Astralwerks is an American record label focused on electronic and dance music, owned by Universal Music Group. Its material is distributed via Capitol Music Group in the United States; the label was founded in 1993 and, in its early years, featured prominent acts like The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. In recent years, its roster has expanded to include acts like Halsey, Porter Robinson, numerous others. In 2018, Astralwerks' headquarters were moved from its original home of New York City to Los Angeles. Astralwerks was founded in New York City in July 1993 by Brian Long as an electronic and dance imprint of Caroline Records. Long had helped curate an electronic music compilation, released on Caroline called Excursions in Ambience. Caroline's parent company, Virgin Records, sold the label to Thorn EMI soon after Astralwerks' foundation; the first album released on Astralwerks was Tales of Ephidrina by Amorphous Androgynous, an alter ego of The Future Sound of London. In 1994, Peter Wohelski was brought on as the head of A&R. Wohelski is credited with discovering the Chemical Brothers and bringing them into the Astralwerks fold.
Their 1995 debut studio album, Exit Planet Dust, sold 750,000 copies in the United States. The duo's 1997 follow-up, Dig Your Own Hole, reached number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart. Other albums released under Astralwerks in its first five years included Seefeel's Quique, Soul Oddity's Soul Oddity, µ-Ziq's Lunatic Harness, Photek's Modus Operandi, Fatboy Slim's You've Come a Long Way, among many others. 1999 saw the releases of Basement Jaxx's Remedy and Cassius' 1999, the latter of which had three singles peak in the top 30 of the U. S. Dance chart; that year, Peter Wohelski left his position as general manager of the label and was replaced by Errol Kolosine. In the early 2000s, Astralwerks releases included Air's 2001 album, 10 000 Hz Legend and the 2003 re-issue of Motorbass' Pansoul. In 2005, the label released Kraftwerk's first live album, Minimum-Maximum, a Brian Eno compilation called, More Music for Films. In 2007, EMI reorganized its distribution arm, which saw Glenn Mendlinger take over for Errol Kolosine as Astralwerks' general manager.
In 2009, the label released David Guetta's One Love. The lead single off that album, "When Love Takes Over," would go on to win a Grammy Award. In 2012, the label released Swedish House Mafia's Until Now which featured the single "Don't You Worry Child." The album reached number 14 on the Billboard 200 while the single made it to number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. That year, the Universal Music Group purchased EMI, bringing Astralwerks under UMG control where it remains today; as part of the corporate restructuring, Astralwerks became an imprint under the Capitol Music Group. In 2013, the label signed both Porter Robinson and Deadmau5; the following year, Astralwerks signed singer Halsey to a record deal. That year, Robinson released his debut studio album and Deadmau5 released his Astralwerks debut, While. Halsey's debut studio album, came in 2015 and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200, her 2017 follow-up, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, would top the chart. In 2018, it was announced that Astralwerks would move from New York City to its current home base of Los Angeles.
Glenn Mendlinger stepped down as general manager and was replaced by Toby Andrews. In September 2018, the label announced that it had "relaunched" with a spate of new signings and a new staff at their Los Angeles offices; the new signings included Illenium. Marshmello, another recent Astralwerks signee, released the song "Happier" featuring Bastille which reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped several Billboard charts. In October 2018, the label partnered with gaming personality, Ninja, on a compilation album, released in December and featured original songs from Tycho, 3LAU, among others. Astralwerks discography at Discogs Official website
For You, for Me
For You, for Me was the eleventh concert tour by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. This was Minogue's first concert tour in North America; the concert has received favorable reviews from music critics. Despite previous apprehension of touring this territory by Minogue and her management, the tour grossed over three million dollars. In 2002, there was speculation Minogue would bring her Fever tour to the U. S. and Canada, after the success of Fever and its singles in those territories. It was believed Minogue did not want to scale down the show for smaller venues but revealed she was swayed by her management to not perform in the U. S. and Canada. However, Minogue did tour the U. S. with Jingle Ball, an annual concert festival produced on by KIIS-FM, visiting Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, New York City, Seattle. The tour was announced via Billboard on 6 May 2009. Minogue stated, "I’ve wanted to tour in America and Canada for years now and know that fans have been waiting a long time for this. I’m thrilled that the opportunity has arrived."
Bill Silva stated, "Kylie has such a successful career outside of North America that it has taken quite a while to find a window in her schedule for the U. S. and Canada. Her amazing fans in North America will be well rewarded for their patience when they experience her show and its entire spectacle." Minogue promoted the tour on the fourth hour of the Today Show in New York stating that she's always wanted to tour the US, but it was a constant battle with her manager. During an interview with BlackBook Magazine Minogue spoke about her fanbase in North America: "The fans in America aren’t great in number, but they’re great in spirit, and they’ve been so patient. I think I shocked them when I said I was touring, because they’ve become accepting of the fact that it was never going to happen, but I meant it, all the years I spent saying I would love to tour the States" and what they should expect from the tour: "I decided not to go somewhere I’ve never been before, direction-wise, because American audiences haven’t seen my live shows for the most part.
So we decided—and I guess it works well in these financial times—to bring with us a "best of" my different tours". Jean Paul Gaultier created some of the outfits for the show. Minogue commented on the tour, stating, "It was a micro-tour, but I’ve got to tell you it was so rewarding It was a mission from the heart… It was like… setting my wallet on fire because 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. Right back to the heart, so it was amazing." The show was split into six sections along with an encore. All of the costumes worn in the tour were designed for Kylie by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier; the elements of the tour drew inspiration from Kylie's earlier tours, borrowing song interpretations, screen visuals, costumes. The show began with an overture containing elements of "Over the Rainbow", "Somewhere" and "The Sound of Music", which leads into "Light Years", remixed by Steve Anderson.
Kylie was lowered onto the stage on the skull used for "Like a Drug" on the KylieX2008 tour. After chatting to the audience Kylie would go onto sing the KylieX2008 version of "In Your Eyes", closing the section; the second section began with a altered version of the "Everything Taboo Medley" used in the Homecoming Tour", but used elements and samples of "Fascinated", "Ride On Time", "The Real Slim Shady" and "Buffalo Gals", the latter two used in the Fever Tour and did not use the "Step Back in Time" sample. Following this medley, Kylie went on to perform "Better than Today", from her then-upcoming eleventh studio album; the third section began with "Like a Drug". Following "Like a Drug", the "Boombox" / "Can't Get You Out of My Head" mashup was performed, which incorporated the screen visuals of "Can't Get You Out of My Head" used in the Money Can't Buy one-off concert and the KylieX2008 tour. After this, Kylie performed the X Tour version of "Slow" without the "Free" excerpt. To close the section, Kylie introduced the band and performed "2 Hearts".
The fourth section began with a different version of "Red Blooded Woman" used in the both the Showgirl Tour and Showgirl Homecoming Tour, but still used the "Where the Wild Roses Grow" excerpt. This was followed by a small dance interlude titled "Heart Beat Rock Segue" that included elements of the song "Mickey". "Wow" closed the section. The fifth section began with a small instrumental intro, titled "White Diamond Theme", which used excepts and quotes from various films and actresses. Throughout the performance of the latter, the screen visuals used in the "Crying Game Medley" during the Fever Tour were used, as well as the falling rose petals used in the tour too; the penultimate section began with the mashup of Kylie's "Burning Up" and Madonna's "Vogue". It was at this point in the show that "On a Night Like This" was supposed to be performed, how
Greatest Hits: 87–99
Greatest Hits: 87–99 is a 2003 compilation album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. The album was a budget release, released only in Australia during the same month as Minogue's ninth studio album Body Language; the track list is an extension of her 1992 Greatest Hits compilation, adding the singles released during the Deconstruction period. The accompanying DVD features every Minogue music video released during the PWL and Deconstruction years. Although an Australian release, the UK videos for "The Loco-Motion" and "Word Is Out" are included instead of the Australian versions of "Locomotion" and "Word Is Out"; however these are included on the CD album. All songs written and produced by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman except where noted
Let's Get to It
Let's Get to It is the fourth studio album by Australian singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue, released on 14 October 1991 by PWL Records. Critically, the album drew a mixed reception. Most critics criticised the record's songwriting. Let's Get to It remains Minogue's least successful studio album to date, missing the top ten in both her native Australia and United Kingdom. Nonetheless, the album was certified gold in Australia. A promotional tour, entitled Let's Get to It Tour managed to have success around Europe. In 1991, Matt Aitken left Stock Aitken Waterman, the long-time record producing trio for Minogue, because he felt he was "burnt out." "People say all our records sound the same, but it came to a point where they started sounding all the same to me," he said. Over the course of the year, Minogue returned to the studio with her remaining producers Mike Stock and Pete Waterman, co-writing six tracks with them, she told Smash Hits a lot of her new songs are "pretty different." "Everything from big band swing stuff to a more soulful kind of thing," the magazine recalls her words.
Minogue suggested that she hoped to find time to do more recording that year. "I may do some more writing in America which may lead to another recording there," she told. During this time, Minogue was fascinated by club music. Although her music was always played in commercial clubs, but the pop element of her earlier works made the "cooler clubs" tend to "frown upon." Minogue created an alias for herself as "Angel K," set about releasing white label promotional vinyl's of tracks included "Do You Dare" and "Closer", both of the songs appeared as B-sides on "Give Me Just a Little More Time" and "Finer Feelings", respectively. At this stage, the album was a contractual obligation as the last of four studio albums on her contract, as Minogue remained unsure whether to continue with PWL until after the release of the album's final single "Finer Feelings". Following her release from PWL, she stated that she felt stifled by Stock and Waterman, saying, "I was much a puppet in the beginning. I was blinkered by my record company.
I was unable to look left or right." When asked about whether he knew it would be her final studio album with PWL, Waterman said "Yes. I mean in hindsight, we should have sold that album before we made it. If I was as brilliant as I’d like to think I could have been I would have had the common sense to say that Kylie had become such a big star she was overshadowing us and killing our creativity and that if we had stepped out at that point, we’d have had to gone back to what we were good at and, finding new artists and finding new things to do and being creative instead of worrying about, going to pay the rent and all the salaries at the end of the month." Digital Spy's Nick Levine called the album her most "diverse set of songs yet." In Social Theory in Popular Culture, Lee Barron noted her significant musical differences from her "initial formula" of the early works in the album and the previous, Rhythm of Love, with the latter has "a sound flirting with R&B influences."The first track of the album, "Word Is Out", is a new jack swing and R&B track, with "swingbeat big band sound."
"Too Much of a Good Thing" is a house track which contains interpolations from Janet Jackson's "Control" and "Let the Beat Hit'Em" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. "If You Were with Me Now" was compared by to "Disney duet balladry." The techno-pop "I Guess I Like It Like That" includes a stadium keyboard part that lays the foundation of the song—which Chris True from AllMusic called it one of album's "noticeable missteps", an interpolation of "I Like It Like That" by Salt-N-Pepa and a sample from "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited. Waterman stated: "I went to bed, I was in bed thinking of all these records that I had in my life I was going through the library mentally thinking, what song would she never have done that we could do, just a great song, and one of my favorite songs was Chairman of the Board's'Give Me Just a Little More Time.'" He was working in the middle of the night when he ran downstairs to his record label to find the track. The song was played to Minogue the next morning; the artwork was photographed by German fashion photographer Jürgen Teller.
In the cover, Minogue wears a dress, designed by Nobuhiko Kitamura for Japanese fashion brand Hysteric Glamour, it was described as a mini dress with "stretch lycra, multi-coloured green, yellow pink vanity print, shoe string shoulder straps in same fabric." The dress was donated to the Cultural Gifts Program of the Arts Centre Melbourne by Minogue herself in 2004. "The album cover will worry fans the most," said Minogue. "I like it, but it's black and white and there are three men with me. You don't realise they're men until you look at it - you think they're just shapes around the edge. You wonder what I'm thinking because I've got this weird expression on my face which people haven't seen before. It's going to be interesting to see what people make of the album cover." Chris True from AllMusic said the cover is "kind of creepy." "Word Is Out" was serviced as the lead single for the album on 28 August 1991. It was her first lead single not to reach the top ten on the UK Singles Chart. Chris True from AllMusic gave the album two and a half stars, called the album is "certainly as danceable" as her previous work Rhythm of Love but "not her most solid release, but fans of her early work will enjoy it."
Joe Sweeney from PopMatters the album's musical styles make it "sound more dated by half than Rhythm of Love." Digital Spy claimed their readers not to let the Stock Aitken Waterman fool them. Nick Griffiths from Select called it "easily her best album", with the "te
Hits (Kylie Minogue album)
Hits is a compilation album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue. It was released in Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines by EMI; the compilation contains songs from Light Years, Body Language, Ultimate Kylie, Showgirl Homecoming Live, X and Aphrodite, in addition to a remix of "Get Outta My Way" by Japanese electronic musician Yasutaka Nakata of capsule. A special edition was released, including a bonus DVD of music videos
Kylie Minogue videography
The videography of Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, consists of 73 music videos, 6 lyric videos, 11 concert tour video releases, 11 music video compilations and 2 documentaries. Kylie Minogue filmography Kylie Minogue albums discography Kylie Minogue singles discography List of songs recorded by Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue products List of Kylie Minogue concert tours List of awards and nominations received by Kylie Minogue Works cited The Complete Kylie, Simon Sheridan, Reynolds & Hearn Books ISBN 1-905287-89-5 Official website
Live in New York (Kylie Minogue album)
Live in New York is a live album by Australian singer and songwriter, Kylie Minogue. The album is a live recording of her For You, for Me Tour, during her performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Live in New York was released on 14 December 2009 to online digital media stores; the album doesn't include "Better than Today", not included due to it appearing on Minogue's forthcoming album Aphrodite. Minogue's official YouTube page streamed a live recording of the first half of the concert on 12 December 2009; the album was released to digitally to various online stores both in the U. S. and internationally. To promote the album, Minogue streamed the first half of the album on her official YouTube channel. To promote her following album, Aphrodite, a promotional sampler was released in addition with the album at Asda Supermarkets. Additionally, a free promotional sampler, entitled Performance, was included in The Mail on Sunday on 19 September 2010. Backing vocals – Roxanne Wilde, Lucita Jules Bass – Jenni Tarma Drums – Matthew Racher Guitar – Adrian Eccleston Keyboards – Sarah De Courcy Producer, programmer – Steve Anderson Recorded by – Gary Bradshaw Saxophone – Graeme Belvins Trombone – Barnaby Dickinson Trumpet – Graeme Flowers Kylie.com – official website