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Kylie returns as Aphrodite

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Nearly a decade ago, I remember staying home from school with a horrible case of the “chills.” It eventually evolved into one of the worst colds I’ve ever experienced, so bad that I couldn’t even stomach crackers. I couldn’t sleep, either. I’d be up at all hours of the night, sometimes falling asleep on the couch, the living room floor, or my bathtub. By the fourth night, I started losing my mind — sort of like Martin Sheen at the end of Apocalypse Now, only less face paint. At around four in the morning, however, while watching VH1 (probably why I was going delusional), I caught the video for Kylie Minogue‘s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”. Her smile, her bright blonde hair, and that delectable little body of hers screamed “angel.” Coupled with the bouncy techno beat, I think I smiled for the first time in a week, immediately going out the following weekend to snag the album.

Come July, I’ll be adding to that collection as Minogue returns with her 11th studio effort. (Like how I segued my overtly long anecdote there?) Titled Aphrodite, the dance-packed release features collaborations with songwriters Stuart Price, Calvin Harris, the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Nerina Pallot, NERVO, and Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley. The album’s first single, “All My Lovers”, will surface late June.

“The single was one of the last tracks to be written for the album,” Minogue said in her press release. “As I was recording it I knew that ‘All The Lovers’ had to be the first single; it sums up the euphoria of the album perfectly. It gives me goose-bumps, so I’m really excited to hear what everyone thinks of it.”

We are too.

Aphrodite surfaces July 6th (via EMI’s Astralwerks Records). “All My Lovers” hits the web June 29th, but you can listen to a snippet of it now over at her official site.

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