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International Pop superstar Kylie Minogue will kick off the opening night of the North American Aphrodite – Live 2011 leg of her world tour tomorrow night in Montreal before hitting the U.S. on Friday night at Boston’s Bell Centre. This is Kylie’s most extensive North American outing to date as the pop goddess will play 16 shows including a 3-night stint at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, a return to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and will close at the legendary Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas before heading to Australia and South Africa (full schedule below). Kylie played shows in Japan this past week after wrapping the European Aphrodite – Les Folies arena leg of the tour which began in February and was described as “…what might just be the most meticulously designed arena show ever” and “one hell of a production and a thoroughly sophisticated one at that” by The Evening Herald in Ireland and UK’s Daily Star said that Kylie “set a new benchmark for arena shows…and redefined the term ‘spectacular’ along the way.”

To celebrate the tour, Astralwerks Records will release a new exclusive digital EP North American Tour Bonus Edition on May 3rd. The EP consists of 5 live recordings, three from a semi-acoustic BBC Live Lounge session – “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” “All The Lovers” and “Get Outta My Way”, and two recorded live in New York in October 2009 during Kylie’s first North American Tour – “Better Than Today” and “Confide In Me”. As a special fan treat the EP also includes a short film featuring behind the scenes footage of Kylie on tour plus original tour wardrobe sketches by Dolce & Gabbana.

In addition a new remix EP for the song “Put Your Hands Up” will be released on May 31st which will include the album track with brand new remixes including the Pete Hammond remix that Kylie shared with fans as a thank you for the support of the song during the live shows on the European leg of the tour. Kylie sent the following message when she posted a lyric video with the remix on her youtube channel: “Thank you all for making Aphrodite Les Folies’ such an amazing experience for me. Those of you who have been to a show will know that ‘Put Your Hands Up’ goes OFF! So as a tour thank you I wanted to share this 80’s-tastic remix by the legendary Pete Hammond. Enjoy!!”

In the fall of 2009 Kylie stormed America to sell out her first ever North American tour. The 6-city tour kicked off in Oakland and made stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New York, wowing fans and critics alike at each stop. Entertainment Weekly called the show a “two-hour post-disco fantasia of strobe, bass, and glitter—an all-out spectacle.” The New York Times claimed “The concert (was) efficient, clobbering, expensive, generous…close to an alternate reality”; high praise indeed and the 2011 show promises to be bigger and better in every way!

Kylie’s eleventh album Aphrodite was released in July and debuted at #19 in the U.S., marking her highest U.S. chart position since 2002’s Fever. Aphrodite became Kylie’s fifth #1 album in the UK, hitting the top spot a full 22 years to the week since her debut album Kylie entered the chart. The album also made Kylie the first solo artist in the history of the UK charts to have a #1 album in four different decades. Around the globe Aphrodite debuted in the top 10 in thirteen different countries.

Aphrodite has scored three consecutive #1 songs on the Billboard Club Chart with “All The Lovers,” “Get Outta My Way” and “Better Than Today.” Kylie also became the first artist in the nearly 35-year history of the chart to claim two out of the top three songs on the chart when “Better Than Today” held the top spot and Taio Cruz’s “Higher” featuring Travie McCoy and Kylie ranked #3. “Better Than Today” is Kylie’s 6th career #1 on the chart.

Over the course of her extraordinary 20-plus-year-career, Kylie Minogue has been a global force in pop music and is one of the world’s most successful female artists with more than 60 million albums sold worldwide, over 50 hit singles including the dance-chart-toppers “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” “Love At First Sight,” “Slow,” and the Grammy-Award winning “Come Into My World.” She has received countless awards and accolades including an OBE from the Queen, 8 sold-out world tours including the KylieX2008 tour which traveled to 21 countries throughout Europe, South America, Dubai, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Minogue has released eleven studio albums, three live CDs, eight live concert DVD’s, plus her Greatest Hits, Ultimate Kylie double album and Boombox The Remix Album 2000-2008. Kylie has her own successful bed linen line “Kylie at Home” and has released 7 fragrances.

Aphrodite – Live 2011 North American Dates
April 28 Montreal Bell Centre
April 29 Boston, MA Agganis Arena at Boston University
April 30 Washington DC GMU Patriot Center
May 2 NYC, NY Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom
May 3 NYC, NY Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom
May 4 NYC, NY Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom
May 6 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
May 7 Fort Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
May 8 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live Orlando
May 10 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre
May 12 Mexico City Sports Palace
May 14 Guadalajara, Mexico Auditorio Telmex
May 16 Monterrey, Mexico Arena
May 18 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
May 20 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
May 21 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
May 22 Las Vegas, NV Colosseum at Caesars Palace

North American Tour Bonus Edition EP Content:
1. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (BBC Live Lounge Version) *
2. All The Lovers (BBC Live Lounge Version) +
3. Get Outta My Way (BBC Live Lounge Version) *
4. Better Than Today (Live in New York October 2009) *
5. Confide In Me (Live in New York October 2009) #
6. Short Film chronicling ‘a day in the life’ of Kylie on the road
7. 6-page PDF booklet feat. original Dolce & Gabbana tour wardrobe sketches

* previously unreleased
+ previously only available on the “Better Than Today” digital EP
# previously available on the digital album “Live In New York” (2009)

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