Paula Abdul releases new Jackson single on Seacrest's radio show
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/18/2008
Since it's been more than a decade since she released any original music, Paula Abdul apparently needed some help from her American Idol friends in unveiling her new single.
Abdul and fellow Idol judge Randy Jackson both appeared on Idol host Ryan Seacrest's Friday morning KIIS-FM radio show to debut her new single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow," which was produced by Jackson. Abdul's last single -- "Crazy Cool" -- was released in 1995.
"Everything is timing. Just timing. It just seemed like it was the right time," said Abdul. "I've been bugging Randy for so long, 'Come on. We have to do this!' The right song came around... It has been a surreal experience."
"Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" will be the first single released from Jackson's upcoming album "Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1," which is scheduled to drop March 11.
"We've been sitting here talking about doing something for a long time," said Jackson. "I'm looking at Paula, I'm going, 'Yo man, Paula, we've got to do something!' She's sold 50 million albums -- one of the biggest stars in the world! So we found something fun to do."
While the song was being broadcast for the first time, Seacrest said he "witnessed a very sweet moment."
"Paula, she got up -- and you guys have been working on this for a very long time -- and she walked over to Randy, and she gave him a hug, and she embraced him for quite a while... I think he cried a little bit."
Seacrest referred to the unveiling of Abdul's single as "a historical movement on a very big day." Abdul and Jackson's fellow Idol judge Simon Cowell was also on the phone from England, where he was filming an episode of Britain's Got Talent. Not surprisingly, Cowell wasn't very enthusiastic.
"Seriously?" answered Cowell when told by Seacrest that the song was getting "a lot of great feedback."
Abdul's "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" music video will reportedly premiere during Fox's pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, February 3.
Abdul got her entertainment start working as a Los Angeles Lakers' Laker Girl before eventually becoming the group's choreographer. She then went on to choreograph music videos for numerous artists, from Duran Duran and Dolly Parton to Janet Jackson and INXS.
As a pop-star in the 1980s, Abdul sang numerous hits, including "Opposites Attract," "Forever Your Girl," "Rush, Rush" and "Crazy Cool." The music video for "Opposites Attract" won Abdul a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.