In 1978, the Pointer Sisters had begun an eleven-year association with Richard Perry - first through his Planet label and then still working with Perry with RCA Records - with the group amassing a total of eleven Top 40 hits. The career climax afforded by the Pointer Sisters' 1984 multi-platinum album release, Break Out - parent to four Top Ten hits1 - was followed by a decline in popularity and in 1988 the Pointer Sisters ended their contract with RCA.
It was reported in March 1989 that the Pointer Sisters were negotiating with Motown Records (who had passed on the group when they'd sought their first record deal in 1971).2 The group signed with Motown in May 1989 with member June Pointer then stating: "We want to help Motown get back up where it was" referencing the label's own faded fortunes.
Motown did not prove the label to recharge the Pointer Sister's career. The label released the groups' Right Rhythm album in the summer of 1990 following the May 1990 issue of the advance single "Friends' Advice"; that single was a relative failure, only reaching #36 on the Billboard R&B charts. The second single, a ballad called "After You," also failed to find a widespread audience. A third single, a remixed version of the album's "Insanity," managed a #62 R&B peak (#11 on the Billboard dance charts). Right Rhythm would be the only album release by the Pointer Sisters on Motown.