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The design of Solar Navigator's figure head is partly inspired by their beautiful Queen, Cleopatra, while drawing modern influences from popular faces of today - such as Kylie.



Kylie Minogue is a phenomenon of truly international proportions. To date she has released nine albums, six long-play videos, in addition to the Greatest Hits double album and video package, live album and video and 39 singles throughout the world, all of which have been hits. She has recently shrugged off breast cancer and is making a come back according to reports.



Kylie Minogue on stage Sydney, Australia November 2006


Kylie Minogue on stage in Sydney 11-11-06



It was a triumphant return for a singer who once feared she might never perform again. Kylie Minogue wowed a 10,000-strong crowd in Sydney in November 2006, only 19 months after she was forced to cancel her tour following her diagnosis with breast cancer.


The 38-year-old Australian singer, who learnt she was free of the potentially life-threatening disease earlier this year, was close to tears as she told fans: "I have thought about this moment for a long time. I practised in my head. Would I ever get to that moment, and what would I say? I couldn't think of anything."  "I really couldn't. So I am just going to say what comes to me." She told the crowd at the Sydney Entertainment Centre that punctuality had never been her weak spot. She might be 10 minutes late, but never an hour - and certainly not 18 months. "This is officially late," she laughed.


A lesser star might have crumbled under the pressure of the public and media fanfare that heralded this intensely emotional comeback concert. But Kylie proved she remains an on-stage colossus - albeit diminutive in stature and with the tiniest of waists.


At the opening, the audience erupted in a roar as she rose into view on a hydraulic platform, clad in a sequined corset and rose-pink ostrich feather ensemble. She smiled coyly as the crowd hollered its appreciation.


Surrounded by a strutting troupe of winged dancers, Kylie opened her 150-minute hit parade with a popular crowd-pleaser, Better the Devil You Know. A serene rendition of On a Night Like This was followed by the first of six costume changes. A gold mini-dress and cape, topped with a strikingly choppy blonde hairstyle, was a good match for her dance- floor hit Spinning Around.


The spectacle continued with Kylie resembling a belly dancer in jewelled head-dress and floating veils. For Red Blooded Woman she straddled a pommel horse, clad in a leopard-print catsuit and boxing gloves, while behind her, muscular dancers in scanty black briefs hosed themselves down in a surreal shower scene aimed at Kylie's considerable gay fan base.



Kylie Minogue singing on stage Sydney 2006


Kylie displays an undiminished ability to wow



Daring acrobatics from the 13-strong dance troupe provided between-song amusement as the pit-stop costume changes took place backstage.


Her dance moves might have been less frenetic than in previous shows, but there were still jaw-dropping moments, such as the sight of Kylie floating across the stage, perched on a silver crescent moon, crooning Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Later, in the guise of a sado-masochistic madam, she revisited her earliest hits.


For her final encore, she emerged in a spangled camisole, culottes and trilby hat.

Dabbing away tears, Kylie asked her fans a favour: "I need you to sing with me." And sing they did, to a pleasingly cheesy rendition of Especially For You. As the spotlights turned on the crowd, they illuminated 10,000 pairs of slowly waving arms.




Kylie has been the guest of Royalty in Britain and Europe, and the subject of several invitations for Royal Command Performances as well as the Lennon Memorial Concert in Liverpool in 1990. She has embarked on four sell-out world tours, including the critically acclaimed “Intimate & Live” concert tour and more recently her Fever 2002 tour which resulted in packed arenas throughout the UK, Europe and Australia.

In June of 1991, after the release of her 13th hit single, entitled Shocked, the British industry "bible" Music Week magazine declared that Kylie was the ONLY act in the history of the British pop music to have their first 13 releases all go Top 10. Kylie now has 30 consecutive U.K. hits, none of which failed to peak in the Top 20, 20 in the Top 10!

Today Kylie is one of the world's most successful female music artists, but she wasn't always known as a singer. Kylie started her career at age eleven when asked to act in the national Australian T.V. drama series “Skyways”, this was followed by more Australian television roles in the popular drama “The Sullivans” and later “The Henderson Kids”.


Written by Cathy Dennis and former Mud guitarist Rob Davis,’Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ sold an amazing 306,000 copies in its week of release to debut at No.1 on the UK chart, a success story that would be repeated around the world. ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ marked Kylie’s 5th Top 10 record since the beginning of 2000 and finished the year as the U.K.’s 3rd biggest single and the most played song of 2001! Accompanied by a state-of-the-art video, the single remained in the Top 75 for 25 weeks and sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone. ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ topped the charts in every single European country bar Finland and became Kylie’s biggest U.S. hit since ‘The Loco-motion’, peaking at No.7. With over 4 million sales widewide, ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ is Kylie’s most successful single ever!

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After her seventeenth birthday Kylie left school to take up acting as a full time profession. Her character "Charlene" in the Australian "soap" Neighbours is still today, arguably, one of the most popular characters ever to come out of Australian television.

By the time Kylie was out of her teens she had won five Logies (the Australian equivalent of an Emmy); the youngest actress ever to do so. In 1987 she won the Silver Logie for "Most Popular Actress" and in 1988 she was the first artist ever to win 4 Logies on one night, including the Gold for "Most Popular Personality on Australian Television", and another Silver.

Kylie’s recording career began in 1987 when she released her first single, a remake of the '60's Little Eva hit "Locomotion". The song hit No.1 nationally around Australia and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the biggest Australian single of the decade. The success of “Locomotion” led to Kylie teaming up with famed British record producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman in London.

Kylie’s eponymously titled debut album, released July 1988, contained the hit singles “I Should Be So Lucky”, “Got To Certain”, a re-recorded version of “The Loco-motion” and “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi”. It sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Her duet with Jason Donovan, "Especially For You" debuted at #2 and shipped silver on release bringing Kylie's single sales in the U.K. to well over 2 million in under 12 months.

In October 1989 Kylie released her eagerly awaited second album "Enjoy Yourself" which shot to No.1 in the U.K. with pre-sales of over 600,000 copies. The album spawned 4 worldwide hits including the No.1 singles “Hand On Your Heart” and “Tears On My Pillow”.

In December Kylie's first feature film “The Delinquents” was released around the world to rave reviews and became the top grossing movie in the U.K. Also that month, Kylie joined the likes of Bob Geldof, Lisa Stansfield, Bananarama, Bros, Cliff Richard, and Wet Wet Wet for Band Aid 2's 1989 recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas" to raise money for Ethiopia.

Two more albums - “Rhythm Of Love” and “Let’s Get To It” – and more classic singles – “Better The Devil You Know”, “What Do I Have To Do”, “Shocked” - followed before the release of “Kylie's Greatest Hits” in 1992. The album collected all 19 hits along with three new songs and debuted at #1 on the UK charts.

On her move from PWL to the dance label Deconstruction, Kylie effectively made the difficult transition from "Pop Princess" to "Career Artist", a delicate move very few artists have been able to make successfully.

September 1994 saw the release of her album simply entitled "Kylie Minogue". Greeted with much critical acclaim the album debuted at no. 4 in the U.K. All three singles released from the album became worldwide hits.

Kylie's third duet "Where The Wild Roses Grow", a "Murder Ballad" penned by Nick Cave and recorded with Nick and his band The Bad Seeds was released internationally in 1995, becoming her 25th consecutive hit peaking at No. 2 in Australia and 11 in Britain.

In 1994 Kylie had a lead role in the $40 million dollar epic Streetfighter with Jean Claude Van Damme, and in 1995 she starred in a short film entitled Hayride To Hell shot in Australia for the European Film Festivals. 1996 saw the release of a comedy called Bio-Dome for the producers of Dumb & Dumber in Hollywood with Pauly Shore and Steven Baldwin and in 1998 Kylie starred in an Australian independent film called Sample People; and alongside Molly Ringwald in Mushroom Pictures horror film Cut. Earlier in 1999 she also found time to appear in a Caribbean production of Shakespeare's The Tempest for which she received rave reviews.

Kylie’s sixth studio album “Impossible Princess” (aka “Kylie Minogue”) was released in March 1998. With all lyrics by Kylie Minogue, “Impossible Princess”, featuring collaborations with The Manic Street Preachers, Brothers In Rhythm and Dave Ball (Soft Cell, The Grid), became yet another No 1 for Miss Minogue (Australian Music Report).

Kylie’s list of collaborations extend to the successful cult underground dance track “G.B.I.” recorded with leading Japanese artist Towa Tei (of Dee-lite fame); a track called “In Denial” with the Pet Shop Boys for their album, a duet with Ben Lee on “The Reflex” for a Duran-Duran tribute album, and the famous duet with Robbie Williams, “Kids” which debuted at No. 2 in the UK charts!

October 1999 saw Kylie release a collectible art book featuring contributions from many of the world's most respected artists, on the theme of "Kylie". Demand for the book was unprecedented with a second printing within the first month of release!

June 2000 saw the much anticipated release of “Spinning Around” the first single from Kylie's debut studio album for Parlophone Records. In true style she caused a sensation by debuting at Number 1 in both the UK and Australian charts. Spinning Around also gave Kylie the honour of being one of only two artists (the other being Madonna) to have a number one in the eighties, nineties and noughties!

September 2000, Kylie released the follow up single, “On A Night Like This” repeating Spinning Around's success by debuting in the UK charts at #2 and Australian charts at #1. Kylie's most anticipated album yet, “Light Years”, was released at the same time to massive critical & commercial success debuting at #2 in the U.K. and reaching #1 in Australia (double platinum!)

Kylie performed to her biggest audience ever at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games! Kylie thrilled more than 4 billion viewers with her rendition of “Dancing Queen” and “On A Night Like This”. Less than two weeks later she headlined the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

Kylie ended a phenomenal year with the release of a fourth single from "Light Years", "Please Stay" on December 11th, as well as a prestigious appearance at the Royal Variety Performance. The top 10 hit "Please Stay" was Kylie's 33rd hit single and her 20th UK Top Ten hit.

In January 2001 tickets went on sale for Kylie's first major tour in nine years. The "On A Night Like This" tour sold out immediately for shows in the UK, Europe and Australia, where the tour became the most successful arena tour by a female artist EVER. The tour was no less successful in the UK, where the capacity doubled to accommodate the huge number of ticket applications.

The tour garnered rave reviews in the press, with the NME declaring that "the hits wheeled out tonight are pop at its most exciting" and the Guardian writing that the show was "utterly fabulous".

By now "Light Years" was platinum in the UK and 4 x platinum in Australia, where readers voted her "Best Pop Artist" in Australian Rolling Stone. Back in the UK, Kylie was nominated for a prestigious Brit Award for Best International Female. She later took time out to attend the LA premiere of the film "Moulin Rouge", in which she features as the Green Fairy.

In May, British Vogue put Kylie on its cover, an event that made the evening news in Australia. Later, at Vogue's "It's Fashion" party, Kylie was seated on the top table, next to Prince Charles.


RED BLOODED KYLIE! bring you the first glimpse of Kylie as seen in the 'Red Blooded Woman' video...

Kylie's video for her No.1 hit 'Slow' is nominated for Best Video in the Dance Star USA 2004 Awards...
Kylie Minogue up for a dance Star Award
Check out the brand new 'Money Can't Buy' gallery featuring 28 fantastic shots of Kylie performing live at the Hammersmith Apollo in November 2003...
Kylie's hot new video for 'Red Blooded Woman' will premiere exclusively on CD:UK on 24th January...
Kylie's hot new single 'Red Blooded Woman', the second track to be lifted from 'Body Language', is unleashed on 1st March!
Kylie Minogue, Red Blooded Woman

Kylie will be performing live at both the French and Swedish NRJ Awards that are taking place in January 2004...
Kylie took some time out of the busy schedule to drop us a line and tell us what she's been up to!...
A message from Kylie Minogue




September 2001 saw the Kylie phenomenon reach fever peak with the release of her global smash hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” from the multi-platinum selling album “Fever”. The album generated a further three smash hit singles “In Your Eyes”, “Love At First Sight” and “Come Into My World” and sold over six million copies worldwide.

Kylie garnered a host of major awards including Top of The Pops Awards for Best Tour for “On A Night Like This” and Top Song for “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, 3 Italian Dance Music Awards for Best International Artist, Best Song and Best Video, an NME Award for Best Pop Act, and ‘Showbusiness Personality of The Year’ at the Variety Club of Great Britain Awards.

Kylie stole the show at the 2002 Brit Awards with an incredible performance of “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” and won two major awards for Best International Female and Best International Album. At the World Music Awards in Monaco, Kylie delivered another show stopping performance to an world-wide audience of a billion people and was honoured as Best Selling Australian Artist of The Year.

In the spring Kylie embarked on her most ambitious live tour to date. Kylie’s ‘Fever’ tour kicked off in Cardiff in April 2002 before moving on to Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle and London. Tickets to the 25 date tour sold out within minutes of them going on sale and The Manchester Evening News presented Kylie with a plaque in recognition of having the most number of shows by a solo artist to sell out the Arena EVER!

Kylie took her “Fever!” tour to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Holland, and then on to Australia in August where she sold out six nights at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre and a further six nights at the Rod Laver Arena in her native Melbourne.

Kylie was awarded “Woman Of The Year” 2002 at the Elle style awards while the record-breaking “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” garnered 3 Ivor Novello Awards for Best International Single, Best Dance Record and Most Played Record of The Year, and scooped an MTV Award for Best Choreography in a Music Video.

Kylie swept the board at the ARIA’s winning 4 awards including the first Special Achievement award! Just weeks later Kylie triumphed at the 2002 MTV Music Awards Best Pop Act and Best Dance Act and stole the show at Top of The Pops Awards with a stunning performance of “Come Into My World” and a second award for Tour Of The Year for “Fever 2002”.

November 2002 saw the highly anticipated release of the Fever 2002 Live DVD and the book “Kylie: La La La”. Written in collaboration with her artistic director Will Baker, “La La La” documents Kylie’s remarkable career and includes over 300 photos, most of which have never been seen before.

In 2003 Kylie’s lingerie range, ‘Love Kylie’, was launched in the UK in Selfridges to a massive media frenzy and incredible sales. Demand far exceeded supply with Selfridges doubling their orders to cope.

Kylie was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Governor General of Australia for “Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry” and for the third year in a row won “Australian Performer of the Year” and “Showbusiness Ambassador of the Year” for the second consecutive year at the 28th Annual MO Awards in Australia.
In May 2003 Kylie appeared in the Rambert Dance Company project, “21” choreographed by Rafael Bonachella (“On A Night Like This Tour”, “Fever2002 Tour”) in a short black & white filmed piece.

In June Kylie is voted the sexiest pop pin up in the world by viewers of music channel VH1 and her “Agent Provocateur” commercial wins Best Cinema Commercial of the Year at the British TV Awards.

Kylie spent the summer of 2003 recording her ninth studio album, “Body Language” in London, Ireland and Spain. “Body Language” was released in various territories on 17th November 2003. It was preceded by the hypnotic single “Slow”, written by Kylie Minogue/Emiliana Torrini and Dan Carey which debuted at number 1 in Australia and the UK.













Sculpture in the Ancient Egyptian god style, Ra and Horus. The Solar Lady is a work or art that has been in the making for over 10 years, with Kylie Minogue providing significant inspirational input from her performances.






















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Alanis Morisette

Alison Kraus

All Saints

American Idol

American Music Awards

Amy Macdonald

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Annie Lennox


Arctic Monkeys

Atomic Kitten

Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend Wedding


Band Aid

Backstreet Boys

Babra Streisand

Barry Manilow

Barry White

Bay City Rollers

Beach Boys


Billy Joel

Bing Crosby

Black Sabbath - Ozzy Osbourne


Bob Dylan

Bob Geldof

Bob Marley & Wailers

Bon Jovi

Boney M

Boyz II Men

Brenda Lee

Britney Spears - Shaved

Bruce Springsteen

Bryan Adams

Bucks Fizz

Buddy Holly



Celine Dion

Charles Aznavour

Charlotte Church


Cheeky Girls

Chemical Brothers

Childrens Songs

Christina Aguilera - Basics

Christina Milian

Chuck Berry

Cindy Lauper

Cliff Richard


Comic Relief

David Bowie

Def Leoppard

Depeche Mode

Destiny's Child

Dire Straits

Dixie Chicks

Dolly Parton

Donna Summer

Duran Duran

Earth Wind and Fire

East Magazine - Eastbounre

Eddie Arnold

Elena Paparizou - Eurovision

Elkie Brooks

Elton John

Elvis Presley


Enrique Iglesias


Eurovision Song Contest


Events - Tents - Moroccan


Fleetwood Mac

Flipp's - Pop Funk collection


Frank Sinatra

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Frankie Laine

Garth Brooks

Gary Numan


George Michael

Geri Halliwell

Girl Bands

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Girls Aloud

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Gloria Estefan

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Grant Navy Fireman

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Guns and Roses

Gunther + Sunshine Girls

Gwen Stefani

Haircut 100

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James Morrison

Janet Jackson

Jean Michel Jarre

Jennifer Lopez

Jessica Simpson

Jethro Tull

Jimi Hendrix

Joel White

John Denver

Johnny Cash

Johnny Mathis

Joni James

Joss Stone


Juan Thyme

Julia Figueroa

Julio Iglesias

Justin Timberlake

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Kate Bush

Kate Nash

Katie Melua

Kenny Rogers

Kristina Bradford

Kylie Minogue - cancer

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Lily Allen

Linda Ronstadt

Lionel Richie

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Louis Walsh

Luciano Pavarotti


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Mando - Manto

Mariah Carey


Max Jasper - Mezzowave




Michael Bolton

Michael Jackson

Mireille Mathieu

Modern Talking


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Nat King Cole

Natasha Bedingfield

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Neil Diamond

Nelly Furtado




Olivia Newton-John

Paris Hilton

Patti Page

Pearl Jam

Perry Como

Peter Waterman

Petition the Prime Minister

Petula Clarke

Phil Collins


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Pink Floyd

Pop Idol

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Reading Music Festival

Record Companies

Record Producers

Ricky Nelson


Robbie Williams

Rod Stewart


Roxy Music

Rule Britannia



Shania Twain

Sharon Osbourne

Simon Cowell

Simply Red

Snoop Dog


Spice Girls

Stars in Their Eyes


Stevie Wonder

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Terry Wogan

The Bangles

The Beatles

The Bee Gees

The Brit Awards

The Carpenters

The Clash

The Doobie Brothers

The Doors

The Eagles

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The Pussycat Dolls

The Ramones

The Rolling Stones

The Royal Canadians

The Seekers

The Sunshine Girls

The Ventures

The Who

The X Factor

The X Factor 2005

The X Factor 2006

Three Dog Night


Tina Turner





USA For Africa

Van Halen

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A collection of figurehead sculptures from around the world to show the variety of dress and color, but near identical mounting - where the mascot must lead the ship to safety from port to port.

















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