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Paula Abdul

In the wake of Madonna's success, many dance-pop divas filled the charts, but out of them all, Paula Abdul was the only one who sustained a career. The former L.A. Lakers cheerleader and choreographer began to make inroads in pop music when she was hired as an assistant dance director on the Jacksons' Victory tour, which led to a job choreographing Janet Jackson's videos for Control. Abdul's work on Jackson's videos helped make the album a hit, making her a sought-after choreographer. After working on The Tracy Ullman Show and videos for ZZ Top, Duran Duran, and the Pointer Sisters, Abdul began a recording career, releasing her debut album, Forever Your Girl, in 1988. The first two singles drawn from the record were moderate hits, but the release of "Straight Up" at the end of the year made her a superstar. Staying at the top of the charts for three weeks, "Straight Up" began a string of six number one singles (with "The Way That You Love Me" recharting at number three in 1989) that ran through the summer of 1991.

Abdul's singles were hits not because her singing was exceptional -- her voice is thin and transparent -- but because she worked with savvy producers who had a knack for picking songs with solid pop and dance hooks. Abdul's spectacular big-budget videos helped push the sales of Forever Your Girl past seven million in the U.S. alone. While her second album, 1991's Spellbound, wasn't as successful, it still sold over three million copies and spent two weeks at number one.

After Spellbound, Abdul took a few years off. During that time, she successfully fought a lawsuit filed by a former backup singer who alleged it was she, not Abdul, who had sung on Forever Your Girl. Abdul released her third studio effort, Head Over Heels, in the summer of 1995, but the album failed to match the success of its two predecessors. The singer withdrew from the spotlight for several years before resurfacing in 2000 to co-write "Spinning Around" for Kylie Minogue. Debuting at the top of the charts in Australia and the U.K., the single effectively relaunched Minogue's career, and Abdul experienced a similar surge in popularity when she joined the judging panel of American Idol in 2002. Her positive comments and erratic behavior made her a household name to millions of young T.V. viewers who hadn't grown up with Abdul's music. Rumors began to circulate in 2007 about Abdul's return to the studio, and a statement on her website in January 2008 confirmed them, promising a new Abdul album by that summer. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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80's music ALWAYS make EVERYTHING BETTER!!! WOOHOO!!
maudieqarhxd c 9 8
This is my favorite song of all. Love it
forumtek
really good music
THIS TAKES ME BACK TO DANCIN IN THE 80'S AND LEARNING ABOUT BOYS AND MUSIC,,,,,,, M A D E THIS MY STATION!
A lot more talented than Madonna
lol I danced to this song when I was 6 ha-ha...
F**k it cheer for me. Shoulda coulda has been. De ves enquando penso. Had not f**ked up.
Rush....pero , hablas Espanol?
AWE YEAH! Going back in time...Cold Hearted...my JAM :)
oyin.o143
J.cole!!!!
Who can hate happy music that makes you wanna dance in your chair while listening at work!!
Still love to see the video in youtube, Keanu Reeves was featured there too
pmelfman79
Really tired of Stephen Thomas Erlewine's vitriol. Please ban his reviews, Pandora.
I must admit it.......... . . . . . i purchased Paula's cassette in 88. It was fun to listen to.......... . . . . w e need more fun music.
I miss 1990.
Paula, you are the greatest I will love you forever xoxo
Another marginally talented singer who happens to put on a good show.
tonyrd69
l have just join padora and its the greates thing that could be invented, cause it allows me to hear all my favorite songs anytime anywhere. Thank you
she a very great singer dancer and I will buy paula abdul new cd and I will be a fan and I have head over heels I thought that was a great cd.that makes me a true paula abdul fan.I LOVE YOU PAULA ABDUL
I think she's incredibly talented, and she's been through so much. What an inspiration!
Straight up....she can't sing. I can sing better then her and I have a tracheostomy . . . N o w who's the cold hearted snake, look into my neck hole.
THANK YOU FOR THE SONGS YOU SING THAT KEEP ME FOREVER HAPPY!
Bring it on back like the good ol days! You were and still are hot!Bring some cold hearated snake or forever your girl sorta vibe. We miss you,
Ach, she's alright. :P
jerrygunsch0 8
b**ch!!!
Love PAULA!!!
oh my god i love this song
ePods--that' s funny Jennifer
aaa she's ok .. i like the song Rush Rush ...
This gay ICON lives to breath another day.YOU GO MY FOREVER GIRL!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
I knew it would be mostly about American Idol here. Ugh.

You darn kids with your cell phones and your ePods and your Nintendos.
I think it would be great if she would perform on American Idol, just once. I really like her music!!!
cant beleive david cook won for american idol
Paula is the best and she will make a comeback watch out.
patty921
I really enjoy her music. Wish she would release a new CD.
she is talented, miss those days
ingrid_1995
LUV HER!! great AMERICAN IDOL judge 2.

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