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‘New Attitude’ by Patti LaBelle – Classic Hit or Miss

“New Attitude” is a song performed by Patti LaBelle and written by Sharon Teresa Robinson, Jon Gilutin, and Bunny Hull. It was released in January 1985 and helped launch LaBelle’s solo career as a pop music singer after the singer had spent seven years without a cross over pop hit following the break-up of LaBelle.In 1984, Patti LaBelle began taking part in films, participating in her first acting role in the acclaimed film, A Soldier’s Story. Around the same time, producers of the film, Beverly Hills Cop, was busy putting together a soundtrack for the film, and called on LaBelle to record two songs for its soundtrack. “New Attitude”, a song about a woman changing her outlook on life both emotionally and physically, was composed by Sharon Robinson, Jon Gilutin and Bunny Hull and produced by Harold Faltermeyer. The song was different from previous LaBelle recordings, which had been mostly pop ballads with occasional stabs at dance music and R&B, focusing on a synthpop direction. Prior to that, LaBelle had recorded a similar synthpop song, “I’ll Never, Never Give Up” from her first gold album, I’m In Love Again, in 1983. It was LaBelle’s first MCA single, released in January 1985.

Reception

The song climbed to number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Dance Music chart in a remixed form.It also peaked at number three on the Hot R&B Singles chart. The singer shot her first music video of her career with the song, which was shot at a fashion store.

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