Jody Watley (album)

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Jody Watley
Studio album by Jody Watley
Released February 23, 1987
Recorded 1986
Genre R&B, Pop, Dance, Freestyle
Length 46:24
Label MCA
Producer André Cymone, Bernard Edwards, Patrick Leonard, David Z
Jody Watley chronology
Jody Watley
(1987)
Larger Than Life
(1989)
Singles from Jody Watley
  1. "Looking for a New Love"
    Released: January 6, 1987
  2. "Still a Thrill"
    Released: April 27, 1987
  3. "Don't You Want Me"
    Released: August 10, 1987
  4. "Some Kind of Lover"
    Released: January 4, 1988
  5. "Most of All"
    Released: April 18, 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]
Rolling Stone (positive) [3]

Jody Watley is the self-titled debut album by American pop singer Jody Watley, released in 1987 (see 1987 in music). Although very successful as part of the R&B trio Shalamar, the impact of this solo debut made Watley a cultural style icon in R&B, pop, and dance music. Its success culminated in Watley winning a Grammy award for Best New Artist in 1988 against fellow artists Breakfast Club, Cutting Crew, Terence Trent D'Arby, and Swing Out Sister.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by André Cymone and Jody Watley, except where noted. 

Vibe One
No. Title Length
1. "Looking for a New Love"   5:06
2. "Still a Thrill"   4:48
3. "Some Kind of Lover"   4:08
4. "For the Girls"   3:51
Vibe Two
No. Title Length
5. "Love Injection" (Paul Gurvitz, David Paul Bryant) 3:45
6. "Don't You Want Me" (Franne Golde, David Paul Bryant, Jody Watley) 4:10
7. "Do It to the Beat"   4:45
8. "Most of All" (Patrick Leonard, David Paul Bryant) 4:48
9. "Learn to Say No" (Duet with George Michael) (Richard "Dimples" Fields, George Michael) 3:35

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: André Cymone, Bernard Edwards, Patrick Leonard, David Z.
  • Engineers: Josh Abbey, Darren Chadwick, Bridget Daly, Jon Ingoldsby, Glenn Kurtz, Csaba Petocz, Chris Porter, Erik Zobler
  • Assistant engineer: Scott Church
  • Mixing: André Cymone, Coke Johnson, Michael Verdick, David Z.
  • Remixing: Taavi Mote, Louis Silas, Jr.
  • Drum programming: Patrick Leonard
  • Assistant: Michael Blum
  • Art direction: Lynn Robb
  • Design: Lynn Robb
  • Cover art concept: Jody Watley
  • Photography: Victoria Pearson
  • Make-up: Beth Katz
  • Hair stylist: Jody Watley

Awards[edit]

  • 1987 - American Music Award Nomination for R&B Single of the Year [Looking For A New Love]
  • 1988 - Grammy Award for Best New Artist
  • 1988 - Soul Train Award Nomination for Album of the Year
  • 1988 - Soul Train Award Nomination for Single of the Year [Looking For A New Love]
  • 1988 - Soul Train Award Nomination for Best Music Video [Looking For A New Love]
  • 1988 - MTV Video Music Award Nomination for Female Video of the Year [Some Kind Of Lover]
  • 1988 - MTV Video Music Award Nomination for Best New Artist Video of the Year [Some Kind Of Lover]
  • 1988 - Billboard Music Award for Top Dance / Club Play Artist of the Year

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 10
U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums 1

singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Looking for a New Love" Dance/Club Play Songs 1
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
Billboard Hot 100 2
"Still a Thrill" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 8
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 14
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
Billboard Hot 100 56
"Don't You Want Me" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 3
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 3
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
Billboard Hot 100 6
"Some Kind of Lover" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
1988 Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Billboard Hot 100 10
"Most of All" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 8
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 17
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 11
Billboard Hot 100 60

End of Year Charts

End of Year Chart (1987) Position
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[4] 41
U.S. Billboard Black Albums[5] 10
End of Year Chart (1988) Position
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[6] 35
U.S. Billboard Black Albums[7] 21

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Promis, Jose. Jody Watley review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Jody Watley review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  3. ^ Aletti, Vince (May 21, 1987). "Jody Watley: Jody Watley : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Pop Albums - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Black Albums - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Pop Albums - 1988". Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Black Albums - 1988". Retrieved 2011-12-14. 

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