Cool It Now
|"Cool It Now"|
|Single by New Edition|
|from the album New Edition|
|Released||August 27, 1984|
|Format||7 inch single, 12 inch single, CD single|
|Length||6:00 (album version)
4:12 (single version)
|Songwriter(s)||Vincent Brantley, Rick Timas|
|Producer(s)||Vincent Brantley, Rick Timas|
|New Edition singles chronology|
"Cool It Now" is a 1984 hit single by American group New Edition, and is the first single from their eponymous second album, New Edition. In the US, the song entered the Hot Black Singles chart on September 1, 1984. The song peaked at number 4 in January 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
With the group now signed to MCA Records, "Cool It Now" (and the album from which it came) was given more extensive and widespread promotion than any single from their previous album (which had been released through a smaller, independent label), and helped bring the group a bigger fan base. The song was the group's first top 10 pop single, peaking at number four on the pop chart, and their second number one R&B hit.
The song is notable for a midsection rap recited by lead singer Ralph Tresvant, which calls out the rest of the group: "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike." In later years, the rap has been changed to include "Johnny" for the last member to join, Johnny Gill, either including his name as a fifth name called out or replacing "Bobby".
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||1|
- Engineer – John Wood, Taavi Mote, Vincent Brantley
- Producer, Bass, Guitar, Drums – Rick Timas
- Producer, Keyboards – Vincent Brantley
- Remix – Louil Silas, Jr.
- Ronnie DeVoe - background vocals, rap
- Bobby Brown - background vocals
- Ricky Bell - background vocals
- Michael Bivins - background vocals, rap
- Ralph Tresvant - lead and background vocals, rap
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- One Hit Wonder Center - One-Hit Wonder Music of the 50's~90's: "There are also tracks to represent the rise of post-disco club/dance trend, such as Laid Back's "White Horse", New Edition's "Cool It Now", and Timex Social Club's " Rumors" ". Retrieved on August 12, 2009.
- "Hot Black Singles". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media: 56. December 15, 1984.
- "Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 428.
- Matthew Solarski (19 November 2008). "My Brightest Diamond, Frightened Rabbit Do Covers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
- "American single certifications – New Edition – Cool It Now". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
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