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. She joined The Voice UK during the show's third season as a coach.
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