Cold Hearted

Album: Forever Your Girl (1988)
Charted: 46 1
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  • This song finds Abdul warning another girl about a man, letting her know he's a heartless snake. Like all of her hits, it was written by a man: Elliot Wolff wrote it after working with Paula on another one of his songs, "Straight Up." Wolff says he wrote the lyrics by getting in the mindset of a woman.
  • Abdul does some pseudo rapping in this song, which comes off in a distinctive stutter-scat style. When Elliot Wolff demoed the song for her, she told him there was no way she could rap at that pace. She tried, and it wasn't happening. Wolff solved the problem by giving her some unconventional advice: don't worry about saying the words, just the vowels. He wrote it out for her phonetically, so "How come he can tell you're always number one without a doubt" became "ow um ee can ell oor umber un ith out a out."
  • This was Abdul's third consecutive #1 hit. Her first two singles, "Knocked Out" and "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me," were just modest hits, but "Straight Up" was huge, going to #1. After the title track was issued and rose to the top, "Cold Hearted" followed. Abdul scored yet another #1 when "Opposites Attract" hit the top spot.
  • The video was directed by David Fincher, who also did the "Straight Up" and "Forever Your Girl" clips. The video, an homage to the movie Flashdance, made good use of Abdul's skill set, as it shows the former Laker Girl leading a dance routine for some incredulous record executives. Abdul says the video is a tribute to the famous choreographer Bob Fosse and his film All That Jazz.
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  • Chris from Germany That was her time in the late 80s and 90s and she had great luck but also it was the result of hard work and perfect marketing. Great song, great video, great singer and of course good dance routine.
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