From soap star to pop royalty, Kylie Minogue has spent the last 30 years in the pop culture spotlight, essentially marking her as Australian royalty.
The pint-sized superstar celebrated her 50th birthday on Monday, another milestone for the singer who is one of the few celebrities known simply by their first name. And, her success hasn’t stopped one bit!
Her 14th album, Golden, has become her sixth chart-topper in the UK, a place she’s called home since the early 1990s and a country that’s embraced her since her days as a TV soap star on Neighbours.
A career of this length could never have been predicted when she released The Loco-Motion in 1987.
“I love the moment of first hearing Loco-Motion on the radio,” Minogue told Vogue Australia’s May issue.
The singer recalls she was gathered around the radio with her family at the time.
“They said : ‘We’ve got a new song in at number one… Loco-Motion,’ and we were just like: ‘Ahhh!’.”
While the 90s were pure pop for Minogue, she truly found her groove in the 2000s.
After a few years languishing at the back-end of the charts, she released the disco-flavoured Spinning Around and danced in a pair of thrift-shop, gold hotpants, to become a chart-topping force to be reckoned with.
The synth-pop infused Can’t Get You Out Of My Head came a year later and became her biggest hit to date.
However while Minogue has enjoyed enormous success on the music charts and collected a string of awards from the BRITs, ARIAs, and MTV along the way, there has been some personal pain too.
She’s battled breast cancer and endured several high-profile relationship break-ups over the years.
But Minogue wasn’t prepared to just slink off into the night with a broken heart.
Instead, she poured her pain into a new, country-pop album, Golden, written in the home of country music, Nashville.
“I don’t know where the year’s gone. I think I was in studios for most of it and I really am feeling better than I have in such a long time,” she told Vogue.
Former Countdown host Molly Meldrum is full of praise for Minogue.
“I should be so lucky, so very lucky to have met Kylie while working on Neighbours together and she has been a great friend since,” he told AAP.
Gudinski, whose Frontier Touring company has always been her promoter in Australia and New Zealand, hopes to entice Minogue and her Golden Tour – her first in three years – Down Under in 2019.
“I’m sure we’ll get her back in the first few months of next year,” Gudinski said.
“She’s become renowned as one of the best live touring acts in the world. She’s really taken musical theatre on the road.
“So really, she’s the ultimate show girl.”
Happy Birthday, Kylie Minogue! Here’s to another 50 years.