If Kylie Minogue does choose to quit “The Voice U.K.” after the current season, her music career should keep her sufficiently occupied.
The Australian singer’s pop profile is in impressive shape right now. Her latest album “Kiss Me Once” becomes the first homegrown album to debut this year at No. 1 Down Under (where it’s released through Mushroom/Warner Music Australia), and it has opened at No. 2 in her adopted homeland, the United Kingdom (through Parlophone/Warner Music).
“Kiss Me Once” is Kylie’s 12th studio release and her fourth album to top the ARIA Albums chart, following “X” (December 2007), “Fever” (October 2001), and “Light Years” (October 2000). In Britain, she’s had five album chart-toppers.
The new album was executive produced by both Kylie and fellow Australian hitmaker Sia Furler. In the lead-up to its release, the Melbourne-born performer played intimate showcases in central Sydney and London, and dropped singles “Into the Blue” and a raunchy clip for “‘Sexercize,” which has spawned an ever-growing number of copy-cat routines and parodies.
British tabloid journalists have been kept busy in recent days reporting on unconfirmed speculation that the singer won’t return as a coach on the BBC’s reality TV show next year, as she’ll apparently focus her energies on music.
Kylie’s future with the U.K. show is “still up in the air and undecided,” a representative for the artist tells Billboard.com. “The only thing Kylie actually said was it would depend on her schedule with the fall UK/EU tour.”
Kylie returns to Australia in April to perform at the local TV industry’s annual Logie Awards, and after Easter she will slot into her role as coach for the Australian version of “The Voice.” Starting with a Sept. 24 gig at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Kylie will play 31 shows in 15 European countries in support of the new album.