In the past year, the music industry has witnessed remarkable comebacks from renowned pop icons, including Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna. Now, we can add another name to that illustrious list: Kylie Minogue.
Hailing from Australia, Kylie has long been celebrated as one of the LGBTQ+ community’s greatest allies, and she recently sent them into a frenzy with the release of her new single, “Padam Padam.” This refreshing and instantly catchy dance-pop anthem has struck a chord, permeating the queer collective consciousness and setting the stage for a full-fledged Kylie comeback.
The accompanying music video serves as a tantalizing appetizer, clocking in at under three minutes. It eschews any hidden agendas or profound messages, instead focusing on choreography, vibrant colors, and, of course, Kylie looking sensational. These three fundamental ingredients are essential for any proper pop star return.
The single has already found a dedicated place in the hearts of the LGBTQ+ community, but some believe it has the potential to transcend Pride playlists on Spotify and Twitter discussions, aiming for mainstream success.
To bolster this prospect, Kylie delivered a magnificent mash-up performance during the American Idol finale on Sunday, May 21. This popular talent show commands a massive viewership in the United States, and it marks a notable shift for Kylie, who had all but given up on promoting her music in the country until now. It’s worth noting that her last appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 was nearly two decades ago with “Slow.”
Across the pond in the UK, Kylie’s comeback appears to be signaling a similar trajectory. “Padam Padam” is poised to become her biggest British hit in nearly ten years. Her previous two albums, “Disco” and “Golden,” failed to make a significant impact on the charts, but this new single exudes the potential for a top 20 position.
For much of the mid to late 2010s, pop music enthusiasts experienced a dearth of awe-inspiring moments from their favorite divas. While artists like Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, and Lizzo took center stage with chart-topping hits, and Beyoncé mesmerized audiences with her iconic Beychella performance, others took breaks from the spotlight. Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Madonna, and Britney Spears, all known for their grand pop star spectacles and extravagant visuals, were largely absent for various reasons.
However, it seems that the drought is finally drawing to a close. Miley Cyrus’s pure pop anthem “Flowers” has emerged as the year’s biggest hit, reigning atop the United World Chart for an unprecedented 18 weeks—surpassing even Whitney Houston’s legendary “I Will Always Love You.”
Beyoncé’s Renaissance world tour is currently captivating audiences across Europe, while Taylor Swift is dominating stadiums throughout the United States. These monumental music moments are shaping the year’s pop landscape, and Madonna’s upcoming Celebration tour in July will only add to the excitement.
Even pop queens without an established legacy are embracing their full potential. Rita Ora garnered acclaim for embracing her pop stardom during a medley performance at a recent Eurovision semi-final, while Loreen captivated audiences with her sandwich-inspired staging and soaring single “Tattoo,” ultimately claiming victory in the contest.
Zara Larsson’s electrifying performance of her single “Can’t Tame Her” on Dancing On Ice in January hinted at her readiness for a bigger stage, and Kim Petras set social media ablaze with her mesmerizing renditions of the Sam Smith collaboration “Unholy” at various award shows. Additionally, Janelle Monáe unveiled one of the boldest music videos of her career to date earlier this month.
It appears that the world’s greatest divas are driven by an increasing desire to deliver grander and bolder material on bigger, better stages. If Kylie Minogue’s captivating comeback is any indication, it signifies that the world at large, not just the LGBTQ+ community, is eagerly anticipating and ready to embrace this reinvigorated era of pop music.