Kylie’s Gone all Glitter, Banjos and Cowboy Boots
The pop star that’s had three rip-roaring decades of disco dancing has traded it all in for double-denim, and more than just a dash of country. After the booming sound of a horse’s neigh resonated through the venue, Kylie, descended the curved staircase and was met by an excited crowd, a live band wearing red neckerchiefs – and a payload of glitter discharged from a cannon.
And the Glitter Didn’t Stop There
Distinctly folksy complete with rhinestones and cowboy boots, Kylie’s latest instalment to the world of pop includes several surprisingly cheesy performances. In a single called ‘Dancing’, Kylie does line-dancing with death (outfits here range from country gear bedecked with rhinestones, a sequinned dress, and a scanty nightdress that screams ‘rodeo princess in repose’). Big Luke, a bearded man with a banjo features in her song ‘A Lifetime to Repair’. Keeping with the country vibe, Kylie also pays a somewhat bizarre homage to Dolly Parton by performing Dolly’s 1983 hit ‘Islands in the Stream’ as a duet with Big Luke and his banjo. As somebody with a usually deft hand at selecting duet partners that have included Robbie Williams and Nick Cave, this was a highly surprising selection. Another surprise was the tune ‘Raining Glitter’, the only typically disco/pop song, albeit being slightly countrified with a little country guitar thrown in for fun.
Cars, Radios, Mortality and KissesWhether Kylie is singing about cars or kisses, and performing pseudo-pop or faux country, she continues to draw the audience in as a thoroughly relatable diva. And despite cancer, chemo and all the other curveballs life has thrown her way, the nearly 50-year old does it all with grace. Kylie vows in her final performance of the night, “When I go out, I wanna go out dancing.”
A Spectacular Performance from Five Songs
It was reported that the five top original songs featured in this year’s Academy Awards had an outstanding 373% sales boost in the 24 hours following the ceremony. The previous day saw the five nominated songs collectively downloaded 3,000 times, but increasing to as much as 17,000 downloads the following day.
In the Lead
Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade and Gael Garcia Bernal performed Coco’s “Remember Me” – this year’s most popular song. It was not only the winner at the event, it also doubled its’ downloads to 2,000 the following day. “Remember Me” was written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
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