Saturday, July 3, 2021

"Feelings of Forever" by Tiffany

Song#:  3543
Date:  06/11/1988
Debut:  90
Peak:  50
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  After a pair of #1s and an additional Top 10, the #7 cover tune "I Saw Him Standing There," Tiffany's self-titled #1 debut album had reached the quad-platinum sales mark in April of '88. It seemed that after four singles (the first one, "Danny," did not chart), it was a good time to wrap up the LP. However, the label decided to try and eke out one more hit from the album and they chose this track. It didn't really work out with the single barely cracking the top half of the Pop chart and stalled at #43 AC. Still, it was probably worth the gamble. Now with her debut LP behind her, Tiffany could get back into the studio to record the dreaded sophomore album.

ReduxReview:  I'm pretty sure no one predicted that Tiffany's debut album would be a 4-million selling #1. Along with that, I doubt anyone gave it a thought that even if it did well they would need to make sure there were at least five single candidates. Frankly, they were lucky to get the three Top 10s. After that, there was nothing much else on the album that was single-worthy. It was full of capable, yet forgettable, pop tracks. In other words, filler. That's what I'd label this track. It was fine to put on the album, but it did not make a good single. I think a better idea would have been to do a remix of the first single "Danny," which didn't chart. That would have had more potential to crack the Top 40 than this sluggish ballad.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  We've seen time and time again where sudden fame brings sudden problems and that happened for Tiffany. She and her mother signed a contract with manager/producer George Tobin. Perhaps no one really thought that the teenager could all of a sudden sell over 4 million albums, so when Tiffany's career suddenly took off, a battle ensued between Tobin and Tiffany's mother regarding her career decisions and finances. Tiffany and her mom didn't necessarily have the best relationship to begin with and the rebellious teen was not thrilled when mom wanted to call all the shots. However, being a minor Tiffany was more or less saddled with her mom being legal guardian and with mom and Tobin not agreeing, Tiffany's life behind the scenes became a battlefield. Tiffany then decided to take matters into her own hand. She filed a lawsuit to be emancipated from her mother. She also left her mom's house to live with an aunt, which technically made her a runaway. After the dust settled, Tiffany didn't get full emancipation, but it was decided that until she was 18, her grandmother would become her temporary guardian. It seems that Tiffany and her mom made amends afterwards, but by the time she was 18, she was also done with Tobin and she would dump him for new management.


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