True Colors (Cyndi Lauper album)

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True Colors
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors.jpg
Studio album by Cyndi Lauper
Released September 15, 1986
Recorded November 22, 1985 –May 31, 1986
Studio The Power Station, The Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)[1]
Genre Pop
Length 37:57
Label Portrait
RK-40313
Producer Cyndi Lauper, Lennie Petze
Cyndi Lauper chronology
She's So Unusual
(1983)She's So Unusual1983
True Colors
(1986)
The Best Remixes
(1989)The Best Remixes1989
Singles from True Colors
  1. "True Colors"
    Released: August 28, 1986
  2. "Change of Heart"
    Released: November 11, 1986
  3. "What's Going On"
    Released: March 1987
  4. "Boy Blue"
    Released: June 1987
  5. "Maybe He'll Know"
    Released: September 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB–[3]
Rolling StoneFavorable[4]

True Colors is the second album by American pop singer Cyndi Lauper, released on September 15, 1986. The album produced several hits as "True Colors", "Change of Heart", and "What's Going On" reached the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100, with the first two becoming top 5 hits.

Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album earned Lauper several awards and accolades, including two nominations at the 29th Grammy Awards. True Colors peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart.

Album information[edit]

Lauper said that the songs of the album are a way to say: "Have the courage of your convictions and love yourself a little", and "not to be so hard on yourself".[5]

In the United States, True Colors has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It topped the Australian chart for four weeks and, in Japan, outsold She's So Unusual, although that was not the case in most countries.

The album produced the singles "True Colors" (No. 1 Billboard Hot 100), "Change of Heart" (No. 3), "What's Going On" (No. 12), and "Boy Blue" (No. 71). Each single had a music video although the video for "Boy Blue" was just a live performance from her Zenith concert in Paris.

True Colors was re-issued in a Japanese exclusive limited edition box set 11-track digitally remastered CD album.

The title song, written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, has been covered by many other artists, and was used as the theme song for the 1988 Summer Olympics, the 2003 Rugby World Cup and for Kodak cameras and film. In 2010, the song was also featured on the soundtrack of Sex and the City 2.

The album sold 7 million copies worldwide.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)PublisherLength
1."Change of Heart"Cyndi Lauper, Essra MohawkStone & Muffin Music Corp., Rella Music4:22
2."Maybe He'll Know"John Turi, LauperRella Music, Turi Music4:25
3."Boy Blue"Jeff Bova, Stephen Broughton Lunt, LauperRella Music, Perfect Punch Music, Liquid Crystal Music4:46
4."True Colors"Tom Kelly, Billy SteinbergDenise Barry Music, Billy Steinberg Music3:46
5."Calm Inside the Storm"Rick Derringer, LauperScratch & Shift Music; Rella Music3:54
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)PublisherLength
6."What's Going On"Renaldo Benson, Alfred Cleveland, Marvin GayeJobete Music Corp., Stone Agate Music Division4:39
7."Iko Iko"Rosa Lee Hawkins, Barbara Anne Hawkins, Joan Marie Johnson, Sharon Jones, Marilyn Jones, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Jesse ThomasArc Music Corp., Melder Publishing Company, Trio Music Co., Warner-Tamerlane Publishing2:08
8."The Faraway Nearby"Tom Gray, LauperRella Music, Gray Matter Publishing3:00
9."911"Lauper, LuntRella Music, Perfect Punch Music3:16
10."One Track Mind"Jimmy Bralower, Lennie Petze, Lauper, BovaRella Music, Fancy Footwork Music, Liquid Crystal Music, Red Sox Music 3:41
Total length:37:57
Bonus track (2008 Japan reissue)
No.TitleLength
11."True Colors" (Live at Summer Sonic, 2007) 

Personnel[edit]

Production

  • Cyndi Lauper – arranger, art direction, producer
  • Lennie Petze – producer
  • David Wolff – executive producer
  • Brian McGee – engineer
  • Jon Goldberger – assistant engineer
  • Tim Kramer – assistant engineer
  • Dave O'Donnell – assistant engineer
  • Jason Corsaro – mixing
  • Brian McGee – mixing
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Adrian Belew – arranger
  • Jeff Bova – arranger
  • Jimmy Bralower – arranger
  • Stephen Broughton Lunt – arranger
  • Lennie Petze – arranger
  • Peter Wood – arranger
  • Holland MacDonald – art direction and design
  • Annie Leibovitz – photography

Accolades[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1987 "True Colors" Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
"911" Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
"True Colors" MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video Nominated
"What's Going On" MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography Nominated

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil 200,000[30]
Canada (Music Canada)[31] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[32] Gold 136,100[33]
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[34] Gold 7,500*
Japan (Oricon Charts) 404,000[35]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

References[edit]

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  31. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cyndi Lauper – True Colors". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  32. ^ "French album certifications – Lauper C. – True Colors" (in French). InfoDisc. Select LAUPER C. and click OK. 
  33. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Archived from the original on 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
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  37. ^ "British album certifications – Cyndi Lauper – True Colors". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-02-28. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter True Colors in the search field and then press Enter.
  38. ^ "American album certifications – Cyndi Lauper – True Colors". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-02-28. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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