Looking for a New Love

"Looking for a New Love" is a song by American dance-pop singer Jody Watley. It was released in January 1987 as the first single from her eponymous debut album. The song became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1987. Watley re-recorded and re-issued the song in various remixes in 2005.

"Looking for a New Love"
Single by Jody Watley
from the album Jody Watley
ReleasedJanuary 6, 1987
GenrePop, freestyle
  • 5:07 (album version)
  • 3:58 (single mix)
  • 7:31 (extended club version)
Songwriter(s)Jody Watley, André Cymone
Producer(s)André Cymone, David Z.
Jody Watley singles chronology
"Looking for a New Love"
"Still a Thrill"
"Looking for a New Love '05"
Looking For New 05.jpg
Single by Jody Watley
ReleasedFebruary 14, 2005
GenreHouse, dance-pop
LabelCurvve Recordings, Avitone, Peace Bisquit
Songwriter(s)André Cymone, Jody Watley
Producer(s)Jody Watley, Bill Coleman, Vinny Troia
Jody Watley singles chronology
"Looking for a New Love '05"


The single hit number two for four consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 and spent three weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart.[1] It is the only single between 1985 and 1990 in the United States to have spent four weeks in the runner-up position and not have reached number one. On the Hot 100, the single would get stuck behind Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" and U2's "With or Without You" for two weeks each, and during its run at the top of the then-Black Singles, Club Nouveau's Hot 100 number-one single "Lean on Me" was stuck behind Looking for a New Love for those same three weeks. It ranked number 16 on Billboard's year-end chart for 1987.

The song also reached number-one on the RPM Singles Chart in Canada.

In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

While listening to a tape of instrumental tracks given to her by producer André Cymone, Watley reflected on a recent sour romantic breakup. Fusing her own feelings of "I'll show you" with the feel of the track, Watley came up with the basic premise of "Looking for a New Love." The released record is the eight-track demo of the song; that way the emotional urgency of Watley's vocal was still intact. One of the song's key phrases became a popular saying: "Hasta la vista, baby." It wound up on innumerable answering machines and was used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day (see Hasta la vista, baby).

2005 re-issueEdit

In 2005, Jody Watley re-recorded and released "Looking for a New Love" on Curvve Recordings in conjunction with her own Avitone label, and Peace Bisquit. The re-issue was remixed in various styles: house, electro, breakbeat. The newly imagined "Looking for a New Love" peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, making her the first artist ever to take the same song to No. 1 in two decades.[citation needed]

Music videoEdit

A music video, directed by Brian Grant was released in March 1987 to promote the song.[2] Grant previously made videos for Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel and Tina Turner.

Track listingEdit

  • Maxi-CD 2005
  • 1 Looking For A New Love (ROCAsound Radio Edit) 4:32
  • 2 Looking For A New Love (ROCAsound Mix) 7:30
  • 3 Looking For A New Love (Chus & Ceballos Mix) 9:50
  • 4 Looking For A New Love (Craig C. Mix) 8:25
  • 5 "Baby Baby" (DJ Tool) 0:31
  • 6 Looking For A New Love (Chris Joss Vocal Mix) 5:45
  • 7 Looking For A New Love (Chris Joss Stripped Vocal Mix) 4:48
  • 8 Looking For A New Love (Levon Vincent Mix) 6:45
  • 9 Looking For A New Love (GoodandEvil Mix) 4:53
  • 10 "I Needed You" (DJ Tool) 0:36
  • 11 Looking For A New Love (Heinrich Z Mix) (Ultimix Edit) 5:52

1987 Official versionsEdit

  • Looking For A New Love (Extended Club Version) 7:28
  • Looking For A New Love (Instrumental) 7:28
  • Looking For A New Love (A Cappella) 5:06
  • Looking For A New Love (Radio Edit) 5:06
  • Looking For A New Love (Bonus Beats) 4:33
  • Looking For A New Love (Video Version) 4:10


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award
1987 Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Looking for a New Love"
1988 Soul Train Music Award nomination for Single of the Year (Female) for '"Looking for a New Love"
1988 Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Music Video for '"Looking for a New Love"
1988 American Music Award nomination for Favorite Soul/R&B Single for "Looking For A New Love


See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Jody-Watley-Looking-For-A-New-Love/master/128327?sort=year&sort_order=
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 334. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
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  9. ^ http://www.fireballmedia.ie, Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group -. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know".
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "charts.nz - Jody Watley - Looking For A New Love".
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Jody Watley - Looking For A New Love - hitparade.ch".
  12. ^ "Hot Crossover 30: April 4, 1987" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "Hot Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 3, 2005. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  14. ^ "Billboard Pop Singles - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  15. ^ "Billboard Black Singles - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  16. ^ "Billboard Dance Club Play Singles - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  17. ^ "Billboard Dance 12-Inch Singles - 1987". Retrieved 2011-12-15.

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