"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.
Awesome McCoolname: Although Kylie is debatable. Some sources cite it as Old English caegan-leah "pasture where wood chips were obtained", but then again she is Australian. Although, saying that, the English did emigrate to Australia, and she is of Welsh ancestry, so it sort of makes sense she has an English name.
She's actually been credited at popularizing the name Kylie.
"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”, “Illusion”
Camp: Her career and live shows are built on this.
The music video for "Your Disco Needs You" is unabashedly so.
"Your Disco Needs You" has an army of Kylie Clones!
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)".
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 that was Slow / Free
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.
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.
"Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi" which went by "I Still Love You" in Australia and the US
Hidden Depths: 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.
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.
"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”, “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.
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.
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."
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”
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.