Thursday, March 9, 2023

"Everything" by Jody Watley

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  4070
Date:  10/14/1989
Debut:  92
Peak:  4
Weeks:  23
Genre:  R&B, Pop

Pop Bits:  Watley's '87 self-titled debut album was a #10 platinum seller that spawned three Pop Top 10 hits. Her second album, Larger Than Life, would also have the same success with its singles when this third one from the LP cracked the Top 10. The ballad would also get to #3 R&B and #11 AC. Yet even though the album matched her debut's trio of Pop Top 10 hits, the LP didn't sell as well. It would peak at #16 and only go gold. A fourth single would be released to try and help get the LP into platinum territory, but that didn't happen with "Precious Love" faltering and only get to #51 R&B/#87 Pop.

ReduxReview:  Watley and her collaborator (and future husband) AndrĂ© Cymone co-wrote nearly all the songs on the album. This single was the lone exception. It was written by Gardner Cole and James Newton Howard. It was a good selection for Watley. With her biggest hits all uptempo dance tracks, this was a refreshing change of pace. It was a nicely written tune that was well produced by Cymone. Watley sounded comfortable and provided a nice vocal. This one has sort of slipped through the cracks over the years, but it just as worthy of airplay as her other hits.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Watley would try to regain her audience with her third album, '91's Affairs of the Heart. Its first single, "I Want You," would get to #5 R&B and #17 Dance, but could only reach #61 at Pop. A second single, "I'm the One You Need," would become Watley's final Pop Top 40 hit getting to #19 (#3 Dance/#23 R&B). The album would get to #21 R&B, but stall low on the Pop chart at #124. Her 1993 album Intimacy wouldn't fare any better even though it would feature a pair of Dance Top 10s. Watley would continue to record over the years and earn a few Top 10s on the Dance chart. In 2005, she would re-record her '87 #2 hit "Looking for a New Love." Released as a single with "'05" added to the title, the new version would reach #1 on the Dance chart. It has been reported that this made Watley the first artist to take the same song to #1 on the Dance chart in two different decades.


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