"Real Love" - Jody Watley
from the album Larger Than Life (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 12
Today's song of the day comes from singer/dancer Jody Watley, who went from being a featured dancer on Soul Train to being a member of influential disco/soul group Shalamar, to earning a New Artist Grammy for her debut solo album. That disc spun off three top-10 pop hits with "Looking For A New Love", "Don't You Want Me", and "Some Kind Of Lover". In the spring of 1989 Jody released her sophomore solo effort Larger Than Life, again collaborating with producer/writer Andre Cymone on most of the tracks, like the first single "Real Love". A sassy "I can do better" club anthem like "Looking For A New Love", it had enough attitude, conviction, and synth muscle to win over all her fans from the first disc, and the David Fincher-directed video was ultra-chic...
"Real Love" became Jody's fourth solo top ten pop hit in May of 1989. The track also was her second (and so far last) to reach the top of Billboard's R&B chart, while the 12" remixes went to #1 on the dance club play list as well. Internationally, the song matched its American peak in Canada, and made the top-40 in Germany (#15), Belgium (#15), the Netherlands (#21), Switzerland (#21), Ireland (#25), the UK (#31), and New Zealand (#35).
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Here's the remixed version that topped the dance chart for two weeks...
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