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Kylie and Dannii Minogue
"Kylie idolised Dannii and no matter how big she became, she always thought Dannii would be bigger."

Kylie and Dannii Minogue: their story

It was the '80s and two young Melbourne girls were on the path to stardom. The first was Young Talent Time regular Dannii Minogue, and the other, her sister Kylie. Though it's almost impossible to imagine, this was an age where Kylie was not as famous as her sister. It was also an age where big shoulder pads and even bigger hair was fashionable, so it's safe to say things weren't as they should have been in the '80s.

Come the late '80s and the scales were beginning to tip, with Kylie landing a role in Neighbours and instantly acquiring about 100 million adoring fans in the UK. It was then music gurus Stock, Aiken and Waterman's turn to transform 'Dannii's sister' into an overnight pop sensation. From there Kylie astutely achieved longevity by reinventing herself on numerous occasions to become the pop icon she is today.

Family feud
While Danni may have fired the first shot in the great Minogue fame challenge of the '80s and '90s, it was Kylie who well and truly won the war in the early to mid '90s. As Dannii's career floundered, Kylie's soared. The odd thing about their relationship is that in the early days Kylie thought Dannii would be the famous one. Eighties music producer Pete Waterman admitted they didn't sign both sisters to the Stock, Aitken and Waterman label as "it would have dented Kylie's confidence". He explained that "Kylie idolised Dannii and no matter how big she became, she always thought Dannii would be bigger."

Despite the reversal of fortune Dannii has stated she doesn't feel there is rivalry between the pair and their shared experiences outweigh any difficulties they may have. "We were raised in a family of love and support," said Dannii, "and that has not changed."

Of course the sisters' relationship hasn't been without the odd conflict, if you count a 1999 interview for Esquire magazine in which the pair recalled a fight they had as teenagers, when Dannii dared to borrow one of Kylie's dresses without asking.

When it comes down to it, the important issue is not that one sister has become more famous than the other, but that at least one of them is popular in the UK. Thanks to the relaxed British definition of the term celebrity, both of them will reap the rewards when only one is in the public eye.

Fame hog
Kylie. No questions. Both sisters at some point have been involved in music, acting and had their own fashion label. Kylie's forays into these fields have always been better received.

Compared to her sister, Dannii just seems to be unable to catch a break. Her songs, while performing well in their dance chart niche, in no way threatened her sister's dominance. She even married Julian McMahon at the wrong time, way back in the '90s when he wasn't famous and no one really cared that much about him. By any objective standard she isn't doing too badly for herself and unlike other ex-pat exports to the UK — um, Peter Andre — Dannii does actually possess some talent. It's just that her sister is really, really famous.


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WATCH: Jaden Smith cosies up to Kylie Jenner and raps about 'blow' in new music video MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Oct 22 2014 11:25AM

Looks like Jaden Smith fell in love at Coachella… with a chick who has a "blow dealer".

Will Smith's 16-year-old son has just dropped his bizarre new music video for 'Blue Ocean', which features rumoured ex Kylie Jenner, loads of cocaine talk and way too many gratuitous ab shots.Should we be reading between the lines here? Check out the video above…

This isn't the first time Jaden's referenced junior Jenner in a tune! Earlier this month, the teen rapper tagged Kylie in his music video for 'Fast'… which you can watch below.

Romance rumours kicked off between the pair in September, when Jaden tweeted: "I love Kylie Jenner". Subtle, right?

However, Kylie's recently been romantically linked to her good friend Tyga, with the pair reportedly hooking up after his split from fiance Blac Chyna.

Oh well, we "hope her man doesn’t get jealous".

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WATCH: Taylor Swift disses her record label: 'If I brought out an album full of whale noises they'd release it' MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Oct 22 2014 9:32AM

We truly hope Taylor Swift's not making the shift from break-up songs to sea life tunes.

Talking to The Project last night, 24-year-old Taylor revealed why she has little trust for her label... and it bizarrely has something to do with a bunch of whale noises. Check out the interview above!

Down Under to promote new album 1989, TheFIX have deemed T-Swizzle the interview queen of Oz… especially after the pop star called commentators sexist for judging her love life.

She told 2DayFM's Jules, Merrick and Sophie: "No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They're all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.

"You’re going to have people who are going to see the depth from which you approached a song. The fact that you put your real emotions into it and that's valuable and that's good and that’s real and then you're going to have people who are going to say, 'oh you know, like, she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,' and I think frankly that's just a very sexist angle to take."

Taylor -1, the rest of the world – 0.

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