Kylie Minogue is turning her back on uplifting pop and dance to get a little gloomy.
The Australian singer has released a steady stream of pop hits, including I Should Be So Lucky, Spinning Around and Can’t Get You Out of My Head, since the 1980s, but now she's planning a change of style.
Kylie, who famously duetted with super-serious murder ballads singer Nick Cave on Where The Wild Roses Grow in 1995, parted ways with Jay Z’s record label Roc Nation in 2015 to take more control of her career, and it seems that may have had an impact on her sound.
"What’s worked well for me in the past is pop dance, obviously, melodies, emotional themes,” she told London’s Evening Standard newspaper. "I think most people think of my songs as joyful. But it doesn’t have to be just about joy - it can be sparkling melancholy. I don’t think I’ve ever used those words together before, I’m going to use it! And a slice of the unexpected, which we did with something like (2003 track) Slow.”
The singer hopes to release a new album in 2017 - the follow-up to 2014's Kiss Me Once and her Kylie Christmas record, which first hit stores last year (15) and has been re-released in 2016 as Kylie Christmas: Snow Queen Edition.
Meanwhile, Kylie is also planning a solid 2017 after taking on "lots of bits and pieces" such as small acting roles and recording a song for the soundtrack of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
"I’m looking forward to a solidified 2017," she says. "I’ve done a lot of random gigs, that’s the one thing that’s kept me busy.
“So I just want to make good music, music that people can have as part of their life. If I can just stick with that, that’s a good place."