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Retro Rewind: Paula Abdul – ‘Cold Hearted’

Published: Tuesday 30th Jul 2013 by David

If ever there was an act- besides Janet– that the likes of Ciara could benefit from pulling from…it’s Paula Abdul.

The Bob Fosse inspired dancer who first rocked the charts upon signing to Virgin Records in 1987, her run atop her scene-albeit short- saw her serve as the blueprint for imagery spawned by Britney Spears and her contemporary/alleged student Janet Jackson.

Today, in celebrating her work, we step back in time and land in June 15th 1989- the day her third single from her ‘Forever Your Girl‘ was released to the world.

‘Cold Hearted‘.

Produced by EMI‘s Elliot Wolff and marking one of the highest selling ‘New Jack Swing’ cuts to come from a female artist, the single saw its video placed in the hands of director David Fincher and pull from Fosse‘s 1979 classic ‘All That Jazz‘.

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  1. A July 30, 2013

    Somebody Must of watched American Dad last night on Adult Swim.

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  2. Nicki/Britney/JesseM July 30, 2013

    Queen Paula!!!

  3. BeachHouseBritney July 30, 2013

    And people say Beyonce can dance. Pffft.

  4. VisionOfMimi July 30, 2013

    This sounds like Mimi’s POL.

    • LaLopez July 30, 2013

      That’s because POL came out after.

  5. shauwndapooh July 30, 2013

    Greatest dancer ever

  6. Daniel Teflon July 30, 2013

    Go head Paula u Betta Abdul it!!

  7. Daniel Teflon July 30, 2013

    Go head Paula u Betta Abdul it!!

  8. CzarM July 30, 2013

    This song isn’t New Jack Swing.

    I hate how ignorant people try to label every rhythmic dance song that was released between 1987 and 1993 as “New Jack Swing,” simply because that was the era it existed in.

    Paula actually had some NJS songs here and there (“Straight Up,” “Knocked Out,” “The Way That You Love Me,” “Promise of a New Day”), but this wasn’t one of them. “Cold Hearted” is just standard late 80s dance/pop, and one of her poppier tunes. That being said, the song is still 20x better than the dance/pop of 2008-present, and shits all over the Gaga’s/Katy’s/Rihanna’s/Kesha’s of today.

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