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Kylie Minogue Announces New Album 'Tension'

13 May 2023 | 8:41 am | Mary Varvaris

Kylie Minogue's new album is a "blend of personal reflection, club abandon and melancholic high.”

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Kylie Minogue has announced that her new album, Tension, will be released on Friday, 22 September, via BMG.

The Australian pop superstar’s new album follows her 2020 album, Disco, and includes the previously released track, 10 Out Of Ten.

Last month, Minogue dropped 10 Out Of Ten (featuring DJ Oliver Heldens), an addictive disco-pop tune. 

Making the announcement on Twitter, she shared a snippet of the song in the form of a neon graphic video with her singing, “You know I'm gonna give you 10 out of 10, you know I'm gonna love you, love you to death, you know I'm gonna give you 10 out of 10 I'm gonna give you something you can't forget, baby all night again and again…”

The first official single from Tension will be the album opener, Padam Padam, which will be released soon. Mirror speculates that the track could be dropped anytime before Minogue’s birthday on 28 May.

Reuniting with longtime collaborator Richard “Biff” Stannard and Disco contributor Duck Blackwell, Minogue said about the experience of making a new album, “I loved being back in the studio with my collaborators but was also able to benefit from remote recording, which we have all got used to – my mobile studio never left my side for a year and a half!”

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Tension was made to help Minogue “navigate challenging times and celebrate the now. I hope it accompanies listeners on their own journeys and becomes part of their story.”

Minogue’s statement about the album continued: “I started this album with an open mind and a blank page,” she said in a press release. 

“Unlike my last two albums there wasn’t a ‘theme,’ it was about finding the heart or the fun or the fantasy of that moment and always trying to service the song. I wanted to celebrate each song’s individuality and to dive into that freedom. I would say it’s a blend of personal reflection, club abandon and melancholic high.”

In March, it was revealed that Minogue was back in the studio working on new music. 

“I've been making albums now for over 30 years, but each one is a different journey. I'm ready for new music,” she was quoted as saying by the UK newspaper The Sun.

She continued, "I can't reveal what the sound is yet, but it is all super exciting. It's always a challenge to find that next sound.

"My last album [Disco, released in 2020] was mostly made during lockdown. To be back in the studio with some of my favourite people is simply a joy."

You can pre-save Tension here.