Cold Hearted

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"Cold Hearted"
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Forever Your Girl
B-side"One or the Other"
ReleasedJune 2, 1989 (1989-06-02)
Genre
Length3:51
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Elliot Wolff
Producer(s)Elliot Wolff
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Forever Your Girl"
(1989)
"Cold Hearted"
(1989)
"Opposites Attract"
(1989)
Music video
"Cold Hearted" on YouTube

"Cold Hearted" is a song by American singer Paula Abdul, released in June 1989 as the fifth single from her debut album, Forever Your Girl (1988). It was written and co-produced by Elliot Wolff and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album's third song to top the US chart.

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.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Paul Lester from Melody Maker wrote, "'Cold Hearted' has been fabulously cluttered up and fleshed out by Chad Jackson, weighed down with details yet buoyed up by a deliciously light, slippery beat. Simply irresistible."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Cold Hearted" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in September 1989, giving Abdul her third US number-one single.[5] "Cold Hearted" was ranked sixth on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 ranking of 1989.[6] It spent a total of 21 weeks within the Billboard Hot 100.[5] In Canada, "Cold Hearted" peaked at number one according to The Record magazine and number two according to RPM magazine, while in Finland, in entered the top 20.[7][8][9]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for "Cold Hearted" 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.[10] Abdul dances for music executives with a group of semi-nude dancers. Abdul was wearing a black fishnet dress which exposed her belly button and was sporting a German police hat. The dance floor included scaffolding where Abdul and her dancers hang and dance suggestively.

The video and its "late-'80s energy" served as a visual inspiration for the music video of Ariana Grande's 2024 single "Yes, And?".[11]

Track listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Paula Abdul: Vocals
  • Dann Huff: Guitars
  • Elliot Wolff: Keyboards, synthesizers, drum programming

Production[edit]

  • Arranged and produced by Elliot Wolff; co-produced by Keith "KC" Cohen
  • Recorded and mixed by Keith "KC" Cohen

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[37] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States June 2, 1989
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • cassette
Virgin [38]
Japan September 21, 1989 CD
[39]
United Kingdom September 17, 1990
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
Virgin America [40]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Cold Hearted (US cassette single sleeve). Paula Abdul. Virgin Records. 1989. 4-99196.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  14. ^ Cold Hearted (US 12-inch single sleeve). Paula Abdul. Virgin Records. 1989. 0-96535.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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  40. ^ "New Singles". Music Week. September 15, 1990. p. 31.