Forever Your Girl

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For the song of the same name, see Forever Your Girl (song).
Forever Your Girl
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Studio album by Paula Abdul
Released June 13, 1988
Recorded October 1987 - April 1988
Genre Dance-pop, R&B, new jack swing
Length 44:35
Label Virgin
Producer Oliver Leiber, Glen Ballard, Elliot Wolff, L.A. Reid & Babyface, Jesse Johnson, Curtis Williams, Troy Williams
Paula Abdul chronology
Forever Your Girl
Shut Up and Dance: Mixes
Singles from Forever Your Girl
  1. "Knocked Out"
    Released: May 4, 1988
  2. "The Way That You Love Me"
    Released: August 2, 1988
  3. "Straight Up"
    Released: November 22, 1988
  4. "Forever Your Girl"
    Released: February 20, 1989
  5. "Cold Hearted"
    Released: June 15, 1989
  6. "Opposites Attract"
    Released: November 28, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Forever Your Girl is the 1988 debut album by American singer Paula Abdul.

History and reception[edit]

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.[3] The album was eventually certified seven times Platinum in the US and sold 12 million copies worldwide.[4] It also included four number one Billboard Hot 100 singles: "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", and "Opposites Attract",[4] 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. "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.[5]

Abdul co-wrote one song on the album, "One or the Other".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
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
9. "Cold Hearted"   Wolff Wolff 3:51
10. "One or the Other"   Paula Abdul • C. Williams • Duncan Pain C. Williams 4:10

Production and personnel (by track)[edit]

  • Tracks 1, 3 & 6 Arranged & Produced By Oliver Leiber (for The Noise Club). Engineered By Steve Wiese, Pete Martinson, Russell Bracher, Jeff Lorber & Cliff Jones. Mixed By Keith "KC" Cohen. Oliver Leiber: Guitars, Keyboards, Drum Programming; Ricky P. & Jeff Lorber: Additional Keyboards; St. Paul: Vocoder, Bass & Keyboards; Terry Smith: Additional Drums; Troy Williams: Trumpets
  • Track 2 Arranged & Produced By LA Reid & Babyface (for LaFace Productions, Inc). Engineered & Mixed By Jon Gass. Babyface: Keyboards, Vocal Backing; Kayo: Synthesized Bass; LA Reid: Drum & Percussion Programming; Pebbles, Yvette Marine, Daryl Simmons: Vocal Backing
  • Track 4 Arranged & Produced By Glen Ballard (for Aerowave Inc). Engineered & Mixed By Francis Buckley; assisted by Al Fleming & Theodore Blaisdell. Terry Smith & Chuck Wild: Drums, Keyboards, Programming; Basil Fung: Guitars
  • Track 5 Arranged & Produced By Jesse Johnson (for JWJ Productions), with co-production by Dave Cochrane. Engineered By Wally Buck, with assistance by Cliff Jones & Pat McDougall. Mixed By Keith Cohen. Bobby Gonzales & Dave Cochrane: Guitars; Eddie M.: Saxophone; Jesse Johnson: Drums & Keyboards
  • Tracks 7 & 9 Arranged & Produced By Elliot Wolff, with co-production by Keith Cohen. Engineered & Mixed By Keith "KC" Cohen (assistant recording engineers: Josh Schneider & Annette Cisneros; assistant mix engineer: Peter Arata). Elliot Wolff: Keyboards & Synthesizers, Synth & Drum Programming; Dann Huff: Guitars
  • Tracks 8 & 10 Arranged & Produced By Curtis Williams (for Willpower Productions). Engineered By Kendall Stubbs & Tim Jaquette, with assistance by Mike Wisenger & Danny Grigsby. Mixed By Tim Jaquette, Curtis Williams (both track 8) and Keith Cohen (track 10). Curtis Williams & Randy Weber: Synthesizer Programming; Bob Somma: Guitars

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 2. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
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  17. ^ Mayfield, Geoff (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Paul Abdul – Forever Your Girl". Music Canada. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  20. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1990". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  21. ^ "New Zealand album certifications". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Girl You Know It's True by Milli Vanilli
...But Seriously by Phil Collins
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 7–13, 1989
February 3 - April 6, 1990
Succeeded by
Dr. Feelgood by Mötley Crüe
Nick of Time by Bonnie Raitt
Preceded by
Soul Provider by Michael Bolton
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 13–19, 1990
Succeeded by
I'm Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy)
by Madonna