Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, (born 28 May 1968), continues to entertain.
The Australian pop singer-songwriter and occasional actress, rose to prominence in the late 1980s through her role in the Australian television soap opera Neighbours, before commencing her long and successful recording career in 1987.
Signed to a contract by British songwriters and producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1987, she achieved a string of hit records throughout the world. When her popularity waned during the early 1990s, she parted company from Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1992.
During the mid to late 1990s, Minogue distanced herself from her earlier work and attempted to establish herself as a credible and independent performer and songwriter. Her projects were widely publicised, but her albums failed to attract a substantial audience and resulted in the lowest sales of her career at the time.
She returned to popularity as a pop artist in 2000, and became well-known for her elaborate music videos and expensively mounted stage shows. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Minogue returned to performing and recording in late 2006 after a period of convalescence.
Although she was dismissed by some critics during her early career, she has achieved longevity as a pop music artist. She has sold in excess of 60 million records, and has achieved her greatest successes in Australia, Europe, Asia and Latin America. She was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to music.
Kylie has also been an inspiration to others in the music business, spawning many tribute acts, cover versions from acts like Steps in the U.K, and a musical featuring her songs. Some of her songs have also been licensed for movie soundtracks, including the Scooby Doo film. Kylie has already achieved so much in her career, but with no signs of slowing down who knows what else she’ll achieve in the future.