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"My Love Is for Real" is a 1995 trip hop song by Paula Abdul. It was the first single from Abdul's third studio album, Head over Heels. Intended as Abdul's comeback single, "My Love Is for Real" reached the top 20 in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, but it stalled outside the top 20 in the United States, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, and failed to make a major impact in Europe.

"My Love Is for Real"
My Love Is For Real1.jpg
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Head over Heels
ReleasedMay 29, 1995 (1995-05-29)
FormatCassette, vinyl, CD
Recorded1994
Genre
Length5:20
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Paula Abdul, Rhett Lawrence[1]
Producer(s)Rhett Lawrence[2]
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Will You Marry Me?"
(1992)
"My Love Is for Real"
(1995)
"Crazy Cool"
(1995)

Contents

Song informationEdit

"My Love Is for Real" was written by Abdul and Rhett Lawrence. The song is a fusion of trip hop and traditional Indian instruments as well as Middle Eastern music with featured vocals by Israeli singer Ofra Haza.[3] The single's B-side is the mid-tempo song "Didn't I Say I Love You", written by Elliot Wolf and Stacey Piersa.

The single featured remixes by British dance band Strike, who subsequently recorded and released their own version of "My Love Is for Real" featuring singer Victoria Newton. Their version of the song became a UK Clubs Dance Top 10 hit.

Music videoEdit

The music video, directed by Michael Haussman, features Middle Eastern inspired imagery with Abdul appearing as the head mistress of a harem.[4] The video received two MTV Video Music Award nominations: Best Dance Video and Best Choreography in a Video.

Chart performanceEdit

"My Love Is for Real" was intended to be a comeback single for Abdul who had not released an album since 1991's triple platinum Spellbound.[5] The single was not as successful as Abdul's previous releases and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song fared better on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart where it reached the number-one position.

"My Love Is for Real" was moderately successful internationally. It peaked number seven in Australia and was a top 20 hit in New Zealand and Canada. In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number 28 on the UK Singles Chart and number three on the UK R&B Chart. The song did not impact Ireland or mainland Europe at all, save for Germany, where it reached number 87.

Formats and track listingsEdit

US 12" single

  1. "My Love Is for Real" (E-Smoove's Fever Mix)
  2. "My Love Is for Real" (Strike's Pink Wig Dub)
  3. "My Love Is for Real" (Downtempo Club Dub)
  4. "My love is for real" (Strike's Straight Up There Mix)
  5. "My love is for real" (E-Smoove's Fever 7" Edit)
  6. " Didn't I Say I Love You"

US 5" CD single

  1. "My Love Is for Real" (Radio edit)
  2. "Didn't I Say I Love You"
  3. "My Love Is for Real" (LP version)
  4. "My Love Is for Real" (R&B Remix)

Official remixesEdit

  • Radio Edit
  • R&B Remix
  • E-Smoove Fever Edit
  • E-Smoove Fever Mix
  • Full Version (By Strike)
  • Junior Vasquez Club
  • Junior Vasquez Club Extended Mix
  • Strike's Pink Wig Dub
  • Strike's Straight Up There Mix
  • Strike's Straight Up There Edit
  • Downtempo Club Dub
  • Uptempo Club Vocal
  • Lawrence/Mokran Edit
  • Short Intro. Edit
  • The Sensuous Mix
  • The Soft Single Mix

ChartsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ entry for the song ASCAP. Accessed on October 29, 2010.
  2. ^ Abdul - My Love Is For Real (2x12") at Discogs
  3. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 107 (26): 92. July 1, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ "Production Notes". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 107 (23): 40. June 10, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ Considine, J .D. (June 13, 1995). "Abdul: Sounds Familiar". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Paula Abdul feat. Ofra Haza – My Love Is for Real". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7762." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7792." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 9854." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Paula Abdul feat. Ofra Haza – My Love Is for Real". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Paula Abdul feat. Ofra Haza – My Love Is for Real". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Paula Abdul Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Paula Abdul Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Paula Abdul Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "Paula Abdul Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "Paula Abdul Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "Paula Abdul Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1995". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 14, 2018.

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