4 July 1988
Kylie is the debut album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, released by PWL on 4 July 1988. The album was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, who also wrote nine of the ten tracks on the album.
Most of the album's composition is dance-pop music, with strong teen pop and bubblegum pop influences. The album contains a few ballads, namely "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi", "It's No Secret", "I'll Still Be Loving You" and "I Miss You". The main bulk of the album repeated the teen pop and dance-pop style as seen in "I Should Be So Lucky" and "The Loco-Motion".
The album has received a mixed reception from music critics. Many critics applauded the album itself, as Allmusic had said that "while the production values are dated at best, there are some rather endearing qualities to it". Some critics did not like another bubblegum pop musician, and critics compared it to American singer and songwriter Madonna's self-titled album (1983). Although it received mixed reaction, Kylie did receive success worldwide. Kylie peaked at number one in three countries, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan, and it produced three number one singles in Australia. In North America, the album peaked low on the Billboard charts, yet still managed to sell over 500,000 copies and was certified gold. In Australia, the album was re-issued as The Kylie Collection and featured bonus remixes. Kylie was certified seven times platinum in the UK and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
Kylie had a total of six singles released from the album worldwide. Her debut single was a cover of "The Loco-Motion", which charted worldwide and went to number one in a total of eight countries, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries, becoming one of Minogue's most successful singles to date. The follow up single was "I Should Be So Lucky", which went to number one in seven countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, and peaked at number twenty-eight on the U.S. Billboard charts.
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