Kylie Minogue has joined Jay Z's Roc Nation family, the label and entertainment company announced Wednesday. The Aussie singer's U.S. publicist confirms to Billboard that the partnership is for management services, while she is still signed to Parlophone as a recording artist.
"We would like to welcome Aussie singer, recording artist, songwriter, actress and designer Kylie Minogue to the Roc Nation family!" the statement reads. "In a career now spanning 25 years, Kylie has released 11 studio albums, two live CDs, eight live concert DVDs, a greatest hits double album, and multiple video packages. She has released over 50 hit singles worldwide, including the Grammy-winning Come Into My World, and has sold more than 68 million albums worldwide. Needless to say, we’re excited to have Kylie join the Roc fam."
Minogue has already been added to the "Management" section of Roc Nation's site.She joins artists ranging from Rihanna, Solange, M.I.A, Shakira and Timbaland, another recent addition, http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/community/1536272/timbaland-signs-to-roc-nation on their roster.
Meanwhile, an industry source tells Billboard Minogue will release a new single "soon." She's been at work on a new studio album since at least the spring of 2012, as previously reported.
The forthcoming studio album will follow 2010's "Aphrodite," which debuted and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart and reached No. 1 in the U.K. It generated four No. 1 singles on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart: "All the Lovers," "Get Outta My Way," "Better Than Today" and "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)."
She supported the "Aphrodite" album by touring the world with the Aphrodite Les Folies/Aphrodite Live tour in 2011. The 77-show trek visited more than 20 countries. Of the tour's 41 concerts reported to Billboard Boxscore, Minogue grossed $32.5 million and finished 2011 with the No. 21 highest-grossing tour of the year.
The pop star's first single, "The Locomotion," was released in her native homeland of Australia in 1987. In her over quarter-century career, she has issued 11 studio albums and more than 50 singles.
She had been managed by Terry Blamey since her debut, and amicably parted ways with Blamey in January.