Danielle Jane Minogue (born 20 October 1971), known as Dannii, is an Australian singer, songwriter, television personality and occasional actress, model and fashion designer. Minogue rose to prominence in the early 1980s for her roles in the Australian television talent show Young Talent Time and in the long-running Australian soap Home and Away, before commencing her career as a pop star in the early 1990s. She is the sister of Kylie Minogue.
Minogue achieved early success with hits such as "Love and Kisses" and "This Is It", though by the release of her second album, her popularity as a singer had declined, leading her to concentrate on other fields such as television presenting. The late 1990s saw a brief return to music after Minogue reinvented herself as a dance artist with "All I Wanna Do", her first number one UK Club hit. In 2001, Minogue further returned to musical success with the release of her biggest worldwide hit to date, "Who Do You Love Now?", while her subsequent album, Neon Nights, became the most successful of her career. In the UK, she has achieved eleven number one dance singles, becoming the best performing artist on the UK Upfront Club Chart. Minogue is currently signed to All Around the World and, in 2006, released her second official "best of" compilation, The Hits and Beyond. In 2007, Minogue became a talent judge on Australia's Got Talent and The X Factor.
Minogue's private life, including her marriage to Australian actor Julian McMahon and engagement to both Canadian Formula One world champion driver Jacques Villeneuve and former Bros band member Craig Logan, has been much discussed in the media. She has promoted gay rights causes throughout the world, and is noted for her work to increase awareness of AIDS .
Minogue was born in Melbourne, Australia, to accountant Ron Minogue and dancer Carol Jones. Minogue's father was born in Australia but his family comes from County Clare, Ireland and her mother emigrated to Townsville, Queensland as a young child from Maesteg, Wales in 1955. She is the youngest of three children. Her sister, Kylie, is a pop singer and actress, and her brother, Brendan Minogue, works as a news cameraman in Australia. It was during the years on YTT that Minogue developed her work ethic. Johnny Young, the shows host, would later describe Minogue as the hardest working of the 40 children in the shows 18 year history. In 1988, Minogue retired from Young Talent Time and appeared in acting roles in the mini series "all the way" for the nine network and as the rebellious teenager Emma Jackson on the soap opera Home and Away. Minogue remained on the programme for only a year, but proved to be popular among Australian audiences when she was nominated for a "Silver Logie" for the country's "Most Popular Actress on Australian television".
In September 1988, Minogue released her own fashion range entitled Dannii. She became interested in fashion design while appearing on Young Talent Time. Minogue had designed the clothing she had worn on the show, and the positive response from the audience resulted in her releasing her own line. Minogue's debut line, Dannii, sold out across Australia in ten days, and was followed by three additional summer lines in 1989.
She released Love and Kisses and..., a re-worked version of her debut album, in April 1992. The album, a collection of dance songs, comprised tracks and remixes from Love and Kisses. It peaked at number forty-two on the UK albums chart, and sold nearly 60,000 copies. Several remixes by producer and DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley were successful in European dance clubs. Minogue credits these remixes for providing her with a "new image and sound to work with" on future releases.
Later that year, Minogue made her feature film debut in Secrets, which co-starred Noah Taylor. The film revolved around five Australian teenagers who become stuck in the basement of a hotel in an attempt to see The Beatles. The film was not well received by audiences or critics, with Minogue's performance being described as "not all that convincing".
Minogue released her second album Get into You—which included the songs "Show You the Way to Go", "This Is It" and "This Is the Way"—in October 1993. The album contained uptempo dance tracks and mature vocals, but despite her past chart success, failed to make the British top fifty. The following year, Minogue returned to television as a presenter, co-hosting Channel 4's morning show The Big Breakfast in the UK.
In 1995, Minogue released the singles "Rescue Me" and "Boogie Woogie", a collaboration with dance act Eurogroove. Released only in Japan, both songs reached number one on the Japanese singles chart. She began recording her third album in 1995; however, Minogue and her record label, Mushroom Records, parted ways in late 1995 following a contract disagreement.
In December 1995, Minogue guested with a host of pop stars, including Boyzone, Backstreet Boys, Deuce and others, on the UK charity single "The Gift of Christmas". This was released to raise money for Childline and indeed was credited to 'Childliners'. The song reached number 9 on the UK charts over the festive period, and Minogue performed the track alongside the other artists on Top of the Pops.
Minogue's interest in dance music and clubbing heavily influenced her third album Girl, released in September 1997, which featured collaborations with musicians such as Brian Higgins of Xenomania. The album presented a more sophisticated and adult style of dance music, but despite generally positive reviews, failed to make the British top fifty, although the Unleashed Tour in late 1998 sold out in Britain. Minogue's single "All I Wanna Do", which the Daily Mirror described as a "bass-bumping, shuddering return", peaked at number four on the UK singles chart and was certified gold in Australia. The album's follow-up singles, "Everything I Wanted" and "Disremembrance", failed to reached the top ten, but reached number one on the UK dance chart.
Mushroom Records released two budget compilation albums in December 1998, as part of the label's twenty-fifth anniversary. Released only in Australia, The Singles comprised Minogue's most popular single releases, while The Remixes contained popular remixes. In January 1999, following her performance at the 1998 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Minogue released the festival's first official theme song, "Everlasting Night". It appeared on the compilation CD Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras of 1999, and its music video, co-directed by Minogue, featured drag queens whom she had met while performing at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras the previous year. The video was included on Minogue's video compilation The Videos
Minogue returned to the theater in the 1999 production of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play received mixed reviews; critic Matt Grant wrote that Minogue "lacks true conviction as she ploughs through the lines without capturing their full force", while Fiachra Gibbons singled Minogue's performance out, noting in her review that Minogue's "disco-queen-from-hell delivery works well" for her character, Lady Macbeth. Two years later, she appeared as Esmeralda in the musical production of Notre-Dame de Paris in London's West End. The musical received poor reviews from British critics who called it "lame" and its songs "reminiscent of [the] Eurovision song contest". At the 2002 Maxim Awards, she won "Best Stage Performance" for her role. In 2001, Minogue also appeared in the stage play The Vagina Monologues, which co-starred Kika Markham and Meera Syal.
In November 2001, Minogue released the single "Who Do You Love Now?", a collaboration with Dutch dance act Riva. Described by Sound Generator as a "nice serene and dreamy vocal on the dance floor anthem", the song peaked at number three on the UK singles chart, and reached number one on the dance charts. In the United States, the song was released to dance clubs, and reached number one on the Billboard Dance Club chart. In 2001, Minogue signed a six album deal with London Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music International.
In March 2003, Minogue released her fourth album, Neon Nights, which the BBC called "a pleasant cocktail of pop sophistication, club culture and accessibility". It consisted of 1980s inspired dance-pop songs and provided Minogue with some of the strongest reviews of her career. Neon Nights peaked at number eight on the UK albums chart (her highest ranking since her debut), and produced three top ten singles. The second single, "I Begin to Wonder", declared one of the "best things" on the album by Ireland's RTÉ, became her highest charting single, peaking at number two on the UK singles chart. Following extensive airplay by North American dance radio, Warner Music Group released the album in the United States in late 2003. Singles "I Begin to Wonder" and "Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling" were also substantial successes on the U.S. dance charts.
Minogue hosted her own radio programme, Dannii Minogue's Neon Nights, in June 2003. Broadcast in Australia and the UK, Minogue played songs by up-and-coming DJs, as well as her own music. Minogue was released from her recording contract with London Records in May 2004 due to not selling enough albums to justify a new deal with the company. Later that year she signed a new contract with independent dance label All Around the World Records.
"I Can't Sleep at Night" was intended to follow in August 2005 but was shelved in favour of "Perfection", a collaboration with the Soul Seekerz which was eventually released at the end of November 2005. It made number 11 in the UK and 13 in Australia.
In February 2006, Minogue made headlines when surveillance tape stills from London strip club Puss 'N Boots were published by News of the World, a British tabloid newspaper, showing Minogue and a female lap dancer in full-contact sexual activity. A spokesman for Minogue downplayed the event and called it a "harmless girls' night out". Minogue later commented "I'm entirely straight - it was just a bit of fun." In april Dannii visited privet party in Moscow, in club "Дягилев".
Later that year, Minogue released The Hits & Beyond, her first official greatest hits album. Minogue had previously ended her 4 album contract in Australia with a Singles collection only available in her home country but many of her avid, worldwide fans were able to purchase the album through import. Her first official greatest hits album comprised six new songs, including the album's lead single "So Under Pressure" which became her 14th Top 20 hit in the UK. The album debuted at number seventeen on the UK albums chart and only fell to number 24 the week after.
"So Under Pressure" was inspired by the cancer diagnoses of her sister Kylie Minogue. It became her tenth song to reach number one on the UK Upfront Club chart. Minogue has described the recording of "So Under Pressure" as a "real achievement" as she was "brave enough to put all [her feelings] into words". In September 2006, Roselyn approached Dannii and said... lets do a Christmas song. Minogue's cover of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" appeared on Spirit of Christmas, a compilation CD of holiday songs available through Myer department stores across Australia.
In November 2006, Minogue performed Sister Sledge's 1979 song "He's the Greatest Dancer" on BBC One's Children in Need telethon. A studio version of the song, remixed by Fugitive, appeared on the dance compilation Clubland 10, released in November 2006. The following month, "He's the Greatest Dancer" was released to UK dance clubs as a promotional single. It reached number one on the Upfront Club chart. The single was given an Australian only release in April 2007.
October onwards saw a total of five releases from Minogue; first, on 29 October, reissues of her 1997 and 2003 albums Girl and Neon Nights, each containing a double-disc, the second disc of which includes remixes. On 5 November Minogue released Unleashed, a collection of previously unheard material from her time with London Records, and The Video Collection, which includes every one of her music videos as well as bonus features. Finally, on 3 December, a new single was released, entitled "Touch Me Like That". The song is to be credited as Dannii Minogue vs Jason Nevins, and received its premiere on BBC Radio 1 on the Scott Mills Show, on the morning of 3 October.
"Touch Me Like That" was made available to purchase digitally, one week ahead of its physical CD release (26 November 2007). The single eventually hit the UK singles chart at a diasappointing #48.
Minogue released digital album Club Disco on 5 November 2007. The album includes several previously released singles, such as "You Won't Forget About Me", "Perfection" and "So Under Pressure". Also included is cancelled single "I Can't Sleep At Night" and a cover of the disco classic "He's The Greatest Dancer". The album has another cover, a chilled out version of "Xanadu". Club Disco charted at no 2 on the Uk dance album charts and no 1 in Australia on the dance album charts .
Following the cancelled release of the "Xanadu" single in June, 2008, it has been confirmed that Minogue will indeed begin the recording of her next studio album with producer Anthony Asher and Freemasons. It's described as "a blast of pop and dance", the album will be the next after "Club Disco" in 2007 to endure a full commercial release. The album is due for release in early to mid-2009.
On 2 September 2008 it was announced that Dannii would host the Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards 2008 ceremony. It aired on 20 September 2008.
Minogue became engaged to Canadian Formula One driver Jacques Villeneuve in October 1999, but their relationship ended in 2001. In early 2002, Minogue began dating music producer and Bros bassist Craig Logan, whom she met while recording material for Neon Nights. Media reports in March 2002 claimed Minogue and Logan were engaged, but in December 2002, it was announced that they had ended their relationship.
Minogue has performed multiple times at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the London nightclub G-A-Y. She credits her gay following for much of her success, commenting that gay culture has "always been a part of [her] music." Minogue openly supports gay rights causes for social equality and believes that same-sex marriages should be accepted by all government bodies. . Minogue also famously romped with a busty female stripper called Jupiter on a night out, CCTV pictures of the night making front page headlines on the UK News Of The World the day before the cancelled single I Can't Sleep At Night was due to be released and the story once again made international headlines when Minogue became a judge on the X-Factor. Dubbed "Lezzigate" by fans, Minogue has dismissed the incident as "a bit of fun" and made a reference to it in her So Under Pressure video.
Minogue is an ambassador for the Terrence Higgins Trust, an organization that works to increase awareness of AIDS. She joined the charity in hope that her endorsement would encourage people to discuss safe sex and the disease more openly. In 2004, she posed nude, wrapped only in a red ribbon, to promote World AIDS Day in Australia and the UK. She has long been a supporter of breast cancer research and, in October 2003, performed in a London comedy show titled Funny Women. The show raised money for breast cancer research, as well as awareness of domestic violence.
In 2008, Dannii was cast in the Film Vauxhall Crossed, due for release in 2009.
|2008||Glamour Awards||TV personality of the Year||"The X Factor"||Won|
|2004||WMC International Dance Music Awards||Best Hi-Energy / Euro Release||"I Begin to Wonder"||Nominated|
|WMC International Dance Music Awards||Best Dance Artists||Herself||Nominated|
|Dancestar 2004 Awards||Best Worldwide Single||"I Begin to Wonder"||Nominated|
|2003||ARIA Awards||Best Pop Release||Neon Nights||Nominated|
|Capital FM Awards||Capital Rhythm Award||Herself||Won|
|Disney Channel Awards||Best Female Artist||Herself||Won|
|2001||Maxim Awards||Best Stage Performance||Notre-Dame De Paris||Won|
|1998||MO Award||Best Female Musical Theater Performer||Rizzo in Grease: The Arena Spectacular||Nominated|
|BRMB Music Awards||Best Video||"All I Wanna Do"||Won|
|1991||TV Hits Magazine||Best Female TV Star||Herself||Won|
|Smash Hits Poll Winners Party||Best New Artist||Herself||Won|
|BIG Magazine||World's Best Female Pop Star||Herself||Won|
|Radio One & Flash Forward Magazine||#1 Woman of the Year||Herself||Won|
|Logie Awards||Most Popular Female Talent||Herself||Nominated|
|1989||The Variety Club of Australia||Young Variety Award||Herself||Won|