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Music: Kylie Minogue
"Am I intimidated by Kylie joining The Voice? Of course I'm intimidated. In Australia, Kylie Minogue is Elvis Presley and the Beatles all rolled up into one sexy package. Who wouldn't be intimidated by that?"
Joel Madden

In the league of pop singers, a certain Australian comes second only to Madonna. That woman is now old enough to be some of our tropers' mothers (well, so is Madonna, but let's not get into that). Kylie Minogue, Born 28 May 1968, (career 1984-Present) was a former Neighbours star and actress but later on became a singer, songwriter and performer world wide star.

10 Australian number one singles to her name (7 UK, 5 US Dance Play), Kylie started off as an actor, appearing in Neighbours as Wrench Wench Charlene Mitchell. Her character, of course, married Jason Donovan's character.

In between her many hits and her many music videos where she doesn't wear very much, she has continued to appear in acting roles every so often. Moulin Rouge! is one example (Street Fighter is another, but let's gloss over that, and don't even start with Bio-Dome). She managed to land a later role in Leos Carax's Magnum Opus, Holy Motors.

In the UK she was one of the leading lights of the late-80s Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) hit factory, along with Jason Donovan and Rick Astley. SAW were responsible for producing early number one singles such as "I Should be So Lucky" and "The Locomotion", with minimal input from Kylie herself. "Lucky" in particular was both popular and hugely reviled by the music press on account of its epic cheerfulness, and Minogue was a byword for naff for many years afterwards.

After a generally unsuccessful attempt to take a Darker and Edgier direction - including a collaboration with Nick Cave, and her 1997 album Impossible Princess, which was renamed Kylie Minogue in the UK, as it had been released just after the death of Princess Diana - she hit platinum with 2000's "Spinning Around" and "Can't Get you Out of My Head", which topped the charts worldwide and even sold well in the United States, which has never really gone for dance-pop. "Head" in particular became one of the key singles of the 2000s and remains instantly recognisable today.

The British press and public quickly decided they did like her after all, and she subsequently became something of a national treasure and style icon. Also, her 2003 lingerie calendar was a best-seller in the UK. Her sister, Dannii Minogue, has had a very similar career, although never reaching the same peaks.

She had surgery for breast cancer in 2005, interrupting her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour, but has since made a full recovery. In 2014 she did double duty for The Voice joining both the UK and Australian versions of the show as a coach.

Discography

Albums

Special Releases
  • Ultimate Kylie (2004)
  • Confide in Me: The Irresistible Kylie (2007)
  • Boombox (2008)
  • Essential Mixes (2010)
  • Kylie: The Albums 2000-2010 (2011)
  • K25: Best Of Kylie Minogue (2012)
  • The Abbey Road Sessions (2012)

Concert Tours
  • Disco In Dream / The Hitman Roadshow (1989)
  • Enjoy Yourself Tour (1990)
  • Rhythm of Love Tour (1991)
  • Let's Get to It Tour (1991)
  • Intimate and Live (1998)
  • On a Night Like This (2001)
  • KylieFever2002 (2002)
  • Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour (2005)
  • Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour (2006)
  • KylieX2008 (2008-2009)
  • For You, For Me (2009)
  • Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour (2011)
  • Anti Tour (2012)
  • Kiss Me Once Tour (2014)

Live Albums
  • Intimate and Live (1998)
  • Showgirl (2005)
  • Showgirl Homecoming Live (2007)
  • Kylie: Live in New York (2009)
  • Aphrodite Les Folies: Live In London (2011)

This media personality contains examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her infamous white 'dress' in "Can't Get You Out of My Head."
  • Awesome McCoolname: Although Kylie is debatable. Some sources cite it as Old English caegan-leah "pasture where wood chips were obtained." She's actually been credited at popularizing the name Kylie.
  • Album Title Drop - Done twice:
    • From 'Dreams' on Impossible Princess
    These are the dreams of an impossible princess
    • From 'Slow' on Body Language
    Read my body language
  • Arc Words: Sex = "Sexy Love", "Sexercise", "Les Sex" in Kiss Me Once.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi"
    • "Confide In Me (French Version)"
    • "Your Disco Needs You" has a spoken bridge in four different language versions - French, Japanese, Spanish and German.
  • Bottle Episode: "Come Into My World" (well, the video is, at least in terms of single-location episodes).
  • Breakup Song: “It’s No Secret”, “I’ll Still Be Loving You”, “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi”, “Hand On Your Heart”, “Tell Tale Signs”, “I’m Over Dreaming Over You”, “Tears On My Pillow”, “The World Still Turns”, “Word Is Out”, “If You Were With Me Now”, “What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before)”, “Put Yourself In My Place”, “Where Has The Love Gone”, “Through The Years”, “So Now Goodbye”, “Dancefloor”, “Baby”, “Promises”, “Obsession”, “Someday”, “Get Outta My Way”, and “Illusion.”
  • Camp: Her career and live shows are built on this. The music video for "Your Disco Needs You" is especially campy.
  • Christmas Cake
  • Cloning Blues:
  • Cover Version: "Under the Influence Of Love", "Copacabana", "The Locomotion", "Tears on My Pillow", "Dancing Queen", "Santa Baby" (Also her Christmas Song), "The Crying Game", "Physical", "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "Give Me Just a Little More Time", "Celebration", "Where Is the Feeling?", "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)," and "If You Don't Love Me."
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Her sixth album Impossible Princess was considered a lot darker than previous albums. It was even noted for its more aggressive vocal style. However, the album did poorly in sales, and it would take a few years for Kylie to fully return to prominence. Impossible Princess is now regarded as a favorite within the fanbase.
    • Visually this started with "Better The Devil You Know" but "Where The Wild Roses Grow" turned it up to 11. Inverted with Light Years.
    • Averted with X, where Kylie wanted to avoid going down the personal route and get back to business of light fluffy dance pop. Though the subsequent tour saw her riding out atop a giant metallic skull to "Like A Drug" before dancing with death during "Slow."
    • The unreleased "Singing In My Sleep"
  • A Day in the Limelight: The setlist(s) of her 2012 Anti-Tour were dedicated solely to lesser-known Kylie tracks that only her diehard fans would know, like b-sides, singles that have been largely forgotten, and unreleased tracks.
  • Death by Cameo: In the slasher film Cut, where she plays a bitchy Prima Donna Director who has her tongue cut out.
  • Dream Team: Robbie Williams, Bono, Nick Cave, Jason Donovan, and Coldplay... and that thing she did with the Doctor Who team.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: When Kylie changes into a dress in the video for "Red Blooded Woman," the woman in the front seat adjusts her rear mirror to get a better look.
    Russell T Davies: They all think they're going to marry her. Even the gays. Especially the gays.
  • Fanservice: You've seen the picture for this article, right? Well, have you seen a Kylie video? In one, she channels a certain Jane Fonda movie.
    • She did an advert for Agent Provocateur lingerie, to be shown in theatres. If that isn't enough, it was actually banned from theatres. For those interested, the advert featured Kylie stripping to her lingerie, and riding a mechanical bull for around a minute. The advert ends with Kylie crouching in front of the camera and challenging all the men in the audience to stand up.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: She has a naturally crooked right eyebrow but it's become more obvious later in her career, and she has admitted to have sampled Botox in the past.
  • The Fashionista: She's become a popular muse for big name fashion designers as well as upcoming fashion designers and published a lookbook about her personal style. Her costumes on her Aphrodite tour were exclusively designed for her by Dolce and Gabbana.
  • Fun Size: Describes herself as a "Little Shetland pony" trotting along.
    • The producers on The Voice UK actually had to retrofit her chair with steps because she's so short that she had trouble getting out of it.
  • Former Child Star: Of Neighbours.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar/Unusual Euphemism: The opening chant of "Step Back In Time" is "I wanna funk", but repeat it fast enough, it sounds suspiciously like "I wanna fuck,"
  • Gratuitous Disco Sequence: "Step Back In Time" and then pretty much all of Light Years.
  • Gratuitous French:
  • Hidden Depths: She's actually quite a well schooled piano player when she was younger, and she composed "No More Rain" and the greater Impossible Princess album on the piano.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Believe it or not kids, Kylie was very innocent in the beginning of her career. It wasn't until she started dating INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and released her third album Rhythm Of Love that she became more sexually aware and mature.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kylie is comically shorter than her beau, Andres Velencoso (A visual aid, notice those boots have heels on them).
    • Not just him, but anyone she stands next to (she is only 5'2", after all.) Her Doctor Who character actually pulls up a box to stand on so she could give the Doctor a goodbye kiss.
    • While they're not dating, she intercepted and became friends with Joe Manganiello (she's promoting her album, he's promoting Magic Mike.) She's 5'2", he's 6'5", and the producers of The Soup had trouble fitting them in frame together. (He's sticking his gut out as part of a joke.)
  • Hymn to Music: "No More Rain", "Stars", "Speakerphone", "Better Then Today", and many many others.
  • Intercourse with You: Her later albums has a lot of this.
    • "Give It To Me" and "Nu-Di-Ty" throw all subtlety out the window...
    • "Say Hey" from Impossible Princess which takes place in over the phone while in the bath. Listen closely and you can hear the splashing sound effects.
  • Love Nostalgia Song: “I’ll Still Be Loving You”, “Never Too Late”, “Better The Devil You Know”, “If You Were With Me Now”, “No World Without You”, “Put Yourself In My Place”, “Disco Down”, and “Soul On Fire.”
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Her old SAW days are quite heartbreaking if you listen to the lyrics, some of her newer stuff has shades of this too.
  • Male Gaze: Most infamously, the tiny gold shorts from the "Spinning Around" video. Justin Timberlake even took the opportunity to see for himself when the two performed together at the BRIT awards.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: As a guest in Towa Tei's "German Bold Italic" - Kylie as a... font?
  • Never Speak Ill of a Breast Cancer Survivor: Averted. There is still extremely heavy criticism of Kylie.
  • New Sound Album: Her albums tend to shift in sound alongside trends in the musical landscape.
    • The first two albums (Kylie and Enjoy Yourself) were simple freestyle/dance-pop albums.
    • Rhythm of Love and Let's Get To It still had the freestyle sound, but incorporated more new jack swing into them.
    • Kylie Minogue was a fusion of R&B, jazz ,and house. It also marked her first foray in to experimenting with her style and sound.
    • Impossible Princess (Minogue's first release on an indie label) was a combo of trip-hop, alt-rock, drum&bass, and eastern sounds.
    • Light Years (widely considered her pop comeback) was a disco album.
    • Fever (one of her largest selling albums) was more of a house and synthpop album.
    • Body Language was an R&B/funk/lounge album.
    • X and Aphrodite have been modern edgy electropop albums, either aimed a variety/complexity (X) or cohesion/vision (Aphrodite).
    • Kiss Me Once has garnered Spiritual Successor comparisons to Body Language and X.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: The albums "Impossible Princess", "Kylie Minogue", "X" and "Body Language" have extremely mixed elements of different types of sounds. Her hit single "Confide In Me" is particularly conflicted with Baroque, Classical, R&B and Pop elements all used.
  • Non-Appearing Title - Kylie and Kylie Minogue but also X.
    • X is Zig-Zagged here: There is no track named "X", but, the original name of the album was supposed to be "Magnetic Electric", now, "Magnetic Electric" *does* exist as a song on X... but it's only a bonus track.
    • As for the songs, she has very few of these, namely "Enjoy Yourself", "Difficult By Design" and "B.P.M."
  • Not Safe for Work: The video for "Sexercize".
  • Obsession Song: “I Should Be So Lucky”, “My Secret Heart”, “What Do I Have To Do”, “I Am The One For You”, “Right Here, Right Now”, “No World Without You”, “Automatic Love”, “Say Hey”, “Drunk”, “Love Takes Over Me”, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, “In Your Eyes”, “Your Love (Even has the line ‘you’re my obsession’ right in it!)”, “Tightrope”
  • Older than They Look: Honestly, she must have a sinister picture in her attic.
  • One Mario Limit: Averted by two of her self-titled albums, 1988's Kylie and 1995's Kylie Minogue.
  • The Oner: "Come Into My World". It's possibly the only video of her that lacks Fanservice, but is still damn cool.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her tours will feature her wearing one during a slower segment of the show. They're usually covered in feathers or sequins.
  • Rearrange the Song: She has done this a lot. She has remade various songs into ballads, jazz, and electronica.
    • Her 2012 compilation album The Abbey Road Sessions contains her grand hits in orchestral form.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Exploited to its full potential in "All The Lovers" video.
  • Sesame Street Cred: She's an honorary Wiggle.
  • Self-Titled Album: First and Fifth were self titled and sixth was self titled in the UK and Europe.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Her duet with Nick Cave.
  • She's Got Legs: Fantastic legs. Proven by SCIENCE, no less!
    • In an interesting twist on this trope, she's short (nice legs are often long legs, and long legs tend to happen on tall people.) Such is the power of the Kylie.
  • Shout-Out: In her song "Step Back In Time"
    Remember the old days
    Remember the O'Jays
    Walkin' in rhythm
    Life was for livin'
    • In Kids there is mention of The Chairmen Of The Board, who she covered with Give Me Just A Little More Time
    • Act 7 on her Showgirl: Homecoming tour has her dancers dressed very similar to the Cybermen. It's appropriately named "Dance of the Cybermen"
  • Showgirl Skirt: For her "Showgirl" and "Showgirl Homecoming" tours.
  • Take That: What Kind Of Fool is rumoured to be about her SAW days. Rumoured.
    • Illusion and Obsession both mention the fact she's a celebrity and her worry that a man would want her for her fame instead of herself.
    • ''Ruffle My Feathers'' is generally seen as being about her cancer is actually about all the criticism she has faced over the years
    • The performance of Slow / Free from the X tour was however about fighting and overcoming her illness
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Naturally being a successful Australian pop star has been chased out of the country, a couple of times, because she got too successful and had to much determination for Australians to handle.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: Especially "Slow" and "Sexercize".
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Your Disco Needs You" subverts this trope - the song goes up in the lead up to the final chorus, but then drops back down to the original key during "Cure a lonely heart".
  • Your Cheating Heart: “It’s No Secret” and “Word Is Out”. “Secrets” also counts too, but it’s in the POV of the cheater.

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