The Australian Pop Sensation Hikes it Up in Her Smashing New Video
The indomitable antipodean Kylie Minogue explodes into view in a video for new song “Skirt”—a peek at new music as she works on her 12th, as-yet-unfinished album and her debut with Jay-Z’s management company Roc Nation. The synth-heavy and dubstep-influenced track, co-written by The-Dream, who has collaborated on hits with Beyoncé and Britney Spears, was previewed in a set in Ibiza by its Scottish dance producer Nom De Strip, aka Chris Elliott, before being unveiled to the public on the eve of the singer’s recent 45th birthday. Minogue rose to fame as a young actress in Australian soap opera Neighbours, then scored a succession of bubblegum pop hits in the late-80s such as perennial favorite “I Should Be So Lucky”, before turning in a more indie direction in the 90s. The millennium saw Minogue reinvent herself once again, turning back to pop and setting the dance world alight with several hits and the help of some miniscule gold hot pants. Today’s stop-motion video was created from around 1000 stills by fellow Australian photographer and director Will Davidson, whose clients include Calvin Klein and Nike, with work published in V magazine, i-D and AnOther. Davidson shot the singer in her Los Angeles hotel room just last week in only three hours, as she wore clinging black Alexander Wang, Vanessa Bruno and vertiginous Jimmy Choo stilettos. “In 25 years I haven’t done anything like this,” says Minogue. “It was also really last minute and thrown together in a heartbeat. I love how Will’s shots have a rawness to them. They feel real, unprocessed and much like the viewer is there with me.” Read on for the lowdown straight from the performer herself, plus a chance to win an exclusive piece of Kylie memorabilia.
What can we expect from the album?
Kylie Minogue: Pop dance but with a few new flavors. Expect the unexpected!
Do you feel that spending more time in Los Angeles has influenced your musical style?
KM: Yes, but this is an extension of what I have always done. I love being chameleon-like and putting myself into new and unexpected situations, pushing myself to try different styles and delivery. My goal is to expand my zone of experience and music and not lose myself in the process—you have to keep digging to get to the gold.
How do you feel that being with Roc Nation has helped in shaping this album?
KM: Joining the Roc family has been an exciting whirlwind. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some producers who have been on my wish list for a number of years so it’s amazing! Roc Nation is such a dynamic company, combining many years of experience with a hungry young team. It makes for fireworks and I think that will be heard in the music.
You have collaborated with quite a few people on this album—is there anyone you still dream of collaborating with?
KM: Always. I’m genuinely curious about the magic of collaboration. For example, I can’t imagine my life without duetting with Nick Cave on “Where The Wild Roses Grow.”
You’ve recently made a few forays back into acting. Anything exciting in the works?
KM: Appearing in Holy Motors and screening the film at Cannes last year was just mind-blowing. It was a beautiful yet terrifying challenge to strip myself of Pop Kylie and let the character just be. I also loved my day filming the She-Ra skit for Funny Or Die. I’ve been a fan of their website for a long time and this was a little dream come true. Acting feels so different to music but in a way it is like going home for me, so I love it and hope I can balance acting and music in the future
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New Zealand's Pop Prodigy Multiplies Into a Formidable Beatboxing Chorus
One-woman, iPad-looping sensation Kimbra performs her breakout hit “Settle Down” in our exclusively commissioned and dynamic short by directors Us. Springing to global attention after featuring on Belgian chart-topping phenomenon Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” the soulful 22-year-old Kiwi dropped her debut album Vows in America last month. Us directing duo Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor filmed a single take of the track to capture the live energy of Kimbra’s performance, visually recreating her vocal loops in post-production. “She builds the entire song using just her vocals, some beatboxing and her iPad,” they explain. “It’s often quite hard to distinguish many layers of sound, so we wanted to break down the structure of her performance, and highlight what she was actually doing.” Currently touring the States with indie rockers Foster the People, NOWNESS caught up with Kimbra on the road to snare her choice of dance moves and drum kits.
Photographer Ryan McGinley Directs Supermodel Karlie Kloss in a Playful Short for Mercedes-Benz
A mischievous automobile takes center stage in Ryan McGinley’s latest short starring Chicago-born siren Karlie Kloss and showcasing the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. Shooting among the vertiginous drops and lone oak trees of California’s Tejon Ranch, the director follows a Chloé-clad Kloss as she races along winding roads to indie band DIIV’s track “Doused”, before leaping out of the car to commune with a mysterious white horse. “I’ve worked with animals a lot in my art images and it’s challenging,” reveals New York-based McGinley, who has exhibited at museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim and Whitney museums in New York. “But they always bring something special.” As the independently minded vehicle speeds off, the ballet-trained model—a veteran of the runways of Givenchy and Calvin Klein and campaigns of Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs—is left to chase the coveted machine on foot. The video, for which Dazed & Confused and AnOther magazine founder Jefferson Hack served as Creative Director, will be screened during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin on January 17, and shows a new side to McGinley’s technical directing skills by employing complex aerial shots. “We were shooting in a stunt helicopter with an amazing team. I wanted them to do things they haven’t before: to go higher and get angles and speed they haven’t captured,” the director explains. “Looking through the camera while the helicopter is dodging in and out of canyons at top speed is not for the weak of stomach!” NOWNESS caught up with Kloss before the fashion season kicks off to talk style, on the road and on the runway.
Horse riding or Horse power?
Horse power, for sure!
Vintage convertible or ultra-modern hybrid?
Vintage convertible, always.
LA or New York?
Hmm, that's a tough one... New York.
Canyon hike or beachside bodyboarding?
Days of Thunder or Driving Miss Daisy?
Cars and a young Tom Cruise... definitely Days of Thunder.
"Ride" by Lana del Rey or "Drive" by The Cars?
'Ride' by Lana del Rey.
Highway or runway?
Sneakers or stilettos?
Depends on the mood, but you can never go wrong with stilettos.
Red hot lips or au naturale?
Red hot lips are the perfect accessory.