Girl You Know It's True

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Girl You Know It's True
Milli Vanilli Girl You Know It's True CD cover.JPG
Studio album by
Released7 March 1989
Recorded1988
GenreDance-pop, hip hop, new jack swing
Length44:15 (first edition)
43:09 (second edition)
43:36 (third edition)
LabelArista
ARCD-8592
ProducerFrank Farian
Milli Vanilli chronology
All or Nothing
(1988)
Girl You Know It's True
(1989)
All or Nothing: The U.S.-Remix Album
(1989)
Singles from Girl You Know It's True
  1. "Girl You Know It's True"
    Released: December 1988
  2. "Baby Don't Forget My Number"
    Released: April 1989
  3. "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You"
    Released: August 1989
  4. "Blame It On The Rain"
    Released: October 1989
  5. "All or Nothing"
    Released: December 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times2.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[3]

Girl You Know It's True is a 1989 album that was the US debut of German pop group Milli Vanilli. It is a reconfigured and repackaged version of Milli Vanilli's Europe-only release All or Nothing for the US market.

The album was a major success in the US, producing five singles that entered the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, three of which reached the top position. On January 1990, Girl You Know It's True was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA after spending seven weeks atop the Billboard Top 200.[4] Additionally, the album spent 41 weeks within the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and 78 weeks within the charts overall.[5] The album was also certified Diamond in Canada, denoting shipments of over a million units there. The success of the album earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Following the scandal exposed by Los Angeles Times journalist Chuck Philips that revealed that Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan did not sing on their album,[6] Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and its masters from their catalog, making it one of the largest-selling albums to ever be taken out of print. In addition, their Grammy was revoked,[7] marking the first time a Grammy was ever rescinded from an artist.

According to producer Frank Farian, the decision to repackage All or Nothing as Girl You Know It's True was made by Arista Records president Clive Davis.[8] In addition to including five of the tracks that originally appeared on All or Nothing ("I'm Gonna Miss You", "All or Nothing", "Baby Don't Forget My Number", "Dreams to Remember" and "Girl You Know It's True"), Girl You Know It's True featured several new tracks, including "Blame It on the Rain", which would go on to be a worldwide hit single, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In Europe, the track later appeared in an extended version on the album All or Nothing - The U.S. Remix Album.[9]

Errors[edit]

The track orders of some US releases are out of sequence with the listings printed on their cover art and several tracks are listed with the wrong running times. Additionally, some of the writers' credits are inconsistent with what is listed in external sources.

Track listing[edit]

Girl You Know It's True - First Edition (commercial releases are identified by having "-1" in the matrix)
No.TitleSongwriter(s)Length
1."Girl You Know It's True"Ky Adeyemo, Rodney Holloman, Kevin Liles, Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean Spencer4:13
2."Baby Don't Forget My Number (Extended Subway Mix Edit)"Farian, B. Nail aka Brad Howell6:28
3."More Than You'll Ever Know (European Album Version)"Ernesto Phillips4:00
4."Blame It on the Rain"Diane Warren4:19
5."Take It as It Comes"Climie Fisher, Dennis Morgan3:41
6."It's Your Thing"O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley3:51
7."Dreams to Remember"Farian, Mary Applegate, Dietmar Kawohl3:54
8."All or Nothing"Farian, Nail, P.G. Wilder3:17
9."I'm Gonna Miss You"Farian, Kawohl, Peter Bischoff Fallenstein3:57
10."Girl You Know It's True" (N.Y. Subway Extended Mix)"Ky Adeyemo, Rodney Halloway, Kevin Liles, Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean Spencer6:27
Girl You Know It's True - Second Edition (commercial releases are identified by having either "-2" or "-3" in the matrix)
No.TitleSongwriter(s)Length
1."Girl You Know It's True"Ky Adeyemo, Rodney Holloman, Kevin Liles, Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean Spencer4:13
2."Baby Don't Forget My Number"Farian, B. Nail aka Brad Howell4:16
3."More Than You'll Ever Know"Ernesto Phillips4:32
4."Blame It on the Rain"Diane Warren4:19
5."Take It as It Comes"Climie Fisher, Dennis Morgan4:15
6."It's Your Thing"O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley3:51
7."Dreams to Remember"Farian, Mary Applegate, Dietmar Kawohl3:54
8."All or Nothing"Farian, Nail, P.G. Wilder3:17
9."I'm Gonna Miss You"Farian, Kawohl, Peter Bischoff Fallenstein3:57
10."Girl You Know It's True" (N.Y. Subway Extended Mix)"Ky Adeyemo, Rodney Halloway, Kevin Liles, Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean Spencer6:27
Girl You Know It's True - Third Edition (commercial releases are identified by having "-4" in the matrix)
No.TitleSongwriter(s)Length
1."Girl You Know It's True"Ky Adeyemo, Rodney Holloman, Kevin Liles, Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean Spencer4:13
2."Baby Don't Forget My Number"Farian, B. Nail aka Brad Howell4:16
3."More Than You'll Ever Know"Ernesto Phillips4:32
4."Blame It on the Rain"Diane Warren4:19
5."Take It as It Comes"Climie Fisher, Dennis Morgan4:15
6."It's Your Thing"O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley3:51
7."Dreams to Remember"Farian, Mary Applegate, Dietmar Kawohl3:54
8."All or Nothing"Farian, Nail, P.G. Wilder3:17
9."I'm Gonna Miss You (Single Version)"Farian, Kawohl, Peter Bischoff Fallenstein4:24
10."Girl You Know It's True" (N.Y. Subway Extended Mix)"Ky Adeyemo, Rodney Halloway, Kevin Liles, Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean Spencer6:27

Personnel[edit]

Milli Vanilli

  • Fab Morvan – visual performance (credited with "vocals")
  • Rob Pilatus – visual performance (credited with "vocals")

Session musicians

  • John Davis – lead vocals (credited with "backing vocals")
  • Brad Howell – lead vocals (credited with "backing vocals")
  • Charles Shaw – lead vocals (credited with "backing vocals")
  • P. G. Wilder – keyboards, arrangements
  • Pit Loew – keyboards, arrangements
  • Volker Barber – keyboards, arrangements
  • Peter Weihe – guitars
  • Jens Gad – guitars
  • Ike Turner – guitars
  • Bruce Ingram – guitars
  • Mel Collins – saxophone
  • Curt Cress – drums, percussion
  • Dino Solera – horns
  • Felice Civitareale – horns
  • Franz Weyerer – horns
  • Dino Solera – horns arrangement
  • Linda Rocco – backing vocals
  • Jodie Rocco – backing vocals
  • Joan Faulkner – backing vocals
  • Felicia Taylor – backing vocals
  • The Jackson Singers – backing vocals
  • Charles Christopher – backing vocals
  • Herbert Gebhard – backing vocals
  • Bimey Oberreit – backing vocals
  • Peter Rishavy – backing vocals

Production

  • Frank Farianproducer, synthesizer programming
  • Tobias Freund – engineering
  • Bernd Berwanger – engineering
  • Norbert Janicke – engineering
  • Jens Seekamp – engineering

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[10] 1
US Billboard 200[11] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Diamond 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Girl You Know It's True - Milli Vanilli - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
  2. ^ JOHNSON, CONNIE (4 June 1989). "MILLI VANILLI "Girl You Know It's True." Arista ** 1/2: POP STARS ***** Great Balls of Fire **** Knockin' On Heaven's Door *** Good Vibrations ** Maybe Baby * Ain't That a Shame : ROXETTE "Look Sharp!" EMI**" – via LA Times.
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 543. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone milli vanilli album guide.
  4. ^ "Billboard magazine January 13 1990" (PDF). Billboard. 13 January 1990 – via American Radio History.
  5. ^ "Girl You Know It's True Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  6. ^ Philips, Chuck (16 November 1990). "It's True: Milli Vanilli Didn't Sing : Pop music: The duo could be stripped of its Grammy after admitting it lip-synced the best-selling 'Girl You Know It's True.'". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Philips, Chuck (20 November 1990). "Milli Vanilli's Grammy Rescinded by Academy : Music: Organization revokes an award for the first time after revelation that the duo never sang on album". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ http://www.crapfromthepast.com/millivanilli/hubbub.htm
  9. ^ Milli Vanilli- All Or Nothing _ The U.S. Remix Album (released in Germany) @Discogs.com Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Milli Vanilli Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Milli Vanilli Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". Music Canada.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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