Kylie Minogue, who just scored her 5th #1 album in the UK making her the first artist to have a #1 album in the 80s, the 90s, the 00s and the 10s, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Out magazine. Kylie reveals how much of a labor of love her North American tour last Fall was for her, especially since she lost a fortune of her own money just to tour here. Here is Kylie’s stunning Out magazine cover and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:
Pop princess Kylie Minogue first broke onto the American scene in 1988 covering the 1962 Little Eva hit “The Loco-Motion.” But only a year later it seemed the Australian-born newcomer would go down in American pop history as a one-hit wonder. Undaunted by her lack of traction in the U.S., Minogue pressed on, creating an ever-expanding empire overseas. Nearly 15 years later, she broke through to the Billboard Top 10 with the international smash hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” and Minogue has been going nonstop ever since. While Minogue forewent a U.S. tour for the first 20 years of her career, she appeased her many American fans when she brought her For You, For Me tour to six North American cities last fall. “I wasn’t here to prove anything or sell anything, and that was absolutely liberating,” Minogue explains. “That whole tour last fall was from the heart. I might as well have just burned hundred-dollar bills because it cost me a fortune, but I didn’t care. I thought, I have to do this now or I’ll regret it.” Why now? Minogue recognized the enormous impact Lady Gaga’s meteoric rise to fame had on the music industry. Lady Gaga’s mega-success opened up an opportunity for Minogue to win over America, and she is seizing that opportunity by going back to her roots. “Lady Gaga dropped a meteor in the middle of the pop landscape — which is amazing,” Minogue says. “But it meant that we had to take that into account. It wouldn’t have made any sense to go down that road to try to fit in.” Instead, she fills her new album, Aphrodite, with lighthearted pure pop songs that would have sounded right at home on her debut. An icon for the gay community, who make up the bulk of the singer’s U.S. fan base, Minogue has never felt the need to pander to her gay fans, nor shock and titillate her straight ones, by flirting with bisexuality, as many of her contemporaries have done. She rebuts the claim a Mexican magazine published earlier this year saying Minogue liked women, telling Out, “I didn’t speak with a Mexican magazine. They took a bunch of random quotes —some of which sounded familiar and some they’d taken from somewhere that has nothing to do with me. So far my sexuality has been with men, but I stand by the video for ‘All the Lovers’ — if it’s love, it’s good.”
I had heard that Kylie lost money funding her North American tour but the fact that she did so happily only endears her all the more to me and I’m sure a great many other fans. I can honestly say that I have been a Kylie Minogue fan since 1988. I remember riding my bike to the neighborhood Woolworth’s and buying her debut album on cassette tape (in one of those heinous and large plastic anti-theft cases) and taking it home and falling in love. I played that album to death on my boombox … and I spent the next 22 years searching out all of her albums. I used to have to drive 40 miles to a Harmony House record store in Berkley, MI to buy her albums from the import bin … and just last week, my Japanese version of Aphrodite arrived from HMV Japan. It was a thrill getting to see Kylie live in concert for the first time ever at the O2 Arena in London a couple of years ago … but it was even more thrilling to see her up-close and personal at the 4 US shows of her For You, For Me North American Tour last Fall. Kylie Minogue is an icon … I love her entirely! After the jump, you MUST check out her beautiful Out magazine photos — they are stunning, just like she is …
I will support and LOVE Kylie Minogue until the end of time … not because she is merely so good to her fans (and believe me, she is AMAZING to her fans) but because she consistently puts out some of the best pop music I’ve ever heard in my life. Kylie … the gays love you, the world loves you and I love you. Please don’t ever change … or retire ;)
UPDATE: Here is an amazing German commercial that features Kylie Minogue advertising … um, I’m not sure what … but she looks damn good doing it:
Yeah, I have no idea what Kylie is selling but I’m sold! I’ll take 2!!