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Kylie Minogue BiographyKylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May, 1968. The eldest of three children, Kylie's acting career began early, but it was her role as Charlene in the Australian soap Neighbours which established Kylie as an international star. Her singing career began purely by accident when a record company executive heard Kylie's rendition of Little Eva's 1962 hit "The Loco-Motion". She signed with PWL Records and hit-makers Stock/Aitken/Waterman in 1987. Five albums and a greatest hits compilation followed, and she made history by having more than 20 consecutive top ten hits in the UK. Her motion picture debut came with the starring role of Lola in The Delinquents. She left PWL Records in 1992 to head in a decidedly more mature musical direction, and her self-titled debut on deconstruction records was released in 1994, spawning chart hits like "Confide In Me" and "Put Yourself In My Place". Kylie's doings were always a favorite subject of the press, but she really made waves with her controversial 1995 duet with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Where the Wild Roses Grow". 1997 saw the release of Kylie's first single in more than 3 years, "Some Kind of Bliss" co-written and produced by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore of The Manic Street Preachers.
TriviaSister of Dannii Minogue 1997 saw a rather alternative Kylie crop up after two years of silence. Collaborations with Manic Street Preachers and others gave the "Impossible Princess" album an indie touch. Although not a commercial success, it was acclaimed by critics as being the final proof that Kylie and her music had matured. Kylie did however return to her roots and what she knows best with her smashing comeback to pop music in the year 2000. The first single released from the album "Light Years" immediately hit the number one spot in the UK, making her one of the few artists such as Madonna and Elton John with number one hits in both the eighties, nineties and noughties. Kylie also released a duet, "Kids", with pop star Robbie Williams. Kylie is half Welsh, her parents are from Maesteg, Wales. January 2002: Received the Showbusiness Personality of the Year Award at The Variety Club of Great Britain Showbusiness Awards 2002. Miss Minogue was absent from the ceremonies as she was abroad promoting her latest single so she sent a televised message. 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' in 2002 was her first #1 in the USA since the 80s. Measurements: 32A-21-31 (early career bra size), 34C-23-34 (in 1996; says "They're NOT implants"), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) She has her own lingerie brand called "Love Kylie". Febuary 2002: Won 2 of the major awards at the 2002 Brit Awards: Best International Female & Best International Album for Fever. She was also nominated for Best Pop Act and Best Video (with Robbie Williams for "Kids") and stole the show with an incredible performance of "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" mixed with "Blue Monday". Nominated for Best International Female at the 1995 Brit Awards. (1995) Winner of the 2004 Grammy for Best Dance Recording for her single "Come Into My World", beating off strong competition such as Madonna, Cher, Télépopmusik & Groove Aramada. (8th February 2004) Sold out 7 nights at the London Hammersmith Apollo with her "On A Night Like This Tour". (2001) Celebrity Ambassader for Kids Help Line in Australia. Recorded her 9th studio album "Body Language" in London, Ireland and Spain. September 2002: Awarded the prestigious Woman Of The Year Award at the 2002 Elle Style Awards. Saturday 24th January 2004:Nominated for Best International Female and Best Musical Website for www.kylie.com at the French 2004 NRJ Awards in Cannes, France. 4th July 1988: The eponymous debut album "Kylie", entered both the UK & Australian charts at #2. Never before had a debut album by a female artist debuted so high on either country's charts. The album also made Kylie the youngest female and first Australian artist to top the UK album chart, reaching the summit on two separate occasions. On release it went Double Platinum in Australia, Gold in the UK, Gold in Germany and Gold in Singapore. October 2000: The third single from the album "Light Years", "Kids" was originally written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers solely for her, however Robbie was so fond of the song, he decided to turn it into a duet and also included it on his album "Sing When You're Winning". Voted the 15th greatest pop culture icon of all time in a UK poll. Born at the Bethlehem Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Mother is Carol Minogue, father is Accountant Ron Minogue. Kylie grew up in the inner Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills. Nominated for Best Music Artist at the 2004 Elle Style Awards. [16th February 2004] July 2004: Voted Number 1 Best Legs in Show Business by the razer company Gillette, ahead of Cameron Diaz, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. June 2004: Sued Australian magazine "People", for reportedly publishing a faked picture of her naked bottom in the January 2003 issue. The picture had Kylie's head superimposed on the body of a nude model. The magazine will also be sued for unautherised use of copyright images from her autobiography "La La La" used in the same issue. Monday 18th October 2004: All tickets for the first lot of UK tour dates for her upcoming "Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour" sold out in less than two hours. Debbie Thomas, director of corporate affairs at Earl Court revealed that tickets sold out a lot faster than the tickets for the recent concerts of Madonna & Elton John. Thursday 28th October 2004: First Irish show for the upcoming "Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour", at The Point in Dublin (7th April 2005) completely sold out in 20 minutes. Saturday 30th October 2004: "I Believe In You" named JK & Joel's Weekend Anthem on their radio shows on Radio 1 in the UK. 5th November 2004: The single "I Believe In You" is named Radio 2's 'Record of the Week'. UK radio stations Capital and Radio 1 have both added the track to their A-lists. November 2004: Donated over 300 items of her clothing to the Victorian Arts Centre's Performing Art Collection in her home town of Melbourne, Australia. This collection became the subject of her own exciting exhibition called 'Kylie'. Featuring over 300 plus costumes and other items donated by Kylie to the Arts Centres Performing Art Collection, the free exhibition celebrated contributions made to music, television, stage and screen by one of Melbourne's favorite home-town girls. The items on show will include the infamous white muslin dress seen in the "I Should Be So Lucky" video, the pink and silver Showgirl costume from "Intimate & Live", the amazing Silvanemesis outfit from the 2002 'Fever Tour', the legendary gold hot pants from "Spinning Around" and the customized charm bracelets and 'knuckle dusters' featured in a number of performances and videos promoting her album "Fever". The collection even extends to the overalls that helped make her a household name both in Australia and the UK as the much-loved tomboy mechanic Charlene Mitchell on "Neighbours". The collection even extends to the overalls that helped make Kylie a household name both in Australia and the UK as the much-loved tomboy mechanic Charlene Mitchell on Neighbours. The exhibition opened in Melbourne at the Victorian Arts Centre (from Saturday 15th January 2005 - Sunday 24th April 2005), then toured to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra (May-August 2005), the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane (September-November 2005) and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney (January-May 2006). Having drawn over 293,000 fans during its three-month run at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, it officially became the Arts Centre's highest attended exhibition ever. Wednesday 24th November 2004: I Believe In You hit #7 on the European Airplay Charts, and continued to rise. Thursday 10th February 2005: Nominated for Best International Female at the 2005 Brit Awards. This is the sixth time that Kylie has been nominated for Best International Female which she won in 2002 along with the prestigious 'Best International Album' award for the multi-million selling "Fever". November 2004: Nominated for Online Artist of the Year and Best Pop Artist at the 2004 Digital Music Awards. Due to the extensive media coverage of her illness, Australian doctors stated that the number of mammographies in Australia rose by 40%, which they call the "Kylie effect" (2006). After the announcement of her cancer diagnosis, the Australian public's support was overwhelming. Even Prime Minister John Howard issued a statement supporting her. February 1989: Japanese Phonographic Record Association presents Kylie two 1988 "Disc Awards" for The Best Selling New Artist and Best Selling Single of the Year (for "I Should Be So Lucky"). February 1989: Posed for a wax model of herself at the World famous Madame Tussaud's wax gallery in London. March 1989: Nominated for three Logies: The Gold for "Most Popular Personality on Australian Television", the Silver for the third year in a row and "Most Popular Music Video in Australia" for "Especially For You" (with Jason Donovan). May 1989: Voted Best Female Singer, Best Actress, Most Adorable Female and 2nd Most Masterful LP by English magazine "No 1's" readers poll. December 1988: Became the first artist to ever have four consecutive #1 singles in Finland ("I Should Be So Lucky", "Got To Be Certain", "The Locomotion" and "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi"). January 1989: Kylie voted #1 in record Mirror survey of the top recording acts of 1988 in the UK, compiled from sales information of over 40,000 different records, collected by Gallup. December 1988: Ends the year in the UK with the biggest album of 1988 "Kylie" (6 times Platinum with sales of 1.8 million) at #2 (having been in the top 10 since its release in June 1988); #1 video "Especially For You", and #2 single, "Especially For You, both with Jason Donovan. September 1988: Readers of the London Sun voted Kylie #1 Girl Singer and the Top Newcomer. July 1988: Is named the fastest start to a career in Europe with three Top 10 records ("I Should Be So Lucky", "Got To Be Certain" and "The Locomotion") in the first seven months of 1988 plus a platinum album ("Kylie") in just four weeks in the UK. January 1990: Was voted #1 Radio Artist for 1989 in France. (Second was David Hallyday, third Madonna and fourth Phil Collins). December 1989: The readers of Australian magazine TV Hits vote Kylie "Best Pop Singer for 1989" and "Sexiest Person Alive" for the second year in a row. December 1989: Is voted "The Best Female Vocalist" at the 1989 Japan Radio Music Awards. December 1989: Scandecor awards her a "Gold Poster" for sales of Kylie's poster in Europe, being their biggest selling product. Kylie (along with Jason Donovan also received the "Silver Poster" for the poster of their duet "Especially For You". November 1989: Is honored by being only the third artist ever to have a "star" in the "Hard Rock Walk Of Fame" in Sydney, Australia. October 1989: For the second year in a row UK Smash Hits magazine readers vote her "Most Fanciable Female" and "Best Female Singer in the World". January 1990: Israeli radio vote her "#1 Female Artist of 1989". February 1990: The "Enjoy Yourself Tour", her first concert tour of Australia was a resounding success. By April 1990, the tour leg of the UK, Europe and South East Asia kicked off in Birmingham where Kylie played to a full house of 12,700 screaming fans where it continued to play to capacity crowds in London, Belfast and Dublin. In May 1990, it continued on to packed houses in London, Paris and Brussels where Kylie's performances pleased both audiences and the press alike. November 1990: Was presented with a prestigious Diamond Award for Music Excellence in Brussels. October 1991: Embarked on the "Let's Get To It Tour", her second concert tour of the UK arenas, once again playing to packed houses. In April 1992, the eighty minute video cassette "Kylie Live: Live In Dublin", the film of a recent "Let's Get To It Tour" concert filmed in Dublin, Ireland was released around the world. On the week of release in the UK, it debuted in the Music Week video charts at #2. June 1992: At the personal request of Sting, she participated in the "Rhythm Of Life Fashion Charity Gala" at London's Grosvenor Hotel, to raise money for the Rainforest Foundation. Kylie held her own on the catwalk alongside the world's top models including Claudia Schiffer, Yasmin Le Bon and Naomi Campbell. February 1993: Signed her second worldwide record deal with deConstruction Records through RCA/BMG in the UK; Imago through BMG in the US, Mushroom Records in Australia/NZ, and BMG throughout the rest of the world. August 1993: Was voted the World's Coolest Female in Music by London's "Select" Magazine. May 1993: Together with her sister Dannii Minogue, her mother Carol Minogue and some of her closest friends, was invited to "Breakfast At Tiffany's" to celebrate her 25th birthday over a private breakfast in the board-room of the world famous jewelery store. May 1994: For the fourth consecutive year His Serene Highness 'Prince Albert of Monaco' invited her to the 1994 World Music Awards. This year the awards were attended by Prince, Whitney Houston and Ray Charles amongst others. June 1994: Commenced filming her second film; the Jean-Claude Van Damme $40 million movie Street Fighter (1994) in Thailand and Australia. In December 1994, on its US release, the film scored the second highest box office nationally grossing US$100,000 in its first month, making it the most successful movie ever, based on a game. November 1994: Hosted the prestigious People's Choice Awards in Sydney, Australia. June 1995: Appeared on the cover of the July issue of "Loaded" magazine in the UK. It became their biggest selling issue ever, selling almost 150,000 as compared with their average figure of approximately 110,000!. November 1995: Presented the MTV Awards in Paris, France. April 1997: Was voted 6th Sexiest Females of the Decade by the readers of "Sky" magazine in the UK. September 1996: Once again ranked amongst the Top 20 of "The 100 Sexiest Women in The World" by Europe's "FHM" magazine . June 2001: Was awarded the Silver Clef Nordoff Robbins "International Award". Previous winners of this prestigious accolade include; U2, INXS, AC/DC, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and The Corrs. May 2001: Appears on the cover of British "Vogue" magazine. This event headlined the evening news in Australia. January 2001: Was one of the most downloaded artists on Napster, running an amazing numbers of downloads (almost 17 million) under her name in the last year. January 2001: Won "Best Pop Artist" in the Australian "Rolling Stone" magazines reader's poll. October 1999: ARIA nomination for Best Australian Female Artist. July 2001: Voted in the Top 5 of "The 1000 Sexiest Women Ever" in Maxim magazine. August 2001: Her bottom was voted amongst "The World's Top 10 Butts", ahead of Caprice and Nicole Kidman by US Magazine "Celebrity Sleuth". September 2001: Received the award for "Services To Mankind", at the prestigious GQ Awards in London. Other winners on the night included; Sir Elton John, U2, Benicio Del Toro, Tony Blair and Robbie Williams. Kylie would also grace the cover of "GQ" magazine for their special award winner's edition. October 2001: Over eight million viewers in the UK alone tune into her ITV television special An Audience with Kylie Minogue (2001) (TV). November 2001: Nominated for two Smash Hits Awards: Best Female and Best Single (for "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"). February 2002: Awarded the Golden Otto Award at the German Bravo Awards. March 2002: Attended the 2002 World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco, at the invitation of His Serene Highness 'Prince Albert of Monaco' for the fifth time. At the award show, she was named Best Selling Australian Artist of The Year and delivered another show stopping performance of "Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head", to an world-wide audience of a billion people!. May 2002: The Manchester Evening News presented Kylie with a plaque in recognition of having the most number of shows by a solo artist to sell out at the Manchester Arena ever!. August 2002: Presented an award to 'Mary J Blige' at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony in New York. September 2002: The Official 2003 Kylie calendar becomes the #1 Bestseller of the Year on release. March 2003: Awarded a Centenary Medal by the Governor General of Australia for "Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry". March 2003: Voted in the Top 5 for "Sexiest Woman On The Planet" by "Ralph" Magazine, Australia. June 2003: Voted the "Sexiest Pop Pin Up" in the world by viewers of music channel VH1. September 2003: Nominated for Best Female Artist and Best Pop Artist at the 2003 MTV Europe Awards. March 2003: Won Best Artist at the ILMC (International Live Music Conference) and her manager Terry Blamey was awarded Manager of The Year!. December 2002: Her waxwork at Madam Tussaud's in the UK is voted "Top Pop Star" and "Most Beautiful Woman" in the Madame Tussaud's 2002 Annual Popularity Poll. December 2002: Declared "The Best Body In The World" by magazine "Celebrity Bodies". December 2002: Voted "The Female Celebrity With The Sexiest Voice" in a survey carried out by a mobile phone company. 'Sean Connery (I)' topped the male category!. November 2002: Triumphed at the 2002 MTV Europe Music Awards winning Best Pop Act and Best Dance Act!. February 2002: Became her biggest month in her career for winning awards: Winning Best International Female Artist and Best International Album for "Fever" at the 2002 Brit Awards; Single of The Year (for "Can't Get You Out Of My Head") at the Dutch Edison Awards, the Golden Otto Award at the German Bravo Awards; and Best Pop Act at the German Bravo Awards. June 2004: Voted the 3rd Most Beautiful Woman Of The Decade by FHM Magazine. May 2004: Nominated for the Australian Showbusiness Ambassador of the Year at the Australian Entertainment 29th Mo Awards. April 2004: Judged the 4th Sexiest Woman In The World Of Pop by UK's "Zoo" magazine!. Saturday 13th March 2004: Honored with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Pop at the Bravo Supershow Awards in Hanover, Germany. The awards were voted by readers of German pop magazine Bravo. December 2003: Voted Sexiest Woman of the Year by "Star" Magazine. December 2003: Voted the #1 Sexiest Woman of the Year, #1 Best Dressed Celebrity and 4th Best Solo Artist in "Okay" magazine's 2003 Readers Poll!. December 1997: Voted Most Fanciable Female by readers of "Melody Maker". April 1998: Won two awards at the 1998 Creative and Design Awards, held in London: Best Artist Website (for the website Kylie Ultra) and Best Special Effects Awards (for the music video "Did It Again"). October 2003: Nominated for 2 Australian Aria Music Awards: Best Female Artist, and Best Pop Release for "Come Into My World". Becomes sponsor and patron of Sri Lankan theatrical troupe "Children Of The Sea". "Children Of The Sea", brainchild of the award winning English director and producer Toby Gough, was formed in the aftermath of the tsunami. It is a group of 27 Sri Lankans, mostly children, performing a version of Shakespeare's "Pericles" adapted to apply to the tragedy left behind by the tsunami. In August 2005, the production won first prize at the Edinburgh Festival. In March 2006, Kylie visited the children in Sri Lanka. September 2004: Voted the 2nd Sexiest Woman Of The Year by FHM Magazine (after Carmen Electra). September 2004: "Love Kylie" lingerie received its first nomination in the Company High Street Awards in the category of 'Best Lingerie Brand'. Currently holds the record for the biggest selling female artist in Australian concert history, with ticket sales in excess of half a million. Wednesday 23rd March 2005: Nominated in the category of London's Favourite International Artist at the 2005 Capital Radio Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. 23rd October 2005: Nominated for Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release (for her smash hit "I Believe In You"), at the 2005 ARIA Music Awards in Sydney, Australia. This brings her ARIA nominations total to 34, 15 of which she has won to date. Announced her separation from Olivier Martinez in a statement, saying their decision was mutual and amicable (2 February 2007). Ranked #27 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists. 28 October 2007: Won the UK's Music Industry Trusts' Award. She is the first woman ever, in the 16-year event, to win this prestigious award. She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's New Years Honors List for her services to music.
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