By: Staff –
RALPH shares a new single “Crush” along with a music video animated by NYC-via-Toronto multidisciplinary artist Amika Cooper (AKA blackpowerbarbie). RALPH’s celebratory reimagining of the 1998 Jennifer Paige dance-pop hit comes with the announcement that yesterday she was a guest on the Crave Original Series Canada’s Drag Race.
The ultra-nostalgic “Crush” video features an animated pre-teen in her distinctly Y2K bedroom, drinking Crush soda, blasting her boombox, and flipping through magazines filled with RALPH pictures.
RALPH notes about why she recorded the song, “I remember being a kid and being obsessed with this world of sweet female pop music. Mandy Moore, Robyn, The Cardigans…and ‘Crush’ by Jennifer Paige. I had a babysitter named Kelly who I idolized. She drove a blue convertible and chewed gum and would play ‘Crush’ in the car. The song made me feel cool and flirty and powerful, and years later, I wanted to try and recreate that feeling.”
Cooper adds about creating the video, “The story behind the ‘Crush’ video is an ode to how magical it was to be a pre-teen in the early 2000s. I wanted to find a way to depict the kind of fever dream you would enter while sitting in your room, reading teen magazines and listening to your favorite pop stars and just being swept up in the fantasy of pop music. Listening to RALPH’s music always takes me back to that place, and I hoped this video would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate that.”