Real Love (4:24)

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“Real Love” was the first single from Jody Watley’s second album, Larger than Life. “Real Love” became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1989. The single reached number-one on the US Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart and Hot Dance Club Play chart. On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, “Real Love” rocketed into the Top 40 from #51 to #37, the week of April 1, 1989. The single lingered in the Top 10 for six weeks, peaking at #2 for two weeks, beginning May 20, 1989, held out of the top position by Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl”. The song also reached number 31 on the UK Singles Chart, number 25 on the Irish Singles Chart, number 2 on the Canadian Singles Chart, and number 56 on the Australian Singles Chart.

During the summer of 1989, Watley’s “Real Love” video, directed by David Fincher, was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards including Breakthrough Video, Best Art Direction, Best Dance Video, and Best Female Video at the 1989 award show. That record was held until Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson’s video “Scream” received eleven VMA nominations in 1995. The song was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best Female Single. The music video premiered in March 1989 on Cable television networks.

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