I'm Just Here for the Music

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"I'm Just Here for the Music"
Single by Paula Abdul
Released May 5, 2009 (Radio)
May 8, 2009 (Digital download)
Length 3:13
Producer(s) Oliver Leiber
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Dance Like There's No Tomorrow"
"I'm Just Here for the Music"
"Dance Like There's No Tomorrow"
"'I'm Just Here for the Music"

"I'm Just Here for the Music" is a song by American singer Paula Abdul. The single followed Abdul's 2008 comeback "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow", and was released on May 8, 2009 by Filament Entertainment Group, a label distributed by Caroline Distribution. The track was produced by Oliver Leiber, who helped to create Paula's debut album Forever Your Girl. The song sampled Indeep's 1982 single "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life".

Song information[edit]

The song was written by Danielle Brisebois, Wayne Rodrigues and produced by Oliver Leiber, who had a role producing Abdul's debut album Forever Your Girl. Incidentally, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 twenty years, to the week, after "Forever Your Girl" was #1 on that chart. The song uses an autotuner and electronic synthesizers over an uptempo electronic beat. The song was originally an unreleased song cut from Kylie Minogue's ninth album Body Language. Minogue's original version can be heard on the YouTube network. This is not the first time that Minogue and Adbul have exchanged tracks. In 2000, Minogue added the Abdul penned single Spinning Around to her 2000 album Light Years which was a worldwide hit single outside of the United States peaking at #1 in Australia and the United Kingdom respectively. Abdul also covered the Kylie track Boombox which appeared on Minogue's compilation of the same name, though Abduls version of Boombox remains unreleased, it can be heard in snippet form on the YouTube network.

American Idol performance[edit]

On May 6, 2009, Abdul took to the American Idol stage for the first time in the show's eight-year run to perform the track. Before appearing that night she stated that “I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it, because timing is of the essence. I put everything together Saturday, rehearsed on Sunday. … I feel really good about it. There’s a lot to see in less than three minutes.” The performance received positive reviews. The Daily Mail Online commented, "Paula Abdul is a brave woman" and "with expert choreographers, top-notch backing singers and billowing smoke in just the right places, she pulled the whole thing off brilliantly in a glittery basque."[1]


On May 5, 2009, Abdul debuted her new song "I'm Just Here For The Music" on the Ryan Seacrest Radio KIIS-FM show. On May 8, 2009, Paula released "I'm Just Here For The Music" to the US iTunes Store.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 87
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 63