Crush (Jennifer Paige song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Jennifer paige-crush s 1.jpg
Single by Jennifer Paige
from the album Jennifer Paige
ReleasedJune 16, 1998
RecordedApril 1998
  • Andy Goldmark
  • Jimmy Bralower
Jennifer Paige singles chronology
Music video
"Crush" on

"Crush" is a 1998 pop song recorded by American singer Jennifer Paige. The song was written by Andy Goldmark, Mark Mueller, Berny Cosgrove and Kevin Clark. It was released as the first single from her debut album, Jennifer Paige (see 1998 in music). The music video for "Crush" was produced by Kati Haberstok and directed by David Hogan.[1]

"Crush" topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand while peaking at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for four consecutive weeks (from September 5 through September 26), behind songs including Monica's "The First Night", Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", and Barenaked Ladies' "One Week". "Crush" spent an additional four weeks at #4. It was in the Top 10 for 17 weeks (from August 8 through November 28) and stayed in Hot 100 for a total of 25 weeks. "Crush" also peaked at #2 on the R&R CHR Radio Airplay Chart. In the UK, "Crush" reached #1 on the airplay chart and #4 on the BPI singles chart, where it spent 3 weeks in the Top 10.[2]


In April 1998, soon after Paige recorded "Crush," producer Andy Goldmark played the song at top pop Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM, where it met with a hugely positive reaction from programmers and was added to the station's playlist within days. During the first week of May, KIIS-FM became the first radio station to begin playing "Crush" and it began its meteoric rise up the charts, without typical record company promotion or release. Paige said "we had no pictures, photography, hadn't gotten it mastered or mass-produced it, nothing."[citation needed] Edel Records, Paige's initial label, made an initial press run of 20,000 copies of "Crush" which sold out quickly, and "Crush" soon became KIIS-FM's most requested song. The song, written by Paige's producer Andy Goldmark along with the songwriters Mark Muller, Berny Cosgrove and Kevin Clark, was inspired by Paige's personal experiences and observations in her love life. There have been claims that It was written for Joey Fatone of NSYNC, as she was rumoured to be dating him at the time. However, Paige told Disney Chat that they were never in a relationship. The rumors started as they used to run into each other a lot during concerts and TV appearances. One day Paige was given a Superman ring and as Fatone collects Superman stuff he said it was her engagement ring.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single (US, UK, France, Europe)[4]
2."Crush (Dance Mix)"3:16
3."Crush (Instrumental)" (US and UK only[5][6])3:19
CD Maxi Single (US, Australia, Europe)[5]
2."Crush (Dance Mix)"3:16
3."Crush (Extended Club Mix)" (US and Australia only)5:18
4."Crush (Instrumental)"3:19
"Crush" The Remixes CD (UK, Australia, Germany)[7]
No.TitleTitle (Australia)Length
1."Crush (David Morales Radio Alt Intro)""Crush (David Morales Radio Mix)"3:40
2."Crush (Tiefschwarz Radio Edit)[a]""Crush (Tiefschwarz Radio Mix)"3:49
3."Crush (David Morales Club Mix)[a]" 7:10
4."Crush (Tiefschwarz Hollywood Extended)" 8:03
5."Crush (David Morales Alt Club Body)[a]""Crush (David Morales Classic Club Mix)"7:10
6."Crush (David Morales La Crush Dub)" 7:10
  1. ^ a b c Tracks 2, 3, 5: Germany and Australia releases only[7][8]

Critical reception[edit]

In the next few weeks, dozens of other pop radio stations nationwide added "Crush" to their playlists. By this time, several major music labels had expressed interest in Paige. In early June 1998, while "Crush" was climbing the charts, Paige signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

On July 9, Paige made her first on-air appearance at KIIS-FM with Rick Dees. She performed "Crush" live for the first time that day, and within weeks, the song reached the Billboard Top 10.

Blender put "Crush" at 189th place on their list of 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born. They described the song as "an unusually supple and sophisticated teen-pop hit informed by the level-headed sass of great R&B... swept along by a breathy chorus, pulsing groove and Paige's exquisite multilayered vocals."[9]

Live performances and cover versions[edit]

On May 5, 1999, Paige performed "Crush" at the 1999 World Music Awards.

Washington, D.C.-based indie rock band The Dismemberment Plan recorded a downtempo version of "Crush" for a 2001 split EP with Juno.

Emperor Entertainment Group of Hong Kong bought a license of the melody, and made a Cantonese version sung by Cantopop singer Joey Yung called "Unknown", which is included on her debut album, EP/JOEY, and compilation album, Love Joey 2. It won "Best Performance of Cover Song award". This becomes Yung's first big hit in the Hong Kong music industry, achieving charting success with 3 number-ones (out of 4 charts in Hong Kong).

Lea Michele recorded the song for the November 18, 2009 episode of Glee. It is featured on the hit show's second soundtrack album, which was certified Gold by the RIAA in the US and in the UK by BPI, Platinum in Canada and Australia and 2X Platinum in Ireland.

Jai Paul covered "Crush" on a collection of leaked demos, released on April 14, 2013.

In 2015, the song was covered by the French girlband "When We Were Young" from their album "Made in '90s".[10]

Also in 2015, the song was covered by the band Campsite Dream (Epic Records) who posted in September 2017 that the track went Gold in The Netherlands:

In 2016, "Crush" returned to the Billboard Top 10 the week of May 21, 2016 when it reached #8 on the magazine's Smooth Jazz Airplay chart in a cover by jazz keyboardist John Novello. His version features R&B saxophone artist Gerald Albright on the chorus. As of the June 18, 2016 Chart, it had spent a total of 19 weeks in the Top 30.[11][12] "Crush" peaked at #5 on the America's Music Chart Smooth Jazz chart the week of May 24, 2016.[13] This cover version reached #2 on America's Smooth Jazz Top 20 airplay chart the week of May 28, 2016.[14]

In 2017, William Singe sampled the song on his debut RCA/Sony single "Rush". On March 4, 2017, Singe, while on his sold-out debut US Tour, invited Jennifer Paige on stage with him at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre, where they performed a mash-up of her new acoustic version of "Crush" and his single "Rush."

Chart performances[edit]

"Crush" was an international hit which peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, was certified Gold by the RIAA, and sold 700,000 by the end of 1998.[15] It went to #1 in Spain, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Australia, where it was certified 2x Platinum,[16] and Canada, where it spent five weeks at #1 on the Canadian RPM singles chart.[citation needed]. "Crush" reached the Top 5 in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Hungary, and peaked at #6 in Ireland, The Netherlands and Norway.


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] 2× Platinum 140,000^
France (SNEP)[54] Gold 250,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[55] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[57] Gold 700,000[15]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Music Videos Database - Jennifer Paige - "Crush"". Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Songfacts". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  4. ^ Crush (CD liner notes). Jennifer Paige. Edel America Records. 1998. 0038712ERE.
  5. ^ a b Crush (CD liner notes). Jennifer Paige. Edel America Records. 1998. 0039425ERE.
  6. ^ Crush (CD liner notes). Jennifer Paige. Edel America Records. 1998. 0039435ERE.
  7. ^ a b Crush (The Remixes) (CD liner notes). Jennifer Paige. Edel America Records. 1998. 0043215ERE.
  8. ^ Crush (The Remixes) (CD liner notes). Jennifer Paige. Edel America Records. 1998. 0043735ERE.
  9. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born". Archived from the original on December 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
  10. ^ "When We Were Young, le groupe qui illustre un certain retour aux années 90". Le Huffington Post. 17 July 2015.
  11. ^ "BDSRadio Charts". Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  12. ^ "Billboard". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  13. ^ "AMERICA'S MUSIC CHARTS -- 0 5 . 24 . 1 6".
  14. ^
  15. ^ a b "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  16. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1998 Singles Archived May 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  18. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  19. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  20. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  21. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7926." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  22. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  23. ^ "Music & Media: Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  24. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush" (in French). Les classement single.
  25. ^ " – Paige,Jennifer Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  26. ^ "Top 10 Hungary" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  27. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 284 Vikuna 6.8. - 13.8. 1998)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  28. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  29. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: P". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  30. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 46, 1998" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  31. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  32. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush". Top 40 Singles.
  33. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush". VG-lista.
  34. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  35. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  36. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush". Singles Top 100.
  37. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush". Swiss Singles Chart.
  38. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  39. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  40. ^ "Jennifer Paige Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  41. ^ "Jennifer Paige Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  42. ^ "Jennifer Paige Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  43. ^ "Jennifer Paige Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  44. ^ "Jennifer Paige Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  45. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  46. ^ "1998 Australian Singles Chart". aria. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  47. ^ "1998 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  48. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1998 in Canada". Music Canada. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  49. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  50. ^ "Single top 100 over 1998" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  51. ^ "End of Year Charts 1998". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  52. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  53. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  54. ^ "French single certifications – Jennifer Paige – Crush" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  55. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Jennifer Paige – Crush". Recorded Music NZ.
  56. ^ "British single certifications – Jennifer Paige – Crush". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Crush in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  57. ^ "American single certifications – Paige, Jennifer – Crush". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

External links[edit]