Rush Rush (Paula Abdul song)

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"Rush Rush"
Paula.Abdul Rush.Rush.jpg
Standard artwork (UK 12-inch vinyl single pictured)
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Spellbound
B-side"Remix"
ReleasedApril 24, 1991 (1991-04-24)
Recorded1990
Studio
  • Greene Street[1] (New York City)
  • Z (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Studio Masters (Los Angeles)
Genre
Length4:56
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Peter Lord
Producer(s)Peter Lord & Vernon Jeffrey Smith
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Opposites Attract"
(1989)
"Rush Rush"
(1991)
"The Promise of a New Day"
(1991)

"Rush Rush" is a song by American recording artist Paula Abdul, taken from her second studio album, Spellbound (1991). It was released on April 24, 1991, by Virgin Records as the lead single from the album. Written by Peter Lord and produced by Peter Lord and V. Jeffrey Smith (both members of the Family Stand), the song achieved success in the United States, where it topped the Billboard Hot 100, and became a worldwide hit.

Background[edit]

"Rush Rush" was a departure for Abdul stylistically, as it was her first ballad released as a single, following the six uptempo singles from her debut LP; it was viewed as a rather risky strategy in kicking off her second album of new material Spellbound, but the decision was vindicated, as it was warmly received at retail.

First presented to Abdul as a demo by the Family Stand in 1990, she became intent on it becoming the first single. In late 1990 at Studio Masters, Abdul laid down a scratch vocal for the track, which was never intended to make it to the song's final mix, but the producers felt that its unpolished sound was needed to give the song its ingenuous tone, to match its subject matter and accompanying promotional video clip; it ended up on the final cut in March 1991. Lyrically, "Rush Rush" is about the desire for a lover who will give their all in a relationship.

Chart performances[edit]

"Rush Rush" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 36 on May 11, 1991, and reached number one five weeks later, on June 15, 1991, remaining there for five consecutive weeks. At the time, it was the longest-running number one since Madonna's "Like a Virgin" spent six weeks at number one during 1984 and 1985. The song also spent five weeks atop the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song was ranked as the 64th-most-successful song of the 1990s in the United States.[2] In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

The video reimagines the 1955 James Dean/Natalie Wood film Rebel Without a Cause, including iconic location shots at Griffith Observatory, a black 1949 Mercury, and a climactic street race. With Keanu Reeves filling James Dean's role of Jim, opposite Abdul as Judy, several scenes from the movie are duplicated shot-for-shot. The video was directed by Stefan Würnitzer in April 1991 and produced by Karen Rohrbacher for Lucasfilm Commercial Productions.[3] The British Top of the Pops aired an alternate version of the video, re-edited to contain more "performance shots" and less story. Many more shots of Paula dancing in the orange dress were present.

Track listings and formats[edit]

US cassette single

  1. "Rush Rush" (7-inch edit) – 4:22
  2. "Rush Rush" (dub mix) – 5:54

UK CD

  1. "Rush Rush" (LP version) – 4:56
  2. "Rush Rush" (7-inch edit) – 4:22
  3. "Rush Rush" (dub mix) – 5:54

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] Gold 35,000^
Sweden (GLF)[39] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States April 24, 1991
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • cassette
Virgin [40]
United Kingdom June 10, 1991
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[41]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Eliana recorded the song for her album "Primavera" with the title "Como um Beijo em Noite de Luar" ("Like a Kiss on a Moonlight Night"). It was released as a single.[42]
  • Hong Kong singer Cass Phang (彭羚) recorded a Cantonese version "彷彿是初戀" (As If It's My First Love) released in 1992.
  • MYMP covered the song on their 2008 album Now.
  • Nicki Minaj used the strings piece from "Rush, Rush" in her song "Grand Piano".
  • Tyra B interpolates the hook of the song in her 2007 song Givin' Me a Rush.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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