Girl You Know It's True

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Girl You Know It's True
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Studio album by
Released7 March 1989
Genre Dance-pop, hip hop, new jack swing
Label Arista
Producer Frank Farian
Milli Vanilli chronology
All or Nothing
Girl You Know It's True
All or Nothing: The U.S.-Remix Album
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
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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.

Germans are a Germanic ethnic group native to Central Europe, who share a common German ancestry, culture and history. German is the shared mother tongue of a substantial majority of ethnic Germans.

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Milli Vanilli West German R&B, pop, and dance music project

Milli Vanilli was a German R&B duo from Munich. The group was founded by Frank Farian in 1988 and consisted of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The group's debut album, titled All or Nothing in Europe and reconfigured as Girl You Know It's True in the United States, achieved international success and earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 21, 1990.


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 seven weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 [4] . 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.

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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 [5] , 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, [6] marking the first time a Grammy was ever rescinded from an artist.

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Chuck Philips American writer and investigative journalist

Charles Alan "Chuck" Philips is an American writer and investigative journalist. From 1995 to 2008 he worked for the Los Angeles Times, after first freelancing for the newspaper.

Arista Records, Inc. is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of the Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was previously handled by Bertelsmann Music Group. The label was founded in 1974 by Clive Davis, who formerly worked for Columbia Records. Until its demise in 2011, it was a major distributor and promoter of albums throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Along with Columbia, RCA, and Epic, Arista is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.

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. [7] 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 . [8]

Clive Davis American record producer and music executive

Clive Jay Davis is an American record producer, A&R executive, and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.

Blame It on the Rain song by Milli Vanilli

"Blame It on the Rain" is a song by German dance-pop group Milli Vanilli.


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.

Track listing

Girl You Know It's True
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 Howell 3:59
3."More Than You'll Ever Know" Ernesto Phillips 4:32
4."Blame It on the Rain" Diane Warren 4:19
5."Take It as It Comes" Climie Fisher, Dennis Morgan3:41
6."It's Your Thing" O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley 3:51
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


Frank Farian German record producer and songwriter

Frank Farian is a German record producer and songwriter, best known as the founder and voice behind the 1970s' disco-pop group Boney M. and as the mastermind and voice behind the lip-syncing group Milli Vanilli. His tendency to create bands with a visual image distinct from the recorded musical performances has led to controversy throughout his career, especially in the case of Milli Vanilli. Farian is also the owner of the record label MCI and several subsidiaries.

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Weekly charts

Chart (1989-1990)Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [9] 1
US Billboard 200 [10] 1


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) [11] Diamond1,000,000^
United States (RIAA) [12] 6× Platinum6,000,000^

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

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