Friday, February 28, 2014

iPhone wallpapers!

Here are a few iPhone wallpapers I made a few days back, thought I would share them. Feel free to save and use them!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Idolator Interview: Kylie Discusses Pharrell, Sia, and 'Kiss Me Once'

This is hands down my favorite interview of the Kiss Me Once era so far. Just click on the screencap below to go to the full interview!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Glamour UK Interview

With her twelfth - twelfth! - studio album, Kiss Me Once dropping next month, GLAMOUR's Helen Whitaker was granted an exclusive audience with the Grande Dame of pop. She talks Miley Cyrus, Minogue-style mentoring and how women are winning at pop.

As GLAMOUR's Entertainment Editor, I've interviewed lots of celebrities. Some were newly famous, some are no longer famous, and there's been the odd perpetual A-lister. But I have never interviewed Kylie. So when I was invited to, it had special significance.

You see, her 1988 Kylie album was the first I ever bought (on cassette, natch), and as a fully paid up member of the official Kylie Minogue fan club, my world was shattered when I left my membership pack on a bus in Chesterfield. I sobbed as my mum called the depot, but alas it was gone forever. How quickly my tears would have dried if someone had told me that 25 years later I would sit down with the woman herself. (Granted, explaining the concept of where we are - Google HQ in London - would have been difficult to explain to a kid in the 1980s, whose idea of cutting edge technology was a Walkman. But still.)

We're here because today Kylie is an Artist in Residence at Google, collaborating with YouTube's rising stars [creators who have in excess of 5000 subscribers] and generating video content with them, as well as giving a talk on how to build a lasting brand. Which after 70 million record sales, countless reinventions (and her tongue firmly in cheek about the fact that her name will be forever synonymous with gold hotpants), is something Kylie, 45, knows a thing or two about.

Your career has so far spanned 25 years. What has changed about the pop landscape?
"I think everything has changed except the guts of it, which is the most basic thing that you need to connect to music, make a good record and get played on radio. Now radio is not the [analogue] dial you used to have in your kitchen, but it's still radio just in other forms."
We've had Indie Kylie, Sex Kylie, Dance Kylie… You've now signed with [Jay Z's record label] Roc Nation. What Kylie can we expect from your new album?
[Looks genuinely stricken] "I don't know what the 'Kylie' is yet! Some people might say it's Sex Kylie again but I don't know if you can have two. So it might have to be something else. I don't know, Hot Kylie? There's quite a lot of hotness around!"
Glitter Kylie?
[laughs] "That's always been the case. New Era Kylie? Honestly, I'm just making this up as I go along."
You're also Mentor Kylie on The Voice. Is your coaching style as you thought it would be before the show began?
"I'm pretty much how I thought I would be. I'm not naturally very bossy, I'm kind of grounded, and I'll get my point across but I can only do it in my way, and hopefully the acts will understand. Mostly, I try to be supportive and understanding because I know what it is to be an artist - there's a lot of insecurity with being an artist."
Do you think it's harder for women in music today or do you think pressures are similar to when you started? I'm thinking of someone like Miley Cyrus who is getting a lot of stick for transitioning from child star to grown woman.
"Miley is, what, 21? I was going my own kind of crazy at that point in time as well, but maybe it wasn't as big, or maybe there wasn't as much scrutiny then. You could go down to the club and do what you wanted. There weren't so many people with mobile phones following you."
I'm sure you got slated for wearing fishnet tights to the Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party one year.
[Cackles] "Oh probably. [People would say] 'she's wearing hot pants and ankle boots? To a club?' I mean, I was going out with Michael [Hutchence], and we would go clubbing and I had whacked out outfits on."
Does it make you cross that guys can be as rock and roll as they like, whereas women in music have to be role models?
"This is true, yeah it's a little unfair. I'm trying to think how different it is now to a long time ago. Maybe the gap's getting a little smaller, but we still have a different perception, men and women in this industry. But look at Beyonce, I love what she did [in releasing her album]. 'Here's my album I'm doing it my own way.' [Adopts lofty tone] And if you look at the charts it's the girls who are doing really well so…"
Did Dannii give you any coaching tips for The Voice?
"Not specific tips. I spoke with her a bit before I agreed to The Voice, and she just said 'I think you're going to love this experience'. She didn't have to warn me about the hard work because I've seen her go through it time and time again, trying to find a space in your brain that's not related to the show you're working on. She knew I would be fine, maybe more so than I knew I would be fine, because I was really anxious about it."
Are you going to be touring the new album this year?
"I don't know, the end of this year, maybe."
We expect big things from a Kylie tour.
"I know - no pressure!"
Have you got as far as thinking of concepts or outfits?
"Yeah, my general feeling is stripping it back, certainly from the last show. Aphrodite was fountains and angels, which worked, but it reaches a point where you can't - and I also don't feel like it should - get bigger. Bigger doesn't mean better, so I'm going to take a right turn, and I just feel like stripping it back a little bit. It's not going to be me and a banjo that's for sure but… just streamlining a little bit."


Kylie for GQ Australia

Kylie is featured in the 15th Anniversary edition of GQ Australia and she looks a bit cougarish If I must say.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kylie and Dannii at the 2014 Brit Awards!

Kylie is performing with Nile Rodgers!

Kylie will be performing at an after party for the Brits with Nile Rodgers and the rest of Chic hosted by Warner Music Group. Tweets from both Kylie and Nile confirm it, plus we have a pic of them at rehearsals!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kylie at the Elle UK Style Awards

Kylie attended this years Elle UK Style awards and presented fellow pop star Katy Perry with the Woman of the Year Award. They both look absolutely fantastic! Don't forget peeps tomorrow evening Kylie will be attending the Brits and there will be segments throughout the show featuring Kylie as part of the Mastercard Priceless thing she is a part of, woot!

Kylie with Katy Perry

'Into the Blue' Alternative Artwork

The alternative cover for countries in the Middle East such as the UAE which require things to be more conservative.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Les Sex video clip!

Kylie performed at Spotify UK today!

Kylie was at the Spotify UK offices today and performed a small setlist for selected members of the press. I'm assuming at some point a recording of the performance will end up Spotify since other artists have done something similar in the past. Kylie performed Can't Get You Outta My Head, Into the Blue, Beautiful, and Kiss Me Once.

'Kiss Me Once' Parlophone gig

Tonight Kylie will be performing for people from Parlophone and lucky fans who won tickets for the gig from a contest held on their Facebook page yesterday. Thanks to user aphrodite2010 from SayHey we have pics of the stage set up and promotional materials.


Seems the performance will also be recorded.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Whispers of Kiss Me Once Launch Shows!

Apparently things are being organized so that Kylie will be kicking off some album launch concerts in Paris, Sydney, London, and Dublin. I'm sure there will be a few other cities in Europe added. I'm expecting something along the lines of Rihanna's 777 tour. We should expect the shows to be announced closer to the album release on March 18th. It's all very exciting!

Kylie has been announced as a special guest performer at a function in Paris as a collaboration with the Colette Shop. She's only peforming a short set and there will be other performers at the gig as well. Of course this appearance has nothing to do with the rumoured album launch shows.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pop Clash - Shakira vs. Kylie

Be sure to head over to Pop Crush and vote for Kylie in their recent poll. Shakira and Kylie are going head to head with their perspective lead singles. Into the Blue all the way!

Just click the image above to go to the site and vote for Kylie!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Into the Blue is BBC Radio 2's Record of the Week

Good news for the track in the UK, this means even more airplay! The track will more than likely be added to their main playlist when the playlist is updated again next Wednesday. Most of the radio airplay for Into the Blue in the UK so far has come from Capital FM. Add to this the support from Kiss FM in the UK and Kylie can definitely get a hit without Radio 1.

Check out the BBC Radio 2 playlist in full and keep track of the radio play in the UK for Into the Blue by visiting Compare My Radio!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dawn Shadforth Talks 'Into the Blue' Video

Dawn Shadforth, director:
I had wanted to do something different with Kylie for ages, less about dancing and performance, more about acting and emotion. I wrote the treatment for Into The Blue this way and Kylie really responded to it. The idea for the video was to connect with the emotion in the song with a fragmented narrative that played on the lyrics in an ambiguous way. So we created this little story of a glimpse into the world of a man and woman, a lost weekend, scenes from a film where the context is not quite clear. I wanted to show a bit of soul, a relationship that felt authentic, natural and intimate and a side to Kylie people were not so familiar with. I had been inspired stylistically by some early John Cassavetes films and wanted to make something with an improvisational style, a fluid camera, and with quite a pure and simple theme about love. We were lucky to cast the fantastic French actor Clement Sibony and they got on like a house on fire, which made things really easy when it came to improvising.

Into the Blue (Official Video)

Flawless and amazing!