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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: Latex-clad Ariana Grande gets soaked by JLo's ex in 'Love Me Harder' sneak peek MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Oct 29 2014 9:05AM

Looks like Ariana Grande doesn't mind getting her hair wet.

Taking a dip in the sexy pool, 21-year-old Ariana rolls around in a black leather bustier for her 'Love Me Harder' teaser… all while JLo's ex Casper Smart splashes water over her taut bod.

It's an instant pulse-racer! Check out the music video sneak peek above…

Despite slamming diva rumours while Down Under last month, the pint-sized pop star isn't doing herself any favours with this behind-the-scenes clip.

Especially since we see her get carried around on set because she "lays down in every music video". No Ariana, it's because you're totally precious.


Yep, we can see why Ariana would need to be carried on set. NOT.

Regardless of her diva training wheels, we're pretty excited to see more writhing and rolling from this sultry songstress as soon as her music video drops… and hopefully a whole lot less Casper.

View slideshow: Unrecognisable! Ariana Grande's frumpy to fab style evolution

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Best friend ever? Katy Perry flies 70 pals to Paris for 30th birthday celebration MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Oct 28 2014 9:35AM

It's been a huge week of celeb birthday parties, with Kim Kardashian's 34th in Vegas and Kelly Osbourne's Rocky Horror-themed 30th in LA… but Katy Perry's 30th really takes the (birthday) cake.

The pop diva flew 70 pals to Paris with hardly any notice, because, well, YOLO.

Katy had been holidaying in Marrakech, Morocco on a break from her Prismatic world tour when she booked a last-minute private plane for her friends and boyfriend Diplo, New York Post reports.

So why the big rush? Katy wanted to keep her b'day details "low key" after her plans for a trip to Egypt were leaked to the public. Sigh, we guess Paris will do…

The 'Birthday' singer and co touched down in the City of Lights on Sunday night, with the star apparently laughing and taking selfies with her 35-year-old DJ beau on the tarmac.

"They piled off the flight, her friends, assistants, her whole camp," an eyewitness told New York Post. "She flew all of her friends out, all on her dime."

Within hours, Katy, Diplo and a party posse of around 20 ate at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower. When in Paris…

By early Monday morning, Katy and Diplo flew out again as he had gigs booked in San Jose and Las Vegas. Talk about a jet-setting lifestyle!

The pair were first rumoured to have hooked up in April, but it's all a bit awkward since he's expecting a bub any day now with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. They also have a four-year-old son, Lockett... how awesome would it be to say Katy Perry's your stepmum?

We hope her Paris party antics looked something like this...

Now let's compare Katy's birthday with Kim Kardashian's 34th bash in Vegas...

Author: Adam Bub. Follow on Twitter. Approved by Amy Nelmes.

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