From soap star to pop goddess, Kylie Minogue was a important figure in many of our young lives, both on our TV sets as Charlene in Aussie soap Neighbours, and then on our radios as she entered the music business with cheesy classics such as ‘I Should Be So Lucky’. Below we present our tribute to the queen of pop (sorry Madonna), with ‘15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kylie Minogue’…
1. Her Name Has A Very Australian Meaning
Believe it or not, the name ‘Kylie’ means ‘boomerang’ in Australia’s native Aboriginal language.
2. ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ Was Written In 40 Minutes
The songwriting and producing trio of Stock Aitken Waterman forgot Kylie was visiting them for a meeting, and wrote ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ in 40 minutes whilst she was waiting to see them.
3. She Has Australia’s Highest Selling Single Of The 1980s
‘The Loco-Motion’ was at number one in the Australian charts for seven weeks, and became the best selling single of the 1980s in her native country.
4. The INXS Song ‘Suicide Blonde’ Is About Her
Kylie told boyfriend Michael Hutchence that she was going ‘suicide blonde’ for a film role, inspiring the INXS frontman to write the song ‘Suicide Blonde’ about her.
5. She Sang To An Audience Of Four Billion
Kylie performed to an audience of more than 4 billion at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. She has since said: “What I mostly remember from my performance at Sydney 2000 is fear. Fear, excitement, and also pride. The pride in the country was so immense at the time. To be in the stadium, centre stage and know it’s being broadcast to four billion people; it was just such an honour.”
6. She Has Sung For A Number Of Big Music Stars
Kylie has provided vocals for many other big music stars, including The Pet Shop Boys, Taio Cruz and Coldplay.
7. She Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer…
In 2005 Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to cancel a number of appearances.
8….And Helped Raise Breast Cancer Awareness
Because her cancer news was covered by various media outlets, Australian doctors reported that mammogram appointments increased by 40 percent, an increase that was directly attributed to Kylie. She also received an honorary doctorate degree for raising awareness of breast cancer.
9. She Was In Moulin Rouge…
She played a green fairy in Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar winning 2001 film ‘Moulin Rouge!’
10…And She Also Appeared In Doctor Who
Kylie played ‘Astrid’, a waitress on a spaceship, in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special.
11. ‘Spinning Around’ Was Originally Meant For Another Big Female Singing Star
She made a comeback in 2000 with ‘Spinning Around’, a song that was co-written by Paula Abdul and originally meant to help relaunch Abdul’s career.
12. There Was A Kylie Musical
A stage musical inspired by Kylie’s hits called ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ opened in 2001 in her hometown of Melbourne.
13. She Has As Many Madame Tussauds Waxworks As The Queen
Madame Tussauds has four different figures of Kylie from the various stages of her career. The only other person to have had more waxworks made is the Queen!
14. Her Head Was On A Stamp
Kylie was featured on a stamp in the ‘Australian living legends’ series in 2013, a collection which also featured Olivia Newton-John, Men At Work and AC/DC.