Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
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".
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.
She went on to star on CBS's short-lived television series Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011, and was subsequently a judge on the first season of the American version of The X Factor along with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell, the creator and producer of the show.
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The album eventually became multi-platinum in the spring and summer of 1989, and it spawned five American Top Three singles, four of them No.
Abdul's father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently immigrated to the United States.
At 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, and in 1978 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School.
Initially starting out in the mail room, Simon worked his way up at the company before leaving to form his own label, E&S Music.
He then went work at a company called Fanfare Records for eight years until its parent company was sold to BMG.