Seeing Stars

Published in Billboard Magazine


At the age of 33, Natalie Bassingthwaighte has already been a successful actor, musician and TV host. With her solo debut, “1000 Stars” (Sony Music), the Australian also joined the elite group—just 10—of her countrywomen who have scored a No. 1 album in her home market.

Hefty airplay helped the poppy set top the Australian Recording Industry Assn. chart one week after its Feb. 20 release. “Radio and TV have always been very supportive of Natalie,” says Sony Music Australia senior director of artist marketing Grant Tothill. “Her first two singles, ‘Alive’ and ‘Someday Soon,’ were both No. 1 most-added and went on to become top 10 hits.”

Bassingthwaighte attained fame in the much-exported Aussie TV soap opera “Neighbours” as the popular character Izzy (2003-07). That international exposure coincided with her electro band Rogue Traders enjoying a U.K. top five hit with “Voodoo Child” (Sony BMG) in 2006. She left the band in mid-2008 but has maintained a high profile since as host of the Network 10 reality TV show “So You Think You Can Dance Australia” and in Garnier cosmetics ads.

“There’s real international interest for Nat’s solo record,” Tothill says, “along with a number of different opportunities, which are currently being assessed.” Booked by the Harbour Agency, Bassingthwaighte is signed to EMI Music Publishing and managed by the Sydney-based Mark Byrne Management.