Kylie Minogue

This isn't shade, and I know the song was a bonafide smash in many markets, but it's fascinating to see this being treated as a hit in America, when it didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
 
It's because there's absolutely no big pop stars to fill these three hour award shows. A floppy two hit wonder 50 year old Kylie is still a bigger deal than Tori Kelly, Muni Long etc
 
Thanks to the excellent A Journey Through Stock Aitken Waterman podcasts, am currently living my best early 90s style realness, to the dance pop masterpiece that is the Rhythm Of Love album! Such a confident and bold record, never fails to put me in a good mood, and the original 5 minute album version of Shocked, is quite a serve even if not as epic as the DNA mix. As is also this:

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Just listened to the first part of the Journey Through SAW podcast on What Do I Have To Do, great to hear the enthusiasm for this amazing track. It's my all time favourite Kylie single too and my favourite Kylie video, she has never bettered this as a single package for me. People rave about Better The Devil You Know but it's always been What Do I Have To Do for me.

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Iconic.
I agree with this wholeheartedly!
 
It was a great era in terms of the music, the record sleeves, the videos, the performances, Kylie's voice sounding stronger and not multi-tracked, all brilliant. I was 14 at the time and think Kylie 'came of age' at the perfect time for me.

What was less good was the backlash that appeared in November 1990, where she won lots of 'worst' awards at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, and the magazine had it in for her pretty much from that moment on, culminating in the dreadful Madonna/Minogue article, which was very early 90s 'let's pit women against women because they've both danced in front of flames and worn bras'. So although it was a fantastic era to experience, the album only getting to 9 and no number 1 singles made it feel like Kylie really had to work hard to stay where she was.
 
It was a great era in terms of the music, the record sleeves, the videos, the performances, Kylie's voice sounding stronger and not multi-tracked, all brilliant. I was 14 at the time and think Kylie 'came of age' at the perfect time for me.

What was less good was the backlash that appeared in November 1990, where she won lots of 'worst' awards at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, and the magazine had it in for her pretty much from that moment on, culminating in the dreadful Madonna/Minogue article, which was very early 90s 'let's pit women against women because they've both danced in front of flames and worn bras'. So although it was a fantastic era to experience, the album only getting to 9 and no number 1 singles made it feel like Kylie really had to work hard to stay where she was.
It's ridiculous how female artists and indeed women in general, always have to be pitted against each other. Madonna is Madonna and Kylie is Kylie. And both icons in their own right too boot!
 
It's ridiculous how female artists and indeed women in general, always have to be pitted against each other. Madonna is Madonna and Kylie is Kylie. And both icons in their own right too boot!
It is, annoyed me so much I've never forgotten it! They dragged Dannii into it too. Any images that might have been influenced by Madonna (most were tenuous) should be celebrated - she was a trailblazer. But Kylie carved out her own style, moreso as the 90s progressed, but she really had to work for it.
 
I'm still sad that I never got to experience the Rhythm of Love era. Kylie and her team abandoned North America after Enjoy Yourself flopped in North America.

All I remember about this period was Entertainment Tonight had a story about Kylie and her 'sexy' new image. It was all about her image and body and nothing about her music, of course.
 
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