The Rumour (album)

For The braille-titled album, see The Rumor (Before Braille album).
The Rumour
Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released August 1988
Genre Pop
Label MCA
Producer Davitt Sigerson
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Soul Kiss
The Rumour
Warm and Tender
Singles from The Rumour
  1. "The Rumour"
    Released: April 1988
  2. "Can't We Talk It Over in Bed"
    Released: 1988
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The Rumour is an album released by Olivia Newton-John in August 1988. The title track was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin; and features backing vocals and piano by John. The album featured the singles "The Rumour", "Can't We Talk It Over in Bed" (later covered by Grayson Hugh) and the Australian-only promo-single "It's Always Australia for Me", which was released for the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. This was also her first album not produced by long-time producer, John Farrar.

Track listing

  1. "The Rumour" (with Elton John) (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
  2. "Love and Let Live" (Alan O'Day)
  3. "Can't We Talk It Over in Bed" (Irwin Levine, Sandy Linzer)
  4. "Let's Talk About Tomorrow" (John Capek, Olivia Newton-John)
  5. "It's Not Heaven" (Randy Goodrum, Newton-John)
  6. "Get Out" (Goodrum, Newton-John)
  7. "Big and Strong" (Mark Heard)
  8. "Car Games" (Goodrum, Newton-John)
  9. "Walk Through Fire" (David Baerwald, David Ricketts)
  10. "Tutta La Vita" (Lucio Dalla; English lyrics: Davitt Sigerson)



Chart (1988) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[2] 30
Japanese Albums Chart 31
US Billboard' 200 67


Chart (1988) Title Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] "The Rumour" 35
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 62
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[4] 17
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 33
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 42
German Singles Chart 36


Olivia Down Under
Video by Olivia Newton-John
Released 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Music video
Length 60 minutes
Label Polygram

Olivia Down Under is a compilation of music and clips from the album The Rumour released in 1989, featuring the singer Olivia Newton-John.


An entertaining hour in company of the delightful Olivia Newton-John performing songs from her album The Rumour against a backdrop of spectacular Australian scenery.


  • "Tutta La Vita"
  • "Click Go the Shears"
  • "Walk Through Fire"
  • "Old Fashioned Man"
  • "Let's Talk About Tomorrow"
  • "Winter Angel"
  • "Get Out"
  • "Big and Strong"
  • "Love and Let Live"
  • "Australia for Me"
  • "The Rumour"


  1. AllMusic review
  2. " - Olivia Newton-John - The Rumour". Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  3. " - Olivia Newton-John - The Rumour (single)". Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  4. 1 2 Billboard Chart History
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