Looking for a New Love

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Not to be confused with Looking for Love (disambiguation).
"Looking for a New Love"
Single by Jody Watley
from the album Jody Watley
Released January 6, 1987
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop, Freestyle
Length 5:07 (album)
3:58 (single)
7:31 (extended)
Label MCA
Writer(s) André Cymone, Jody Watley
Producer(s) André Cymone, David Z.
Jody Watley singles chronology
"Looking for a New Love"
"Still a Thrill"
"Looking for a New Love '05"
Single by Jody Watley
Released February 14, 2005
Genre House, dance-pop
Label Avitone/Water Music Records
Producer(s) Jody Watley, Bill Coleman, Vinny Troia
Jody Watley singles chronology
"Looking for New Love" '05 "Borderline"

"Looking for a New Love" is a song by American dance-pop singer Jody Watley. It was released in January 1987 as the first single from her eponymous debut album. The song became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1987.


The single hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 and spent four weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart.[1] The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" and U2's "With or Without You". It ranked number 16 on Billboard's year-end chart for 1987.

The song also reached number-one on the RPM Singles Chart in Canada.

In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

While listening to a tape of instrumental tracks given to her by producer André Cymone, Watley reflected on a recent sour romantic breakup. Fusing her own feelings of "I'll show you" with the feel of the track, Watley came up with the basic premise of "Looking for a New Love." The released record is the eight-track demo of the song; that way the emotional urgency of Watley's vocal was still intact. One of the song's key phrases became a popular saying: "Hasta la vista, baby." It wound up on innumerable answering machines and was used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day (see Hasta la vista, baby).

2005 Reissue[edit]

In 2005, Jody Watley re-recorded and released "Looking for a New Love" on Water Music Records in conjunction with her own Avitone label, Curvve Recordings, and Peace Bisquit. The reissued classic was remixed in various styles: house, electro, breakbeat. The newly imagined "Looking for a New Love" proved to be a historic undertaking for Watley, as it peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, making her the first artist ever to take the same song to No. 1 in two decades.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award
1987 Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Looking for a New Love"
1988 Soul Train Music Award nomination for Single of the Year (Female) for '"Looking for a New Love"
1988 Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Music Video for '"Looking for a New Love"
1988 American Music Award nomination for Favorite Soul/R&B Single for "Looking For A New Love


Chart (1987) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 13
Belgian Singles Chart[3] 22
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 37
German Singles Chart[6] 25
Irish Singles Chart[7] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 5
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 11
UK Singles Chart 13
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
Year-End Charts (1987) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[11] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[12] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance 12-Inch Singles[13] 6
Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play [14] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 614. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 334. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  3. ^ top30-2.radio2.be
  4. ^ collectionscanada.gc.ca
  5. ^ dutchcharts.nl
  6. ^ www.musicline.de
  7. ^ www.irishcharts.ie
  8. ^ www.charts.org.nz
  9. ^ www.hitparade.ch
  10. ^ "Billboard Pop Singles - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Black Singles - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Dance Club Play Singles - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Dance 12-Inch Singles - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Hot Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 3, 2005. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 

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Preceded by
"Let's Wait Awhile" by Janet Jackson
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
March 21, 1987
Succeeded by
"Sign 'O' the Times" by Prince
Preceded by
"Fascinated" by Company B
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
April 4, 1987 – April 11, 1987
Succeeded by
"Lean on Me" by Club Nouveau
Preceded by
"La Isla Bonita" by Madonna
Canadian RPM number-one single
June 13, 1987
Succeeded by
"Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" by Glenn Medeiros
Preceded by
"Ride the Pain" by Juliet
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 3, 2005
Succeeded by
"Shout" by Sisaundra