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This Day In Music, October 7th

On this day in 1989: Paula Abdul went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Forever Your Girl’. Abdul spent sixty-four consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart before hitting #1, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number one spot.

Forever Your Girl was the debut studio album for Paula Abdul. It was released on June 21, 1988 through Virgin Records. The album was Abdul’s breakthrough into the music industry after being a choreographer for high-profile artists including George Michael, ZZ Top, Duran Duran and Janet Jackson. At the time of the album’s release it was the most successful debut album of all time and was the first time an artist scored four U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles from a debut album.

The album was eventually certified seven times platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA and has sold over 18 million copies worldwide. It also includes four #1 singles: “Straight Up”, “Forever Your Girl”, “Cold Hearted”, and “Opposites Attract”  which ties Forever Your Girl for second most #1 songs from a single album, and ties it for the most number ones in a debut album. She was the first female artist to have four number one singles from a debut album.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 from this day back in 1989:

1 5 MISS YOU MUCH –•– Janet Jackson – 6 (1)
2 4 CHERISH –•– Madonna – 8 (2)
3 1 GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU –•– Milli Vanilli – 10 (1)
4 2 HEAVEN –•– Warrant – 12 (2)
5 3 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME –•– Cher – 14 (3)
6 12 MIXED EMOTIONS –•– Rolling Stones – 6 (6)
7 10 LOVE SONG –•– The Cure – 9 (7)
8 6 18 AND LIFE –•– Skid Row – 14 (4)
9 11 BUST A MOVE –•– Young M.C. – 11 (9)
10 14 IT’S NO CRIME –•– Babyface – 9 (10)

11 13 DON’T LOOK BACK –•– Fine Young Cannibals – 9 (11)
12 15 IT’S NOT ENOUGH –•– Starship – 10 (12)
13 18 SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE –•– Tears For Fears – 6 (13)
14 22 LISTEN TO YOUR HEART –•– Roxette – 7 (14)
15 17 WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM –•– Expose – 8 (15)
16 21 LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR –•– Aerosmith – 6 (16)
17 23 DR. FEELGOOD –•– Motley Crue – 6 (17)
18 20 PARTYMAN –•– Prince – 7 (18)
19 31 COVER GIRL –•– New Kids On The Block – 4 (19)
20 28 ROCK WIT’CHA –•– Bobby Brown – 7 (20)

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