Dannii Minogue Hints At Returning To Music
One Minogue is enough to keep someone satisfied but with dance icon Dannii Minogue hinting at coming back to the music world, the dance floor is sure to be on fire. The younger Minogue is the only female artist to have 12 consecutive #1s chart the UK Dance Charts. Throughout last year, the singer occasionally posted her view of a VOX amp and a MIDI keyboard, hinting she was working on new material. On a trip to Los Angeles, she was spotted with lyrics in hand and was photographed with Justin Tranter, lead singer for Semi Precious Weapons. Not long after, new songs were sorted onto APRA, the Australian equivalent of ASCAP. “Stretching My Heart” was written with Tranter and DNA Songs; the latter has produced for Ricky Martin, Samantha Jade, and Guy Sebastian. Another hint at returning was a record deal offered to Minogue by Warner Music Australia. Minogue recently told Hello!, a UK magazine that she’s been in the studio “just to see how [the songs] sound” but doesn’t have a solid plan yet.
Dannii Minogue began her rise as the ‘Queen of Clubs’ with “All I Wanna Do”, the lead single to her first dance-oriented album, Girl. Prior to that, she dabbled in pop (Love & Kisses) and a mixture of R&B with her second album, Get Into You, which contained the house-influenced track “This is the Way”. With Girl, Dannii headed for a new direction by including different styles of electronic music. Surprisingly, it was a commercial failure, but critics loved the change. With Neon Nights, Dannii finally gained acceptance. As a thank you to DJs for accepting her after the success of “Who Do You Love Now” with Riva, Dannii penned “Put the Needle On It”, a sexy dance-pop song. Her fourth album was a return to the 80s club sound, sampling Laid Back’s “White Horse” and a few mash-ups with 80s hits, with Madonna giving her approval for “Don’t Wanna Lose This Groove”.
After gaining momentum, where does one go? Signing to All Around The World, a dance label, Dannii found herself releasing a single once per year, including the top ten hit “You Won’t Forget About Me”. When older sister Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer, and a friend had passed away from cancer, Dannii penned “So Under Pressure” to let loose of what she was feeling. In 2007, Minogue released a somewhat of a studio album, Club Disco, in which half of the track listing consisted of the singles released throughout the previous years and on a compilation album. True to its name, this album contained samples of the disco era (the Jason Nevins-produced track “Touch Me Like That” sampled “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”). Roger Sanchez joined Minogue in producing “Do You Believe Me Now” to close out the record.
It’s been seven years since Club Disco’s released, so what has she done since then? Minogue has been a judge on The X Factor UK as well as the Australian equivalent, where she won a total of three times. As a fashion icon, she launched her own brand with Tabitha Somerset Webb, Project D, which closed its doors last year. She also joined the judging panel on the last season of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. To celebrate her return to Australian television last year, Minogue released another compilation with a brand new track “’Cos You’re Beautiful”, written by a former contestant on X Factor. For the holidays, we were treated to her and Ronan Keating’s rendition of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”. Whether she returns to music this year is yet to be seen, but Dannii Minogue will remain a force to reckon with when it comes to dance music.