Kylie Minogue, sexy as ever on "Aphrodite"

Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:24pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Kylie Minogue has cultivated international success spanning two decades with her sultry image and catchy, tinny pop songs that blossomed into mainstream dance music beats.

The London-based, Australian singer is still selling her dance-floor hits and sexy formula with her new album "Aphrodite," being released globally on July 6.

The first single, "All The Lovers" features a provocative new video where she is effortlessly hoisted up by underwear-clad men and women caressing her and each other in an image that blends easily with work from earlier in her career.

If a sexy video seems like an easy way to create sales in an ailing music world, Minogue told Reuters in an interview that nothing in her long career has been simple. At age 42, she admits pressure is still on to sustain her sensuous image, and battling cancer in 2005 has taken a toll on her body.

"There is no short cut to learning your craft," she said of her time in the music business since her 1987 cover of "The Loco-Motion" launched her career. "You don't know it in the beginning, you can't fathom that, but now, 20-plus years later, I can go into the studio and I know where I sit."

The new album was steered by British producer Stuart Price, one of the most in-demand pop producers, best known for his work on Madonna's 2005 album "Confessions on a Dancefloor".

"Aphrodite" features 12 tracks that highlight her uplifting dance-floor roots mixed in with disco beats, and it discards any ballads like those that appeared on previous albums. Music executives hope it will help boost struggling label EMI Group.

Early reviews have been glowing, with the BBC calling the album "pure Kylie magic" and The Telegraph in London rating it four stars. The Telegraph called it "a mainstream pop blast" with "tingly keyboard hooklines" showing off "the sensuality of her light, breathy, close-to-the-mic vocals."   Continued...

<p>Singer Kylie Minogue arrives to attend the amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York, June 3, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>