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Paula Abdul is an American pop singer-songwriter, dancer, choreo-grapher, actress and television personality.
In the 1980s, Abdul rose from cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers to highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era before scoring a string of pop music-R&B hits in the late-1980s and early-1990s including Janet Jackson, George Michael, Duran Duran and ZZ Top.
Abdul has had three studio albums, three compilation albums and seventeen singles and has sold about 60 million records worldwide. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her for fifth among the female solo performers who have reached #1. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video - Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.
In 1988, she released her first studio album, Forever Your Girl, with the singles "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted" and "Opposites Attract". Forever Your Girl is one of the nine albums in history to yield four number-one singles. In 1991, she released her second album, Spellbound, which became her second consecutive number-one album in the United States. The first single, "Rush Rush", featured a Rebel Without a Cause-inspired music video starring Keanu Reeves and topped Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "The Promise of a New Day", became her last number-one and making her one of the few female artists to have the most number-one singles on the chart. The album went on to sell 13 million copies worldwide.
After her initial period of success, she suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life with her 1995 album, Head over Heels, that produced only one hit single "My Love Is for Real". She co-wrote "Spinning Around" that was meant to be her comeback hit, but it was given to Kylie Minogue. She released two singles in 2008 and 2009 respectively, "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" and "I'm Just Here for the Music".
Abdul became a television personality as a judge on the television series, American Idol. In January 2011, she moved on to another television series, CBS's Live to Dance, which debuted in January 2011. Following that, she joined her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell to the American version of The X Factor, but left after one season.