Looking at the album artwork, it’s as if nothing has changed – the radiant, diminutive platinum blonde is still there, her features seemingly made to be spray-painted on the side of a bomber jet. Forty-six this summer, Minogue is a survivor of breast cancer and a reformed dabbler in Botox; today, she looks like a middle-aged Julie Christie starting to bloom.
Pop remains her main creative outlet, which confuses some people; they forget that the genre was born in the Sixties, just as Minogue was, or that pensionable men don’t get criticised for ploughing on with the same shtick in rock. Her new album is her first as a management client of the rapper JAY Z’s Roc Nation roster, and she has had a great reception on the BBC1 talent show The Voice.
Not many people could be both a mumsy, warm judge and a hip-hop affiliate and not care about the join.
She has also toured her B-sides in recent years and had positive reviews for her role in the French director Leos Carax’s art-house film Holy Motors.
Whitney Houston was massive-haired, massive-selling and squeaky-clean.
Seventy million record sales later, she is releasing her 12th studio album, Kiss Me Once.If a doctor only sees the world as having male or female, any deviation from that would be seen as an abnormality to be corrected.I do not think the doctors were acting maliciously, rather they were doing what they felt was medically (and/or morally) correct as products of the society they lived in. At 42 years old, the (still) elfin Aussie is about to come to Britain with her biggest ever tour, Aphrodite: Les Folies, arriving in Cardiff International Arena tomorrow night and culminating in five nights at London’s O2 Arena in April.
She had her first British No 1 when Mel & Kim, Rick Astley, Terence Trent D’Arby and T’Pau were Smash Hits cover stars, saw off the challenge of Yazz, Sonia, Whigfield and countless other twinkling starlets, endured through the Britpop Nineties (Gina G, Brandy, Monica, Spice Girls, All Saints) and into the 21st century (Billie Piper, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Holly Valance), where she is competing for airtime and chart positions with the Lady Gaga generation.In terms of innovation, Kylie has always been several dance steps behind.