Kylie Minogue - British Music
She’s not known as the ultimate pop princess for nothing; an admirably successful career, currently in its third decade. Combining an effortless sexiness with a string of number one singles, Kylie Minogue is a pocket rocket to be reckoned with. Eurochannel invites you to enjoy this lively music special with the talents of Kylie herself, the first ever non-European artist to be featured on Eurochannel.
A native Australian, Kylie Minogue enjoys international recognition in the United Kingdom, where her reputation for dance floor magnet pop hits and catchy riffs precede her. Beginning her career as a child star, Kylie defied the crash and burn stereotypes, only to gain popularity as she got older. Her career took a temporary back seat, when in 2005 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Never to give in to anything, Kylie battled the disease and in 2010, was given a clean bill of health.
Now, almost twenty-five-years after her initial music debut, Kylie Minogue serves as more than a great pop artist; she’s an inspiration to women and cancer survivors everywhere. We’re delighted to offer you the chance to meet the first non-European artist to have her own Euromusic special and to discover the songs that have cemented her pop royalty status with the prestigious honor of the Order of the British Empire for her services to music.
Kylie Minogue was born in 1968 in Melbourne, Australia. As a child, she worked as an actress on the Australian soap opera, Neighbours, before commencing a music career. Her first hit, 1987's Locomotion, became the decade's biggest selling single.
While she was successful with her "good girl" image, Kylie wanted to become a more mature artist and in 2000, came out with her more dance-oriented album, Light Years. It was followed up with what proved to be her biggest hit yet, Fever. The 2001 album contained the single "Can't Get You Out of My Head", which got her recognized in markets she had not tapped yet, including the United States.
In 2005, a doctor's visit would change her life forever. The singer, whose father is a prostate cancer survivor, was diagnosed with breast cancer. In order to undergo treatment, Kylie postponed the rest of her tour and put her career on hold. This was not to last however, as she made her way back to music and the spotlight. She even wrote a children's book in this time. In 2010, her doctors decided to finish her treatment and said they should find out if her cancer is in remission in mid-2011.
Kylie's relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez began in 2002 and ended in 2007. Over the course of five years, the media would speculate that Martinez had cheated on her and stories began spreading like wildfire. The media said their break up was due to his infidelity; Kylie was saddened by the accusations and defended him, saying he was "the most honorable man I have ever met" and telling of how he stood by her side during her treatment for cancer.
• Kylie is a member of the Order of the British Empire, a title she earned for her services to music.