Kylie Minogue Biography

Kylie's Early Life

Kylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May 1968 in Melbourne Victoria, Australia. She is the eldest child of Ronald Charles Minogue, an accountant of Irish ancestry and his wife whom is Welsh, Carol Ann, a former dancer from Maesteg, Wales. Kylie has two younger siblings her sister Dannii Minogue, who is also a pop singer as well as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent and her brother Brendan Minogue who works as a news cameraman in Australia. She has lived in London, England for the past 20 years. Kylie and her siblings were raised in Surrey Hills, Melbourne and they all went to Camberwell High school.

How Kylie Began her Acting Career

Kylie started her acting career when she was just 11 years old, she appeared on Australian television shows such as "The Sullivans" and "Skyways". In 1985 she was cast in one of the lead roles in The Henderson Kids. Kylie was cast in the Australian television show called Neighbours in 1986, she played a schoolgirl turned into a garage mechanic called Charlene Mitchell. In the UK neighbours became quite popular. There was an episode created in 1987 where Kylie’s character and another character played by Jason Donovan got married, this attracted an audience of 20 million British viewers, this is when Kylie became really famous and well known.

Starting her music Career

Kylie was interested in starting a music career. During a Fitzroy Football club concert with other Neighbour cast members, Kylie performed a duet with John Waters, they sung “I Got You Babe” and the crowd demanded an encore so they sung “The Loco-Motion”. Later she signed to a recording contract with Mushroom Records in 1987.
Kylie Minogue - Locomotion

Her first Single success

Kylie’s first single was “The Loco-Motion”, after seven weeks at the top of Australian music charts it became the highest-selling single of the 1980s. Due to this song she received the ARIA Award for the year’s highest-selling single. This song was so successful that she got to travel to England with Mushroom Records. Kylie wrote another song called “I should be so lucky”, this song reached the top of the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Israel and Hong Kong. Kylie won her second ARIA Award for the year’s highest-selling single, and received a Special Achievement Award.

Kylie's Albums

Kylie’s debut album called Kylie, it was released in July 1988. This album was more of a dance oriented pop album which stayed on the UK Album Chart for more than a year. The album was so popular in the United States, and the single “The Loco-Motion”, reached third on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It became number one on the Canadian Singles Chart. Her other singles from the album sold quite well as well, the song “Got to Be Certain” was number one single on the Australian Music Charts. She then left the show Neighbours to focus on her music career.

Kylie’s second album called Enjoy Yourself was released in October 1989. It was successful in the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Asia and Australia. The Album had many number one singles one being “Hand on your Heart" and "Tears on my Pillow". The album wasn’t as popular in North America, she was dropped by her American Record label called Geffen Records. In February 1990 she went on her first concert tour, the Enjoy Yourself Tour was in United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Her third album was called Rhythm of Love, it was released in November 1990. This album had more of an adult and sophisticated style of dance music. Kylie wanted to be accepted by more older and more mature audiences, so it took complete control of her music videos, she started with "Better the Devil You Know", she presented herself as a sexually aware adult. The singles in this album sold well in Europe and Australia. She went on the Rhythm of Love Tour in February 1991.

A couple of months after Kylie came back from her Rhythm of Love Tour, she released her fourth album called Let’s Get to it. It was released in October 1991. It became 15th on the UK Albums Chart, this was a surprise to Kylie because this was her first album to not be in the top ten. Her first single from this album, “Word Is Out” was the first singlet to miss out on the top ten UK Singles Chart, although her other songs did reach the top five such as, “If You Were with Me Now” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time”. She went on the Let’s Get to It Tour in October.

Kylie’s fifth album called Kylie Minogue was released in September 1994. It sold quite well in Europe and Australia. The single “Confide in Me” spent four weeks at the top of the Australian singles chart. Another two singles from this album reached the top twenty of the UK Singles Chart, the songs were “Put Yourself in My Place” and “Where Is The Feeling?”. The Album was fourth on the UK Albums Chart, and sold around about 250,000 copies.

Kylie’s sixth album didn’t wasn't as popular as her seventh. She released her seveth album, Light Years in September 2000. This album was made up of dance songs, influenced by disco music. It was successful throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. She hadn't had a single reach the top of the United Kingdom in ten years until she released the single “Spinning Around”. In the video clip Kylie is wearing gold hot pants, which soon became her “trademark”. The second single of this album reached number one in Australia, it is called “On a Night Like This”, this song also was number two in the United Kingdom. Kylie did a duet with Robbie Williams called “Kids”, this song became number two in the United Kingdom.

In October 2001, she released her eighth studio album Fever. In November 2003, Kylie released her ninth studio album Body Language following an invitation-only concert, titled Money Can't Buy, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. In November 2004, she released her second official greatest hits album entitled Ultimate Kylie. The album had two singles "I Believe in You" and "Giving You Up". "I Believe in You" was later nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Dance Recording".

In March 2005, Kylie went on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour. After she performed in Europe, she travelled to Melbourne. In Melbourne she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Kylie was only 35 and had to undergo immediate treatment and consequently she was forced to cancel the Australia tour. She started up her tour again in November 2006. Her dance routines had to be reworked because of her medical condition, she has slower costume changes and long breaks between sections of the show so she could keep her strength. Because she was so strong to start up her performance again while still going under treatment, she gained a lot more respect from Australians.

In November 2007, Minogue released her tenth studio album. In the US, the album was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. In May 2008, Kylie went to Europe of the KylieX2008 tour, which was her most expensive tour to date which cost £10 million. In May 2008, Kylie traveled to Europe on her KylieX2008 tour, which was her most expensive tour to date with production costs of £10 million. In July 2010, Kylie released her eleventh studio album, Aphrodite. In 2011, she embarked on the Apheodite: Les Folies Tour, travelling to Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. The tour became her biggest tour to date with over 100 personnel. In January 2013, Kylie and her manager Terry Blamey, whom she had worked with since the start of her music career, parted ways. The following month, she was signed to Roc Nation for a management deal. Kylie is currently recording on her twelfth studio album since the spring of 2012.

Kylie Minogue now

Kylie is still a very known singer. In February 2012 was placed at number 49 on the 50 Greatest Women of the Video Era. Channel 4 listed her as one of the world’s greatest pop stars. The official Chart Company said that she is the 12th best selling in the United Kingdom. She is also the third best selling female artist, Kylie sold over 10.1 million sales. In January 2011, she got into the Guinness World Records for having the most consecutive decades with the top five albums. In September, she was ranked 27th on the VH1’s 100 Sexiest Artists. In 2008, she was honoured Music Industry Trust’s award for working for 20 years in her career and now is known for an icon of pop and style. She was the first ever female artist to receive a Music Industry Trust award. Kylie has two songs inside the top three on any U.S. Billboard chart, the two songs as “Better Than Today” and “Higher”, they charted at one and three on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs. Kylie Minouge has sold more than 68 million records worldwide.