K25 Year In Review - A Celebration of Kylie Minogue's 25 Years In The Music Business
Apr 20th, 2013
In 2012, Kylie Minogue began a ground-breaking year-long celebration for her 25 years in the music industry, known as "K25".
Each month throughout the year Kylie released mini “gifts” to her fans through her web site as a way of thanking them for their support. Each month fans would go to Twitter and “tweet” a phrase to “unlock” a gift on Kylie’s web site.
To kick-start celebrations for her 25th year in music, on January 25th Kylie released a specially recorded acoustic version of ‘Finer Feelings’ (Recorded at Abbey Road) to her fans via Kylie.com.
Jan 25th 2012 - Kylie.com re-design launches.
In February, fans unlock a video of Kylie performing ‘On A Night Like This’ (Recorded at Abbey Road)
Feb 9th – It is announced that Kylie will be a performer at the Sydney Mardi Gras in Australia.
In March, fans unlock a video of Kylie singing ‘I Don’t Need Anyone’ (Anti Tour rehearsal footage)
March 5th – Tickets for the AU Anti-Tour shows go on sale. “Anti Tour” is a small intimate concert that featured b-sides, demos and rarities from Kylie’s music catalog. Kylie only performed 7 shows in AU and the UK for “Anti Tour”.
March 7th – Tickets for the AU Anti-Tour shows are sold out. At the time it is unknown if additional shows would be added or if Kylie would be performing in the US. No additional shows were added and there were no US Anti Tour shows.
The opening show in Melbourne was filmed and a DVD release was mentioned in various publications as being on the itinerary for K25 in 2012 but the idea was ultimately scrapped later in the year when Parlophone/EMI Records was absorbed by Universal Music Group.
March 18th – Kylie performs the first night of the Anti-Tour shows in Melbourne.
March 25th – Kylie performs on a float at the Sydney Mardi Gras.
March 25th – UK Anti Tour Shows are announced. Kylie will have performed a total of 7 Anti Tour shows in Australia and the United Kingdom.
March 26th - Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP announces that Kylie Minogue has been appointed the City’s Creative Ambassador for the 2012 Sydney New Year’s Eve event.
In April, fans unlocked a video of Kylie performing “Cherry Bomb” from Anti Tour.
April 20th – Kylie stars in an independent film called Jack & Diane which opens today at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
April 28th – It is announced that Kylie is to headline the BBC Proms in the Park on September 8th in Hyde Park.
May 4th – EMI Catalogue announces they will release ‘The Best of Kylie Minogue’ on June 4th. The album features 21 of the best known Kylie songs from her incredible 25-year career, on one and two disc sets with music videos.
May 14 - The French film, Holy Motors, which Kylie has a starring role, is shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
July 27th – Kylie introduces a new fragrance called “Music Box”.
July 27 - Warner Music Australia announces it is producing a unique collector’s item, the ‘K25 Time Capsule’ that will be released late October 2012. The K25 Time Capsule will feature 25 collectible mini discs featuring all of the amazing hits from Kylie’s 25 years in the music industry since the release of Locomotion.
In August, Beat The Intro app/Tightrope Anti-Tour performance video - a Kylie app which is available in the App store now and a never before seen footage from the Anti Tour in Melbourne!
Aug 3rd- Kylie has set a personal record this week, scoring her 6th consecutive #1 single on Billboard’s Hot Club Play Chart with the song “Timebomb”, bringing her career total to nine.
Aug 7 – Kylie’s Timebomb VEVO clip reaches 10 MILLION views
Aug 8 – Preorder for Kylie’s 2013 calendar available.
Aug 14 – “My Year As Aphrodite” premieres on Sky Living at 10pm on Tuesday 14 August 2012. Join Kylie backstage and on the road as she tours the world with her ground-breaking Aphrodite – Les Folies tour.
Sept 24 Kylie releases the highly anticipated "Flower" as a single on iTunes with music video, filmed in Cornwall, England on 12 August 2012 in black and white. Flower was originally performed during Kylie's X2008 Tour as an unreleased track.
In October, Fans participated in Flower Lyric Video / Come Into My World Rehearsal video.
Oct 11th – Kylie appears at the NYC premiere of the French film, Holy Motors, which Kylie has a starring role.
Oct 29 – Release of The Abbey Road Sessions album contains reworked and orchestral versions of her previous songs from her musical catalog. The album was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios and was produced by Steve Anderson and Colin Elliot. The album received favorable reviews from music critics and it debuted at number-two in the United Kingdom.
In November, BBC Proms in the Park rehearsal video of Slow from The Abbey Road Sessions
Nov 19 - Strictly Come Dancing Performance of Locomotion.
Nov 2 - Kylie performs on the first night of the Yasalam After-Race Concert in Abu Dhabi
Nov 29- Kylie releases “Kylie | Fashion” a comprehensive look at Kylie’s career in fashion.
November 2012, it’s announced that Kylie will play a lead role in the upcoming musical film titled Walking on Sunshine alongside Gemma Arterton.
In December, Kylie.com releases an Advent Calendar featuring different photos and video clips that get "unlocked" each day.
Dec 7th - Kylie Sing and Dance is released for the Nintendo Wii in the UK
12-22-12: Kylie and Jason Donovan duet Especially For You - Hit Factory Live concert in London as they presented their much-loved number-one duet. The duo was introduced by Pete Waterman one of the songwriters behind the song.
12-23-12: Bittersweet Goodbye (Anti Tour performance) video
12-31-12 Kylie welcomes 2013 as the Creative Ambassador at the 2012 Sydney New Year’s Eve event in Australia.
It was an exciting year. My two favorite events were of course the Anti Tour which I am still hopeful will get a proper DVD release (since I wasn't able to go), and the release of Timebomb.
I applaud Kylie and her team for doing something unique for the fans to celebrate her 25 years in the music business. I only wish more celebrities would follow in Kylie's footsteps and do something like this to support their fan-bases as well.
And that wraps up 2012's K25 Celebration of Kylie Minogue's 25 years in the music business.
And what will 2013 bring? It's been announced that a new album is in the works and Kylie has signed to a new management company after parting ways with Terry Blamey (who I met in Las Vegas when Kylie was on tour in 2009). What remains to be seen is whether the new album will be a Fever (Pt 2) or a Body Language (Pt 2). I'm hoping the new album echo's Fever more than Body Language!