Kylie Ann Minogue was born 28 May 1968 in Melbourne, Australia, the oldest child of Ronald Charles Minogue, an accountant of Irish ancestry and a Welsh mother, Carol Ann (née Jones), a former dancer from Maesteg, Wales. Through her maternal line, Kylie has an English grandmother. She is the oldest of three children, born between 1968 and 1971; middle brother Brendan is a news cameraman in Australia, while youngest sibling Dannii Minogue is also a pop singer and television host. The Minogue children were raised in Surrey Hills, Melbourne, and educated at Camberwell High School.
In January 2013, Minogue and her manager Terry Blamey, whom she had worked with since the start of her singing career, parted ways. The following month, she was signed toRoc Nation for a management deal. In September, she was featured on Italian singer-songwriter Laura Pausini’s single “Limpido”, which was a number-one hit in Italy and has received a nomination for “World’s Best Song” at the 2013 World Music Awards. In the same month, she was hired as a coach for the third series of BBC One’s talent competitionThe Voice UK for one season, alongside record producer and Black Eyed Peas member, will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs’ lead singer Ricky Wilson and pop singer Sir Tom Jones. Minogue’s first episode on the show as a judge aired in January 2014. In November, she was hired as a coach for the third season of The Voice Australia.
In March 2014, Minogue released her 12th studio album, Kiss Me Once. The album featured contributions from Sia Furler, Mike Del Rio, Cutfather, Pharell Williams, MNEK andAriel Rechtshaid. It peaked at number one in Australia and number two in the United Kingdom. The singles from the album, “Into the Blue” and “I Was Gonna Cancel”, did not chart inside the top ten of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 12 and number 59. In August, Minogue performed at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In September, Minogue will embark on the Kiss Me Once Tour.