Crucially, Minogue also possesses a somewhat nebulous but incredibly appealing quality that we don't necessarily associate with pop superstars: niceness. Her humility and natural reserve — even during her Glastonbury set's poignant moments, she refused to be fully overcome with emotion — almost undercuts the hackneyed narrative that it takes ruthless ambition to conquer the music industry.
Kylie is in the top echelon of live acts, with her spectacular stage productions like 's Ancient Greek-styled Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour Credit: Alamy. In a way, Minogue's niceness might partly explain why she's sometimes been underestimated. If you spotted Minogue in the supermarket, you'd want to scream with excitement, but would probably stop yourself so as not to give her a shock.
But at the same time, it would be a mistake to equate approachability with ordinariness. If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture, head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. And if you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.
Music Pop music. Share using Email. By Nick Levine 11th November With the release of her 15th studio album, Disco, the Australian star is providing the ultimate escapism for tough times.
Nick Levine explores her uniquely endearing appeal. Kylie moves with the times without losing her own special quality: every album is fresh yet uniquely her — HERR. After half a decade at the top with Stock Aitken Waterman, she could have rested on her laurels, but instead she decided to take risks — Tom Aspaul.
I was blown away by her stage presence and how she can hold the crowd in the palm of her hand — Alice Chater. It accumulated an estimated 8. Ed Power from The Daily Telegraph gave the series premiere 3 stars, praising Minogue for being "glamorous, agreeably giggly [and] a card-carrying national treasure". Dance Chart on 18 April This became her 13th chart topper on the U. S Dance Chart, lifting her position in the list of artists with the most U.
Her set received rave reviews from critics, with The Guardian declaring it a "solid-gold", "peerless" and "phenomenal". Following her Glastonbury performance, Minogue stated that she would like to create a "pop- disco album" and return to recording new material after the performance. Disco was released on 6 November , reaching number one in her native Australia and in the UK, where Minogue became the first female solo artist to achieve a number one album in five consecutive decades from the s to the s.
A subsequent remix was released on 31 December with Dua Lipa. Minogue explained that she first became interested in pop music during her adolescence: "I first got into pop music in , I'd say.
What I found amazing was that she was outselling Madonna four to one, but still wanted to be her. Minogue has been known for her soft soprano vocal range. However, her signature music has been contemporary disco music. Chris True from Allmusic , reviewed her debut Kylie and found her music "standard late-'80s Stock-Aitken-Waterman bubblegum", however he stated that she presented the most personality of any s recording artist.
From Minogue's work on her sixth studio album, Impossible Princess , her songwriting and musical content began to change. She was constantly writing down words, exploring the form and meaning of sentences.
He said that she took inspiration from "both the Brit-pop and electronica movements of the mid-'90s", saying that "Impossible Princess is the work of an artist willing to take risks". Critics said Minogue's tenth record X did not feature enough "consistency" and Chris True called the tracks "cold, calculated dance-pop numbers. Minogue's efforts to be taken seriously as a recording artist were initially hindered by the perception that she had not "paid her dues" and was no more than a manufactured pop star exploiting the image she had created during her stint on Neighbours.
You're a product and you're selling a product. It doesn't mean that you're not talented and that you don't make creative and business decisions about what you will and won't do and where you want to go. Stern photographed her in Los Angeles and, comparing her to Monroe, commented that Minogue had a similar mix of vulnerability and eroticism.
Stylist William Baker has suggested that this is part of the reason she entered mainstream pop culture in Europe more successfully than many other pop singers who concentrate solely on selling records. By , Minogue was considered to have achieved a degree of musical credibility for having maintained her career longer than her critics had expected. But now it has become in danger of eclipsing what she actually is: a pop singer. Minogue has been inspired by and compared to Madonna throughout her career.
Self-knowledge is a truly beautiful thing and Kylie knows herself inside out. She is what she is and there is no attempt to make quasi-intellectual statements to substantiate it.
She is the gay shorthand for joy. Minogue's clips might draw a gasp from some but Madonna's ignite religious and political debate unlike any other artist on the planet Simply, Madonna is the dark force; Kylie is the light force. I admire Madonna greatly but in the beginning she made it difficult for artists like me, she had done everything there was to be done",  and "Madonna's the Queen of Pop, I'm the princess.
I'm quite happy with that. In March , Minogue was declared by researchers as the "most powerful celebrity in Britain". The study examined how marketers identify celebrity and brand partnerships. People know her, like her and she is surrounded by positive buzz". Minogue is regarded as a gay icon,  which she has encouraged with comments including "I am not a traditional gay icon.
There's been no tragedy in my life, only tragic outfits" and "My gay audience has been with me from the beginning She said that she felt "very touched" to have such an "appreciative crowd", and this encouraged her to perform at gay venues throughout the world, as well as headlining the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Entertainment Weekly ' s Ernest Macias said that, by combining "a panache for fabulous fashion" with "her unequivocal disco-pop sound", Minogue "established herself as a timeless icon.
In , Dino Scatena of The Sydney Morning Herald wrote about Minogue: "A quarter of a century ago, a sequence of symbiotic events altered the fabric of Australian popular culture and set in motion the transformation of a year-old soap actor from Melbourne into an international pop icon.
Minogue has been recognised with many honorific nicknames ,   most notably the "Princess of Pop". As of , she has sold 70 million records worldwide. It made her the first female artist to reach the top spot of the chart in five consecutive decades, from the s to the s.
Dance Club Songs chart, with her singles " Better than Today " and " Higher " charting at one and three, respectively. In , Minogue's relationship with boyfriend Paul Solomons became public. In he attended Minogue's Welsh grandmother's th birthday celebrations in Australia with the singer. Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 in May , leading to the postponement of the remainder of her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour and her withdrawal from the Glastonbury Festival.
Minogue underwent surgery on 21 May at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern and commenced chemotherapy treatment soon after. She returned to France where she completed her chemotherapy treatment at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif , near Paris. She commented, "Because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn't necessarily mean they're right",  but later spoke of her respect for the medical profession.
Minogue was acknowledged for the impact she made by publicly discussing her cancer diagnosis and treatment. In May , the French Cultural Minister Christine Albanel said, "Doctors now even go as far as saying there is a "Kylie effect" that encourages young women to have regular checks. Minogue has helped fundraise on many occasions. In early , Minogue along with many other artists under the name Helping Haiti recorded a cover version of " Everybody Hurts ".
She also spent a week in Thailand after the tsunami. She declared she would continue to tour there, stating, "I was here to do shows and I chose not to cancel, Why did I choose not to cancel? I thought long and hard about it and it wasn't an easy decision to make.
In , Minogue pledged her support for a campaign to raise money for abused children, to be donated to the British charities ChildLine and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Since Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis in , she has been a sponsor and ambassador for the cause. In May , she held a breast cancer campaign for the first time. She later spoke about the cause saying "It means so much to me to be part of this year's campaign for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. I wholeheartedly support their efforts to raise funds for the vital work undertaken by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For her album, see Kylie Minogue album. For her album released in some markets with the title Kylie Minogue , see Impossible Princess.
Australian-British singer, songwriter and actress. AO , OBE. Minogue performing on her Golden Tour in Melbourne , Victoria, Australia. Australian British . Pop dance-pop disco. Known for its "la la la" hook and sleek production-style, it is often heralded as Minogue's best single to date.
Minogue's star on the Melbourne's Walk of Stars  and handprints and signature in Olympiapark, Munich . Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Kylie Minogue. Main article: List of Kylie Minogue concert tours. Main articles: Kylie Minogue filmography and Kylie Minogue videography. Biography portal Pop music portal Australia portal.
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