Break Every Rule

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Break Every Rule
Studio album by Tina Turner
Released September 23, 1986
Length 50:13
Label Capitol
Producer Bryan Adams
Terry Britten
Neil Dorfsman
Richard Elen
Mark Knopfler
Bob Clearmountain
Albert Boekholt
Rupert Hine
Tina Turner chronology
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Break Every Rule
Tina Live in Europe
Singles from Break Every Rule
  1. "Typical Male"
    Released: August 30, 1986
  2. "Back Where You Started"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Two People"
    Released: 1986
  4. "Girls"
    Released: 1986
  5. "What You Get Is What You See"
    Released: March 23, 1987
  6. "Break Every Rule"
    Released: 1987
  7. "Paradise Is Here"
    Released: 1987
  8. "Afterglow"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Break Every Rule is the sixth solo album by Tina Turner, released on Capitol Records in 1986. It was the follow-up to Turner's globally successful comeback album, Private Dancer, released two years earlier.


The original A-side of the vinyl album was entirely produced by Graham Lyle and Terry Britten, the team behind Turner's 1984 hit single "What's Love Got To Do With It", while side B included tracks produced by Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain, Mark Knopfler and Rupert Hine. Out of the album's eleven tracks, eight were released as singles, either in Europe or the U.S. or both; "Typical Male" (U.S. #2) featuring Phil Collins on drums, "What You Get Is What You See" (U.S. #13) with Eric Clapton on guitars, "Two People" (Spain #1, U.S. R&B #18), David Bowie's "Girls" (Poland #11), "Back Where You Started" (U.S. Rock #9) co-written and produced by Bryan Adams, "Afterglow" (U.S. Dance #2) featuring Steve Winwood on keyboards, "Break Every Rule" (Poland #15) co-written and produced by Rupert Hine and "Paradise Is Here" (Ireland #24).

Most of the 12" singles that were released from the album included extended or alternate mixes, live versions and/or non-album tracks, the majority of which still remain unreleased on compact disc. Turner also recorded other tracks during the sessions for the album with Steve Lillywhite and Bryan Adams which remain unreleased.

Following the release of the Break Every Rule album Turner recorded the duet "Tearing Us Apart" with Eric Clapton, included on his Phil Collins-produced 1986 album August and also issued as a single in early 1987.

Commercial success[edit]

The album's predecessor, Private Dancer, set high commercial standards, yet Break Every Rule sold very well worldwide. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200, #2 on the UK albums chart and #1 in Switzerland, and also Germany (for 12 weeks). The RIAA certified Break Every Rule platinum,[3] denoting 1 million shipments in the United States. It was also certified platinum in some European countries including Germany and the UK. The album has sold 15 million copies as of June 2011.


Turner undertook a huge world tour to promote the album, including the record-breaking date in Rio de Janeiro in which she played to 180,000 people. The concert was filmed and released on home video. Further dates from the European leg of her world tour were recorded and released as the live album Tina Live in Europe in 1988.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Typical Male"   Terry Britten, Graham Lyle 4:18
2. "What You Get Is What You See"   Britten, Lyle 4:31
3. "Two People"   Britten, Lyle 4:11
4. "Till The Right Man Comes Along"   Britten, Lyle 4:11
5. "Afterglow"   Britten, Lyle 4:30
6. "Girls"   David Bowie, Erdal Kizilcay 4:56
7. "Back Where You Started"   Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance 4:27
8. "Break Every Rule"   Rupert Hine, Jeannette Obstoj 4:02
9. "Overnight Sensation"   Mark Knopfler 4:40
10. "Paradise Is Here"   Paul Brady 5:35
11. "I'll Be Thunder"   Hine, Obstoj 5:21


Title Single(s)
"Don't Turn Around" "Typical Male"
"Havin' a Party" "Two People"
"Take Me to the River" "Girls" and "What You Get Is What You See"
"In the Midnight Hour" (Live) "Paradise Is Here"

Personnel & Production[edit]

  • Tracks 1-6 Arranged & Produced By Terry Britten. Tracks 1-5 Published By MYaxe Music Ltd./Good Single Ltd. (PRS)/Almo Music Corp./Chappell & Co. Inc. Track 6 Published By Jones Music America. Recorded By John Hudson, with assistance by Mike Ging. Mixed By John Hudson. Ambisonics Surround Sound Courtesy of Richard Elen. Tessa Niles: Vocal Backing (all); Terry Britten: Guitars & Bass (all), Drum Programming (tracks 2, 4 & 5), Vocal Backing (tracks 3, 4, & 5); Phil Collins: Drums & Percussion (tracks 1 & 6); Jack Bruno: Drums & Percussion (tracks 3 & 5); Tim Capello: Saxophone (track 1).
  • Track 7 Arranged & Produced By Bryan Adams & Bob Clearmountain. Published By Irving Music Inc./Badams Communications Inc./Calypso Toonz. Recorded & Mixed By Bob Cleasrmountain, with additional recording by Steve Rinkoff, Paul Hamilton, Mark McKenna & Richard Moakes. Bryan Adams: Rhythm Guitar, Piano, Vocal Backing; Keith Scott: Lead Guitar; Tommy Mandel: Organ; Dave Taylor: Bass; Mickey Curry: Drums; Jim Vallance: Percussion.
  • Tracks 8 & 11 Arranged & Produced By Rupert Hine. Published By A.J.M. Creative Services/"Rats" Said The Tyrant/CBS Songs Limited/April Music. James West-Oram: Guitars. Rupert Hine: All Other Instruments, Vocal Backing.
  • Tracks 9 & 10 Produced By Mark Knopfler & Neil Dorfsman. Track 9 Published By Straitjacket Songs Ltd./Almo Music Corp. Track 10 Published By Rondor Music Ltd./Almo Music Corp. Engineered & Mixed By Neil Dorfsman, with assistance by Richard Moakes. Mark Knopfler: Guitars; Guy Fletcher: Keyboards; Albert Boekholt: Programming; Micky Feat: Bass; Jamie Lane: Drums; Frank Ricotti: Percussion; Samantha Brown, Margot Buchanan, Jimmy Chambers, George Chambers: Vocal Backing
    • Mastered By Stephen Marcussen & Stuart Furusho at Precision Lacquer, LA

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 11
German Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 2
Finnish Albums Chart 1
Spanish Albums Chart 3
Dutch Albums Chart 2
French Albums Chart 16
Norwegian Albums Chart 2
Swedish Albums Chart 2
UK Albums Chart 2
Canadian Albums Chart 4
New Zealand Albums Chart 4
US Billboard Albums Chart 4
US R&B Albums Chart 7

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1986 "Back Where You Started" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
1986 "Two People" Adult Contemporary 3
1986 "Two People" Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks 9
1986 "Two People" Billboard Hot 100 20
1986 "Typical Male" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 2
1986 "Typical Male" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 2
1986 "Typical Male" Billboard Hot 100 2
1986 "Typical Male" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 10
1986 "Typical Male" Adult Contemporary 16
1986 "Afterglow" Hot Dance Music Club Play 2(5)
1986 "Afterglow" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1(3)
1986 "Afterglow" Adult Contemporary 20
1987 "Break Every Rule" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 3
1987 "Break Every Rule" Billboard Hot 100 44
1987 "What You Get Is What You See" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 5
1987 "What You Get Is What You See" Billboard Hot 100 13


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