Spellbound (Paula Abdul album)

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Spellbound
PaulaAbdulSpellbound.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 14, 1991
RecordedSeptember 1990 – March 1991
Studio
  • Greene Street Recording (New York City, New York)
  • Z Recording Studio (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Hollywood Sound Recording Studio
  • Institute of Social Disruption
  • Studio Masters
  • Sunset Sound Studios (each Los Angeles, California)
  • Mad Hatter Studios (Silver Lake, California)
  • Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, California)
  • Paisley Park Studios (Chanhassen, Minnesota)
Genre
Length49:03
Label
Producer
Paula Abdul chronology
Shut Up and Dance: Mixes
(1990)
Spellbound
(1991)
Head Over Heels
(1995)
Singles from Spellbound
  1. "Rush Rush"
    Released: May 2, 1991
  2. "The Promise of a New Day"
    Released: July 20, 1991
  3. "Blowing Kisses in the Wind"
    Released: October 17, 1991
  4. "Vibeology"
    Released: November 18, 1991
  5. "Will You Marry Me?"
    Released: March 19, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(dud)[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Slant4/5 stars[7]

Spellbound is the second studio album by American singer Paula Abdul, released in May 1991. The album was an international success and spawned major radio hits with the singles "Rush Rush", "The Promise of a New Day", "Blowing Kisses in the Wind", "Vibeology" and "Will You Marry Me?". The album went triple platinum in the United States and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Spellbound won a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.

Some tracks are mixed using QSound.

Critical reception[edit]

In 2003, staff at Slant Magazine included Spellbound in its list of "50 Essential Pop Albums".[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 in its first week and rose four spots to number one the following week. It stayed at the summit for two consecutive weeks, selling 88,000 and 89,000 units respectively. The album distinguished itself by becoming the lowest selling number-one album in the Nielsen SoundScan era at the time of its release—a distinction it held until 2004, when Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below sold 86,000 copies while at number one.[9] This was primarily due to the newly implemented SoundScan tracking system, which had not been implemented into every major music chain, thus sales were not entirely accurate. Nevertheless, the album became a best-seller and emerged as the best selling album for the month of June, spending 16 weeks within the top 10, and was certified three-times platinum by the RIAA in January 1992.[10][11] Overall, the album spent 70 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and was ranked as the 18th best-seller of the year.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Promise of a New Daya"Paula Abdul • Peter Lord • Sandra St. Victor • V. Jeffrey SmithLord • Smith4:32
2."Rock Housea"Abdul • Lord • St. Victor • SmithLord • Smith4:11
3."Rush Rush"LordLord • Smith4:52
4."Spellbounda"Abdul • Lord • St. Victor • SmithLord • Smith4:48
5."Vibeology"Lord • St. Victor • SmithLord • Smith5:16
6."Ua"PrincePaisley Park4:05
7."My Foolish Heart"Lord • SmithLord • Smith4:10
8."Blowing Kisses in the Winda"LordLord • Smith4:41
9."To Youa"Jorge Corante • Colin EnglandEngland • Corante3:31
10."Alright Tonighta"John HiattDon Was4:28
11."Will You Marry Me?"Abdul • Lord • St. Victor • SmithLord • Smith4:24
Asian, European, Japanese and South American edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
6."Will You Marry Me?"Abdul • Lord • St. Victor • SmithLord • Smith4:24
7."Ua"PrincePaisley Park4:05
8."My Foolish Heart"Lord • SmithLord • Smith4:10
9."Blowing Kisses in the Winda"LordLord • Smith4:41
10."To Youa"Jorge Corante • Colin EnglandEngland • Corante3:31
11."Alright Tonighta"John HiattDon Was4:28
12."Good Night, My Love (Pleasant Dreams)" (Bonus track)George Motola • John MarascalcoWas3:14

Notes

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Peter Lord, Paisley Park, V. Jeffrey Smith, Jorge Corante and Don Was
  • Engineers: Wolfgang Aichholz, Ed Cherney, Don Feinerg, Arne Frager, Rod Hull, Michael Koppelman, Greg Laney, Dave Pensado

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[26] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[27] Gold 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[28] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Jan DeKnock (1991-05-23). "Paula Abdul Spellbound (Virgin)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  3. ^ David Browne (1991-05-17). "Spellbound". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  4. ^ Dennis Hunt (1991-05-12). "Abdul Accents Vocals on 'Spellbound'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Spellbound". Robert Christgau.
  6. ^ Berger, Arion (1991-06-27). "Spellbound : Paula Abdul : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  7. ^ Henderson, Eric (2004-07-17). "Paula Abdul Spellbound". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  8. ^ "Vital Pop: 50 Essential Pop Albums | Feature | Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Inc (July 22, 2006). Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  10. ^ McAleer, Dave (1995). The All Music Book of Hit Albums. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879303938. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
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  13. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 1557". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Paula Abdul – Spellbound" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
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  17. ^ "Charts.nz – Paula Abdul – Spellbound". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Paula Abdul – Spellbound". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
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  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  21. ^ "Paula Abdul Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  22. ^ "Paula Abdul Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  23. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/1991/top-billboard-200-albums
  24. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/1992/top-billboard-200-albums
  25. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Paula Abdul – Spellbound". Music Canada.
  27. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Paula Abdul – Spellbound" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved March 6, 2020. Select 1992年11月 on the drop-down menu
  28. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  29. ^ "British album certifications – Paula Abdul – Spellbound". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Spellbound in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  30. ^ "American album certifications – Paula Abdul – Spellbound". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.