It’s time for national treasure Kylie Minogue to release her lucky-lucky-lucky 14th studio album, Golden (via Mushroom, on April 6). Follow our timeline detailing how the beloved popstar made her way to this awesome achievement.
28 May, 1968
Kylie Ann Minogue is born in Melbourne, Victoria.
At age 11, Kylie begins appearing in small Australian soap opera roles, and in 1985 is cast in a lead role in The Henderson Kids; her character is written out after one season. The same year she appears in popular television series Young Talent Time, on which her younger sister Dannii is a regular performer, but Kylie isn’t invited to join the recurring cast.
Kylie is cast as Charlene Mitchell in Aussie soap Neighbours, in the second year of its airing.
Episode 523 of Neighbours – depicting the wedding of Kylie’s character Charlene and Jason Donovan’s character Scott Robinson – attracts two million Aussie viewers and a whopping 20 million U.K. viewers. The same month she releases Locomotion as her first single with Mushroom Records. It spends seven weeks at #1 and receives an ARIA award for Highest Selling Single.
Mushroom release I Should Be So Lucky and the song motors to #1 in Australia and around the world. Kylie receives her second consecutive Highest Selling Single ARIA.
Kylie becomes the first person to win four Logie Awards in one year, and the youngest ever recipient of the Gold Logie, for Most Popular Television Performer.
Kylie’s debut album Kylie is released. It goes gold in the States and gets her her third #1 Aussie hit in a row: Got To Be Certain.
Kylie and Jason Donovan release their duet single Especially For You, which is critically acclaimed and reaches #1 in several countries. Soon after, Kylie leaves Neighbours to focus on her music career.
Minogue’s second album Enjoy Yourself is released; it does well in Australasia, Europe and the U.K. but doesn’t break her into North America. She starts dating INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.
Kylie’s third album Rhythm Of Love is released, and is hailed as leagues more mature than her previous work; many point to her relationship with Hutchence as evidence of her transformation from “the singing budgie” (as many of her detractors had dubbed her) to a grown, confident woman.
Kylie makes her first appearance at the Sydney Mardi Gras parade, alongside John Paul Young.
Fifth album Kylie Minogue is released, spawning mega-popular singles Confide In Me, Put Yourself In My Place and Where Is The Feeling?. Three months later she appears in action film Street Fighter opposite martial artist and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. It’s a commercial success but is scorned by critics.
Minogue collabs with Australian musician Nick Cave on single Where The Wild Roses Grow. Cave tells writer William Baker that he’s wanted to work with Minogue since Better The Devil You Know (from album Rhythm Of Love). The track breaks the top 10 in several European countries, reaches #2 in Australia, and wins two ARIA awards (including Song Of The Year).
Sixth album Impossible Princess is released, but renamed Kylie Minogue in the U.K. following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales two months prior. The video for Did It Again features several Kylies dressed in the styles of her previous career periods.
Having signed on with Parlophone Records (who want to re-establish Kylie as a pop artist), Minogue releases seventh album Light Years. It includes massive singles Spinning Around (featuring the golden hotpants), On A Night Like This, and Robbie Williams duet Kids. The resulting tour sells out around Australia and the U.K.
Eighth album Fever – with a more electronic and Europop-influenced sound than previous records – is released. Its lead single Can’t Get You Out Of My Head becomes the biggest track of Kylie’s career, reaching #1 in 40 countries and selling five million copies. Following singles In Your Eyes, Love At First Sight and Come Into My World are also enormous hits. The album debuts at #1 in Australia and stays there for five weeks.
Kylie begins her massive Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour to promote compilation album Ultimate Kylie. Two months in (and after more than 30 European shows) she’s diagnosed with breast cancer, and cancels the remaining dates.
Minogue makes her first public appearance after surgery and chemotherapy in Melbourne, visiting the cancer ward at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
After the success of her medical treatment, Kylie resumes the Australasian leg of the tour – her ninth concert tour – under the title Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour. She receives rave reviews from critics for her performances.
Kylie’s fourth waxwork at London’s Madame Tussauds is unveiled, which makes her the most modelled celebrity after only the Queen. The likeness is scented with Minogue’s perfume, Darling.
Kylie is appointed a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the junior grade of France’s highest cultural honour. Two months later she’s appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Prince of Wales, at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.
Minogue participates in the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign; the project joins her numerous other charitable efforts including supporting Band Aid II, Helping Haiti, the (British) National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, ChildLine, and the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Minogue releases her 11th album Aphrodite, which includes co-writes with Calvin Harris, Jake Shears, Pascal Gabriel and more. It does well critically, spawning popular single All The Lovers.
Kylie performs Let It Snow and Santa Baby at the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Minogue is inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, on the 25th anniversary of the ARIA Awards. As of April 2018, she is the recipient of 16 ARIA Awards. She also has three BRIT Awards, four MTV Awards, three NME awards, a Grammy, and plenty of other individual accolades.
Kylie celebrates 25 years in the music industry with a year-long spree of B-side releases and appearances, including at the BBC Proms, the Sydney Mardi Gras, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, and the Cannes Film Festival.
Kylie begins her stint as a coach on The Voice UK, in its third season. She’s so popular that Australia’s version of the show snaps her up in November of the same year.
Minogue performs a set of seven songs at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Minogue releases the massively successful Kylie Christmas, of both covers (Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland) and originals.
April 6, 2018
Kylie’s 14th studio album Golden is released.
Golden is available in several different limited edition formats including regular vinyl, picture disc vinyl, clear vinyl, glitter cassette, and bookpack edition.