On this day January 6th 1987 Grammy award icon Jody Watley released her debut number #1 hit single “Looking For A New Love”
“Looking for a New Love” is a song by American dance-pop singer Jody Watley. It was released in January 1987 as the first single from her eponymous debut album. The song became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1987. Watley re-recorded and re-issued the song in various remixes in 2005 another milestone and first in Billboard Chart History for a single to be Number 1 in two separate decades.
The single hit number two for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 and spent four weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart.The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” and U2’s “With or Without You”, and would itself keep Club Nouveau’s Hot 100 number-one single “Lean on Me” out of the top spot of the R&B chart. It ranked number 16 on Billboard’s year-end chart for 1987.
The song also reached number-one on the RPM Singles Chart in Canada.
In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
While listening to a tape of instrumental tracks given to her by producer André Cymone, Watley reflected on a recent sour romantic breakup. Fusing her own feelings of “I’ll show you” with the feel of the track, Watley came up with the basic premise of “Looking for a New Love.” The released record is the eight-track demo of the song; that way the emotional urgency of Watley’s vocal was still intact. 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).
I came up with a lot of hit song ideas, lyrics and melodies on this cassette recorder.
I don’t like to think of time..I’ve said this many times before. It’s when reminded that my mind is like – wow, really. Today is one of those days as my first #1 solo single “Looking For A New Love” was released and launched my solo career in ways that few expected – including me. I thank God and the universe for making this all happen and to align me with the right people at the right time. My only quest was to be happy – post Shalamar. That is true success.
30 years later I’m still here..a little heavier though more in love and comfortable with me – who I am in my own skin not defined by anyone but what I feel and owning that — proud of my tenacity and evolution..smarter, wiser, stronger, feeling fabulous and grateful. My goals are always changing as they should – never complacent or stuck on laurels. The thing that makes me proud looking back is that when I signed my first solo deal – I knew exactly who I wanted to be and the statement I wanted to make. It’s really a song of strength and my imaging was to not be like anyone else – just me. Eclectic. Funky, chic, odd, aloof, fun, stylish – a freestyle girl not wanting to be in a box nor rely on my past as ‘formerly of’.. I went out on a limb – fearless. A lot of people wanted me to fail not realizing I’d already won simply by claiming my power to take control of my life and where I wanted to navigate it..to a place and environment of positivity, respect, love and joy. I remember when the U.S. magazine Black Beat wrote “..Jody Watley’s future is the most in doubt..” after my departure from Shalamar in 1983.
To aspiring artists and songwriters, remember whatever you record or put out..if you intend to have longevity those songs if you’re fortunate enough to have ‘hits’ – keep in mind you’ll be singing those songs down the line. Be true to yourself, you can never regret that no matter what.
Happy Anniversary Looking For A New Love – I still love you!
A special shout out to my co-writer of this Andre Cymone who produced it with David Z. We did that! Thank you to all who worked with me to make it a success, it took a village – Jheryl Busby and Louil Silas Jr(R.I.P.) MCA execs like Glenn Lajeski still a friend till this day, as is Lynn Robb my original art director collaborator Liz Heller Victoria Pearson , Brian Grant who directed the video in London and so on!
Looking For A New Love 30 Video and Mix – Video by Sam Edmonds. Paris, France.
I’m so thankful to have experienced this – thankful for my blessings and continued journey. I thank all of you who continue to show me love, support my music and encourage me each day!! — On January 6, 1987, January 6. My solo debut single “Looking For A New Love” was released (a Rihanna/Jody fan just told me on Instagram and I looked it up, love social media for things like this).. Of course it was a monumental debut, my first #1 single and a touchstone in music and pop culture, not many artists get to experience this smile emoticon
The single hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 besting the chart peak of her group Shalamar Top 10 “The Second Time Around.” “Looking For A New Love” spent four weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart another notable achievement. The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” and U2’s “With or Without You”. It ranked number 16 on Billboard’s year-end chart for 1987. The single would also reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Play Chart.
In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, winning the The GRAMMYs for Best New Artist.
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.
In 2005, Jody Watley re-recorded and released “Looking for a New Love” on Water Music Records in conjunction with her own Avitone label, Curvve Recordings, and Peace Bisquit. The reissued classic was remixed in various styles: house, electro, breakbeat. The newly imagined “Looking for a New Love” proved to be a historic undertaking for Watley, as it peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, making her the first artist ever to take the same song to No. 1 in two decades.
Written by Andre Cymone and Jody Watley (lyrics and melody). Produced by David Z. and Andre Cymone.
Photography: Victoria Pearson / Art Direction: Jody Watley / Lynn Robb
Everlasting gratitude to Jheryl Busby, Louil Silas Jr. (RIP) and to all of the MCA Records team at that time including A.D. Washington, Ernie Singleton, Alonzo Miller, Sarah Melendez..who made it happen despite the usual obstacles along the way. I thank Jheryl for believing in me and signing me as well as giving me the freedom to be myself and make a mark – understanding what I wanted to do as an artist and writer, not just a girl..but a woman with a vision.
Always believe in yourself – no matter how many people are trying to bring and tear you down..keep on keeping on. God and the universe always has it’s way.