“I have big ambitions. But I’m really quiet about it."
Kylie Minogue, who just launched a new look for her official website Kylie.com today, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of BlackBook magazine. In her coverstory interview, Kylie talks about her new album Aphrodite, her new single and music video for All the Lovers, the new musical she is working on and the big ambitions she keeps under wraps … Oh and she looks freaking fantastic in the accompanying photospread. Here is our first look at Kylie on the cover of BlackBook and some excerpts from her interview:
“The [All the Lovers] video came down to two treatments, including one that was a little gentler. But the general consensus was that we should go with the edgier option,” she says. Shaking her head, she adds, “I don’t exactly know how we’re going to pull it off.” It’s the mass of people, not the prospect of a little skin, that has Minogue worried. This is, after all, a woman who regularly uses and markets her sexuality to her advantage—even if that means being taken less seriously. “I have big ambitions,” says Minogue, once the most-groped wax figure at Madame Tussauds’ famed London gallery. “But I’m really quiet about it. What’s that saying? ‘Never let people know how much you know.’” Although she’s a shrewd business mogul, it’s Minogue’s body, rather than her brain, that generates the most buzz. Take, for example, her career comeback at the turn of the millennium—thanks, in large part, to a revealing pair of gold booty shorts … Aphrodite, executive produced by Stuart Price, the go-to wunderkind for artists from Madonna to New Order, is an important album for Minogue. It’s her first release since she toured America in 2009, and expectations are high that this will finally be the record that breaks her through, once and for all, into the U.S. market … “I don’t think I’ve ever felt like this about an album.” And it shows. “Although I’m not taking the title too literally,” she says, “Aphrodite is the goddess of love, and as far as the music goes, there’s a feeling of euphoria on this one.” Perhaps this new sound reflects her current state of mind? “Am I happy right now?” she asks. “What’s happy? I have moments of happiness and sometimes they’re even strung together, but I definitely have dark moments, too. Thankfully, those don’t last very long. I can go down very quickly, but I won’t stay there” … With William Baker, her creative partner for the past 16 years, Minogue is also at work on a new Mamma Mia!–style musical, weaving together her songs and an original story. “We’ve been talking about doing it forever,” she says. “I would like to get a couple of writers involved. I think we’ll probably co-direct it.” Laughing at the absurd loftiness of it all, she adds, “Don’t let us get bored for five minutes—we’ll come up with another project! My dad has always said since the very beginning, ‘Kylie, you know you can say no to any of this. You can walk away from the whole thing if you want.’ But I’m a people-pleaser. ‘No’ doesn’t come naturally to me.”
As you may recall, Kylie was previously featured in BlackBook magazine last August but this time, she’s the featured cover star! The fairly long BlackBook interview HERE gives a nice overview of Kylie‘s entire career, mostly interesting to folks who aren’t too familiar with her work. I, for one, would’ve liked more focus and more details about her new projects … but I am not complaining at all. Especially after getting to check out her amazing BlackBook magazine photospread — which you can check out, after the jump … More »