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When good looks, charisma and musical talent runs in the genes, you've got to keep it in the family.
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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Nicki Minaj explains controversial 'Anaconda' video: 'Girls love being with other girls' MusicFIX Blog by Claire Knight Oct 21 2014 11:40AM Nicki Minaj doesn't understand what all the fuss is about over her bootylicious 'Anaconda' video.

Besides the obvious "Oh my gawd… look at huhhh butt!" moments (and by moments, we mean the whole thing!), the rapper told GQ magazine that she is baffled by the controversy her clip has created.

"I don't know what there is to really talk about," she told the mag. "I'm being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video."

Hmm… clearly Nicki has her very own definition of "normal".

"I think the video is about what girls do," she continued. "Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we'd be dancing with our friends."

Instead of objectifying women, the 31-year-old rapper believes that 'Anaconda' is about female empowerment and reclaiming control over sexualisation.

"It's just cheeky, like a funny story. I'm chopping up the banana… Did you realize that? At first I'm being sexual with the banana, and then it's like, 'Ha-ha, no'… That was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it's always about the female taking back the power," she explained.

"If you want to be flirty and funny that's fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything."

Previously known for her colourful wigs and cartoon-like costumes, Nicki revealed that her recent image change was also a strategic move.

"I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen."

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WATCH: Mariah Carey proves she can still hit the high notes with bizarre dolphin squeal video MusicFIX Blog by Claire Knight Oct 20 2014 2:30PM Phew. It's okay you guys, Mariah Carey can still squeal at a higher frequency than any dolphin, whale or piglet out there… just in case you were wondering.

After a disastrous on-stage moment in Japan recently where she failed to hit her signature high notes, Mimi took to Instagram to prove that she's still got it.

Check her out in the video above, in which she gives us a behind the scenes glimpse of what it's like to be such an Elusive Chanteuse.

Holding what looks like a genie lamp spewing steam, the 45-year-old says she's "Cleaning and warming up my voice." Oh, well that explains it.

Catch Mariah hit ALL of the high notes when her Elusive Chanteuse hits Australia next month. Tickets are available to buy via Ticketek.

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