Name:
Kylie Minogue
Birth Date:
May 28, 1968
Birth Place:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height:
5' 1
Nationality:
Australian
Famous for:
Her role in the Australian long-running TV soap opera Neighbours
Profession:
actress, model, singer
BIOGRAPHY
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"Can't Get You Out Of My Head"

Background:

Australian actress/singer Kylie Minogue first cemented her position as an international star while portraying aggressive, fiery, girl-next-door mechanic Charlene Mitchell/Robinson, opposite Jason Donovan, in the Australian well-liked soap opera "Neighbors" (1986-1988). She received the Gold Logie Award for her bright performance in the show.

Kylie's singing career began shortly after she gained her popularity from Neighbors. Working with hit-makers Stock, Aitken and Waterman, Kylie drew the attention of the public with her collection of dance songs in her debut album titled Kylie, which spawned such chart-topping singles as "I Should Be So Lucky," "Got To Be Certain," "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi," "Hand On Your Heart," "Wouldn't Change A Thing" and "Never Too Late." The album became the highest selling album in the UK, received gold certification in the US and sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Kylie became the youngest female and first Australian artist to top the UK album chart. In 1995, she gained acclaimed for her collaboration with Nick Cave in "Where The Wild Roses Grow," (1995) in which she won two ARIA Awards for her work in the song.

Kylie was again widely recognized with the release of her eighth studio album, the 2001's Fever. The first single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" exploded to No. 1 in over 40 countries and the album gained worldwide exposure as it sold over six million copies internationally. She won the 2002 Brit Awards for Best International Female & Best International Album. The album also produced the hit single "Love At First Sight," which gave Kylie a 2003 Grammy nomination. In 2004, she was launched to stardom when she took home the Grammy for her hit single "Come Into My World." Kylie continued her victory with Body Language (2003), spawning the lead single "Slow," which also received a Grammy nomination. Recently, Kylie received the 2005 Brit Award nomination for her work in her second official greatest hits album titled Ultimate Kylie (2004). It also produces the chart-topping hits "I Believe in You," "Giving You Up" and "Made of Glass."

As for her romantic life, sexy Kylie was romantically involved with several men, including actor Oliver Martinez, singer Jason Donovan, front man for INXS Michael Hutchence (deceased), singer Lenny Kravits, Tim Jeffries, model Zane O'Donnell, French photographer Stephane Sednaoui, RSC actor Rupert Penry-Jones and James Gooding. Kylie recently was reportedly to have agreed to marry her French love Olivier Martinez but her management denies the report.

ABBA Enthusiast

Childhood and Family:

In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Kylie Ann Minogue was born on May 28, 1968, to Welsh parents. Her father is Ron Minogue, an accountant, and her mother is Carol Minogue. Kylie grew up in Surrey Hills' inner Melbourne suburb with sister Dannii Minougue (born on October 20, 1971, actress and model), and brother Brendan Minougue (born on August 30, 1983, TV cameraman).

"When I was eight, my pals and I went up to my bedroom, put on our party frocks and mimed to ABBA records using broom handles as microphones." Kylie Minogue

Kylie took tap, jazz and piano lessons during her childhood. As a child, she displayed her love for music with the great influence of such legendary bands as ABBA, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. When she turned 11, however, shy Kylie began her career in acting when she received a part in the Aussie television show The Sullivants, but was overshadowed by her younger sister's popularity.

During her early years acting, Kylie was careful to maintain her studies. After school, she decided to focus on her acting career. At about the same time she became a popular actress, her chance to pursue a career in music opened up.

Fever

Career:

Kylie Minogue entered the entertainment industry as a young girl. At age eleven, she joined in an audition for The Sullivans (1980) and landed the role of Carla. She next was seen in several Australian television shows like the 1979's "Skyways," (1980) "The Henderson Kids" (1985) and "Fame and Misfortune" (1986).

Kylie's big break arrived when she was cast as series regular Charlene Mitchell/Robinson in the popular Aussie soap opera "Neighbors" (1986-1988). Her turn as an aggressive, fiery, girl-next-door, opposite Jason Donovan, exploded the rating charts. As a result, Kylie won the Gold Logie award for the country's Most Popular Television Performer.

During her stint in the show, Kylie's music career began when she signed a recording contract with Mushroom Records in 1987 after performing Little Eva's sixties hit "Locomotion" for a charity event.

Within days, the song was released as her debut single and quickly topped the Australian music charts for seven weeks. It also became the highest selling single of the year.

When Neighbor aired in the UK, Kylie captured the attention of renowned producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. In 1988, when she finished filming her last scene on the show, the Australian beauty headed to England for a five-year, four-album contract with Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and decided to concentrate fully on her music career. She eventually launched her debut album, Kylie, a collection of dance songs, in the UK. The album entered the UK and Australian charts at No. 2 but soon peaked at No. 1 on the British album charts, making Kylie the youngest female and first Australian artist to top the UK album chart. With chart-topping singles like "I Should Be So Lucky," "Got To Be Certain," "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi," "Hand On Your Heart," "Wouldn't Change A Thing" and "Never Too Late," the album became the year's highest selling album in the UK, received Gold certification in the US, and sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

This was one of the most successful starts to a pop career ever. Following the huge success of her debut album, Kylie's second studio album, Enjoy Yourself, hit the music shelves in the year 1989. The album again gained popularity in her native country and the United Kingdom but did poorly in the United States. As a result, her American record company Geffen Records dropped her. To delight her fans, Kylie embarked on her first concert tour in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium.

Returning to acting, Kylie got her first movie role starring as Lola Lovell in The Delinquents (1989), a movie about a young girl growing up in Australia during the late of 1950s. With Kylie's popularity in music used as the vehicle, the film rapidly went to No. 1 at the box office in the UK and Australia.

Presenting a more complicated and adult style of dance music, Kylie released her third album, Rhythm Of Love, in 1990. In the album, she began to pen her own songs and worked with Stephen Bray. Rhythm Of Love spawned four hit singles: "Step Back n Time," "Shocked," "What Do I Have To Do?" and "Better The Devil You Know," which sold well in both Europe and Australia. When "Shocked" tore up the British Top Ten in 1991, Kylie became the first recording artist to position their first 13 single releases in the Top 10.

She followed it up with her forth album, the 1991's Let's Get To It, which displayed a various range of ballads and slower dance songs. Kylie received rave reviews for her work but her album was a disappointment on the British Top 10. After completing her second tour in the UK, Kylie released the Greatest Hits album to coincide with her departure from Stock, Aitken and Waterman in 1992.

After leaving Stock, Aitken and Waterman, Kylie signed a new record deal with Deconstruction Records to produce more mature music. Her self-titled album, Kylie Minogue, was launched in 1994, spawning chart hits like "Confide In Me" and "Put Yourself In My Place." In her album, she collaborated with artists like Pet Shop Boys and M People but received negative reviews from critics and record buyers.

After years of disappearing from the film scene to concentrate on her music career, Kylie was cast as Cammy in Van Damme's Street Fighter (1994). However, her performance received mixed reviews from critics and Washington Post's Richard Harrington named her the worst actress in the English-speaking world. The following years saw Kylie appearing in Hayride to Hell (1995) and Misfit (1996) and she played Dr. Petra von Kant in Bio-Dome (1996).

"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." Kylie Minogue on Nick Cave

In 1995, Kylie attracted attention through her collaboration with Nick Cave in "Where The Wild Roses Grow," (1995) a murder ballad whose lyrics narrate a murder from the points of view of both the murderer (Cave), and his victim (Kylie). The single ripped apart the charts in Europe and Australia, and won ARIA Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Release. The following year, Kylie worked with the Manic Street Preachers and released an album titled Impossible Princess (1997). Though it became the highest selling album in Australia since her debut album, Impossible Princess became the lowest selling album in the UK.

Inspired by such 1970's disco artists as Village People and Donna Summers, Kylie launched her next recording album, Light Years (2000), after signing a contract with Parlophone in 1999. In her album, she included several songs penned by Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams. The single "Spinning Around" became her first British number one in 10 years and the album received huge success throughout Asia, Australia and Europe. Kylie next released her collaboration with Robbie Williams titled "Kids," which also sold well. Still in the new millennium, Kylie performed "On a Night Like This" at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

In the new millennium, Kylie was seen acting in Cut (2000) and Sample People (2000) but the films failed to attract an audience. In 2001, she made an impressive performance when she had a cameo as Absinthe, The Green Fairy in director Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge (2001, starring Nicole Kidman). Recently, Kylie provided her voice for Florence in The Magic Roundabout (2005).

Kylie's next big break arrived with the release of her eighth studio album, Fever, in 2001. The lead single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" skyrocketed to No. 1 in over 40 countries and her album sold over six million copies worldwide. She also won the 2002 Brit Awards for Best International Female & Best International Album. The album spawned three more hit singles, "In Your Eyes," "Love At First Sight" and "Come Into My World," which also topped the rating charts. In 2003, Kylie received a nomination at the Grammys for Best Dance Recording for "Love At First Sight." The following year, she took home a Grammy for Best Dance Recording for "Come Into My World."

Following the giant success of Fever, Kylie continued her triumph with the launching of Body Language in 2003. It contains a number of collaborations with such artists as Johnny Douglas, Mantronix, Emiliana Torrini, Dan Carey, Baby Ash, and Cathy Dennis. The first single of the album, "Slow," premiered at No. 2 in Australia and No. 6 in the UK. The second single, "Red Blooded Woman," debuted at No. 5 in UK and No. 4 in her native Australia. The final hit, "Chocolate," became the Most Added Track to Australian radio. The album itself was certified platinum in UK, received two-times platinum certification in Australia and a Gold certification in Austria and Switzerland. In 2004, Kylie garnered a Grammy nomination for her work in "Slow" for Best Dance Recording.

"Since my first hit, I can't believe how quickly time has passed. This collection is very dear to me and holds a lifetime of memories. There is nothing like time to give you a sense of perspective and I hope the listener gets as much enjoyment out of these tracks as I do. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to experiment throughout the years and that my fans have embraced the need in me to try new approaches. I am just as excited about the new tracks featured here as I am about all the others on the record. At this point in my career, I am happy to celebrate the past and look forward to the future." Kylie Minogue on her greatest hits compilation Ultimate Kylie

In November 2004, Kylie launched her second official greatest hits album titled Ultimate Kylie. The lead single "I Believe in You," which was co-written with Baby Daddy from the Scissor Sisters and Jake Shears, scorched through the charts and became her 28th British Top 10 single. On January 2005, it continued to stay at No. 1 on the UK chart for the 6th week in a row. Her second single, "Giving You Up," was selected by Radio 1 in the UK as their early breakfast Record of the Week. One more hit, "Made of Glass," became the No. 1 most added tract to radio in Australia in March 2005. For her achievements, Kylie recently received 2005's Brit Award nomination for Best Female.

While promoting her newest album, Kylie emerged on a tour called Showgirl, The Greatest Hits, early in 2005. However, the remainder of the tour was delayed on May 2005 after Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Awards:

  • Grammy: Best Dance Recording, "Come Into My World," 2004
  • Brit Awards: Best International Female & Best International Album, 2002
  • MTV Europe Music: Best Pop and Best Dance, 2002
  • ARIA: Song of the Year, "Where The Wild Roses Grow," 1995
  • ARIA: Best Pop Release, "Where The Wild Roses Grow," 1995
  • Gold Logie: 1987
     
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