Paula Abdul
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Knocked Out
The Way That You Love Me
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In 1987, successful dancer/chorepgrapher Paula Abdul decided to make a career change.

Being successful with work behind the scenes as a choreographer, she decided to take a chance in being a successful public performer too.

Paula's idols were people of multi-talents, people who could sing-dance and act. She knew this was the avenue she wanted to take in her career.

While choreographing moves for Janet Jackson's "Control" music videos, Paula would often sing when dancing with Janet.

Janet once told Paula, "You should seriously consider singing." Paula took Janet's advice and recorded a demo.  Because she didn't write her own music she contacted people that she knew in the music business who introduced her to writers and musicians such as Babyface, Elliot Wolff and Oliver Leiber, all whom contributed to the success of the "Forever Your Girl" album.

It's a little known fact that Paula once formed a girl group and recorded a demo with three of her friends. Their group was called the 'Cheer Girls.'  They sent copies of their demo to several recording labels.

One of the labels, Motown Records reviewed the girl's demo and was not impressed. Motown didn't think the group had what it took to be successful. At the time, girl bands were thought to be unpopular.

Although Paula was ultimately discovered by The Jackson Five when she was a cheerleader for the
Los Angeles Lakers, Paula's voice was discovered in New York while she was working with Duran Duran on their "Notorious" music video.

Label Executives who were launching the new Virgin Records heard about Paula and invited her to dinner to discuss the 'Cheer Girls' demo.

They liked the demo but decided they wanted to hear Paula sing solo. Just as Motown Executives had said, Virgin didn't think girl bands had what it takes to be popular. They asked Paula to perform a solo-test. She did as they requested and days later Virgin Records signed her onto their label.

Executives from the label informed Paula that she would have to work fast on preparing her album because they wanted it ready for a summer release.

As it was, Paula's schedule was already hectic!  In order to achieve the goal set forth for her by Virgin, she altered her schedule so she could record the album at night.

Here is a sample of what her schedule looked like:

From 10am to 2pm she worked on "The Tracy Ullman Show." From 3pm to 5pm she choreographed
George Michael's "Faith" tour.  She took an hour break to rest and have dinner, then worked with dancers from the movie "Coming to America" from 7 to 10pm.  She recorded her album from Midnight to 4am.

The "Forever Your Girl" album hit music stores in June 1988.

At one point, the "Forever Your Girl" was so hot it reportedly sold over 191,000 copies in just ONE DAY.

The album broke music industry records by producing the most Top 10 Singles off of one album, let alone a debut album.

At the time, the only artist to come close to this was Whitney Houston who had three Top 10 singles on the chart.

The "Forever Your Girl" album rated #1 on Billboards Charts for ten weeks, went more than 7x Platinum and sold over 10 MILLION copies WORLDWIDE!

Paula kept her singles on the Top 40 charts for
66 straight weeks.

The album produced 4 #1 singles and 5 successful music videos.

"Forever Your Girl" spent 100 weeks (almost two years) on Billboard Charts and was the #1 Album for ten of those weeks.

Paula's next album released was "Shut Up And Dance".

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Forever Your Girl
Cold Hearted
Opposites Attract

1. The Way That You Love Me (5:22)

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2. Knocked Out (3:52)

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3. Opposites Attract (4:24)

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4. State of Attraction (4:07)

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5. I Need You (5:01)

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6. Forever Your Girl (4:58)

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7. Straight Up (4:11)

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8. Next To You (4:26)

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9. Cold Hearted (3:51)

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10. One or the Other (4:10)

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1. Knocked Out

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2. Knocked Out (UK version)

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3. The Way That You Love Me (ver 1)

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4. The Way That You Love Me (ver 2)

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5. Straight Up

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6. Cold Hearted

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7. Forever Your Girl

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8. Opposites Attract

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Song Title

Peak Position

Weeks
As #1

Weeks In
Top 40

Year
Released

Knocked Out

n/a

n/a

n/a

1988

The Way That You Love Me
(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me

n/a
2

n/a
n/a

n/a
14

1988
1989

Straight Up

1

3

14

1989

Forever Your Girl

1

1

12

1989

Cold Hearted

1

1

14

1989

Opposites Attract

1

2

13

1990

Executive Producer: Gemma Corfield

*Compiled by Dan Hersch at Digiprep
*LP and cassette mastered by Eddie Schreyer at Capitol Mastering
*CD mastered by Dan Hersch at Digiprep

Publicity: Debra Baum Associates
Art Direction & Design: Lynn Robb
Photography: Alberto Tolot
Stylist: Vivian Turner
Hair: Daniel Combs
Make-up: Francesca Tolot

Babyface appears courtesy of Solar Records
L.A. Reid appears courtesy of Solar Records
Pebbles appears courtesy of MCA Records
Darryl Simmons appears courtesy of Solar Records
Kayo appears courtesy of Solar Records
Delissa Davis appears courtesy of Solar Records
St. Paul appears courtesy of MCA Records
Jesse Johnson appears courtesy of A&M Records

Platinum Management: Larry Frazin & Tollin

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