Saturday, May 28, 2022

"Real Love" by Jody Watley

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  3840
Date:  03/18/1989
Debut:  73
Peak:  2
Weeks:  18
Genre:  R&B, Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  Watley's first solo album following her departure from Shalamar became a platinum selling #10 hit thanks three Pop Top 10 hits including the #2 "Looking for a New Love." It also earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. For her second album, Watley chose to continue her collaboration with songwriter/producer AndrĂ© Cymone. This time around, the pair would co-write and co-produce nearly all of the tracks on Larger Than Life, which included this first single (although Jeff Lorber would lend a production hand on the track). The song would take off and replicate the results of "Looking for a New Love" by getting to #2 Pop, #1 R&B, and #1 Dance. However, this time around the single sold well enough to go gold. It was a solid way to kick off her second album. 

ReduxReview:  It was going to be difficult to come up with a hit as good as "Looking for a New Love," but Watley and Cymone came close with this track. It was a stompin' dance track that smartly incorporated a little new jack swing. It was timely and memorable. I thought Watley had a shot at hitting #1, but she got aced out by new sensation Paula Abdul and her "Forever Your Girl." It didn't quite have the lasting legs of "Looking for a New Love," but it is still a tasty track.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Watley's and Cymone's professional relationship would spill over into a personal one as well. The pair became an item and in 1991 they would tie the knot. The marriage would produce one child, a son name Arie. Watley already had a daughter at the time, Lauren. She was the product of Watley's relationship with producer Leon Silvers III. Unfortunately, the Watley/Cymone marriage wouldn't last long. They were divorced in 1994. 


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