28 May 1968, Melbourne, Australia. Coming from a stage family, Minogue passed an audition for the Australian soap opera, Neighbours, which eventually led to her recording debut with Little Evas hit, The Loco-Motion. When the television series was successfully screened in Britain, prolific hit producers Stock, Aitken And Waterman intervened to mould Minogues attractive, wholesome, anodyne image to their distinctive brand of radio-centred pop. The first UK single, I Should Be So Lucky, reached number 1 in early 1988, presaging an impressive chart run of instantly hummable UK hits, including Got To Be Certain (number 2), Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (number 2), Hand On Your Heart (number 1), Wouldnt Change A Thing (number 2), Never Too Late (number 4), Tears On My Pillow (number 1), Better The Devil You Know (number 2), Step Back In Time (number 4), What Do I Have To Do (number 6) and Shocked (number 6). With solo success enhanced by duets with co-star Jason Donovan, including the UK number 1 Especially For You, Minogue emerged as one of the most successfully marketed acts of the late 80s and early 90s, with books and movies, including The Delinquents.
In 1991, the former soap star drastically changed her girl-next door image and adopted a sexier persona, which won her even more media coverage - particularly when she became romantically involved with INXS lead singer, Michael Hutchence. Further hit singles included a duet with Keith Washington on If You Were With Me Now, and Give Me Just A Little More Time (number 2). Surprisingly, she even won some acclaim in the music press and found herself championed as an unlikely pop goddess, signing to dance music label Deconstruction Records in 1994. She enjoyed another UK hit single the same year with the mature Confide In Me. In 1996 she recorded a single, Where The Wild Roses Grow, with Nick Cave and the following year was working in the recording studio with the Manic Street Preachers. The original title for Impossible Princess had to be changed, as it was felt that it clashed with the death of Princess Diana. Not to be confused with her 1994 self-titled release, Kylie Minogue was a much grungier album than expected, but marked a downturn in the singers commercial fortunes that resulted in her being dropped by Deconstruction.
Minogue signed a new recording contract with Parlophone Records in 1999, and returned to the top of the UK charts the following July with the infectious dance single, Spinning Around. Light Years saw Minogue firmly back in the disco pop bracket, an area to which she is clearly best suited. She returned to the top of the UK singles chart in September 2001 with the catchy Cant Get You Out Of My Head (written by former Mud guitarist Rob Davis and Cathy Dennis). A sparkling new album followed to delight her fans. Minogues renaissance continued in America, with Cant Get You Out Of My Head breaking into the Top 10 and Fever rapidly scaling the charts. She maintained her commercial ascendancy in 2003 with the hypnotic Slow reaching the top of the UK charts in November, although the attendant Body Language was less successful.
In May 2005, the singer was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent immediate surgery and was soon back making public appearances. At the end of the year she released the download-only single Over The Rainbow and completed work on a childrens book, which was published the following October. She resumed touring at the end of 2006 and returned to the studio to continue work on a new recording project. Released at the end of 2007, X was a welcome return for this enduring pop legend.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.