Paula Abdul - Did You Know?

Paula Abdul - Did You Know?February 5, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American singer, dancer, choreographer and actress, Paula Abdul.




Paula Abdul is an American singer, dancer, choreographer and actress. Here are a few interesting facts about her:

1. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers. This was a great way to meet people in show business.

2. She rose to fame in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer. Her choreography resume includes Janet Jackson's control videos and Tracey Ullman's tv show.

3. Her 6 No.1 hits on the Hot 100 were written by three different songwriters: Elliot Wolff ("Straight Up" and "Cold Hearted"), Oliver Leiber ("Forever Your Girl" and "Opposites Attract") and Peter Lord ("Rush, Rush" and "The Promise of a New Day").

Paula Abdul was nominated five times for the MTV Video Music Award and won twice. She also won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video for "Opposites Attract" in 1991. She received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography twice for her work on The Tracey Ullman Show, and her own performance at the American Music Awards in 1990.

Paula Abdul was honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is also the first entertainer that was honored with the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards' Hall of Fame Award.

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The song "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul was her breakout hit, who before she was a singer, was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers and also a dancer.

The song "Straight Up" finds Paula Abdul all aflutter over a guy who seems too good to be true. She has been hurt before, so now, she wants him to be straight up (honest) with her and tell her if he really loves her, or are they just fooling around.

The song was written and produced by Elliot Wolff, who had co-written a track for Johnny Gill and Gladys Knight & The Pips.

In the US, this song was the best-selling single of 1989.

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