Kylie Minogue is a phenomenon of truly international proportions. To date she has released seven albums, five long-play videos, in addition to the Greatest Hits double album and video package, live album and video and 34 singles throughout the world, all of which have been hits.
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In June of 1991, after the release of her 13th hit single, entitled Shocked, the British industry "bible" Music Week magazine declared that Kylie was the ONLY act in the history of the British pop music to have their first 13 releases all go Top 10. Kylie now has 30 consecutive U.K. hits, none of which failed to peak in the Top 20, 20 in the Top 10!
Today Kylie is one of the world's most successful female music artists, but she wasn't always known as a singer. Kylie started her career at age eleven when asked to act in the national Australian T.V. drama series Skyways, this was followed by more Australian television roles in the popular drama The Sullivans and later The Henderson Kids.
After her seventeenth birthday Kylie left school to take up acting as a full time profession. Her character "Charlene" in the Australian "soap" Neighbours is still today, arguably one of the most popular characters ever to come out of Australian television.
By the time Kylie was out of her teens she had won five Logies (the Australian equivalent of an Emmy) ; the youngest actress ever to do so. In 1987 she won the Silver Logie for "Most Popular Actress" and in 1988 she was the first artist ever to win 4 Logies on one night, including the Gold for "Most Popular Personality on Australian Television", and another Silver.
In 1989 Kylie's first feature film The Delinquents was released around the world to rave reviews. Christmas of that year it became the top grossing movie in the U.K.!
"Kylie" is literally a household name throughout the world. To date she has received dozens of awards, Gold and Platinum discs and countless international hits; over a dozen throughout Japan, Europe and South-East Asia, several in Canada and South America, three top 40 hits and a Gold album in the U.S.
Kylie's Greatest Hits (containing 22 hits) was released in 1992 debuting at #1 on the UK charts, going gold on release and accompanied by Kylie's Greatest Video Hits which reached #1 on the video charts!
She has been the guest of Royalty in Britain and Europe, and the subject of several invitations for Royal Command Performances. Three sell-out world tours, the Lennon Memorial Concert in Liverpool in 1992 and most recently her critically acclaimed Intimate & Live Concert Tour resulting in 24 packed houses throughout Australia and 3 more in London which left U.K. fans clamoring for more.
On her move from PWL to the dance label Deconstruction, Kylie effectively made the difficult transition from "Pop Princess" to "Career Artist", a delicate move very few artists have been able to make successfully.
September 1994 saw the release of her album simply entitled Kylie Minogue. Greeted with much critical acclaim the album debuted at no. 4 in the U.K. All three singles released from the album became worldwide hits.
Kylie's third duet Where The Wild Roses Grow, a "murder ballad" penned by Nick Cave and recorded with Nick and his band The Bad Seeds was released internationally in 1995, becoming her 25th consecutive hit peaking at No. 2 in Australia and 11 in Britain.
In 1994 Kylie had a lead role in the $40 million dollar epic Streetfighter with Jean Claude Van Damme, and in 1995 she starred in a short film entitled Hayride To Hell shot in Australia for the European Film Festivals. In 1998 Kylie starred in an Australian independent film called Sample People; and alongside Molly Ringwald in Mushroom Pictures horror film Cut (both scheduled for release in early 2000).
Earlier in 1999 she also found time to appear in a Caribbean production of Shakespeare's The Tempest for which she received rave reviews.
The 7th album Kylie Minogue (aka Impossible Princess) was released in March 1998. With all lyrics by Kylie Minogue, Impossible Princess, featuring collaborations with The Manic Street Preachers, Brothers In Rhythm and Dave Ball (Soft Cell, The Grid), became yet another No 1 for Miss Minogue (Australian Music Report).
Recent collaborations include the successful cult underground dance track G.B.I. recorded with leading Japanese artist Towa Tei (of Dee-lite fame); a track called In Denial with the Pet Shop Boys for their album, a duet with Ben Lee on The Reflex for a Duran-Duran tribute album, and the famous duet with Robbie Williams, Kids which debuted at No. 2 in the UK charts!
October '99 saw Kylie release a collectible art book featuring contributions from many of the world's most respected artists, on the theme of "Kylie". Demand for the book was unprecedented with a second printing within the first month of release!
June 2000 saw the much anticipated release of "Spinning Around" the first single from Kylie's debut studio album for Parlophone Records. In true style she caused a sensation by debuting at Number 1 in both the UK and Australian charts. Spinning Around also gave Kylie the honour of being one of only two artists (the other being Madonna) to have a number one in the eighties, nineties and noughties!
September 2000, Kylie released the follow up single, "On A Night Like This" repeating Spinning Around's success by debuting in the UK charts at #2 and Australian charts at #1. Kylie's most anticipated album yet, Light Years, was released at the same time to massive critical & commercial success debuting at #2 in the U.K. and reaching #1 in Australia (double platinum!)
Kylie performed to her biggest audience ever at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games! Kylie thrilled more than 4 billion viewers with her rendition of "Dancing Queen" and "On A Night Like This." Less than two weeks later she headlined the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
Kylie ended a phenomenal year with the release of a fourth single from Light Years, "Please Stay" on December 11th, as well as a prestigious appearance at the Royal Variety Performance. The top 10 hit "Please Stay" was Kylie's 33rd hit single and her 20th UK Top Ten hit.
In January 2001 tickets went on sale for Kylie's first major tour in nine years. The "On A Night Like This" tour sold out immediately for shows in the UK, Europe and Australia, where the tour became the most successful arena tour by a female artist EVER. The tour was no less successful in the UK, where the capacity doubled to accommodate the huge number of ticket applications. The tour garnered rave reviews in the press, with the NME declaring that "the hits wheeled out tonight are pop at its most exciting" and the Guardian writing that the show was "utterly fabulous".
By now Light Years was platinum in the UK and 4x platinum in Australia, where readers voted her "Best Pop Artist" in Australian Rolling Stone. Back in the UK, Kylie was nominated for a prestigious Brit Award for Best International Female. She later took time out to attend the LA premiere of the film Moulin Rouge, in which she features.
In May, British Vogue put Kylie on its cover, an event that made the evening news in Australia. Later, at Vogue's "It's Fashion" party, Kylie was seated on the top table, next to Prince Charles. Kylie has also been recently nominated for 4 ARIA Awards (Australian equivalent of the Brit Awards).
On the way with her second Parlophone album, Kylie releases a brand new single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head."
1980 Kylie appears in her First Australian TV series "Skyways."
1981 Starred in the Australian series " The Sullivans."
1984/5 Role in "The Henderson Kids."
1986 Kylie leaves school and accepts the role of Charlene in "Neighbours."
1987 Kylie becomes the youngest star ever to win the Silver Logie for "Most popular actress in Australia."
July 1987 Locomotion, Kylie's first single is released in July. In August it reaches No.1 in Australia and remains there for 7 weeks. By October it has become the biggest selling single of the decade.
Jan 1988 "I Should Be So Lucky" is released in the UK & Australia.
Mar 1988 Kylie becomes the youngest ever actress/actor to hold five Logies (the Australian equivalent to Emmys). "I Should Be So Lucky", becomes the biggest selling record of the year (1988), setting new records for the first single for over ten years to stay at No.1 for 5 weeks. Selling over 650,000 within the UK and well into the millions worldwide. Kylie becomes the first ever artist to hold simultaneous No.1's in both the UK & Australia. "Lucky" holds No.1 positions in UK, Australia, Germany, Finland, Israel, Switzerland and Hong Kong, as well as top 5 positions in Austria, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, & New Zealand.
June 1988 Kylie releases her third single "Got To Be Certain". which enters No.15 and spends 6 weeks at No.2. "Got To Be Certain" makes history in Australia being the first ever record to debuts at No 1, staying there for 5 weeks. Within the first seven months of 1988 Kylie's first 3 records are all top ten hits along with a platinum album in the UK in just 4 weeks.
August 1988 Locomotion debuts on the UK charts at no.2 giving Kylie the record for the highest entry in the UK single charts, a record previously held by Madonna when she entered at No.3. The album "Kylie" debuts at No.2 in the UK & Australia, going double platinum in Australia & gold in both the UK & Singapore. On 21st August the album hits No.1 staying there for 4 weeks.
Sept 1988 Locomotion enters the US chart in the top 40.
Oct 1988 "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi" is released in Britain debuting at No.2.
Nov 1988 Locomotion reaches No.3 in US charts, with US sales in excess of half a million. "Kylie" becomes the biggest selling album of 1988. "Especially For You" a duet with Jason Donovan is released, debuting at No.2. Kylie's single sales in the UK are now well over 2 million. Her first video album is released in the same week and debuts at no1, sells in excess of double platinum within 3 weeks staying at No.1 for over 3 months.
Dec 1988 Kylie becomes the first ever artist to have four consecutive No.1 singles in Finland . Kylie ends the year with the UK's biggest selling album of 1988 at No.2,her video album at No.1, and a No.2 single with "Especially For You" with Jason Donovan.
Jan 1989 "Especially For You" goes to No.1 in the UK. "Turn It Into Love" goes to No.1 in Japan. "Locomotion" goes no.1 in Canada, giving her 3 simultaneous No.1 hits internationally.
Feb 1989 "Kylie" the album turns gold in US, Germany, Switzerland & Austria. "Especially For You" goes to No.1 in Hong Kong staying there for 6 weeks.
Mar 1989 The Australian Record Industry Association nominates Kylie for five awards "Lucky" picking up biggest selling single of the year (1988). Kylie has five singles on the Japanese charts, in the top 40. "Turn It Into Love" (No.1 for 10 consecutive weeks), "Especially for you", "It's No Secret", "Locomotion," & "Lucky." Altogether over the last 12 months Kylie spent 27 weeks in the No.1 spot on the Japanese International chart. Kylie nominated for three logies. Kylie receives her second "Heart Award" for Recording artist of the year from the Australian Variety Club. "Locomotion" is nominated as International single of the year by the Canadian Record Industry selling one and a halftimes platinum.
April 1989 "Hand On Your Heart" the first single from Kylie's second album debuts at No.2 on the British charts. Music Week gives Kylie Top Album Award for her first album along with Top Video award for the "Kylie - The Videos."
May 1989 The week after release "Hand On Your Heart" hits No.1 on the UK singles chart, the indie charts & dance charts along with debuting at No.4 on the Australian charts. In France, "Especially For You" goes to No.1 & "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi" enters the Top 20. On the 28th May Kylie turns 21.
July/Aug 1989 "Wouldn't Change A Thing" debuts at No.2 on the British Charts & No.10 on the Australian charts. Kylie is presented with the Ampex Golden Reel Award in the US honoring her recording of "Kylie". She donates her cash award to Green Peace International.
Oct 1989 Kylie performs live in 4 concerts in Japan playing to 38,000 fans in a single night at the Tokyo Dome. Her second album "Enjoy Yourself" is released in the UK going double platinum with pre sales of 600,000 and enters the chart at the No.1 position.
Nov 1989 "Enjoy Yourself" in released in several countries worldwide and enters the following charts in the Top10; Hong Kong: No.1, Ireland: No.1, Greece: No.2, Belgium: No.3, Norway: No.4, Japan: No.5 and Denmark: No.10. In it's first week of release in Australia the album goes gold and debuts in the top 10. "Never Too Late", Kylie's eighth consecutive top 5 hit single in the UK & tenth internationally.
Dec 1989 Kylie lights the Regent Street Christmas lights, a time honored British tradition. "The Delinquents" premiere's in London's West End, 20,000 fans crowd Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of Kylie. Kylie joins with Bob Geldof, Bananarama, Bros, Cliff Richard, Lisa Stansfield, Wet Wet Wet and others for Band Aid 2's recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas" to raise money for Ethiopia. It debuts at No.1 in the UK and holds that position over Christmas. Kylie is voted "The Best Female Vocalist" at the 1989 Japan Radio Music Awards. The Album "Enjoy Yourself" reaches the one million mark in the UK, going well over triple platinum.
Jan 1990 "Tears On My Pillow" 11th international single debuts at No.2 in Britain.
Feb 1990 Kylie's first concert tour of Australia is a resounding success' pleasing fans and critics alike. The UK Video Industry awards Kylie "Top Music Video of 1989" for 'Kylie - The Videos'.
Nov 1990 Kylie's 3rd album "Rhythm Of Love" debuts at No.9 on the UK charts going gold in the UK, Spain, and other European countries. By December sales in the UK have reached platinum.
May 1991 "Shocked" is released in the UK peaking at No.6 in the UK and Australia. Kylie is awarded best selling Australian artist when she is invited by Prince Albert of Monaco to attend the world music awards along with Elton John, Rick Astley, Lisa Stansfield and many other of the worlds top recording artists.
June 1991 As "Shocked" becomes Kylie's 13th top ten single she out performs the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Beatles & Elvis by becoming the first artist ever to enter the top ten with her first 13 singles.
July 1991 Kylie is back in the studio to start writing her 4th album "Let's Get To It".
August 1991 "Word Is Out" her first single off the new album enters the UK charts in the top 20.
Oct 1991 "Lets Get To It" is released in the UK going gold in the first week. "If You Were With Me Now" a duet with Keith Washington is released as the second single and peaks at No.4 in the UK charts. Kylie embarks on her second UK tour playing once again to packed arenas around the country.
Nov 1991 "Lets Get To... The Videos" is released in the UK, a collection of videos from the "Rhythm O Love" and "Lets Get To It" album.
Jan 1992 Kylie produces yet another success with her 90's remake of "Give Me Just A Little More Time" giving her another top 5 hit single originally a hit in the 70's for Chairman Of The Board.
Mar 1992 Kylie is nominated for "Best Australian Female Artist of 1991" by the Australian Record Industry Association.
April 1992 "Kylie Live" containing live footage of her recent concert in Dublin is released around the world and debuts at No.2 in the video charts.
May 1992 Once again Kylie is invited by Prince Albert of Monaco to attend the World Music Awards.
June 1992 Alongside the likes of Yasmin Lebon, Naomi Campbell & Claudia Schiffer, Kylie participates in the "Rhythm Of Life" fashion charity gala at London's Grosvenor Hotel, organized by Sting to raise money for the Rainforest foundation.
Aug 1992 "Kylie's Greatest hits" a double album containing all of her 20 worldwide hits is released and tops the charts at No.1 along with her video collection which also reaches the No.1 spot.
Feb 1993 Kylie signs a new record deal with Deconstruction Records through RCA/BMG in the UK, Imago through BMG in the USA , Mushroom records in Australia/NZ and BMG throughout the rest of the world.
Oct 1993 Kylie is invited by Baz Lurhman, the director of Strictly Ballroom and more recently Romeo & Juliet to pose at Universal studios in LA for world famous photographer Bert Stern. The "60's style" spread in Australian "Vogue" covers 21 pages in the January edition.
Feb 1994 Kylie performs in front of more than 19,000 hysterical fans at the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras. The only artist to perform she takes to the stage with a 30 strong dance troupe.
June 1994 The filming of Streetfighter commences in Thailand and Australia. Kylie stars in the $40 million dollar movie alongside Jean Claude Van Damme.
Aug 1994 "Confide in Me" the first single from her Kylie's new album is released debuts at No.2 on the UK charts and shoots to No.1 in Australia staying there for 5 weeks.
Oct 1994 "Kylie Minogue" the album is released debuting at No.4 in the UK and No.3 in Australia immediately going gold. Total sales exceeding 500,000.
Nov 1994 "Put Yourself In My Place" the second album off the album goes top 10.
Dec 1994 "Streetfighter" is released in the US grossing over US$100,000 in the first month making it the most successful movie ever based on a game. At the Smash Hits awards Kylie is voted amongst the top 10 best albums, best single, and best female solo singer.
Feb 1995 Kylie stars in a short film entitled "Hayride To Hell" shot in Sydney for screening at the international film festivals.
Apr - July 95 Kylie-co stars with Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin in the movie Boo Dome, filmed in LA by the producers of Dumber and Dumber.
June 1995 Kylie appears on the front cover of Loaded magazine in the UK. It became their biggest selling issue ever, selling over 150,000 copies on average 40,000 more than it's usual figures.
July 1995 "Where Is The Feeling" debuts in the UK at No.16.
Aug 1995 Kylie performs live with her nine piece band at "T in the Park" festival in Scotland. With a capacity of 30,000 people it was the first time the festival was a sell out.
Oct 1995 Kylie duets with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with "Where The Wild Roses Grow", the song reaches No.11 in the UK and No.2 in Australia.
Nov 1995 Kylie presents at the MTV awards in Paris.
Jan 1996 Kylie performs with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds in Australia at the Big Day Out concerts.
Mar 1996 "Where The Wild Roses Grow" is nominated for best video at the UK Music Week Awards.
July 1996 Kylie records "G.B.I." with Towa Tei in Tokyo for his album "Sound Museum"
Aug 1996 Kylie joins Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on stage at the Brixton Academy to perform "Wild Rose"
Oct 1996 Kylie and Nick Cave scoop the pools at the Australian Record Industry Association awards for "Wild Rose" winning 3 awards: Best single, Best pop release and Best song of the year.
Nov 1996 Kylie attends the MTV music awards held in London.
Dec 1996 Kylie makes a guest appearance when she joins the Manic Street preachers on stage at the Shepherds Bush Empire to perform "Little Baby Nothing".
Feb 1997 Kylie participates in a special episode of "Men Behaving Badly" to raise money for Comic Relief.
May 1997 Kylie is asked to make a special appearance alongside John Farnham & Ray Charles at the grand opening of the world's largest casino in Melbourne, Australia. The opening attended 1500 invited guests included Victoria's Premier Jeff Kennett & Elton John.
June 1997 Kylie puts the finishing touches to the album.
Kylie shoots the visuals for her album cover, with photographer Stephane Sednaoui.
Anton Corbjin shoots kylie for a piece in English Elle, entitled "Old Masters", the article consists of various photographers own interpretations of famous art works. Anton chose Van Gogh's "The Potato Eaters".
July 1997 The UK press campaign for Kylie's forthcoming album begins.
August 1997 Kylie flies to Almeria in southern Spain to shoot the video for the first single, "Some Kind of Bliss." The video, directed by Dave Mould, features English actor Dexter Fletcher who plays Kylie's partner in crime.
Kylie performs "Some Kind of Bliss" at the Radio One roadshow in Newquay, Cornwall.
Sept 1997 TFI Friday exclusive. Kylie with her newly formed band perform "Some Kind of Bliss" - her first live performance of the new song on TV.
Kylie appears on Top of the Pops, performing her new single.
"Some Kind of Kylie". An MTV Special. Recorded live in front of a studio audience Kylie performs 4 songs, "Some Kind of Bliss", "I Don't Need Anyone", "Did It Again" & "Confide In Me" - along with a questions and answers section from the audience.
At the Elle style awards, guests included Stella McCartney, Naomi Campbell, Jean Paul Gaultier and Robbie Williams to name but a few. Held at London's Mezzo restaurant, Kylie wins "Most Stylish Female Popstar."
Oct 1997 The video for "Did It Again" is shot in London by Pedro Romanyi. The video includes 4 Kylies, all of a varying persona!!!!
Nick Cave asks Kylie to perform a song with him at The Jazz Cafe in Camden. The song, written only 4 days earlier was a rare treat for those fortunate enough to be there.
Kylie's promotional tour begins in Europe where she visits Paris & Hamburg. The following week she flies to Singapore and Australia, stopping in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbaine & Sydney, then onto Auckland, New Zealand.
Nov 1997 Kylie flies to Hong Kong to promote the new album. Kylie flies to Hong Kong to promote the new album.
Kylie appears in the video for Towa Tei's song "GBI". The video, shot in New York, was directed by Stephane Sednaoui.
"Did it again" is released as a single in the UK. It enters the chart at number 8.
Kylie performs an unreleased song with Nick Cave in Ireland at The Belfast Festival.
Dec 1997 Kylie is asked to do a reading from a book entitled "Typical Girls", a collection of short stories all written by women. The reading takes place at the ICA Gallery in London.
Promotion for the new album takes place in Japan.
In New York Kylie works with Todd Terry on the remix of "Breathe", the third single soon to be released from her forthcoming album.
Jan 1998 "Impossible Princess" is released in Australia & debuts at number 4 on the Aria chart and number 1 on the Music report chart.
Kylie hosts "MTV Snowball" in Austria, a programme covering the snowboarding championships.
Feb 1998 The video for the third single off the album "Breathe" is Mardi Gras 98. Kylie performs "Better the Devil..." in Sydney infront of 20,000 people to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Mardi Gras.
March 1998 Breathe is released in the UK and enters the chart at #14.
After a very long wait "Kylie Minogue" the album is finally released in the UK and debuts at #10.
Kylie continues to do promotion for the new album, travelling to Norway, Denmark & Holland along with planning her up & coming live tour due to start in Australia in June
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