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Kylie Minogue: Shocked

Australian singer Kylie Minogue has been an icon of the entertainment industry for an amazing 39 years - even though the diminutive pop princess doesn't look old enough to have been a star for so long!

The 50-year-old Melbourne-born singer and actress has been in the public eye since first appearing in TV soaps at the age of 11. Born on 28th May 1968, she attended Camberwell High School in the suburb of Canterbury but harboured aspirations to become an actress from an early age.

Kylie

 

Soap star

At the age of 11, she successfully auditioned for small roles in Australian daytime soaps, including the World War II period drama, The Sullivans and Skyways, which revolved around the lives of staff at the Pacific International Airport. In one episode of Skyways, she appeared with Jason Donovan as his sister.

Kylie's big break came with Neighbours in 1986, when she won the role of tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson - a character she played for two years. She again starred opposite Donovan, although this time, he played her husband. The episode in which they married in 1987 attracted an unprecedented 20 million British viewers.

 

Pop career

After a duet with actor John Waters (I Got You Babe) and performing The Locomotion at a charity concert in 1987, she was immediately signed up for a recording contract with Mushroom Records. The Locomotion was released as her first single. Number one in Australia for seven weeks, it became the best-selling single of the decade.

Her instant success led to her working with British producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman, who wrote her mega-hit, I Should Be So Lucky, which was number one in Australia, the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Switzerland and Finland.

Her road to super-stardom had begun.

 

Career highlights

Since her debut release, Kylie has completed an amazing 73 singles, including eight as a featured artist on collaborations with other stars and seven UK number ones. These have included Spinning Around in 2000 and Can't Get You Out of My Head, which was number one across most of Europe in 2001.

She has had chart success all over the world, including in her native Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland - and the US dance charts in the 2000s.

Transforming from the girl-next-door of the 1980s, Kylie’s sound took a different direction in the 1990s. Shocked was released in 1991 - and she has rocked the dance music genre ever since.

Fans of all ages can relate to her lyrics - Shocked relates to feeling "shocked by the power of love", claiming it struck her "like lightning" and a "bolt out of the blue". Many of her hits relate to love and emotions, which is one reason why she's universally popular.

 

Albums

That's not to say Kylie hasn't moved out of her comfort zone with some unusual collaborations, such as when she released Where the Wild Roses Grow with Australian indie artist Nick Cave in 1995.

She has also recorded 14 studio albums, six live albums, 12 compilation albums, 10 EPs and released two boxed sets. Playing to sell-out arenas, she has completed seven tours - her Golden tour is planned for September and October 2018, taking in the UK and Ireland.

 

Latest record

Celebrating her 50th birthday this year, Kylie has released a new album, Golden, with the title track being released as a single.

It represents a change of direction for the pop icon, who has embraced country music on the album. Receiving largely positive reviews, NME has called it "country pop", describing an electro-mix sound combined with "finger-picked guitar".

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