Abdul not only helped turn Jackson into a polished dancer but also choreographed the videos for the "Control" album. Those videos did as much for Abdul as they did for Jackson.
Abdul can't do it all quite yet. Her singing still needs some polish. "Forever Your Girl" is a typical dance-music album, emphasizing instrumentals and rhythms while beefing up the singer's voice with studio techniques. It was mostly the strong hooks that lured listeneres to "Straight Up"- one of last year's best pop singles-not her vocals, which are just passable.
Janet Jackson was important to Abdul's singing career in several ways. First of all, Abdul, who had been shopping her demonstration tapes to record companies for several years, got moral support and encouragement from Jackson. But most important, Jackson's "Control" album was such a smash that every label was in the market for a female R&B/dance-music singer like her. In 1987, Virgin Records signed Abdul as their entry in this category.