Crush (Jennifer Paige song)

Crush (Jennifer Paige song)
Single by Jennifer Paige
from the album Jennifer Paige
Released June 16, 1998
Format CD single, CD maxi
Recorded April 1998
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:19
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) Andy Goldmark, Mark Muller, Berny Cosgrove, Kevin Clark
Producer Andy Goldmark, Jimmy Bralower
Jennifer Paige singles chronology

"Crush" is a pop song recorded by American singer Jennifer Paige. The song was written by Andy Goldmark, Mark Muller, Berny Cosgrove and Kevin Clark. It was released as the first single from her debut album, Jennifer Paige (see 1998 in music). "Crush" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remains Paige's biggest hit to date, topping the charts in six countries in 1998. The music video for "Crush" was produced by Kati Haberstok and directed by David Hogan.[1]



After Paige recorded "Crush" in April 1998, producer Andy Goldmark immediately took a copy of "Crush" to legendary Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM. During the first week of May, KIIS-FM became the first radio station to begin playing "Crush". "We had no pictures, photography, gotten it mastered, mass-produced it, nothing...", Jennifer said. Edel made an initial press run of 20,000 copies of "Crush" which sold very quickly, and "Crush" became KIIS-FM's most requested song.

Critical reception

In the next few weeks, other major radio stations nationwide added "Crush" to their daily rotation. By this time, many music labels had expressed interest in signing Paige. In early June 1998, she signed a contract with Hollywood Records, and many more stations began to play "Crush." Once "Crush" began its rotation on other radio stations, critics gave a positive review: "Paige is excellent, almost impossible to be meaningful without resorting to typical cries" - declared Billboard.[citation needed]

On July 9, Paige made her first on-air appearance at KIIS-FM with Rick Dees. She also performed "Crush" for the first time live that day, and on July 24, "Crush" cracked the Top 10.

Blender put "Crush" at 189th place on their list of 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born. They described the song as " 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."[2]

"Crush" was featured in the "Mrs. Kraft" episode of the third season of Sabrina the Teenage Witch[3] in 1999, then in the made-for-TV movie, Sabrina Goes to Rome.

Live performances and cover versions

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

Emperor Entertainment Group of Hong Kong bought a license of the melody, and made a Cantonese version sung by Cantopop diva 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 Joey's first big hit in the Hong Kong music industry, achieving charting success with 3 number-ones (out of 4 charts in Hong Kong). "Unknown" is still a remarkable and popular hit of Joey now.

Lea Michele recorded the song for the November 18, 2009 episode of Glee. It is also featured on the second soundtrack album.

Chart performances

"Crush" became an international hit. It peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It went to number one in Spain, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Australia, where it was certified 2x Platinum,[4] and Canada, where it spent five weeks at number one on the Canadian RPM singles chart. "Crush" also reached the Top 5 in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Hungary, and #6 in Ireland, The Netherlands and Norway.

Formats and track listings

CD single
  1. "Crush" — 3:19
  2. "Crush" (dance mix) — 3:16
CD maxi

(Released in UK on July 7, 1998)

  1. "Crush" — 3:19
  2. "Crush" (Dance Mix) — 3:16
  3. "Crush" (Instrumental) — 3:19
CD maxi - Remixes

(Released on October 19, 1998)

  1. "Crush" (David Morales Radio Alt Intro) — 3:40
  2. "Crush" (Tiefschwarz Radio Edit) — 3:49
  3. "Crush" (David Morales Club Mix) — 7:10
  4. "Crush" (Tiefschwarz Hollywood Extended) — 8:03
  5. "Crush" (David Morales Alt Club Body) — 7:10
  6. "Crush" (David Morales La Crush Dub) — 7:10

Charts and sales

Peak positions

Chart Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[6] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia)[8] 7
Canada (RPM)[9] 1
France (SNEP)[10] 4
Germany (Media Control AG)[11] 15
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart)[12] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 6
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[14] 6
New Zealand (RIANZ)[15] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 12
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[19] 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[20] 23
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[21] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 3
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[23] 3

Year-end charts

Chart (1998) Position
Australian Singles Chart[24] 7
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[25] 52
Dutch Top 40[26] 43
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[27] 21


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia[28] 2x Platinum 1998 140,000
France[29] Silver June 30, 1999 125,000
UK[30] Silver September 4, 1998 200,000
U.S.[31] Gold August 28, 1998 500,000

Chart successions

Preceded by
"Iris" (re-entry) by Goo Goo Dolls
Canadian Singles Chart number one single
September 14, 1998 – October 12, 1998
Succeeded by
"Slide" by Goo Goo Dolls
Preceded by
"Millennium" by Robbie Williams
Spanish Singles Chart number one single
October 26, 1998 – October 31, 1998
Succeeded by
"Puto" by Molotov
Preceded by
"Rollercoaster" by B*Witched
Australian ARIA number one single
November 29, 1998 – December 12, 1998
Succeeded by
"Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by The Offspring
Preceded by
"No Matter What" by Boyzone
RIANZ New Zealand number one single
December 13, 1998 – December 20, 1998
Succeeded by
"Goodbye" by Spice Girls


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  2. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born". Retrieved 2008-01-06. [dead link]
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  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 46, 1998" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Stichting Nederlandse Top 40.
  14. ^ " – Jennifer Paige – Crush" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Hung Medien /
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  22. ^ "Jennifer Paige Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jennifer Paige. Prometheus Global Media.
  23. ^ "Jennifer Paige Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Jennifer Paige. Prometheus Global Media.
  24. ^ "1998 Australian Singles Chart". aria. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  25. ^ "1998 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  26. ^ "Single top 100 over 1998" (in Dutch) (PDF). Top40. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  27. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  28. ^ Australian certifications (Retrieved January 24, 2009)
  29. ^ French certifications (Retrieved January 24, 2009)
  30. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved January 24, 2009)
  31. ^ U.S. certifications (Retrieved January 24, 2009)

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