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Kylie Minogue

Kirsty Young talks to pop star Kylie Minogue.

Kirsty Young's castaway is Kylie Minogue.

With seven number ones and ten million singles sold in the UK, she is the third-biggest selling female artist in Britain and has sold around 70 million records worldwide.

Born in Melbourne in 1968, Kylie and her sister Dannii began their careers as child actors on Australian television. At 17, Kylie landed the role of Charlene Mitchell in the soap opera Neighbours and her on-screen wedding to Jason Donovan's character Scott Robinson was watched by twenty million people in the UK alone.

Her recording career began after she was spotted singing at a charity event in 1987. Within months she had released a cover version of "Locomotion" which became the biggest-selling Australian single of the decade. Following the single's success, her first hit with record producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman was "I Should Be So Lucky": her debut album sold seven million copies.

At the age of 21, a romance with INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence led to a change in her image. In 2000, inspired by 1970s disco and assisted by gold hot pants, her single "Spinning Around" became her first British number one for a decade. She also sang to an estimated global audience of 3.7 billion at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.

In May 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer: following treatment she resumed the tour 18 months later.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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35 minutes

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Fri 18 Dec 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • ABBA

    Dancing Queen

    • ABBA Gold Greatest Hits.
    • Polar Music International.
  • Stevie Wonder

    Love’s in Need of Love Today

    • Songs in the Key of Life.
    • Motown.
  • Unione Musicisti di Roma

    Cinema Paradiso

    • Cinema Paradiso.
    • DRG.
  • Prince & The Revolution

    Purple Rain

    • Music From Purple Rain.
    • Warner Bros..
  • INXS

    Need You Tonight

    • Kick.
    • 832 721-2.
  • Colin Hay

    Beautiful World

    • Going Somewhere.
    • Hypertension.

    • “As I Look Up” by Dominic Sasse

      Joshua Sasse

  • Louis Armstrong

    What A Wonderful World

    • The Great Entertainer.
    • EMI.

    The Outdoor Survival Handbook by Ray Mears


    Family Photo Album


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Kylie Minogue
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 13 Dec 2015 11:15
  • Fri 18 Dec 2015 09:00

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