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The song was a moderate commercial success, managing to peak top-ten in Australia, Belgium (Wallonia), Finland and France. In the United States, it charted at 73 on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Ray Kay, premiered on May 27, 2009. The video was met with mixed reviews, criticizing the over-emphasis on Scherzinger but noted for being "the most revealing Pussycat Dolls video yet". It is also the last single released by the group before their disbandment in 2010.
Background and release
Doll Domination, the Pussycat Dolls second studio album, was released in September 2008 and features a song entitled "Hush Hush" which was written by Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi, Ina Wroldsen and Nicole Scherzinger while the production was handled by the former two as the duo Quiz & Larossi and Ron Fair. The track was recorded by Mike "Angry" Eleopoulos and Tal Herzberg with the assistance of Greg DePante, Steve Genewick, and Keith Gretlein and mixed by Dave Pensado, Jaycen Joshua, and Andrew Wuepper at Quiz & Larossi Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, The Boiler Room in Santa Monica, California, as well as the Henson Studios in Los Angeles. Fair arranged and conducted the strings, which were recorded by Frank Wolf. Other Instrumentation and programming was carried out by Quiz & Larossi.Idolator's Mike Nied described "Hush Hush" as an "empowering ballad" that rests on a "sparse production," where Scherzinger laments over a dead relationship. Spence D. of IGN, described the song as having a "down tempo forlornness."
In March 2009, it was announced that Doll Domination would be reissued in different editions to include new songs including an up-tempo remix of "Hush Hush" titled "Hush Hush; Hush Hush". The remixed version was first performed by Scherzinger at their second concert tour, Doll Domination Tour (2009), during the section where each member performed solo.Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris received co-writing credits for the song, for containing interpolations of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" (1978) and includes quotation of the original string arrangement by David Blumberg. "Hush Hush; Hush Hush" was produced by Fair, Dave Audé and Quiz & Larossi while Scherzinger handled vocal production and arrangement with Fair. The remix was described as a "dated faux-disco mess" by Nick Levine of Digital Spy. The following month, the track was available for pre-order with a scheduled release date on April 28, 2009 while the cover art credited Scherzinger as featured artist. Media reports speculated that Scherzinger's exit from the group was imminent as previously released single, "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" also marketed her as a featured singer.
This also led to dissatisfaction with other members; while opening for The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009) in Glendale, Arizona, Melody Thornton addressed the crowd during their break saying, "[...] let me give a shout-out to my family. Thank you for supporting me, even if I'm not featured" referring to the billing of the singles, and encouraging the audience to follow their dreams and to "never let anyone stomp on them, ever." Scherzinger later referred about her billing as a featured artist during a radio interview. "It's no big deal, that doesn't take away from anybody else in the group. That's my role. I wrote 'Hush Hush' as well." Following the controversy, Hush Hush; Hush Hush was ultimately released as a digital download on May 12, 2009 without Scherzinger's billing as a featured artist.
Taila Craines of Orange positively reviewed the song's original version. "['Hush Hush'] is an epic ballad promoting the Dolls as strong women who 'never asked for help' from their men."
 Steve Jones of USA Today recommended to do download the song. The remix was negatively criticized. Digital Spy's Robert Copsey gave a review of two stars out of five for lacking "the feisty R&B edge that made the likes of 'Don't Cha' and 'When I Grow Up' so effective". 'Idolator' wrote that " ['Hush Hush; Hush Hush'] is an unspectacular dance-pop track with Scherzinger's muscular gasps leading the way, rhyming straw-ng and law-ng. But a simple girl-power post-breakup anthem would not help the Dolls reclaim their strategic position in the Pop Wars." However Orange liked the song commenting that the remixed version is "very fun indeed." "Hush Hush; Hush Hush" was ranked at number eighty-one in the highest listener-rated 2009 pop singles on AOL Radio.
In the United States, "Hush Hush; Hush Hush" debuted at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 issue dated March 30, 2009. On the Hot Dance/Club Songs chart "Hush Hush; Hush Hush" fared better; it earned them their sixth consecutive number one.
The Pussycat Dolls and their male partners dancing in front of a disco mirror ball.
The music video begins with Nicole Scherzinger lounging in a bathtub, similar to a scene of Cindy Crawford in George Michael's video for "Freedom! '90" (1990). As the ballad transits unto the remix she passes a door onto a surreal hall of staircases going in different directions. When the second verse begins, Scherzinger is seen wearing a gold sequinned halterneck dress while the rest of the members are seen skating in a roller disco. In the next scene in the attic while Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt are hanging from the chandeliers as Scherzinger enters the room. As the second chorus begins, Scherzinger wears a tight-fitting silver basque.
She enters into the basement, which it turned into a nightclub the Dolls for their signature dance sequence in the middle of the video. In the scene Perez Hilton makes a cameo appearance as a DJ, while Carmen Electra dances beside him. The video then fades, and opens on a close shot of Scherzinger's face in front of a disco mirror ball wearing an afro wig, which paid homage to Diana Ross. After, the Pussycat Dolls are dancing with male partners in the room with the mirror ball. At the end, Nicole Scherzinger is finishing the song singing "Baby, Hush Hush". It closes with a large shot which reveals the video to have taken place in a dollhouse with all dancers and Dolls in the lowest disco room.
A Reporter of the Daily Mail commented that the video is "the most revealing Pussycat Dolls video yet". While noted that "the rest of the group are barely seen in the video with Nicole as the star of the show. Nick Levine of Digital Spy described the video as "barmy".Celebuzz praised the video describing it as a "steamy clip". "It starts out in the best possible way: With lead Doll Nicole Scherzinger wet and naked." The Daily Star's Gemma Wheatley said that "the rest of the Pussycat Dolls also look hotter than ever".Mirror.co.uk commented "It's a wonder Formula 1 ace Lewis, 24, could keep his mind on the ball as he played golf yesterday", referring on Scherzinger who is naked on the video. Reviewer Melinda Newman commended the overemphasis of lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. "It's a PCD' video in name only given that the other dancers barely have more than cameo appearances. There's not even the remotest hint that there are other people in the group until more than a minute in when she passes through a door onto a multi-level staircase and the other Dolls are dancing as the song morphs from a ballad to dance number. The other Pussycat Dolls are completely relegated to background dancers, along with the other hired hands."