Kylie Minogue isn’t just a Princess of Pop anymore: she’s the Princess of Power, too.
In between recording her twelfth studio album, Miss Minogue teamed up with e-comedy series Funny Or Die to create a spoof NBC series: She-Ra—and the results are just as incredible as one would expect the Fever chanteuse playing the fictional twin sister of He-Man to be.
Aside from Britney‘s forthcoming album, there is quite literally no other pop superstar’s return in 2013 more life-stoppingly important than that of Miss Kylie Minogue.
We’ve gotten tiny bits and pieces of news along the way: In February, she inked a management deal with Roc Nation. And over the past year, she’s hit the studio with the likes of Bonnie McKee, Ariel Rechtshaid, Greg Kurstin, Karen Poole and, most recently, Darkchild. (Side note: Brit Brit’s working with Darkchild too. How many e-signatures do we need to collect to make sure that a game-changing duet results from this? I’ll start the petition now.)
Now, we’ve got an important status update—3 entire words worth, actually.
Last month, news broke that Queen Kylie had split with her longtime manager, Terry Blamey.
The story led to a flurry of terrible rumors that she was ditching the music scene for good, causing fans worldwide to clutch their copies of Impossible Princess and a pair of hot pants, duck under a table and hum “Step Back In Time” until the pain slowly dulled to a manageable ache.
Well, guess what? She isn’t retiring. She was just on the prowl for new management–until now.
After sacrificing a Barbadian goat to high priestess Rihanna and taking a blood oath for her Lord Jay-Z, Queen Kylie has officially inked a management deal with Roc Nation.
French singer Christophe Willem is a pretty distinct voice in pop music because, well–let’s not sugarcoat things–he sounds just like a pop princess.
Willem’s voice is really, really high, petite and pleasantly coquettish, which lends itself to some spectacular synth-pop production. In a lot of ways, he’s the French male version of Kylie Minogue (and perhaps a little bit of Britney to boot.) In fact, he even released B’s unused, deeply underrated Blackout-era track “State of Grace” in 2009–retitled “Entre Nous et le Sol.”
After winning the fourth season of Nouvelle Star of France in 2006 (that’s like France’s Idol, FYI), Willem’s gone on to release three studio albums including 2011′s Prismophonic, which was crafted alongside some of the industry’s finest: Kylie music maestro Steve Anderson, Hannah Robinson, Lisa Greene, Biff Stannard, Richard X and Ash Howes, among others. (Essentially, the ultimate pop dream team.)
Accordingly, Prismophonic is all shades of pristine pop, full of lush production and heaven-sent melodies. It’s quite genuinely free of flaw–and the deal just got even sweeter: Two weeks ago, Willem released Love Shot Me Down, the English version of his amazing 2011 record, which is unsurprisingly divine. (And this time, it’s singalong-able!)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: A time when the promise of next year’s music still shines bright like a diamond, free of the crippling reality of weak lead singles, terrible cover art and devastating chart positions.
(Remember how excited we all were for The Spirit Indestructible this time last year? Eesh.)
There’s plenty of major albums coming our way in 2013 by both up-and-comers and veterans alike, so as I do yearly, I’ve put together a guide to some of the most titillating releases just on the horizon. This is the first installment–watch for the next round-up tomorrow.
I’ll be anticipating…