is the debut studio album by American singer Forever Your Girl Paula Abdul. It was released on June 21, 1988 through Virgin Records. The album was Abdul's breakthrough into the music industry after being a choreographer for high-profile artists including George Michael, ZZ Top, Duran Duran and most notably Janet Jackson. At the time of the album's release it was the most successful debut album of all time and was the first time an artist scored four US number-one singles from a debut album.
Billboard Hot 100
Background [ edit ]
By the mid-1980s Abdul had found fame within the entertainment industry as a choreographer and set off to record her first album. She signed with Virgin Records and recorded what would become her debut album.
Release and reception [ edit ]
Released on June 21, 1988, 64 weeks later, it hit number one on the
album sales chart, the longest an album has been on the market before hitting number one. Billboard 200 The album was eventually  certified seven times Platinum in the US by the RIAA and has sold over 18 million copies worldwide. It also includes four number one  singles: " Billboard Hot 100 Straight Up", " Forever Your Girl", " Cold Hearted", and " Opposites Attract", which ties  Forever Your Girl for second most #1 songs from a single album, and ties it for the most number ones in a debut album. She was the first female artist to have four number one singles from a debut album. "The Way That You Love Me" reached #3, and "Knocked Out" reached #41.
The album also reached #4 on the
R&B album chart, while "Straight Up," "Opposites Attract," "Knocked Out," and "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me" all reached the top 10 of the R&B tracks chart.
After a slow start, the album's third single "Straight Up" helped the album breakout in spring/summer 1989 after its initial summer 1988 release.
Forever Your Girl hit number one for the first time on October 7, 1989. After the release of the single "Opposites Attract", the album shot to number one again on February 3, 1990 and stayed there for nine consecutive weeks. At one point, Forever Your Girl reportedly sold 191,000 copies in a single day.
Abdul co-wrote one song on the album, "One or the Other".
By 1998, Billboard Magazine reported that
Forever Your Girl was the most successful album released by the Virgin Record Label, with all five of its top 20 hits also appearing on the same chart ranking Virgin's singles
Accolades [ edit ]
Track listing [ edit ]
Personnel [ edit ]
Adapted from AllMusic.
Paula Abdul –
lead vocals, backing vocals Peter Arata – mixing assistant
Babyface – keyboards, producer, backing vocals
Glen Ballard – drums, producer, programming Russ Bracher – engineer
Pattie Brooks – backing vocals Wally Buck – engineer
Francis Buckley – engineer, mixing
Annette Cisneros – assistant engineer
Dave Cochran –
guitar, backing vocals Keith "KC" Cohen – mixing, producer
Delisa Davis – backing vocals Tami Day – backing vocals
Jimmy Demers – backing vocals
Eddie M. –
saxophone Al Fleming – assistant engineer
Basil Fung – guitar
Jon Gass – engineer, mixing
Bobby Gonzales – guitar
Danny Grigsby – assistant engineer
Evelyn Halus – backing vocals
Dann Huff – guitar
Tim Jaquette – engineer, mixing
Jesse Johnson – drums, keyboards, producer
Cliff Jones – assistant engineer, engineer
Kayo – synthesizer, synthesizer bass
Oliver Leiber – arranger, drum programming, guitar, keyboards, producer, programming
Jeff Lorber – drum programming, engineer, guest artist, keyboards, producer
Yvette Marine – backing vocals Pat McDougal – assistant engineer
Lucia Newell – backing vocals
Ricky P. – keyboards
Pebbles – guest artist, backing vocals
L.A. Reid – drums, guest artist, percussion programming, producer Angel Rogers – backing vocals
Josh Schneider – assistant engineer
Daryl Simmons – backing vocals
Bob Somma – guitar
St. Paul – arranger, bass, keyboards, Organ, vocoder Kendal Stubbs – engineer
Randy Weber – programming, synthesizer
Steve Weise – engineer
Wild Pair – vocals, backing vocals
Chart positions [ edit ]
Year End Charts [ edit ]
End of year chart (1989)
End of year chart (1990)
End of decade charts [ edit ]
All-time charts [ edit ]
Billboard 200 (Women)
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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"British album certifications – Paul Abdul – Forever Your Girl". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved . August 2, 2016 Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Forever Your Girl in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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