New album and film starring role opposite other 80s icon [B]Molly Ringwald[/B]...

Kylie Minogue is currently writing songs for the follow-up to last year's eponymous album.

She is writing songs with house act Brothers In Rhythm and recording at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios in Bath.

Since leaving her last record label deConstruction after disappointing record sales it is heavily tipped the new Kylie material will appear on Mushroom UK. She is already signed to Mushroom in Australia.

As well covering 'The Reflex' with Ben Lee for an Australian Duran Duran tribute LP, Kylie's recorded a track called 'In Denial' for the Pet Shop Boys' forthcoming new album.

She has also recorded a cover of 'The Real Thing' by '60s Australian artist Russell Morris. The track will appear on the soundtrack of her forthcoming film Sample People. Kylie stars as the wife of a nightclub owner who has an affair with his partner.

She will also appear alongside '80s Bratpack star Molly Ringwald in a new teen slasher movie called Cut. Both films are yet to be given release dates.

Meanwhile, it's rumoured that Kylie will perform her '80s number one 'The Locomotion' onstage with Sir Les Patterson at Nick Cave's Meltdown festival (June 17-July 2), which takes place at London's Royal Festival Hall.

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