On this day in music history: June 13, 1988 – “Forever Your Girl”, the debut album by Paula Abdul is released. Produced by Oliver Leiber, Glen Ballard, Elliot Wolff, L.A. Reid & Babyface, Jesse Johnson and Curtis Williams, it is recorded at Creation Audio in Minneapolis, MN, Studio Masters, Silverlake Studios, Keith “K.C.” Cohen Studios, JHL Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Studio 55 and Kren Studio in Hollywood, CA, House Of Music Studios in West Orange, NJ, and Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA from Late 1987 – Early 1988. The former L.A. Lakers cheerleader and choreographer begins recording her debut album for Virgin Records at night while working on dance sequences for the Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming To America” during the day. After it is released, the album initially gets off to a slow start, but quickly picks up momentum when the third single “Straight Up” (#1 Pop) breaks on top 40 pop radio. It spins off a total of six hit singles, five of them reaching the top five, with four of them hitting number one on the Hot 100 including “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me” (#3 Pop, #10 R&B), “Cold Hearted” (#1 Pop), “Opposites Attract” (#1 Pop), and the title track (#1 Pop). “Girl” sets a Billboard chart record for the slowest climb for an album to number one, finally reaching the top in its sixty fourth week on the Top 200. That lengthy climb breaks the previous record set by Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled 1975 album, which ascends to the top of the pop album chart in its fifty eighth week. “Forever Your Girl” also wins Abdul a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video for the single “Opposites Attract” in 1990. The albums’ tremendous popularity is such, that it spins off a remix album titled "Shut Up And Dance” in 1990, featuring dance remixes of all of the singles from “Girl”. It too also reaches the top ten on the Top 200 and turns Platinum. “Forever Your Girl” spends ten weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 7x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.