Kylie Minogue Biography (1968-)

Kylie-Minogue(born May 28, 1968, Melbourne, Vic., Austl.) who in the late 1980s became a pop superstar in Australia and Europe and continued to enjoy success into the early 2000s.

Minogue, who had been acting since she was a child, first garnered fame in Australia and Great Britain for her work on the popular soap opera Neighbours (1985–88). She subsequently left television for a singing career, making her recording debut in 1988 with the album Kylie—as part of the London hit factory Stock, Aitken & Waterman—and registering her first number one single, “I Should Be So Lucky.” Her cover of Little Eva’s “Locomotion” broke into the American Top Ten, where she would not reappear for another 14 years. With media savvy and a strong work ethic, the diminutive (5 feet [1.5 metres] tall) Minogue saw her career skyrocket in Europe. She became a favourite of the tabloids, and Minogue cultivated her sexy image to further publicity.

Minogue left Stock, Aitken & Waterman in the early 1990s, and her musical career later slumped as she assumed a punky look and recorded with “indie” rockers. She returned to her pop roots in 2000 with her comeback single, “Spinning Around,” from the album Light Years. Minogue had further success the following year with Fever, which contained the blockbuster single “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” In the United States the album reached number three in 2002, outselling all of her previous albums there combined. Her renewed popularity continued with the release of Body Language (2004), and in 2004 she won her first Grammy Award, for best dance recording, with the single “Come into My World.”

In 2005 Minogue announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She subsequently underwent surgery, and, after more than a year-long recovery period, she began touring again in late 2006. The following year her 10th studio album, X, was released. She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

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