of her that had developed during her early career, Minogue commented that she was ready to "forget the painful criticism" and "accept the past, embrace it, use it". Her video for "Did It Again" paid homage to her earlier incarnations, as noted in her biography, La La La, "Dance Kylie, Cute Kylie, Sex Kylie and Indie Kylie all struggled for supremacy as they battled bitchily with each other." Billboard magazine described the album as "stunning" and concluded that "it's a golden commercial opportunity for a major [record company] with vision and energy [to release it in the United States]. A sharp ear will detect a kinship between Impossible Princess and Madonna's hugely successful album, Ray of Light". In the UK, Music Week gave a negative assessment, commenting that "Kylie's vocals take on a stroppy edge... but not strong enough to do much". Retitled Kylie Minogue in the UK following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, it became the lowest selling album of her career. At the end of the year a campaign by Virgin Radio stated, "We've done something to improve Kylie's records: we've banned them." A poll conducted by Smash Hits voted her the "worst-dressed person, worst singer and second-most very horrible thing - after spiders".

In Australia, Impossible Princess spent 35 weeks on the album chart and peaked at number four, to become her most successful album since Kylie in 1988 (33 years ago) and her Intimate and Live tour was extended due to demand. The Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, hosted a civic reception for her in Melbourne, and she maintained her high profile in Australia with live performances, including the 1998 (23 years ago) Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the opening of Melbourne's Crown Casino and Sydney's Fox Studios in 1999 (22 years ago), where she performed Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", and a Christmas concert in Dili, East Timor in association with the United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces. During this time she filmed a small role for the Australian-made Molly Ringwald film, Cut (2000, 21 years ago).

1999–2005: Light Years, Fever and Body Language

William Baker has cited the 1940 (81 years ago) "Vargas Girl" pinups of Alberto Vargas as an influence, as demonstrated in the music video for "Spinning Around". (2000, 21 years ago)Minogue and Deconstruction Records parted company. She performed a duet with the Pet Shop Boys' on their Nightlife album and spent several months in Barbados performing in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Returning to Australia, she appeared in the movie Sample People and recorded a cover version of Russell Morris's "The Real Thing" for the soundtrack. She signed with Parlophone Records in Apr. 1999 (22 years ago). Her album Light Years (2000, 21 years ago) was strongly influenced by 1970 (51 years ago) disco artists, such as Donna Summer and Village People and included several songs written by Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams who imbued their lyrics with humour. New Musical Express wrote: "Kylie's capacity for reinvention is staggering" and summarised the album as "sheer joy" and "what she does best". It generated strong reviews and was successful throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, selling over three million copies worldwide. The single "Spinning Around" became her first number one in ten years, and its accompanying video featured Minogue in revealing gold hot pants, which came to be regarded as a "trademark". "Kids", a duet with Robbie Williams, was also a substantial hit, peaking at number two in the UK charts.

In 2000 (21 years ago), Minogue performed a cover version of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" and her single "On a Night like This" at the 2000 (21 years ago) Sydney Olympics closing ceremony. She then embarked upon a concert tour, On A Night like This Tour, which played to sell-out crowds in Australia and the United Kingdom. Minogue was inspired by the style of Broadway shows such as 42nd Street, movies such as Anchors Aweigh, South Pacific, the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals of the 1930 (91 years ago) and the live performances of Bette Midler. The show featured elaborate sets, and Minogue was praised for her new material and her reinterpretations of some of her greatest successes, turning "I Should Be So Lucky" into a torch song and "Better the Devil You Know" into a 1940 (81 years ago) big band number. She won a "Mo Award" for Australian live entertainment as "Performer of the Year". Following the tour she was asked by a Seattle Post-Intelligencer journalist what she thought was her greatest strength, and replied, "[That] I am an all-rounder. If I was to choose any one element of what I do, I don't know if I would excel at any one of them. But put all of them together, and I know what I'm doing."

She appeared as "The Green Fairy" in Moulin Rouge! (2001, 20 years ago), shortly before the release of Fever, an album containing disco elements combined with 1980 (41 years ago) electropop. Fever reached number one in Australia, the UK, and throughout Europe, eventually achieving worldwide sales in excess of 6 million. Its lead single "Can't Get You out of My Head" became the biggest success of her career, reaching number one in over forty countries.

Following extensive airplay by North American radio, Capitol Records released it in the United States in 2002 (19 years ago). The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart at number three, and the single reached number seven on the Hot 100. The subsequent singles "In Your Eyes", "Love at First Sight" and "Come into My World" were substantial successes throughout the world, and Minogue established a presence in the mainstream North American market, achieving particular success on the club scene. In 2003 (18 years ago) she received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Dance Recording" for "Love at First Sight", and the following year won the same award for "Come into My World". Minogue's former stylist and creative director William Baker explained that the music videos for the Fever album were inspired by science fiction films—specifically those by Stanley Kubrick—and accentuated the electropop elements of the music by using dancers in the style of Kraftwerk. Alan MacDonald, the designer of the 2002 (19 years ago) KylieFever tour, brought those elements into the stage show which drew inspiration from Minogue's past incarnations. The show opened with Minogue as a space age vamp, which she described as "Queen of Metropolis with her drones", through to scenes inspired by Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, followed by the various personas of Minogue's career. Minogue said that she was finally able to express herself the way she wanted, and that she had always been "a showgirl at heart". During 2002 (19 years ago) she worked on the animated movie The Magic Roundabout, released in 2005 (16 years ago) in Europe and 2006 (15 years ago) in the U.S; she voiced one of the principal characters, Florence.

Minogue began a relationship with the French actor, Olivier Martinez, after meeting him at the 2002 (19 years ago) Grammy Awards ceremony. Her next album, Body Language (2003, 18 years ago), was released following an invitation-only concert, titled Money Can't Buy, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. The event marked the presentation of a new visual style, designed by Minogue and Baker, inspired in part by Brigitte Bardot, about whom Minogue commented: "I just tended to think of BB [Bardot] as, well, she's a sexpot, isn't she? She's one of the greatest pinups. But she was fairly radical in her own way at that time. And we chose to reference the period, which was... a perfect blend of coquette and rock and roll." The album downplayed the disco style and Minogue said she was inspired by 1980 (41 years ago) artists such as Scritti Politti, The Human League, Adam and the Ants and Prince, blending their styles with elements of hip hop. It received positive reviews with Billboard Magazine writing of "Minogue's knack for picking great songs and producers". All Music described it as "a near perfect pop record... Body Language is what happens when a dance-pop diva takes the high road and focuses on what's important instead of trying to shock herself into continued relevance". Sales of Body Language were lower than anticipated after the success of Fever, though the first single, "Slow", was a number-one hit in the UK and Australia. After reaching number one on the US club chart, "Slow" received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Dance Recording category.

Body Language achieved first week sales of 43,000 in the U.S., and a significant decline in the second week. The Wall Street Journal described her as "an international superstar who seems perpetually unable to conquer the U.S. market." Minogue commented that she had told her American record company that she was not willing to invest the time needed to establish herself in the U.S. and that she would rather enhance the success she had already achieved in other parts of the world, an attitude endorsed by Billboard analyst Geoff Mayfield as a "business decision... If I were her accountant, I couldn't blame her for making that call." Minogue later commented that she was not concerned by her limited success in the U.S. and was more frustrated by assumptions that she considers her career incomplete without it.

Minogue played a guest role in the season finale of the comedy series Kath & Kim, in which she referenced her earlier role as Charlene in Neighbours, during a wedding sequence. The episode was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's highest rating program of the year.

She released her second official greatest hits album in Nov. 2004 (17 years ago), entitled Ultimate Kylie, along with her music videos on a DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) compilation of the same title. The album introduced her singles "I Believe in You", co-written with Jake Shears and Babydaddy from the Scissor Sisters, and "Giving You Up". "I Believe in You" reached the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play top three, and Minogue was nominated for a Grammy Award for the fourth consecutive year when the song was nominated in the category of "Best Dance Recording".

Early in 2005 (16 years ago), "Kylie : The Exhibition" opened in Melbourne. The free exhibition featured costumes and photographs spanning Minogue's career and went on to tour Australian capital cities receiving over 300,000 visitors, and was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in Feb. 2007 (14 years ago). Minogue commenced her Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour, and after performing in Europe, travelled to Melbourne, where she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

2005–2006: Breast cancer

Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis in 2005 (16 years ago) led to the postponement of the remainder of her Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour and her withdrawal from the Glastonbury Festival. Her hospitalisation and treatment in Melbourne resulted in a brief but intense period of media coverage, particularly in Australia, where the Prime Minister John Howard issued a statement supporting Minogue. As media and fans began to congregate outside the Minogue residence in Melbourne, the Victorian Premier Steve Bracks warned the international media that any disruption of the Minogue family's rights under Australian privacy laws would not be tolerated. His comments became part of a wider criticism of the media's overall reaction, with particular criticism directed towards paparazzi. Minogue underwent surgery on 21 May 2005 (16 years ago) at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern. Soon after, Minogue commenced chemotherapy as part of her treatment regimen.

On 8 Jul. 2005 (16 years ago), she made her first public appearance after her surgery, when she visited a children's cancer ward at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital. She returned to France where she completed her chemotherapy treatment at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif, near Paris. In dec. 2005 (16 years ago), Minogue released a digital-only single, "Over the Rainbow", a live recording from her "Showgirl" tour. Her children's book, The Showgirl Princess, written during her period of convalescence, was published in Oct. 2006 (15 years ago), and her perfume, "Darling", was launched in November. On her return to Australia for her concert tour, she likened her cancer battle and chemotherapy to experiencing a nuclear bomb, and expressed her determination to resume her career. While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2008 (13 years ago), Minogue spoke of how her cancer had originally been misdiagnosed, and stated "Because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn't necessarily mean they're right", but she later spoke of her respect for the medical profession.

Minogue was acknowledged for the impact she had made by publicly discussing her cancer diagnosis and treatment; in May 2008 (13 years ago), the French Cultural Minister Christine Albanel said, "Doctors now even go as far as saying there is a 'Kylie effect' that encourages young women to have regular checks."

2006–present: Showgirl - Homecoming Tour, X and KylieX2008

Performing in Berlin during KylieX2008In Nov. 2006 (15 years ago), Minogue resumed her Showgirl - Homecoming Tour with a performance in Sydney. She had told journalists before the concert that she would be highly emotional, and she cried before dedicating the song "Especially for You" to her father, a survivor of prostate cancer. Although her dance routines had been reworked to accommodate her medical condition, and slower costume changes and longer breaks being introduced between sections of the show to conserve her strength, the media reported that Minogue performed energetically, with the Sydney Morning Herald describing the show as an "extravaganza" and "nothing less than a triumph". The following night, Minogue was joined by Bono, who was in Australia as part of U2's Vertigo tour, for the duet "Kids", but Minogue was forced to cancel a subsequent planned appearance at U2's show, because of exhaustion. Minogue's shows throughout Australia continued to draw positive reviews, and after spending Christmas with her family, she resumed the European leg of her tour with six sold-out shows in Wembley Arena, before taking her tour to Manchester for a further six shows.

In Feb. 2007 (14 years ago), Minogue and Olivier Martinez announced that they had ended their relationship, but remained on friendly terms. Minogue was reported to have been "saddened by false [media] accusations of [Martinez's] disloyalty." She defended Martinez, and acknowledged the support he had given during her treatment for breast cancer, commenting "He was always there, helping with the practical stuff and being protective. He was incredible. He didn't hesitate in canceling work and putting projects on hold so he could be with me. He's the most honorable man I have ever met."

Minogue released X, her tenth studio album and much-discussed "comeback" album, in Nov. 2007 (14 years ago). The electro-styled album included contributions from Guy Chambers, Cathy Dennis, Bloodshy & Avant and Calvin Harris. For the overarching visual look of X, including the music video for first single "2 Hearts", Minogue and William Baker developed a combination of the style of Kabuki theatre and the aesthetics originating from London danceclubs including BoomBox. The album was criticised for the triviality of its subject matter in light of Minogue's experiences with breast cancer; she responded by explaining the personal nature of some of the album's songs, and said "My conclusion is that if I'd done an album of personal songs it'd be seen as "Impossible Princess 2" and be equally critiqued." She later said, "In retrospect we could definitely have bettered it [the album], I'll say that straight up. Given the time we had, it is what it is. I had a lot of fun doing it."

In Australia and the UK, X initially attracted lukewarm sales, although its commercial performance eventually improved. In the U.S., where X was released in Apr. 2008 (13 years ago), it debuted outside the top 100 on the albums chart despite some promotion. Minogue called the U.S. market "notoriously difficult... [Y]ou have so many denominations with radio. To know where I fit within that market is sometimes difficult." X was nominated for the 2009 (12 years ago) Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album, Minogue's fifth Grammy Award nomination.

In dec. 2007 (14 years ago), Minogue participated in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, and later performed in the final of UK talent show The X Factor with the eventual winner, Leon Jackson, whose mentor was Dannii Minogue. From May 2008 (13 years ago), Minogue promoted X with a European tour, KylieX2008, which is her most expensive tour to date with production costs of £10 million. Although she described the rehearsals as "grim" and the set list went through several overhauls, the tour was generally acclaimed and sold well.

Minogue was featured in White Diamond, a documentary filmed during 2006 (15 years ago) and 2007 (14 years ago) as she resumed her "Showgirl Homecoming Tour". She appeared in The Kylie Show, which featured highly stylised set-piece song performances from Minogue as well as comedy sketches with Matthew Horne, Dannii Minogue (55 walls), Jason Donovan and Simon Cowell. She co-starred in the 2007 (14 years ago) Doctor Who Christmas special episode, "Voyage of the Damned", as Astrid Peth, a waitress on a spaceship Titanic. The episode aired on 25 dec. 2007 (14 years ago), with 13.31 million viewers, the show's highest viewing figures since 1979 (42 years ago).

It was announced in late dec. 2007 (14 years ago) that Minogue was to be among those honoured in Queen Elizabeth II's 2008 (13 years ago) New Years Honours list, with an OBE for services to music. Minogue commented "I am almost as surprised as I am honoured. I feel deeply touched to be acknowledged by the UK, my adopted home, in this way." She received the OBE officially from The Prince of Wales in Jul. 2008 (13 years ago). In May, 2008 (13 years ago) Minogue was awarded the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's highest cultural honour. Culture Minister Christine Albanel described Minogue as a ""midas of the international music scene who turns everything she touches into gold", and saluted her for publicly discussing her breast cancer. In July, Minogue was named the UK's "Best Loved Celebrity" by a tabloid newspaper, who commented that she "won the hearts of the nation as she bravely battled breast cancer", and won the "Best International Female Solo Artist" award at the 2008 (13 years ago) BRIT Awards

From Nov. 2008 (13 years ago), Minogue continued with her KylieX2008 tour, taking the show to cities across South America, Asia and Australia. The tour visited 21 countries, and was considered a success, with ticket sales estimated at $70,000,000. She hosted the 2009 (12 years ago) BRIT Awards on 18 Feb. 2009 (12 years ago) with James Corden and Mathew Horne. She is scheduled to embark upon her first North American tour, which will include shows in the U.S. and Canada during sep. and Oct. 2009 (12 years ago). She will be featured in the Bollywood film, Blue, performing an A.R. Rahman song, and has confirmed that she is working on her eleventh studio album, commenting that it will an album of dance and pop music.


  • The Delinquents
  • Street Fighter
  • Hayride to Hell (short film)
  • Misfit (short film)
  • Bio-Dome
  • Diana & Me
  • Cut
  • Sample People
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • The Magic Roundabout (also known as Doogal in America, Canada, and Mexico) (animated film)
  • White Diamond (Documentary Film)
  • Blue

TV-shows (series)

  • The Sullivans
  • Skyways
  • The Henderson Kids
  • The Zoo Family (episode "Yvonne the Terrible")
  • Fame And Misfortune
  • Neighbours
  • The Vicar of Dibley
  • Men Behaving Badly
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Kath & Kim (episode "99% Fat Free")
  • Doctor Who (episode "Voyage of the Damned")
  • Horne & Corden (Series 1: Episode Five)


  • Kylie (1988, 33 years ago)
  • Enjoy Yourself (1989, 32 years ago)
  • Rhythm of Love (1990, 31 years ago)
  • Let's Get to It (1991, 30 years ago)
  • Kylie Minogue (1994, 27 years ago)
  • Impossible Princess (1997, 24 years ago)
  • Light Years (2000, 21 years ago)
  • Fever (2001, 20 years ago)
  • Body Language (2003, 18 years ago)
  • X (2007, 14 years ago)
  • 11th studio album (2010, 11 years ago)

Awards and nominations

  • 1987 - Nominated for a Logie for Most Popular New Talent and won a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress at the Logie Awards, both for Neighbours (1985, 36 years ago).
  • 1988 - Won a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress and a Gold Logie for being notable for the performance in Neighbours at the Logie Awards/Logie Awards of 1988 (33 years ago), both for Neighbours (1985, 36 years ago).
  • 2002 - Nominated for a MTV Movie Award at the MTV Movie Awards for Best Cameo for Moulin Rouge! (2001, 20 years ago) (as the Green Fairy).


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