Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue is getting ready to release her latest studio album, “Aphrodite,” this summer (on July 6), and in a new interview with Access Hollywood, she spoke out about her 2009 U.S. tour, why it is important to her to be a part of a breast cancer charity and how she thinks Lady Gaga landed like a “meteor” in the dance/pop music world.
The dance music sensation told Access Hollywood on Thursday that she’s loved watching Gaga’s rise in the industry.
“She’s like a meteor that just came from outer space and landed on the pop landscape or pop/dance landscape,” Kylie enthused. “And just… there was dust in everyone’s face.”
Kylie, who has had a host of dance-infused hits of her own, thanks to songs like “Love At First Sight,” “Spinning Around,” and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” said she particularly loves how Gaga’s been able to help move dance music forward in the U.S.
“I think it’s amazing… She’s largely responsible — along with others who have brought dance to the kind of mainstream or pop arena in the states,” Kylie said. “She’s incredibly talented. She’s an absolute force to be reckoned with and I’m a great admirer.”
Kylie also discussed her decision to hit the road stateside last fall, despite not having an album to promote. The trek, which stopped in cities including Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, was well worth it, the pint-sized blonde said.
“It was a micro-tour, but I’ve got to tell you it was so rewarding,” she said. “It was a mission from the heart… It was like… setting my wallet on fire because basically it just made no financial sense to do it, but I just reached a point where I thought, ‘That’s it! I just wanna!’
“I got a lot of reward from it,” Kylie added. “Right back to the heart, so it was amazing.”
Also close to Kylie’s heart is the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Organization, the fashion community’s response to the disease. Kylie herself was diagnosed with the disease in 2005. She underwent treatment and reportedly has been in remission since then.
“This year I took part in the campaign which was shot by Mario Testino with myself, Claudia Schiffer and Sienna Miller and they had asked me to do it… like a couple of years before, but I just didn’t feel like I was ready to, to take that step and this year I thought, ‘OK, I can. I think I can do this,’” Kylie said. “It’s obviously really important for me to be part of that now and to spread the message to help raise funds and to give women and the few men — you know, send them positive messages.”