Cold Hearted

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"Cold Hearted"
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Forever Your Girl
Released June 15, 1989 (US)
Format
Genre
Length 3:51
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Elliot Wolff
Producer(s) Elliot Wolff
Certification Gold
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Forever Your Girl"
(1989)
"Cold Hearted"
(1989)
"(It's Just) the Way That You Love Me" (re-release)
(1989)

"Cold Hearted" is a 1989 song by American singer Paula Abdul from the album Forever Your Girl, written and co-produced by Elliot Wolff. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album's third song to top the US chart.

In the video for "Cold Hearted", Abdul dances for music executives with a group of semi-nude dancers- one of whom was named Dominic Lucero, with Abdul wearing a fishnet dress which exposes her belly button. The scenery includes scaffolding upon which Abdul and her dancers hang and grind. The video was directed by David Fincher and spent more than three weeks on top of MTV's video rotation list. The inspiration for the video came from Bob Fosse's choreography of the "Take Off with Us" scene in the movie All That Jazz.[1]

Composition[edit]

"Cold Hearted" is written in the key of G minor and follows a tempo of 122 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression of Gm – Emaj7 – Dm7, and Abdul's vocals span one-and-a-half octaves, from F3 to B4.[2]

Charts[edit]

"Cold Hearted" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in September 1989, ending Richard Marx's three-week run at the summit with "Right Here Waiting". "Cold Hearted" ranked sixth in Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 of 1989. It spent a total of eight weeks within the Billboard top ten.

"Cold Hearted" was the final UK release from Forever Your Girl in 1990. It was issued in remixed form unlike in the US and elsewhere, where an edit of the album version was released instead. It charted on 29 September 1990 at #55, going on to peak at #46 the following week. This remixed version was the follow to the Shep Pettibone remix of "Knocked Out" which had reached #21 three months previously.

Track listings and formats[edit]

US/Euro 12"/Euro CD single

  1. Cold Hearted - 12" Extended mix 6:51
  2. Cold Hearted - House mix 6:42
  3. Cold Hearted - Dubstramental 5:43
  4. Cold Hearted - Percapella 3:54
  5. One or the Other - album track 4:10

UK CD single

  1. Cold Hearted - Chad Jackson 7" mix 3:51
  2. Cold Hearted - Chad Jackson Extended mix 5:43
  3. Cold Hearted - 12" Extended mix 6:51
  4. Cold Hearted - 7" mix 3:35 (unlisted)

Official mixes[edit]

  • Album Version 3:51
  • 12" Extended mix/7" edit 6:51/3:35 - Keith Cohen
  • House Mix 6:42 - as above
  • Dubstramental 5:43 - as above
  • Instrumental 4:02 - as above
  • Percapella 3:54 - as above
  • Acapella 1:04 - as above
  • Chad Jackson 12" Extended/7" mix 5:40/3:51
  • Chad Jackson Ambient mix
  • Chad Jackson Breaks and Beats mix
  • Quiverin' 12" 5:12 - Eric Sadler/Hank Shocklee
  • Chillin' Bass dub 4:06 - as above
  • Vancouver Cold Feet Beat remix 6:19 – Mario S David for Rhythm Stick remix service
  • Disconet remix 6:20 - Dennis Muyet for Disconet
  • Swemix 6:35 - JJ and Stonebridge for Remixed Records

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 2, 1989
Succeeded by
"Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All That Jazz (1979) [The Criterion Collection] - Dual-Format Edition". Film Freak Central. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Wolff, Elliot. "Cold-Hearted". www.musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  3. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 14 January 1990 (61–100)". imgur.com. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4567." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Lescharts.com – Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Paula Abdul: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Paula Abdul – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Paula Abdul. Retrieved October 4, 2015. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_Billboardhot100_Paula_Abdul" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  10. ^ "Paula Abdul – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for Paula Abdul. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Paula Abdul – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Paula Abdul. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  12. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.6684&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062

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