Hot in the Shade is the 15th studio album by Kiss, released in 1989. It is the first Kiss full studio album since 1981's Music from "The Elder" to feature lead vocals from someone other than Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons, with drummer Eric Carr singing lead on "Little Caesar". It is also the final Kiss album to feature Carr in its entirety before his death in November 1991. The album is one of the band's longest, with a running time of nearly an hour (58:39). Of the 15 tracks on the album, only five were performed live. "Forever", co-written by Michael Bolton, was a pop hit and became a semi-regular part of the live setlist. Hot in the Shade was certified Gold on December 20, 1989. Its most successful single, "Forever" reached #8 on the Billboard charts, the band's highest charting single in the US since "Beth", 13 years earlier.
Miriam Yeung displays two contrasting music styles in her 11th release, which includes the EPs Play It Loud and Kiss Me Soft. The carefree Kiss Me Soft includes "If Tokyo Isn't Happy" and "The Girl's Prayer," while the Play It Loud tracklist features uptempo rock jams such as "There's a Bad Girl" and "Fireworks."