|Single by Madonna|
|from the album The Immaculate Collection|
(Alternate Single Mix) (USA) "Rescue me" (album version) (Germany)
|Released||February 26, 1991 (U.S.)
April 7, 1991 (U.K.)
|Format||CD maxi, 12" maxi, Cassette, 7"|
|Label||Sire, Warner Bros.|
|Madonna singles chronology|
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"Rescue Me" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was the second single to be released from her 1990 greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection on February 26, 1991 by Sire Records. It was the albums third single in the United Kingdom in April 1991.It was with the an image from the prvious album "Justify My Love".
The UK release was delayed until April 1991 due to the February release of the Remix of "Crazy for You" (the cover of which was much the same as that for the international release of "Rescue Me").
The UK-only and subsequently much-sought-after release of "Rescue Me", which featured a different cover picture, debuted in the top five and peaked at #3, selling 134,764 copies. A video of live footage clips from her Who's That Girl Tour, filmed four years previously, was used to promote the single.
Some of the remixes for "Rescue Me" include vocal samples from the True Blue album. The Houseboat Vocal includes the "Hey" said by Madonna, followed by "What!" said by the back-up singers, from the single "True Blue", in the beginning of the remix. The S.O.S. Mix includes the "Watch out" from the beginning of the single "Open Your Heart", but it is transposed down and distorted.
"Rescue Me" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles survey at #15 the week of March 2, 1991, and was one of the first singles in the 1990s that would debut at such a high position due to heavy pre-sales airplay. Its debut was the highest debut for a single on the Hot 100 at the time of its release and the highest debut since Michael Jackson debuted at #20 the week of February 11, 1984 with "Thriller".
"Rescue Me" reached the top 5 in airplay. However, by the time the single was commercially available, the song had already peaked at radio and eventually placed at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA on May 24 1991.
Elsewhere in the world, "Rescue Me" placed within the top 5 in countries such as the U.K., Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. It also peaked at number three in Europe.
US Cassette and 7" Single
UK 7" Single
UK CD Single
|Australia ARIA Singles Chart||15|
|Austrian Singles Chart||15|
|Canadian Singles Chart||7|
|Dutch Top 40||9|
|Eurochart Hot 100 Singles||3|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||21|
|German Singles Chart||15|
|Irish Singles Chart||3|
|Italian FIMI Singles Chart||16|
|Japanese Oricon International Singles||9|
|Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart||10|
|South African Singles Chart||4|
|Swedish Singles Chart||20|
|Swiss Singles Chart||11|
|UK Singles Chart||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||9|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play||6|
|U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40||1|
"Someday" by Mariah Carey
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 number-one
March 23, 1991
"Coming Out of the Dark" by Gloria Estefan
The 2000 compilation album Virgin Voices: A Tribute To Madonna, Vol. 2 contains a cover by Adeva.