Natalie Imbruglia - Biography
(pronounced im-broo-lyah) (born February 4, 1975) is an Australian
singer, songwriter, model and actress. Like Jason Donovan and Kylie
Minogue, she also played a role in the soap Neighbours before
venturing into a singing career. She is known in most parts of the
world for her smash-hit, "Torn". She is married to Daniel Johns of
Silverchair fame. To date she has sold more than 7.5 million albums
around the world.
second of the four daughters to an Italian father and an Australian
mother, Imbruglia grew up on the Central Coast, north of Sydney.
Imbruglia studied ballet as a child, hoping to make a career out of
it. Later, she started auditioning for Australian TV commercials and
appeared in spots for Coke and the popular Australian snack Twisties.
By age 16, she left high school to start a career in acting.
Eventually, she obtained the chance to play a regular role on the
Australian soap opera, Neighbours at the 1ge of 16 1/2.
Neighbours has also launched the careers of many other successful
Australian female artists such as Kylie Minogue, Holly Valance and
Delta Goodrem. However, by the end of her second year, she left the
show to move to London, immersing herself in the city's club scene.
decided to try her hand at singing, something which she had never
attempted before. Her effort paid off and she was signed to BMG
Publishing. She came up with a demo of the song "Torn" which greatly
impressed RCA Records and got her a record contract.
Imbruglia is one of the two most succesful Australian-born female
singers, along with Kylie Minogue. However, her chart performance in
1998 during Torn era and the release of her first album, Left of the
Middle surpass that of Kylie's peak performance in 1987 or 2001
(Locomotion and Fever era). Natalie Imbruglia has received one MTV
Awards for Best New Artist in 1998, and 3 constitutive nominations
of Grammy Awards in 1999.
From Rock on
the Net: She is No. 11 single artist of the year of 1998, and No. 76
single artist in 2001.
internationally released single, was an Ednaswap cover, "Torn",
instantly the single became one of the biggest hits of the 90s
reaching number-two in the UK Singles Chart and number-one on
Airplay around the world, the single went on to sell over a million
copies in the United Kingdom alone and more than 2.5 million copies
It was also
released on the airwaves in the US, but not in buyable CD-format.
There, it impressed radio audiences and stayed at the top spot of
the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay for eleven weeks. Because it wasnít
sold in physical CD single form, it didnít get on the Billboard Hot
100 Singles chart, which did not count airplay-only singles at the
1997, it broke the all time airplay record in the UK for being the
most played (more than 2000 plays) for six consecutive weeks. It was
No. 1 radio single in the USA from March to July 1998. It was
knocked down to No. 2 by Alanis Morissette's Uninvited. At the same
week, she was spotted topless with her then boyfriend Lenny Kravitz
in Santa Monica. Rick Dees from Kiis FM
Rick Top 40 show made joke of her by calling her a double topless.
in his Top 40 Chart show declared Torn as the 'number one radio
single of 1990s' in their 2000 Millenium Countdown show, broadcasted
from Kiis FM LA on News Years Eve.
Left of the
album Left of the Middle followed soon after. The second
single released in the UK, after "Torn" was "Big
Mistake". The song debuted at number-two. "Wishing
I Was There" followed and it was less successful than her
first two singles, reaching number 19. However, 'Wishing
I Was There' was s smash hit on the UK radio, peaked at No. 2
in summer 1998, and was a summer smash hit in the USA radio, peaked
at No. 14 on the Top 40 Show. The final single from Left of the
Middle was "Smoke", and the
reception was much more divided compared to the other singles. It
was a hit in the UK and made the top 5, while in Australia it just
missed the top 40. Eventually, the album became a million-seller
after charting well in many countries and entering the Top 10 in the
US and UK. In 1999, she collaborated with Welsh singer Tom Jones and
appeared on an INXS cover from his album Reload.
Left of the
Middle was certified platinum by RIAA within 8 week release (May
1998) and was certified 2X platinum in November 1998.
next album, White Lilies Island, arrived in 2001. Named after one of
her summer homes, the writing process took almost three years to
complete. The album's first single, That Day, was very different
stylistically from her previous singles, and it did not reach the UK
Top 10. The song, which some found reminiscent of Lisa Loeb's style,
did not do well in her home country either. In the
Wrong Impression was released as the first single and it enjoyed
small success, charting in the Hot 100 Singles chart and the Adult
Contemporary chart. The track was also released in the UK as a
second single, and it did slightly better than That Day. Beauty On
The Fire, the final single, experienced minimal success and barely
entered charts worldwide. In Australia it did not even make the top
50. Beauty On The Fire, however, was one of the more
critically-acclaimed tracks from
Island and is considered by fans to be her most underrated single.
The album still managed to sell around a million copies but failed
to repeat the widespread success of Left of the Middle. She got
married in 2003 to her long-time boyfriend, Daniel Johns, the lead
singer of Silverchair.
Down The Days
Imbruglia's third album was ready in November 2003. Natalie's record
label refused to release it due to it being too rock and not
radio-friendly. She was later given songs to record with
Scandinavian pop producers, which she refused to do. Natalie and her
record label parted ways at the beginning of 2004. 4 months later
she signed with a new label Brightside Recordings, which was formed
by a former Innocent Records boss Hugh Goldsmith. Imbruglia started
working on an album again. In April 2005, Imbruglia released her
third studio album Counting Down The Days in the UK with Shiver as
its first single. Shiver was a huge success, and it became her
longest running single in the UK since Torn. It topped UK airplay
charts for several weeks, reaching eighth place in the UK charts.
Still, the songís acclaim and reception paid off and Counting Down
The Days became her first album to reach the top spot on the album
charts. The second single, the title track Counting Down The Days,
was released on July 25th but it did not have as much success in the
singles chart as Shiver. It managed to reignite interest in its
parent album though, and also received a lot of airplay in the UK.
Due to the single, the album managed to re-enter the top 40 in the
official UK charts. Imbruglia also did a small European tour in late
October and November to promote the album. It looks unlikely that a
third single will be released from the album as she will soon be
working on a small independent film in Australia. (The track
Perfectly from the album received airplay in the UK following
Counting Down the Days, but it was never released as a single.)
started working on her 4th album in 2006. As confirmed by both
Imbruglia and her record label the album is due in early 2007. In a
true Imbruglia style, it is expensively budgeted and is currently
written in the UK, USA and Australia. Gary Clark, Daniel Johns,
Crispin Hunt and Dan Wilson are confirmed co-writers for the album.
became a spokesperson for L'Oreal after the release of White Lilies
Island. Even till today, she remains as a model for many cosmetic
products by L'Oreal, particularly mascaras and skincare products.
Her advertisements have appeared frequently in newspapers, magazines
and television all over the world, ranging from places like Italy to
Malaysia and the UK.
She made her
big screen debut as an actress in the British comedy, Johnny
English. Starring alongside Rowan Atkinson, she played a supporting
role as Lorna Campbell. The movie also featured another musical
talent, Bond, in a cameo appearance. Internationally, the movie did
well despite negative reviews from critics.
Imbruglia has been preparing for the lead role of Elise Silverton in
the Australian independent film Elise. The film is based on a
Georgia Blain's novel Closed for Winter. Elise is
directed by James Bogle. Shooting begins in August 2006 in
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