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Released March 27, 1989
Platinum second SOLO Album
Happy Music Anniversary
“Larger Than Life”
Billboard Multi-Chart Top 10 Hits
Gold single “Real Love” with it fashion forward video with Oscar winning director David Fincher which remains one of MTV’s Most Nominated Music Videos further establishing Jody Watley as a music and style Icon Trailblazer.
The groundbreaking “Friends” ft. Legendary® Eric B. & Rakim (the first R&B/HipHop/Pop/Dance collaboration to crossover Top 10 on multiple charts) and the poignant ballad “Everything”
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Jody Watley. Harper’s Bazaar America’s 10 Most Beautiful Women Issue. September 1989
Featured: Grammy Winning Solo Artist Jody Watley, Whitney Houston, actresses Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, Anjelica Houston, Kelly LeBrock, Melanie Griiffith, Geena Davis
Jody Watley, the Grammy Award-winning artist whose hits résumé includes the R&B/pop singles “Looking for a New Love” and “Real Love,” is celebrating Women’s History Month with the launch of her new SiriusXM show. Airing on The Groove channel and sporting the tagline “Wattage Vibes Rooted in the Music,” The Jody Watley Show featured Emmy Award-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph of Abbott Elementary on its first two-hour episode. Read More on Billboard Magazine. Link Below
Next episode will air April 9th – Stay Tuned for Announcement Of The Next Guest!!
36th anniversary February 23 1987.
“Best New Artist 1987 GRAMMY winner” receives the award in 1988.
Looking For A New Love – GRAMMY nominated debut single spent three weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart and The song also reached number-one on the RPM Singles Chart in Canada.
Looking For A New Love was held at the Number 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for an unprecedented 4 weeks behind mega rock band U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
Looking For A New Love – One of the song’s key phrases became a popular saying: “Hasta la vista, baby.” It wound up on innumerable answering machines and was used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day (see Hasta la vista, baby).
Looking For A New Love – Billboard Success
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play No.1
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles No.1
US Hot Crossover 30 (Billboard) No.1
Canada Top Singles (RPM) No.1
US Billboard Hot 100 – No. 2
Still A Thrill – T-Boz of TLC cited this song as an example setting her vocal tone for her singing career. In a personal video, she sent to Watley (and was given permission to share on her YouTube channel) T-Boz thanked Watley for this song during her teenage years citing she was “hitting them notes” and helping her sing at a lower register to better suit her vocal range.
Still A Thrill – a major hit on both the R&B and dance charts in 1987. “Still a Thrill,” whose video was the first (and as yet unmatched) time a pop star flexed their skills at waacking, the underground Los Angeles dance that is a sibling to both breakdancing and voguing.
Don’t You Want Me – was one of the biggest crossover singles of 1987, reaching the Top Ten of the Billboard pop and R&B charts. The single was also popular in nightclubs, reaching the top spot of the Billboard dance chart.
Don’t You Want Me – was sampled extensively on the 49ers’ 1990 hit “Don’t You Love Me”. Remixed Eurodance versions have appeared on the Dancemania series of albums, including Dancemania SPEED 2 issued in 1999.
Some Kind of Lover – was Jody’s third top 10 pop single from the album, and third number-one of the US dance chart. The music video premiered in January 1988 and was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards, for Best Female Video and Best New Artist in a Video, she also performed “Some Kind of Lover” at the award show that year.
Most Of All – was a success on the Dance Club Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, where it reached numbers eight and eleven, respectively.
The multi-platinum seller also featured a duet with George Michael.
Watley co-wrote the bulk of the songs on the album with production by Andre Cymone w David Z., Bernard Edwards (CHIC, Power Station), and Patrick Leonard.
Jody Watley had many door opening fashion editorials of VOGUE, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone among others laying the template for future R&B/Pop crossovers superstars to come signaling a new era of music and style artist branding and cross promotion.
Rest In Peace Dame Vivienne Westwood. I’ve been a fan of her designs and worn them since early 80’s while living in London and throughout my solo career professional and personal style life to this day.
Rest In Paradise Dame Vivienne Westwood one of my favorite designers of all time.
Trailblazer. Godmother of punk, a revolutionary designer, conquered high fashion, built a global empire and a formidable activist throughout.
Thank you for your brilliance, creativity, badassery and tenacity throughout the decades.
The Historic Supergroup -“Band Aid” Single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”
While living in London after my departure from Shalamar in 1983, I’d signed a spec Solo deal with Phonogram/Mercury Records in 1984.
I received a call from Mariella Frostrup, who was the publicist for Phonogram Records U.K. at the time. Mariella didn’t give a lot of details about the session, just that I really needed to be there at request of Sir Bob Geldof as well who was organizing a recording session.
None of us really knew the magnitude of what it would be, we all turned up casually – some of the artists would joke they were coming from the pub or clubbing the night before.. it was all very low key when invited. One of the things that makes it so organic looking is no one was really done up for the cameras so to speak.
The result was “Do The Know It’s Christmas” the name of the group – Band Aid. Four days later it was released in the UK along with a powerful documentary and it has been played during the holiday season since. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” remains one of the biggest singles of all time in the U.K. and mega seller worldwide.
It’s an experience none of us involved will ever forget and a song that made a huge difference, setting the bar for other charity singles to follow.
I’ve said through the years, meeting George Michael and asking if he’d do a duet with me – which he did when I returned to America and signed with MCA Records recording my proper solo debut and looking back on it, it’s also notable I am the only black female artist and only 1 of 4 women in total. To be a part of this historic recording as my first solo endeavor is truly a astounding.
Some artists declined including other female from what I was told back then. To be a part of a historic single as the first thing I did after leaving and post Shalamar is such a gift.
The single went straight to Number 1, was front page news and has raised millions of dollars for famine relief and remains a milestone Christmas single despite a regrettable lyric (tonight thank God it’s them instead of you) created in the moment by the writers of the song as they have later acknowledged – the intent of the song is so very positive. Feed The World – Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time Again. That message and sentiment will always remain, help those in need.
Many of us performed the song on Top Of The Pops as well you can find it on Youtube along with original video.
After Band Aid two 12″ singles (Where The Boys Are and Girls Night Out) were released in 1984 and 1985 as JODY. I already had a vision in style (edgy and fashion forward) hard hitting dance music with an eye of not being labeled or marketed as ‘formerly of’. I was intent to establish my own identity solo with a decidedly more funky dance pop vibe as a debut. I’d written with Bruce Woolley of The Buggles and produced by The Art Of Noise before they were The Art Of Noise (Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeckzalik) with engineer Gary Langan. Ultimately, the label and I weren’t on same page and eventually I moved back to America, signed a new deal with MCA – the rest is solo history!
Grammy Winning Music Icon Jody Watley is featured in a new digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square. She Exist Magazine included Ms. Watley in the series of SUPER Women Empowerment Holiday Issue dropping November 2022 billboards. Also featured are Gospel Icon Yolanda Adams, Tina & Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), Keyondra & Kimberly Lockett (founders of Jolie Noire Athleisure).
“Still, Today She Continues to Fuel Quality Music Over the Decades and Into the New Millennium
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