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"Spinning Around" was a dance-pop track intended to be the lead single on Abdul's follow-up album to Head over Heels. While Abdul took a break from the music industry, she remained busy behind the scenes.
But the album never materialized, and "Spinning Around" was instead given to Kylie Minogue. Abdul served as the choreographer for several film and theater productions, including the 1998 musical Reefer Madness and the cheerleading scenes in the 1999 film American Beauty (she had previously also choreographed the 1991 film The Doors).
Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart.
She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography".
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, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently emigrated to the United States.
She was also a guest judge on the All-Stars edition of Dancing with the Stars in 2012 and the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2013, and more recently became a permanent judge for that series along with the Australian version of the show for its 2014 revival.She was a tireless worker, and relied on input from her vocal coach and producers to improve her sound.In 1988, Abdul released her pop debut album, Forever Your Girl.After her initial period of success, Abdul suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life.She saw renewed fame and success as an original judge on American Idol in the 2000s, which she left after the eighth season.