The Promise of a New Day

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"The Promise of a New Day"
Paula Abdul The Promise.jpg
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Spellbound
Released July 20, 1991
Format cassette, vinyl, CD
Recorded 1990—1991
Studio Masters[1]
(Los Angeles, California)
Sunset Sound Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Dance-pop
Length 4:32
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Paula Abdul, Peter Lord, Sandra St. Victor, V. Jeffrey Smith
Producer(s) Peter Lord & V. Jeffrey Smith
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Rush Rush"
(1991)
"The Promise of a New Day"
(1991)
"Blowing Kisses in the Wind"
(1991)
"Rush Rush"
(1991)
"The Promise of a New Day"
(1991)
"Blowing Kisses in the Wind"
(1991)

"The Promise of a New Day" is the second single (and lead-off track) from American artist Paula Abdul's album Spellbound. The song was written by Peter Lord and V. Jeffrey Smith. The single was released to radio while the hit "Rush Rush" was still at the top of radio airplay and the pop charts.

Song information[edit]

The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 14, 1991, becoming Abdul's sixth chart-topping single, and her last #1 hit to date.[2]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was recorded in front of a green screen in Hawaii. However, since Abdul was unable to film the clip due to other commitments, she shot the necessary scenes elsewhere, which were then edited into the video. Production took place during the week of July 8, 1991.[3]

Track listings and formats[edit]

US Promo 5" CD

  1. The Promise Of A New Day - 7" Edit (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)
  2. The Promise Of A New Day - West Coast 7" (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)
  3. The Promise Of A New Day - West Coast 12" (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)
  4. The Promise Of A New Day - Extended Club Version (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)
  5. The Promise Of A New Day - West Coast Dub (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)

UK 12" Record

  1. The Promise of a New Day - West Coast 12" (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)
  2. The Promise of a New Day - Album Version (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)
  3. The Promise of a New Day - Extended Club Version (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)

US Cassette

  1. The Promise of a New Day - 7" Edit (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)
  2. The Promise of a New Day - 12" Mix/West Coast 12" (Peter Lord; V. Jeffrey Smith)

Official remixes[edit]

  • West Coast 12"
  • West Coast 7"
  • West Coast Dub
  • East Coast Remix
  • 7" Edit
  • Extended Club Version

Chart performance[edit]

In the media[edit]

The television series In Living Color ran a parody music video of this single titled "Promise Of a Thin Me", featuring Kelly Coffield as Abdul. The video's the "stretched out" aspect ratio used referenced in the parody's title. The satire also mocked Abdul's singing.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by American indie band Mirror Ball Associates for the album Covers Vol. 1, which features Paul Durham (lead singer of Black Lab) on vocals.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 14, 1991
Succeeded by
"I Adore Mi Amor" by Color Me Badd