Girl You Know It's True

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Girl You Know It's True
Milli Vanilli Girl You Know It's True CD cover.JPG
Studio album by Milli Vanilli
Released 7 March 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Dance-pop, hip hop, new jack swing
Length 42:10
Label Arista
ARCD-8592
Producer Frank Farian
Milli Vanilli chronology
All or Nothing
(1988)All or Nothing1988
Girl You Know It's True
(1989)
All or Nothing: The U.S.-Remix Album
(1989)All or Nothing: The U.S.-Remix Album1989
Singles from Girl You Know It's True
  1. "Girl You Know It's True"
    Released: 25 June 1988
  2. "Baby Don't Forget My Number"
    Released: 10 December 1988
  3. "Blame It on the Rain"
    Released: 13 July 1989
  4. "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You"
    Released: July 1989
  5. "All or Nothing"
    Released: January 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times2.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[3]

Girl You Know It's True is a 1989 album that was the U.S. debut of German pop group Milli Vanilli. It is a reconfigured and repackaged version of Milli Vanilli's Europe-only release All or Nothing for the U.S. market.

The album was a major success in the U.S., producing five singles that entered the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, three of which reached the top position. On January 1990, Girl You Know It's True was certified 6x platinum by the RIAA after spending eight weeks atop the Billboard Top 200. Additionally, the album spent 41 weeks within the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and 78 weeks within the charts overall. The album was also certified Diamond in Canada, denoting shipments of over a million units there. The success of the album earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Following the scandal exposed by Los Angeles Times journalist Chuck Philips that revealed that Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan did not sing on their album[4], Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and its masters from their catalog, making it one of the largest-selling albums to ever be taken out of print. In addition, their Grammy was revoked,[5] marking the first time a Grammy was ever rescinded from an artist.

According to producer Frank Farian, the decision to repackage All or Nothing as Girl You Know It's True was made by Arista Records president Clive Davis.[6] In addition to including five of the tracks that originally appeared on All or Nothing ("I'm Gonna Miss You," "All or Nothing," "Baby Don't Forget My Number," "Dreams to Remember" and "Girl You Know It's True"), Girl You Know It's True featured several new tracks, including "Blame It on the Rain," which would go on to be a worldwide hit single, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. In Europe, the track later appeared in an extended version on the album All or Nothing - The U.S. Remix Album.[7]

Errors[edit]

The track orders of some U.S. releases are out of sequence with the listings printed on their cover art and several tracks are listed with the wrong running times. Additionally, some of the writers' credits are inconsistent with what is listed in external sources and Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus are incorrectly credited with the vocals.

Track listing[edit]

Girl You Know It's True
No.TitleSongwriter(s)Length
1."Girl You Know It's True"Ky Adeyemo, Rodney Halloway, Kevin Liles, Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean Spencer4:13
2."Baby Don't Forget My Number"Farian, B. Nail aka Brad Howell3:59
3."More Than You'll Ever Know"Ernesto Phillips4:32
4."Blame It on the Rain"Diane Warren4:19
5."Take It as It Comes"Climie Fisher, Dennis Morgan3:41
6."It's Your Thing"O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley3:51
7."Dreams to Remember"Farian, Mary Applegate, Dietmar Kawohl3:54
8."All or Nothing"Farian, Nail, P.G. Wilder3:17
9."(Girl) I'm Gonna Miss You"Farian, Kawohl, Peter Bischoff Fallenstein3:57
10."Girl You Know It's True" (N.Y. Subway Extended Mix)"Ky Adeyemo, Rodney Halloway, Kevin Liles, Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean Spencer6:27
Total length:42:10

Personnel[edit]

  • Rob Pilatus, Fab Morvan (aka "The Brothers of Soul") - visual performance (credited with "vocals")
  • John Davis, Brad Howell, Charles Shaw - lead vocals (credited with "backing vocals")
  • Joan Faulkner, Felicia Taylor, The Jackson Singers, Charles Christopher, Herbert Gebhard, Bimey Oberreit, Peter Rishavy, Linda Rocco, Jodie Rocco - backing vocals
  • P.G. Wilder, Pit Loew, Volker Barber - keyboards
  • Frank Farian - Roland Jupiter-8 and synthesizer programming
  • Peter Weihe, Jens Gad, Bruce Ingram - guitars
  • Mel Collins - saxophone
  • Curt Cress - drums, percussion
  • Dino Solera, Felice Civitareale, Franz Weyerer - horns; arranged by Dino Solera

Production[edit]

  • All music arranged by P.G. Wilder and Pit Loew
  • Produced by Frank Farian for Far Music Productions
  • Recorded and mixed by Tobias Freund, Bernd Berwanger, Norbert Janicke and Jens Seekamp at Far Studios

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989-1990) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[8] 1
US Billboard 200[9] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Diamond 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Girl You Know It's True - Milli Vanilli - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". 
  2. ^ JOHNSON, CONNIE (4 June 1989). "MILLI VANILLI "Girl You Know It's True." Arista ** 1/2: POP STARS ***** Great Balls of Fire **** Knockin' On Heaven's Door *** Good Vibrations ** Maybe Baby * Ain't That a Shame : ROXETTE "Look Sharp!" EMI**" – via LA Times. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 543. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Philips, Chuck (16 November 1990). "It's True: Milli Vanilli Didn't Sing : Pop music: The duo could be stripped of its Grammy after admitting it lip-synced the best-selling 'Girl You Know It's True.'". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Philips, Chuck (20 November 1990). "Milli Vanilli's Grammy Rescinded by Academy : Music: Organization revokes an award for the first time after revelation that the duo never sang on album". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ http://www.crapfromthepast.com/millivanilli/hubbub.htm
  7. ^ Milli Vanilli- All Or Nothing _ The U.S. Remix Album (released in Germany) @Discogs.com Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Milli Vanilli Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Milli Vanilli Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". Music Canada. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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