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Kylie Minogue
In the past two decades an endless string of pop stars has come and gone, leaving a hit or two for the archives but not much else by way of success. For Australian singer/actress Kylie Minogue it has been a different story. Her journey began in the ‘80s and has since been a steady rise to the top. As Kylie releases her greatest hits collection, The Record brings you a retrospective of her extraordinary career spanning 17 years.

Kylie: The first steps into showbiz
Kylie began her journey to stardom in 1980 with her first professional acting role in the Australian TV series Skyways. Other television projects followed in Australian shows like The Sullivans and The Henderson Kids. Then in 1986 Kylie left school and accepted the role of Charlene in the show Neighbours. This was her first taste of success as, in 1987, Neighbours became Australia's highest rated program and Kylie became the youngest star ever to win the Silver Logie for ‘Most Popular Actress in Australia’.

Pop Kylie: The Beginnings
Even as her television career was going great, Kylie knew she was more than just an actress. A true performer, she began to explore other avenues to express herself and music was a natural progression. 1987 saw the release of Kylie's first single, a remake of the '60's Little Eva hit Locomotion. The song hit number 1 around Australia, remained there for seven weeks and then went platinum. The song became much bigger than anyone could have imagined, setting records as the biggest Australian single of the decade and topping the charts in New Zealand and Hong Kong. At the same time, Neighbours became the highest rated program on U.K. television.
In January 1988 Kylie released her second hit song I Should Be So Lucky and performed before Prince Charles and the Princess Diana for the Australian Royal Bi-Centennial Concert. Kylie was presented with award from the Australian Record Industry Association for Locomotion being the highest selling record of 1987. In the meantime I Should Be So Lucky set records in U.K. as first single for over 10 years to stay at number 1 for five weeks and became the biggest selling single in the U.K. in 1988. Kylie was fast becoming an international star and her songs held top chart positions in Germany, Finland, Israel, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, New Zealand, Israel, and Singapore. Her next release was Especially For You, a duet with Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan, which debuted at number 2 and shipped silver on release, making Kylie the first female artist to have her first five singles go Silver.
In February 1989 Kylie posed for the first wax model of herself at the world famous Madame Tussaud's in London. And this was before she had even turned 21.
After the release of her second album, Enjoy Yourself, in June 1989 Kylie joined Bob Geldof, Bananarama, Bros, Cliff Richard, Lisa Stansfield, Wet Wet Wet, and more for Band Aid 2's 1989 recording of Do They Know It's Christmas to raise money for Ethiopia.
For Kylie the 1990s began with her first concert tour of Australia which was a resounding success, pleasing fans and critics alike. The next two years saw the release of her third album, Rhythm Of Love and her fourth album Let's Get To It. in 1992 at the personal request of Sting, Kylie participated in the ‘Rhythm Of Life’ fashion charity gala to raise money for the Rainforest Foundation. Here she took her first steps to being the fashion icon she is today as she held her own on the catwalk alongside the world's top models including Claudia Schiffer, Yasmin LeBon and Naomi Campbell.

Entertainer Kylie: Greatest Hits Part 1
Four successful albums later it was time for the release of a greatest hits compilation. The double album contained all 20 worldwide hits plus two new bonus tracks and debuted at number 1 on the UK Charts. Not content to rest on her laurels, Kylie celebrated her success by being locked away writing and recording her next album. She also took time out to celebrate her 25th birthday in true star fashion. Kylie, together with her sister, mother and closest friends, was invited to Breakfast At Tiffany's to celebrate her birthday over a private breakfast in the board-room of the world famous jewellery store. August 1994 presented Kylie in a new avatar. Her sweet, bubblegum pop sound had transformed into an edgy, electronica based almost experimental effort, with cutting-edge videos to enhance the package. Songs like Confide In Me, Did It Again, and Where The Wild Roses Grow, a duet with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, took Kylie’s career to a whole new level. The change was appreciated by everyone and even Madame Tussaud's updated Kylie waxwork, a rare honour.

You can read the rest of our feature on Kylie Minogue in the January 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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