Workin' Overtime

Workin' Overtime
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released June 6, 1989
Recorded 1988–89
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 39:53
Label Motown
Producer Nile Rodgers
Diana Ross chronology
Red Hot Rhythm & Blues
Workin' Overtime
Greatest Hits Live
Singles from Workin' Overtime
  1. "Workin' Overtime"
    Released: April 24, 1989
  2. "This House / Paradise"
    Released: July 23, 1989
  3. "Bottom Line"
    Released: September 14, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauC+ [3]

Workin' Overtime is the seventeenth studio album by American singer Diana Ross, released on June 6, 1989 by Motown. It was Ross' first Motown album since Diana (1980), after Ross left the label for a then record breaking $20 million deal with RCA. Upon Diana's return to the label, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. had sold the label to MCA Records and had positioned Jheryl Busby to the head of Motown. Ross was at first reluctant to return to her old label but Gordy promised her a lot in her return: not only would Ross return to Motown as a recording act, but she would be the label's part-owner. Ross reunited with collaborator Nile Rodgers to make this album - which was an attempt to gear her to a much younger audience bringing in new jack swing productions and house music.

Upon its release, Workin' Overtime received negative reviews from music critics and failed despite the title track reaching number three on Billboard R&B Singles chart. The album peaked at number 116 on the Billboard 200 album chart, earning the distinction of being the lowest charting studio album of Ross' entire solo career. Its final sales were slightly higher than 100,000 copies in the United States. Additional singles "This House" and "Bottom Line" were issued, as well as a remix of "Paradise" remixed by Shep Pettibone, but all failed to revive the disc. In the United Kingdom the album charted at number 23 and was certified silver for sales in excess of 60,000 copies.


Following the release of her album Red Hot Rhythm & Blues (1987), Ross gave birth to her son Ross and became pregnant with Evan, which caused her going on a hiatus from work. "I stayed off work for about a year... I was having my babies, and during that time I spent a lot of time watching BET on television, the kids doing the hip-hop and so on... and, you know, I’m a risk taker," Ross said.[4]

Track listing

1."Workin' Overtime"  
2."Say We Can"  
  • Rodgers
  • Cathy Block
3."Take the Bitter With the Sweet"  
4."Bottom Line"  
  • Glass
5."This House"  
  • Rodgers
  • Rodgers
  • Greg Smith
7."Keep On (Dancin')"  
  • Rodgers
  • Smith
8."What Can One Person Do"  
  • Rodgers
  • Smith
9."Goin' Through the Motions"  
  • Glass
  • Ray
  • Birch
10."We Stand Together"  
  • Rodgers
  • Smith

Credits and personnel

  • Diana Ross – vocals, executive producer
  • Christopher Max – backing vocals, synth programming
  • Curtis King – backing vocals
  • Dennis Collins – backing vocals
  • Fonzi Thornton – backing vocals
  • Lazet Michaels – backing vocals
  • Peggy Taft – backing vocals
  • Nile Rodgers – producer
  • Andres Levin – synth programming
  • Greg Smith – synth programming, mixing
  • Richard Hilton – synth programming, engineer
  • Herb Ritts – photography
  • Sue Reilly – art direction, design

  • Budd Tunick – coordinator
  • Rene Bell – coordinator
  • Tom Durack – engineer, mixing
  • Keith Freedman – engineer, mixing
  • Patrick Dillett – engineer
  • David Michael Dill – engineer
  • Paul Wertheimer – engineer
  • Ed Brooks – engineer
  • Karen Bohanon – engineer
  • Katherine Miller – engineer
  • Paul Angelli – engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Frank Cardello – mixing

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[5]


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