True Colors is the second album by American pop singer Cyndi Lauper, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). The album has sold 8 million copies worldwide.
The title song, written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, secured Lauper's status as a successful record producer and performer. It has been covered by countless other artists including Phil Collins, Natasha St. Pier, Anna Tsuchiya, Tanya Chua, Olivia Ong and Kasey Chambers, and was used as the theme song for the 1988 Olympic Games, the 2003 Rugby World Cup and for Kodak cameras and film.
This album went Double Platinum in the U.S.
While the album was quite successful in the U.S., but not in the UK, it also failed to match the success of Lauper's previous album, She's So Unusual in other countries. The album produced the singles "True Colors", "Change of Heart", "What's Going On", and "Boy Blue". Each single had a music video although the video for "Boy Blue" was nothing more than the live performance taken from her Zenith concert in Paris, it also failed to make a big impact on the charts, although a live video was in heavy rotation on MTV in the summer of 1987.
True Colors was re-issued in a Japanese exclusive limited edition box set 11-track digitally remastered CD album.
- Unreleased tracks:
- "Heading for the Moon" (Lauper, Stephen Broughton Lunt, A. Stead) appeared as the B-side of "True Colors".
- "Heartbeats", which was just an extended mix of the "Change of Heart" bass & drums, appeared on the 12" single of "Change of Heart".
- "Pee-wee's Playhouse Theme" – 2:29 (1986)
"911" was nominated for the 1986 Rock Female Vocalist Grammy Award.
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