Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE (born 28 May 1968), is an Australian pop singer, songwriter, and actress. After beginning her career as a child actress on Australian television, she achieved recognition through her role in the television soap opera “Neighbours,” before commencing her career as a recording artist in 1987.
Her first single, "Locomotion," spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart and became the highest selling single of the decade. This led to a contract with songwriters and producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman.
Her debut album, “Kylie” (1988), and the single "I Should Be So Lucky," each reached #1 in the United Kingdom, and over the next two years, her first 13 singles reached the British Top Ten. The album sold six million copies and was a moderate success in the U.S. where "The Locomotion" reached #3 on the charts.
Her 1989 sophomore album “Enjoy Yourself” produced two number #1 singles in the UK with "Hand on Your Heart" and "Tears On My Pillow," the theme from her film debut “The Delinquents.”
Minogue's third album “Rhythm of Love,” released in 1990, marked a defining turning point in her career. The album showcased a more club-orientated sound, a highly sexual look and provocative music videos. All singles from the album ("Better the Devil You Know," "Step Back in Time," "What Do I Have to Do?" and "Shocked") peaked within the Top 20 of the UK and Australia.
Minogue released her fourth album “Let's Get to It” in 1991, followed by the compilation “Greatest Hits.” The latter received platinum status in the UK and produced two top-thirty singles, "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)" and "Celebration." Having completed her contract with PWL, she signed to Deconstruction in 1993.
Her 1994 album “Kylie Minogue” aimed to reinvent Minogue as a credible performer, distancing herself from her earlier work. The first single "Confide in Me" reached #2 in the UK and #1 in Australia.
In 1995, Minogue released "Where the Wild Roses Grow," a duet with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, to critical acclaim.
Minogue's most personal and experimental album to date “Impossible Princess” was released in 1997. It is noted for its collaborations with Manic Street Preachers, and for all lyrics being written by Minogue.
After disappointing sales, Minogue moved to Parlophone and in 2000 released "Spinning Around", her first UK #1 in ten years. The single and album “Light Years” marked a return to her dance-pop roots, and revitalized Minogue's career. However, it was "Can't Get You out of My Head" from the 2001 album Fever, a #1 in over forty countries, that gave her widespread international recognition. Both single and album became the highest sellers of her career, and bought Minogue back into the U.S. Top Ten. The fourth single "Come into My World" was awarded Minogue's first Grammy for 2004's Best Dance Recording.
The 2001 album “Fever was a hit throughout the world, including the US, a market in which Minogue had previously received little recognition.
“Body Language” followed in 2003, and her second official greatest hits package “Ultimate Kylie” was released in 2004.
Minogue embarked on a concert tour but cancelled it when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. After surgery and chemotherapy treatment, she resumed her career in 2006 with Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour.
Her tenth studio album “X” was released in 2007 and was followed by the KylieX2008 tour. “X” was nominated at the 51st Grammy Awards in the category of Best Electronic/Dance Album, making it Minogue's fifth Grammy Award nomination. “X” spawned the singles "2 Hearts," "In My Arms," "Wow," "All I See" and "The One “X” debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, giving Minogue her third number-one album in her native Australia.
Minogue's eleventh studio album, “Aphrodite,” was released in 2010. Its singles were "All the Lovers," "Get Outta My Way" and "Better Than Today." The album debuted #1 on the UK Albums Chart. It is her fifth album to reach number one in the United Kingdom. Minogue is the only female recording artist to date in UK chart history to have a number one album in four consecutive decades (80s, 90s, 00s and 10s). In the United States, the album became her second highest charting album, peaking at #19 on the Billboard 200.
Minogue has achieved worldwide record sales of more than 68 million, and has received notable music awards, including multiple ARIA and Brit Awards and a Grammy Award. She has mounted several successful concert tours and received a Mo Award for "Australian Entertainer of the Year" for her live performances. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire "for services to music," and an Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2008.