Spellbound (Paula Abdul album)

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Studio album by Paula Abdul
Released May 14, 1991
Recorded September 1990—March 1991
Greene Street Recording[1][2]
(New York City, NY)
Hollywood Sound Recording Studio
(Los Angeles, CA)
The Institute Of Social Disruption
(Los Angeles, CA)
Mad Hatter Studios
(Los Angeles, CA)
Ocean Way Recording
(Hollywood, CA)
Paisley Park Studios
(Chanhassen, MN)
Studio Masters
(Los Angeles, CA)
Sunset Sound Studios
(Los Angeles, CA)
Z Recording Studio
(Brooklyn, NY)
Genre Pop, dance-pop, new jack swing
Length 49:03
Label Virgin
Producer Peter Lord, Paisley Park, V. Jeffrey Smith, Don Was, Jorge Corante
Paula Abdul chronology
Shut Up and Dance (The Dance Mixes)
Head Over Heels
Singles from Spellbound
  1. "Rush Rush"
    Released: May 2, 1991
  2. "The Promise of a New Day"
    Released: July 20, 1991
  3. "Blowing Kisses in the Wind"
    Released: October 17, 1991
  4. "Vibeology"
    Released: January 16, 1992
  5. "Will You Marry Me?"
    Released: March 19, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C+[5]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (dud)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Slant 4/5 stars[9]

Spellbound is the second studio album released by Paula Abdul in May 1991. The album was an international success and spawned major radio hits with the singles "Rush Rush", "The Promise of a New Day", "Blowing Kisses in the Wind", "Vibeology" and "Will You Marry Me?". The album went triple platinum in the United States and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Its worldwide sales stand at 7 million.

Some tracks are mixed using QSound.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Promise of a New Daya"   Paula Abdul, Peter Lord, Sandra St. Victor, V. Jeffrey Smith Peter Lord, V. Jeffrey Smith 4:32
2. "Rock Housea"   Abdul, Lord, Saint Victor, Smith Lord, Smith 4:11
3. "Rush Rush"   Lord Lord, Smith 4:52
4. "Spellbounda"   Abdul, Lord, Saint Victor, Smith Lord, Smith 4:48
5. "Vibeology"   Lord, Saint Victor, Smith Lord, Smith 5:16
6. "Ua"   Prince Paisley Park 4:05
7. "My Foolish Heart"   Lord, Smith Lord, Smith 4:10
8. "Blowing Kisses in the Winda"   Lord Lord, Smith 4:41
9. "To Youa"   Jorge Corante, Colin England England, Corante 3:31
10. "Alright Tonighta"   John Hiatt Don Was 4:28
11. "Will You Marry Me?"   Abdul, Lord, Saint Victor, Smith Lord, Smith 4:24

Japanese Edition[edit]

  1. "The Promise of a New Day"a (Paula Abdul; Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith; Sandra St. Victor) - 4:32
  2. "Rock House"a (Paula Abdul; Peter Lord; Sandra St. Victor; V. Jeffrey Smith) - 4:11
  3. "Rush Rush" (Peter Lord) - 4:52
  4. "Spellbound"a (Paula Abdul; Peter Lord; Sandra St. Victor; V. Jeffrey Smith) - 4:48
  5. "Vibeology"a (Peter Lord; Sandra St. Victor; V. Jeffrey Smith) - 5:16
  6. "Will You Marry Me?" (Paula Abdul; Peter Lord; Sandra St. Victor; V. Jeffrey Smith) - 4:24
  7. "U"a (Prince) - 4:05
  8. "My Foolish Heart" (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith) - 4:10
  9. "Blowing Kisses in the Wind"a (Peter Lord) - 4:41
  10. "To You"a (Colin England; Jorge Corante) - 3:31
  11. "Alright Tonight"a (John Hiatt) - 4:28
  12. "Good Night, My Love (Pleasant Dreams)" (George Motora; John Marascalco) - 3:14
  • ^a signifies song was mixed using QSound.


Chart (1991) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 3
Canadian Albums Chart 6
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[10] 12
New Zealand Albums Chart 14
Norwegian Albums Chart 17
German Albums Chart 17
Swedish Albums Chart 6
Swiss Albums Chart 25
UK Albums Chart 4
US Billboard 200 1


Country Certification Sales/Shipments
Australia Platinum 70,000+
Canada 3× Platinum 300,000+
United Kingdom Gold 100,000+
United States 3× Platinum 3,000,000+


  • Produced by Peter Lord, Paisley Park, V. Jeffrey Smith, Jorge Corante and Don Was
  • Engineers: Wolfgang Aichholz, Ed Cherney, Don Feinerg, Arne Frager, Rod Hull, Michael Koppelman, Greg Laney, Dave Pensado


  • Lead vocals & Synclavier II: Paula Abdul
  • Backing vocals: Sweet Pea Atkinson, Sir Harry Bowens, Sally Dworsky, Colin England, The Family Stand, Peter Lord, Arnold McCuller, Sandra St. Victor
  • Guitars: Mike Campbell, Mark Goldenberg, Randy Jacobs, Clifford Moonie Pusey, V. Jeffrey Smith
  • Keyboards: Jorge Corante, Tom Hammer, Peter Lord, Ivan Neville, V. Jeffrey Smith
  • Organ: Jamie Muhoberac
  • Bass: Tim Drummond
  • Drums: Curt Bisquera, Rocky Bryant
  • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
  • Trumpet: Greg Adams
  • Tenor sax: Steve Grove
  • Baritone sax: Stephen Kupka
  • Harmonica: Stevie Wonder
  • Violin: Stuart Canin
  • Lighting Director: Billy Heaslip
  • Photography: Robert Lobetta


  1. ^ "Paula Abdul - Spellbound (Cassette, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Paula Abdul "Spellbound" 1991". Crydee.sai.msu.ru. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  3. ^ Bryan Buss. "Spellbound - Paula Abdul". Allmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jan DeKnock (1991-05-23). "Paula Abdul Spellbound (Virgin)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  5. ^ David Browne (1991-05-17). "Spellbound Review | Music Reviews and News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  6. ^ Dennis Hunt (1991-05-12). "Abdul Accents Vocals on 'Spellbound'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Spellbound". Robert Christgau. 
  8. ^ Berger, Arion (1991-06-27). "Spellbound : Paula Abdul : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  9. ^ "Paula Abdul: Spellbound | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
Preceded by
Time, Love & Tenderness by Michael Bolton
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 8–21, 1991
Succeeded by
Niggaz4Life by N.W.A.