Forever Your Girl
|Forever Your Girl|
|Studio album by Paula Abdul|
|Released||June 13, 1988|
|Recorded||October 1987 - April 1988|
|Paula Abdul chronology|
|Singles from Forever Your Girl|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Forever Your Girl is the debut studio album by American singer Paula Abdul. It was released on June 13, 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 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles from a debut album.
By the mid-1980's Abdul had gained notoriety as a choreographer and set off to record her first album which would introduce her to the popular music scene. Saving money from her choreography jobs she went to Virgin to record what would become her debut album.
Release and reception
Released on June 13, 1988, 64 weeks later, it hit number one on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, the longest an album has been on the market before hitting number one. 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 Billboard Hot 100 singles: "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.
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".
|MTV Video Music Awards||United States||Best Female Video (Straight Up)||1989||Won|
|Best Dance Video (Straight Up)|
|Best Choreography in a Video (Straight Up)|
|Best Editing (Straight Up)|
|Best New Artist in a Video (Straight Up)||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Video (Straight Up)|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist||1990||Won|
|Favorite Dance Artist|
|Favorite Pop Rock Album||Nominated|
|Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist|
|Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist||1991|
|Billboard Music Awards||#1 World Album||1990|
|1.||"The Way That You Love Me"||Oliver Leiber||Leiber||5:22|
|2.||"Knocked Out"||Babyface • Daryl Simmons • L.A. Reid||Reid • Babyface||3:52|
|3.||"Opposites Attract" (with The Wild Pair)||Leiber||Leiber||4:24|
|4.||"State of Attraction"||Glen Ballard • Siedah Garrett||Ballard||4:07|
|5.||"I Need You"||Jesse Johnson • Ta Mara||Johnson||5:01|
|6.||"Forever Your Girl"||Leiber||Leiber||4:58|
|7.||"Straight Up"||Elliot Wolff||Wolff||4:11|
|8.||"Next to You"||Curtis Williams • Kendall Stubbs • Sandra Williams||C. Williams||4:26|
|10.||"One or the Other"||Paula Abdul • C. Williams • Duncan Pain||C. Williams||4:10|
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
End of decade charts
|Canada (Music Canada)||7× Platinum||700,000^|
|Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)||Gold||10,000*|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||25,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||7× Platinum||7,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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