Natalie Imbruglia

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Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia Cannes.jpg
Imbruglia at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
Born
Natalie Jane Imbruglia

(1975-02-04) 4 February 1975 (age 44)
Nationality
  • Australian
  • British
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actress
  • model
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
Daniel Johns
(m. 2003; div. 2008)
Children1
RelativesLaura Imbruglia (sister)
Musical career
GenresPop rock
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Websitewww.natalieimbruglia.com

Natalie Jane Imbruglia (/ɪmˈbrliə/ im-BROO-lee-ə, Italian: [imˈbruʎʎa]; born 4 February 1975) is an Australian-British singer-songwriter, model and actress. In the early 1990s, she played Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Three years after leaving the programme, she began a singing career with her chart-topping cover of Ednaswap's song "Torn".

Her subsequent album, Left of the Middle (1997), sold 7 million copies worldwide. Imbruglia's five subsequent albums have combined sales of 3 million copies worldwide, and her accolades include eight ARIA Awards, two Brit Awards, one Billboard Music Award, and three Grammy nominations.

Imbruglia has appeared in several films, including the 2003 release Johnny English and the 2009 Australian indie film Closed for Winter. She has modelled for several brands, such as L'Oreal, Gap, and Kailis.

Amongst other philanthropic work, Imbruglia served as a longtime spokesperson for Virgin Unite and campaigns to raise awareness of obstetric fistula.

Life and career[edit]

1975–1994: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Imbruglia was born on 4 February 1975, in Sydney, Australia, second of four daughters of Maxene (née Anderson) and Elliot Imbruglia.[1] Her father is of Italian descent (a Sicilian from Lipari who emigrated to Australia with his family at age five) and her mother is of Irish and English descent.[2] Imbruglia grew up in Berkeley Vale, New South Wales and attended St Peters Catholic College, between Sydney and Newcastle. At 15, she moved to Sydney with her family[2] and studied ballet, tap and highland dancing, hoping to make a career of it.

Imbruglia appeared in Australian television commercials for Coca-Cola and the Australian snack Twisties. She left school at the age of 16, to pursue acting. She secured a role as Beth Brennan on the Australian soap opera Neighbours where she shared a house with Ben Mitchell who played the part of Cameron Hudson.[3][4] By the end of her second year, she left the show to move to London in 1994.[2] She met Anne Barret, who became her manager and convinced her to record a demo of four songs.[2] She signed a record deal with BMG, after a demo of "Torn" impressed RCA Records.

1997–2000: Left of the Middle and international breakthrough[edit]

Imbruglia's first international single, "Torn", was a cover of an Ednaswap song.[5] It reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in November 1997,[6] number one on airplay around the world and number one on the Billboard Airplay chart for 14 weeks. It sold more than one million copies in the United Kingdom alone. As of 2011, 'Torn' was the most played song on Australian radio since 1990, played 300,500 times since 1997, an average of 75 a day, based on data compiled by the Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA).[7]

It was released as a radio single in the US, but not on CD. The single was on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart for 14 weeks. At the time, singles not released commercially could not be on the overall Hot 100 chart (combined sales and airplay). By the time the policy changed, "Torn" was heading down the charts, so its peak on the Hot 100 ended at 42. The single also topped the Top 40 Mainstream/CHR Pop and Adult Top 40 charts.

In October 1997, it broke the airplay record in the UK (more than 2000 plays) for six weeks. It was No. 1 for 14 weeks in the UK radio chart, equalled only by Simply Red's "Fairground". Rick Dees, in his Top 40 Chart show, named "Torn" as the 'number one radio single of 1990s' in the 2000 Millennium Countdown show broadcast from KIIS-FM on New Year's Eve.

Imbruglia appeared with David Armand midway through his 'interpretative dance' to sing Torn at Amnesty International's The Secret Policeman's Ball (2006).

Imbruglia's debut album Left of the Middle was released on 24 November 1997. It sold 350,000 in the UK three weeks after release and was certified platinum. It has sold 7 million copies and is the highest selling debut album by a pop/rock/alternative female artist, more than Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple and Meredith Brooks combined in its first week according to Billboard.[8] The second single in the UK after "Torn" was "Big Mistake", which debuted at number two. "Wishing I Was There" was less successful, reaching 19. "Wishing I Was There" on UK radio peaked at 2 in summer 1998, and in the US peaked at 14 on the Top 40 Show. The final single from Left of the Middle was "Smoke", the reception more divided. It was a hit in the UK and made the top 5, while in Australia it 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 recorded a cover of Never Tear Us Apart by INXS with Tom Jones which appeared on his album Reload.

The "Torn" single and the Left of the Middle album earned Imbruglia six ARIA Awards in 1998,[9] while the "Wishing I Was There" single and her overall worldwide achievements earned her two more ARIA awards in 1999,[10] an MTV Award for Best New Artist in 1998, and three constitutive Grammy nominations in 1999. That year, she won two Brit Awards for Best International Newcomer and Best International Female.[11] She was ranked No. 11 on Rock of the Net's single artists of the year in 1998, and No. 76 in 2001. Imbruglia tied up her four-album deal with BMG after her compilation album, Glorious: The Singles 97–07.

2001–2004: White Lilies Island[edit]

Imbruglia's next album, White Lilies Island, in 2001, was named after where she lived beside the River Thames at Windsor. Imbruglia co-wrote every track over three years. The album's first single, "That Day", was stylistically different from her singles but did not reach the UK Top 10. In the US, "Wrong Impression" was the first single and charted in the Hot 100 Singles and adult contemporary charts. In the UK it did slightly better than That Day. "Beauty on the Fire", the final single, barely entered charts worldwide, and did not make the top 50 in Australia. The album, briefly notorious in the Sony BMG copy protection rootkit scandal, sold 1 million but did not repeat the success of Left of the Middle.

Imbruglia (centre) in Naples, Italy, in 2005

Imbruglia's third album was in November 2003. The record label refused to release it due to it being too rock and not radio-friendly[citation needed]. She was given songs to record with Swedish pop producers, Bloodshy & Avant, but refused[citation needed]. She and the record label separated at the beginning of 2004. Four months later she signed with Brightside Recordings, formed by a former Innocent Records executive, Hugh Goldsmith. In 2003 she appeared in the movie "Johnny English," playing Rowan Atkinson's love interest.

2005–2008: Counting Down the Days[edit]

In April 2005, Imbruglia's third album Counting Down the Days had "Shiver" as its first single. "Shiver" became her longest running single in the UK since "Torn." It topped UK airplay charts for several weeks, reaching eighth in the UK. It became the most played song of 2005. Counting Down The Days became her first album to reach the top spot on the album charts.

"Sanctuary" was the second single from the album and singles sent to radio stations. The decision was later changed to the title track "Counting Down the Days", with stations asked to play the album version, because the radio mix was not finished. The single on 25 July did not have as much success in the singles chart as "Shiver," although it reignited interest in its album and received airplay in the UK. Due to the single, the album re-entered the top 40 in the UK charts.

Imbruglia made a small European tour (her first since Left of the Middle) in late October and November. Though the album never entered UK Top 40 again, several concerts, especially in London, sold out.

The album was the 100th best-selling album in 2005, selling 204,877 copies in the UK .[12]

Imbruglia started on her fourth album in late 2005. In mid-2007 plans changed and her record company released a compilation of Imbruglia's 10 years in music. The only single from the album – "Glorious" premiered in BBC Radio 1 on the Chris Moyles Show. The Singles Collection debuted at 5 in the UK, including the single "Glorious" as well as a DVD of Imbruglia's videos. The album sold 600,000 copies.

2009–2014: Come to Life, musical hiatus and stage debut[edit]

Imbruglia in Bucharest, Romania, in 2008

In late 2008, in the second year of work on her eventual 2009 album Come to Life, Imbruglia parted with her label, Brightside/Sony BMG.[13] She obtained the rights to songs recorded for the album and planned to record on her own label, Malabar Records.[14] Songs were co-written with Ben Hillier, Dave McCracken, her then-husband Daniel Johns, Gary Clark, Jamie Hartman, Paul Harris, Shep Solomon and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Some tracks were produced by Hillier and mixed by Danton Supple.

Accompanied by an extensive television advertising campaign and press campaign,[15] Come to Life was released, through Island Records, on 2 October 2009 in Australia. It entered the Australian albums chart at #67 on 19 October 2009, making it Imbruglia's worst performing album to date, selling just 750 copies in its first week of release and spending only two weeks in the Top 100.[16] It had been announced that the album would be released in the United Kingdom (UK) on 3 May 2010, preceded by the track "Scars" to be released as a single on 22 March 2010. Following the disappointing reaction on the Australian charts, the official UK launch of the album, and the single, was delayed, then cancelled.[17] All plans to launch the album in the United States were also cancelled, with the album eventually made available online through Amazon Music.[18]

After the failure of Come to Life, Imbruglia took a six year hiatus from music, shifting her focus back to acting. Imbruglia moved to Los Angeles and hired acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.[19] She appeared in three movies over the next five years, Closed for Winter (2009), Underdogs (2013) and Among Ravens (2014).

In April 2014, Imbruglia made her stage debut in a UK production of Things We Do For Love, at the Theatre Royal, Bath.[20][21]

2014–2018: Male[edit]

On 3 December 2014, Imbruglia signed with Sony Masterworks and planned to make her first album in five years, covering famous songs by a range of male artists.[22] The first single is a cover of "Instant Crush", originally by Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas. Male was released on 31 July 2015, her fifth studio album.[23][24] During the spring of 2017, Imbruglia took her Acoustic Tour to Europe in support of the album.[25] In 2018 she continued with a tour around the UK.

2018–present: New album[edit]

In an Instagram post in November 2018 Imbruglia stated that new music was due in 2019.[26] In February 2019 it was announced that Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes was in the studio with Imbruglia working on new music, along with Strokes producer Gus Oberg.[27]

Imbruglia signed to BMG in July 2019, her original record label from 1997 to 2007, with plans to release an album of new material sometime in 2020.[28]

Other ventures[edit]

In May 2010, Imbruglia became a judge on the second season of the Australian version of The X Factor. She mentored the Girls category, in which her final act Sally Chatfield was the runner up of the series. In 2011, she did not return for the third season and was replaced by Natalie Bassingthwaighte.[29]

In June that year, Imbruglia appeared on the original British version of the show, where she was a guest judge for the Birmingham auditions on its seventh series.

In 2016 Imbruglia was cast in the second season of SBS TV series First Contact.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Imbruglia performs in Amsterdam, 1 November 2005

Relationships and citizenship[edit]

Imbruglia dated American actor David Schwimmer in the late 1990s.[31]

On New Year's Eve 2003, Imbruglia and her boyfriend of three years, Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns, married in a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. While Imbruglia lived mainly in Windsor, England, Johns lived in Newcastle, Australia.[32] They announced their divorce in January 2008, saying they lived too far apart.[33]

Natalie Imbruglia is the elder sister of singer-songwriter Laura Imbruglia.

Imbruglia became a naturalised British citizen on 28 February 2013.[34]

On 24 July 2019, Natalie announced via her official Facebook and Instagram page, that she was ”on her way to becoming a mum”. She also noted, "I have wanted this for a long time and I am blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor."

On 9 October 2019, Natalie annouced via Instagram, that she had given birth to a baby boy. His name is Max Valentine Imbruglia.[35]

Philanthropy[edit]

Public image[edit]

Imbruglia was named the sixth most naturally beautiful woman of all time in 2004.[38] Audrey Hepburn topped the poll by fashion editors, model agents and make-up artists. She was 90th of the VH1 100 Sexiest Artists.[39]

Imbruglia has tattoos of Sanskrit/Hindi inscription "Shreya" on her neck which is a Sanskrit word for "auspicious" or "beautiful", a Chinese tattoo on her left foot which means "courage" and Sanskrit Aum on her lower back. She said she had never had plastic surgery but that "I wouldn't rule it out because I don't know how I'll feel in the future." She said she would like to "grow old gracefully, wrinkles and all".[40] Besides modelling for L'Oréal, Imbruglia also modelled Sass and Bide's "The Mad Ones" dress to raise money for cancer research.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Country For Result
1998 MTV Video Music Award Best New Artist US Torn Won
Best Female Video US Torn Nominated
International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Australia US Torn Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Europe Torn Won
Best New Act Europe Left of the Middle Nominated
Best Female Artist Europe Nominated
ARIA Music Awards Single of the Year Australia Torn Won
Best Female Artist Australia Left of the Middle Won
Best Australian New Talent Australia Won
Breakthrough Artist – Album Australia Won
Breakthrough Artist – Single Australia Torn Won
Best Pop Release Australia Left of the Middle Nominated
Best Selling Australian Release Australia Nominated
Best Selling Australian Single Australia Torn Won
Billboard Music Award Adult Top 40 Track of the Year US Torn Won
NME Awards Best Solo Artist UK Left of the Middle Nominated
1999 Best New Band UK Nominated
Grammy Award Best New Artist US Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Album US Left of the Middle Nominated
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance US Torn Nominated
Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Best New Artist Tour Europe Herself Nominated
ECHO Awards Best International Newcomer Germany Nominated
Best International Female Nominated
Brit Awards International Newcomer UK Left of the Middle Won
International Female Solo Artist UK Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Rising Star US Nominated
NME Awards Most Desirable Person UK Won
Top Pop Personality You'd Most Like as Your Doctor UK Won
American Music Award Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist US Nominated
Premios Amigo Awards Best International Female Spain Nominated
Best New Artist/Group Spain Nominated
ARIA Music Awards Best Female Artist Australia Won
Artistic Achievement Award Australia Won
2000 IFPI Platinum Award for over 2 Million Sales World Won
2002 ARIA Music Awards Best Australian Singer Australia White Lilies Island Nominated
Silver Clef Award International Award UK Won
2005 ARIA Music Awards Best Female Artist Australia Counting Down the Days Nominated
PPL Awards Most Performed Track UK Shiver Won
2006 NRJ Music Award Best International Female France Counting Down the Days Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards Most Performed Track UK Shiver Nominated
APRA Awards Most Performed Foreign Work Australia Shiver Nominated
2009 Asian Festival of First Films Best Actress Singapore Closed For Winter Nominated
2012 InStyle Women of Style News & Entertainment Australia Nominated

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Johnny English Lorna Campbell
2009 Closed for Winter Elise Silverston
2013 Underdogs Michelle Stratton
2014 Among Ravens Madison
2015 Little Loopers Kristen Wright

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1992–1994 Neighbours Beth Brennan Main cast, 250 episodes
1997 Law of the Land Faye Watson Episode "Late Kill"
1998 Saturday Night Live Musical Guest/Herself
2002 Legend of the Lost Tribe Koala voice actor for animated film
2009 In Memory of Maia Herself Documentary
2010 The X Factor UK Guest Judge
2010 The X Factor Australia Judge/Herself
2016 First Contact Herself 3 episodes
2018 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself

Theatre[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2014 Things We Do For Love Nikki

Endorsements[edit]

Year Name Media Notes
1989 Twisties Television She starred in a TV advertisement for Twisties as a waitress.
1991 Bubblicious Television She was a pineapple princess for the advertisement.
2002 Gap Print She modelled for various advertisements the "For every generation, there's a Gap" campaign.[41]
2002–2006 L'Oréal Print & Television Imbruglia became a worldwide spokesperson for L'Oréal after the release of White Lilies Island. She was a model for many cosmetic products by L'Oréal, particularly mascaras and skincare products. She also appeared in several TV commercials for L'Oréal. In July 2007, her five-year contract with L'Oréal expired and was not prolonged, because, in her words during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, she is "apparently ... not worth it anymore", referring to the company's slogan "Because You're Worth It".
2005 Make Poverty History Television She was one of the stars that appeared in the European version of the advertisement.
2008 PETA Print Imbruglia posed in an anti-fur ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), in which she is holding a rabbit to her naked chest next to the tagline "Try Telling Him It's Just a Little Fur Trim".
2009 Oxfam Print Oxfam's "Sustain Me" campaign that featured Imbruglia as one of their models, aimed at highlighting Oxfam as a fashionable and more sustainable alternative to the high street. She donned second-hand clothes that were restyled by designer Katie Shillingford.
2011- Kailis Print, television As of October 2014, Imbruglia was in her third year as the featured model and spokesperson for Australian luxury pearl brand Kailis Jewelry.[42]

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fiona Apple
MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist
1998
Succeeded by
Eminem
Preceded by
"Mmmbop" by Hanson
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song for "Torn"
1998
Succeeded by
"...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears