Kylie Minogue - Kylie
Kylie is the debut studio album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, released on 4 July 1988. Minogue had established herself as an actress and she recorded a version of THE LOCO-MOTION after impressing at a benefit concert. She signed to Mushroom Records in Australia in early 1987. In June 1987, Mushroom Records had Mike Duffy, an audio engineer for Stock Aitken Waterman, over for a three-month residency at Platinum Studios. He was asked to remix the "Locomotion" demo track with the help of a synthesizer to make it sound more like Bananarama's cover of "Venus" It was the first time he had produced a record himself. The song was released as Minogue's debut single on 27 July 1987, three weeks after Neighbours wedding episode premiered. A week after its release, the single topped the Australian charts, remaining there for seven weeks and becoming the best-selling single of the decade.
After the success of her debut single "Locomotion" in Australia, Minogue traveled to London to work with Stock Aitken Waterman. They knew little of Minogue and Pete Waterman had forgotten to tell anyone that she was arriving; as a result, they wrote "I Should Be So Lucky" in forty minutes while she waited outside the recording studio. Mike Stock wrote the lyrics for the song in response to what he had learned about Minogue prior to her arrival. He believed that although she was a successful soap star in Australia and very talented, there must be something wrong with her and figured that she must be unlucky in love. Minogue recorded the song in less than an hour, which Stock attributes to her good ear for music and her quick memorisation skills. After Minogue finished the recording session she returned home to Australia to continue work on the soap opera, Neighbours.
Stock said: "We had to get the song together in about 40 minutes and she left not having had a happy experience."
In United Kingdom, I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY was released on 29 December 1987. The song entered at No. 90 on the UK Singles Chart, climbing to No. 54 the following week and three weeks later, it was No. 1 and remained at the top position for five weeks. It spent seventeen weeks on the chart. It was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for the shipment of 600,000 copies. The song was one of the best-selling singles of 1988, with estimated sales of over 675,000. In Australia it became her second #1 spending 6 weeks atop the chart.
The song also hit #1 in Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel and Switzerland, and #28 in the US.
After the amazing success of I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY, and realising they needed a follow-up, Stock travelled to Melbourne in February 1988 and apologised to Minogue for her previous recording session. They went on to record "Got to Be Certain" and "Turn It into Love" with her. Recording sessions with Stock and engineer Karen Hewitt took place at Allan Eaton Studios and RBX Studios in Melbourne for only a couple of hours at night, between filming her last episodes for Neighbours.
Minogue took a break from the show in March 1988 to finish recording the album
GOT TO BE CERTAIN was the second single released on 2nd May 1988. Originally written for and recorded by Mandy Smith, Pete Waterman felt the song was perfect for Kylie. The song became her third Australian #1 and also hit the top in Finland. In the UK it peaked at #2 and spent 3 months on the chart. The song was also a Top 10 hit in Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.
KYLIE debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart on 16 July 1988. In its seventh week, it peaked at number one and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. Minogue became the youngest artist to have a number-one album at the age of 20. KYLIE topped the chart for two additional weeks in November, for a total of six weeks in the number-one position, her longest-running number-one album on this chart. It was the best-selling album of 1988 in the UK, with sales of 1.29 million copies over the course of six months. On 5 January 1989, it was certified six times platinum by British Phonographic Industry.
The third single released was the new version of LOCOMOTION, now produced by SAW and re-named THE LOCO-MOTION. It debuted at No. 2 on the singles chart—the highest entry on the UK singles charts by a female artist. It remained in the number two position for four weeks before falling to number three. With sales of 440,000 it was the 11th best selling single of the year. The song became Minogue's third top fiive single in the UK and remains one of her most successful single releases to date. Throughout Europe and Asia the song also performed well on the music charts, reaching number one in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, and South Africa. In the US the song was featured in the film Arthur 2 which helped the single reach #3.
The final single release from the set was JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI in October 1988. In the UK territory it was originally planned to be released as a double A-side with the brand new track, "MADE IN HEAVEN. The original plan was to heavily promote JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI during the singles' early chart run, and once the song had peaked, the single would be officially 'flipped' and promotional emphasis shifted to MADE IN HEAVEN which would become the listed A-side. However, after reaching number 2 for 3 consecutive weeks, JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI, although included on the widely available KYLIE album, performed so well on its own that the plans to release it as a double A-side single were changed. Elsewhere the single was a #1 in Finland and Top 20 in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway.
KYLIE went on to be the fifth highest-selling album of the 80's—the highest by a female solo artist—in the UK, and was the first album by a female solo artist to exceed sales of two million. As of 2006, it had sold 2,105,698 copies in the UK and a worldwide total of over 5 million. The album returned to the chart for 1 week in 2015 through sales of a special Deluxe Edition.
Now THAT's how you do a debut album!
Mixed by: Mixmaster Pete Hammond
Engineer: Karen Hewitt, Yoyo, Mark McGuire
Backing vocals: Mae McKenna, Dee Lewis, Mike Stock, Suzanne Rhatigan
Additional keyboards: George De Angelis, Neil Palmer
Birth Name: Kylie Ann Minogue
Born: 28th May 1968
Origin: Melbourne, Australia