To date, Head over Heels has sold over 500,000 copies in the United States.
In 1997, Abdul co-wrote a song called "Spinning Around" with record producer and composer Kara Dio Guardi, which was intended to be her comeback single from a new album, but the plan never materialized and the song was later given to Kylie Minogue.
Notably, she received choreography credits in numerous films, including Can't Buy Me Love (1987), The Running Man (1987), Big (1988), Coming to America (1988), Action Jackson (1988), The Doors (1991), Jerry Maguire (1996), and American Beauty (1999).
She has received five MTV Video Music Award nominations, winning twice, as well as receiving the Grammy Award for Best Music Video for "Opposites Attract" in 1991.
“I wonder if @Paula Abdul has any advice on how to handle @Simon Cowell…can I borrow your BBMA’s hat?
#AGTPremiere,” she said while including a GIF of the moment Abdul accidentally hit her in the neck with a hat during the 2019 BBMA’s performance. Abdul promptly wrote back to the 30-year old dancer / AGT judge. I actually have an even better hat for you to throw at @Simon Cowell…
Although she was a skilled dancer and choreographer, Abdul was a relatively untrained singer, and worked with various coaches and record producers to develop her vocal ability, with her vocal range defined as mezzo-soprano.
Ayeroff recalled signing Abdul to a recording contract years later, stating: "She said, 'I can sing, you know. Here's someone with a personality and she's gorgeous, and she can dance. So she went into the studio and cut a demo record and she could sing." Her debut studio album, Forever Your Girl (1988), would become the most successful debut album in history at that time, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart after 64 weeks (where it would spend 10 weeks at number one), and set a record for the most singles from a debut album to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. A remix album, Shut Up and Dance: Mixes, was also released and reached number seven in the United States, becoming one of the most successful remix albums to date.In 1991, singer Yvette Marine filed a lawsuit against Abdul and the Virgin label, alleging that it was her vocals that were used on several tracks from Forever Your Girl, most notably "Opposites Attract".Abdul saw continued success with her second studio album Spellbound (1991), which saw two additional number-one singles: "Rush Rush" and "The Promise of a New Day".Abdul was born in San Fernando, California to Jewish parents.Abdul's father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian-Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, and was raised in Brazil and immigrated to the United States.The single performed well on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where it reached number one, and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.