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She’s So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper (Portrait, 1983)

She’s So Unusual is the debut album of American pop singer Cyndi Lauper. This album, Cyndi’s look and voice as well as the strength of her debut single and the subsequent singles all catapulted Lauper to fame. Five of the seven released singles reached the Top 30 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with the first four all reaching the Top 5! Lauper was the first female to have four Top 5 singles.

The album received virtually nothing but accolades: from reviewers and awards; most notably 2 Grammys. She’s So Unusual peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, spending 64 weeks in the chart’s Top 40! It sold 6 million copies in the U.S., 16 million worldwide.

The album was produced by Rick Chertoff, William Wittman and Lauper herself.

The debut single, Girls Just Want to Have Fun peaked at number two in the U.S., but went to number one in 10 countries (including Australia, Norway, Brazil, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland and Canada).

Second single, Time After Time reached number one on the Hot 100 and in 15 other countries.

Third single, She Bop hit number three in the U.S., and went Top 10 in 8 other countries.

Fourth single, All Through the Night, peaked at number five in the U.S. and the Top 10 in 2 other countries.

Fifth single, Money Changes Everything, only hit #27 in the U.S. and the Top 10 in 2 other countries.

The sixth single, I’ll Kiss You was released as a promotional single only and failed to chart.

The seventh and final single, When You Were Mine was a promotional single in Canada, Japan and the U.S. and only reached #62 on the Canadian Singles chart.

In Canada, She’s So Unusual is the second best-selling album by a female artist in the 1980s, behind Whitney Houston’s self-titled album.


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