Paula Abdul (American singer)

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Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, voice actress, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought choreographer at the height of the music video era. Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography".

After her initial period of success, Abdul suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life. She saw renewed fame and success as an original judge on American Idol in the 2000s, which she left after the eighth season. She went on to star on CBS's short-lived television series Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011, and was subsequently a judge on the first season of the American version of The X Factor along with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell, the creator and producer of the show. She was also a guest judge on the All-Stars edition of Dancing with the Stars in 2012 and the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2013, and more recently became a permanent judge for that series along with the Australian version of the show for its 2014 revival.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1988 Forever Your Girl 3 7
1990 Spellbound 3 6
1995 Head Over Heels 1 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 The Singles 1
1998 The Greatest 1
2000 Greatest Hits 2 3
2007 Greatest Hits: Straight Up! 2
2011 10 Great Songs 1
2012 Straight Up! The Very Best of Paula Abdul 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Shut Up and Dance: The Dance Mixes 2.35 4


Year Title RatingReleases
1988 (It's Just) The Way That You Love Me 1
1988 Knocked Out 2
1988 Straight Up 4
1989 Forever Your Girl 3
1989 Cold Hearted 2
1989 Opposites Attract 2
1990 1990 Medley Mix 1
1991 Blowing Kisses in the Wind 1
1991 The Promise of a New Day 2
1991 Vibeology 2
1992 Will You Marry Me? 1
1995 My Love Is for Real 1
1995 Crazy Cool 2
Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up 1

Single + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Knocked Out (The Shep Pettibone Remixes) 1

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