Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul



Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962)[2] 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[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.



Straight Up
"Straight Up" is a song recorded by American singer Paula Abdul, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and brought her widespread public attention.
Forever Your Girl
Forever Your Girl is the debut studio album by American singer Paula Abdul.
Spellbound is the second studio album released by Paula Abdul in May 1991.
The Running Man
The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Michael Glaser and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, María Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Jesse Ventura, and Jim Brown.

Photos - Paula Abdul449

People Recently Photographed with Paula Abdul7

Popular Albums7

Album Appearances & References8

Popular Songs17

Song Appearances & References4


Minor Film Appearances & References19

TV Shows27

Minor Musical Appearances & References1

Collaborators & Influencers7

Other Music-Related Relationships8

Personal & Professional Relationships7

Awards & Nominations29


Popular Tours1

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Spotify - Albums & Singles44


Spotify - Appears On4


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles19

'American Idol' Alums React to Death of Season 3 Finalist Leah LaBelle and Husband
  –  February 1, 2018
Several members shared their grief on Twitter, including LaBelle's fellow Season 3 finalists and eventual winner, Fantasia Barrino, as well as former "Idol" judge Paula Abdul. They remembered LaBelle as sweet, talented, and beautiful, and sent their love ...
Rasual Butler, Former NBA Guard, Dies in Car Crash
  –  January 31, 2018
She was brought back for the wild card show and was selected by Paula Abdul to advance to the finals. After performing during the Top 12's soul Week, LaBelle received the lowest amount of votes and was eliminated from the show, thereby not qualifying for ...
9 Secrets of Thrift Store Employees
  –  January 31, 2018
Injuries, from muscle strains and spasms to various tears and sprains, can take their toll. Many performers, like Paula Abdul and Lady Gaga, have discussed their issues with chronic pain. "The wear and tear on body is tremendous," Sommer says. She would ...
Former American Idol Contestant Leah LaBelle and NBA Husband Dead After Car Crash
  –  January 31, 2018 — NBA (@NBA) January 31, 2018 Fans of American Idol may remember Leah when she first auditioned in front of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson back in 2004. She would later place twelfth in the show's third season.
Gone Too Soon: 5 Things To Know About R&B Singer Leah LaBelle
  –  January 31, 2018
At 15, she joined the Total Experience Choir, where her interest in gospel and soul music sparked. She made a big impression on Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson with her soulful voice and powerful renditions of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and ...
Ex-NBA player, former 'American Idol' star from Seattle die in crash
  –  January 31, 2018
Billboard reports that she sang with the Total Experience Gospel Choir in Seattle. Former American Idol Judge Paula Abdul tweeted: "@leahlabelle was beautiful & had the voice of an ANGEL. She was mile wild card pick on @AmericanIdol. I'm heart broken to ...
Leah LaBelle & Rasual Butler Die in Car Crash
  –  January 31, 2018
LaBelle is best known as a contestant on the third season of “American Idol,” which took place in 2004. After rave reviews from Paula Abdul and a 12th place finish, she went on to sign a joint deal with Epic Records, Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def ...
12 fun things to do in Boston this weekend
  –  January 31, 2018
Keep the party going on Monday night at the Grand with rap star Rick Ross. Head back to the era of NKOTB and Paula Abdul with this special show on Friday night. Tribute band Rubix Kube will take over the Hard Rock Café for a music-filled ‘80s bash.
'We love each other unconditionally': Nick Cannon on his relationship with ex-wife Mariah Carey... and why he hates the term 'co-parenting'
  –  January 30, 2018
He told co-host Paula Abdul: 'I do have a theory, if I'm not good at something I ain't going to keep messing it up. 'So relationships, my theory on it is I'd much rather look at bettering myself and having a friend, as opposed to trying to jump into ...
The best and most gag-worthy lip syncs in RuPaul’s Drag Race her-story
  –  January 27, 2018
This season 3 battle was absolute filth, and that’s why we love it. Eventual winner Raja and Carmen took on the Paula Abdul classic Straight Up, and while Carmen was known for her nudity, Raja decided to match her, getting half-naked on stage and ...
Family waits 2 decades for Las Vegas cold case murder arrest
  –  January 26, 2018
Coker said her sister was a product of the time — big hair and hair metal. The pair would drive down the back roads of their little town, belting Paula Abdul, Poison and Guns N’ Roses. Coker swears her sister used an entire bottle of hairspray each ...
Why you’ll see a little bit less of Boyz II Men on their new Oz tour
  –  January 26, 2018
If there’s anyone that’s true to what real RNB is it’s definitely him.” In the US last year Boyz II Men toured with New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul, then Jodeci and SWV on 90s package tours. In Australia they’ll tour with TLC and Blackstreet.
Swanson: The Unexamined Song is Not Worth Listening
  –  January 25, 2018
Black Emperor, but I’m not going to pretend that I won’t sing along if somebody puts on “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul. In the end, all that matters is that you find a new appreciation for your songs and begin to look at music in a new light.
Luke Bryan Admitted His Dad Fired Him From Family Peanut Mill So He Would Chase His Music Dreams
  –  January 24, 2018
He, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie will step into the roles that were made so famous by Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. The Voice judge and fellow country music superstar Blake Shelton is one of Luke’s closest friends. Blake reportedly even ...
Valley Show Girl: A Night of Funky R&B for Jane Doe Inc.
  –  January 24, 2018
The soundtrack for the evening was classic ‘90s R&B hits smothered in soulful funk. If you didn’t know the lyrics to Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up,” then you wouldn’t have recognized it. Each song they covered they made their own adding their ...
Nike to produce light-emitting Sony PlayStation shoes
  –  January 23, 2018
Remember those 1988 Paula Abdul trainers that did that? Oh, wait, you weren't born for another eleven years. The shoes also come packaged with a code, which will allow purchasers to download a matching dynamic theme for their PS4. The Nike PG-2 PlayStation ...
Gomberg: Thinking of my buddy, protector and confidant makes me wonder — Should I have another kid?
  –  January 21, 2018
It was with her that I danced to Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted Snake” for the Wasatch Elementary School 1991 talent show. It was with her that I’d get into a sleeping bag and charge down the stairs in a pile of squeals and giggles. She’s the person ...
Paula Abdul Was 'By Her Mom's Side' as Mother Lorraine Died at Age 85
  –  January 18, 2018
Paula Abdul‘s mother Lorraine died Monday at age 85, PEOPLE confirms. “Lorraine died with her daughters Paula and Wendy by her side,” Abdul’s cousin Tara Riceberg tells PEOPLE. “Paula was able to be by her mom’s side and give her comfort in her ...
Annual 'Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon' hosted by Paula Abdul raises $300,000 to battle lupus
  –  November 20, 2017
In describing his wife Emily V. Gordon’s eight-day medically induced coma, Kumail Nanjiani of “The Big Sick” choked up onstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, barely able to speak through his tears. “This is going to be the longest speech you’re ...


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