Paid Vacation is the out of print fourth studio album by American singer/songwriter Richard Marx, released in 1994.
The album features “Now And Forever”, Marx’s ninth and final Top 10 hit on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart. (It was his tenth Top 10 Pop hit in Cash Box magazine.) It was Richard’s most successful hit on the the Adult Contemporary chart. Issued as the lead single, it stayed atop the Billboard A/C chart for 11 consecutive weeks – at the time, a single frame from the all-time record. The follow-up single, “The Way She Loves Me”, also achieved success in Billboard, reaching the Top 20 on the Hot 100 and peaking at #3 on the Adult Contemporary listing.
However, the album itself was less successful than Richard’s previous efforts. During a 23 week run on the U. S. Billboard album chart, Paid Vacation peaked at #37. Nevertheless, it received a Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America at the end of 1994. The album sold well in other markets including Japan, providing Marx with his first Gold record in that country.
PV was dedicated to Marx’s then-wife, Cynthia Rhodes, and sons Brandon, Lucas, and Jesse Marx.