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Paula Abdul Reveals Where Her 1988 Hit 'Straight Up' Was First Recorded

Gaone Pule
Jun 27, 2021
11:30 A.M.
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Pop sensation Paula Abdul recently got candid about how her musical journey began and talked about her first hit single, which she composed in the 90s.


Paula Abdul revealed where her 1988 hit “Straight Up” was first recorded during this week’s episode of the People in the 90s podcast. The now 59-year-old shared the song changed her life after she recorded it in the shower.

The singer-songwriter recalled how her A&R rep Gemma Corfield first introduced her to songwriter Elliot Wolff. “And when I heard “Straight Up, I immediately…I was obsessed with the song. Obsessed,” she said.

Paula Abdul interacts with fans while on stage during WE Day Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center on September 20, 2016 in St Paul, Minnesota | Photo: Getty Images


She explained she could not wait to meet him, and when she finally did, it was at his apartment. When she asked him where they were going to record the song, he said, "In my shower here."


"I recorded 'Straight Up' in his little shower, and in the early masters that were released, you could hear someone banging from the next apartment going, 'Shut up!'," she explained.


The song made it on to her debut studio album "Forever Your Girl," which earned her her first Grammy nomination. Abdul first broke into showbiz when she landed a spot as a leading cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at age 18.

When she was in her 20's, she began working as a choreographer, and in 1984, The Jacksons hired her to choreograph their music video for "Torture." Four years later, she released her first album.



The dancer's career took off from thereon, and she has bagged a Grammy Award for Best Music Video in 1991 and took home two Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Choreography.

Abdul has also appeared on hit popular reality competition shows such as “American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars," and "The Masked Singer.”



When asked who she would want to be seated next to if she were to would return to "American Idol" in July 2020, the TV personality revealed, "The OGS Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, as excruciating as it could be, I had the best time."

Abdul shared she still keeps in touch with the original judging panel as well. In September 2019, the trio reunited on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," and described the reunion as magical.



Abdul had the pleasure of meeting music star Michael Bolton at a very young age. There was an unconventional way of meeting Bolton as he babysat her.

During his appearance on SiriusXM's Radio Andy recently, he recalled how it all happened. Bolton explained Abdul's older sister was dating his guitarist, and he was writing songs and demoing them to try to get a record deal in LA.

The 68-year-old, who is ten years Abdul's senior, shared they all wanted to go out that night but could not do so because they did not want to leave her alone, so they ended up staying in.



When coming to her health, Abdul has suffered a tremendous amount of pain dealing with back pain. A month ago, she underwent a breast revision to remove implants. They were too big for her body.

The California native said that her proportions were off after she got the implants. Abdul shared she started with smaller breasts, and over two decades ago, she had implants put in.

She explained that the more she danced harder, the more it affected her back. Abdul said the implants were weighing down on her chest.


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