Breathe (Blu Cantrell song)

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"Breathe"
Single by Blu Cantrell featuring Sean Paul
from the album Bittersweet
Released July 28, 2003
Format CD single, 12" single, digital download
Recorded October 15-November 4, 2002; Sound on Sound Recording
(New York City, New York)
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 3:25 (album version)
3:48 (rap version)
Label Arista
Blu Cantrell singles chronology
"Round Up"
(2002)
"Breathe"
(2003)
"Make Me Wanna Scream"
(2003)
Sean Paul singles chronology
"Like Glue"
(2003)
"Breathe"
(2003)
"Baby Boy"
(2003)

"Breathe" is a song by American recording artist Blu Cantrell[1] from her second studio album, Bittersweet (2003). The song uses a slightly altered instrumental of Dr. Dre's 1999 song "What's the Difference", featuring Eminem and Xzibit, which in turn revolved around a sample from Charles Aznavour's 1966 song "Parce Que Tu Crois".

A remixed version featuring Sean Paul was released as a single on July 28, 2003. The album version of this song was produced and co-written by Ivan Matias and Andrea Martin. The remix featuring Sean Paul was produced by Ivan Matias, Andrea Martin and Mark Pitts. The song became a smash hit in Europe and a modest success in the United States.

Song information[edit]

The song uses a slightly altered instrumental of Dr. Dre's 1999 song "What's the Difference" featuring Eminem and Xzibit, which revolved around a sample from Charles Aznavour's 1966 song "Parce Que Tu Crois". The song was originally recorded for the Bittersweet album without Sean Paul, but his vocals were added for the single release.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Hype Williams.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

The song was particularly successful in the United Kingdom, where it entered and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart on August 3, 2003 ― for the week ending date August 9, 2003. It spent four weeks at the top spot, replacing Daniel Bedingfield's "Never Gonna Leave Your Side". "Breathe" was eventually dethroned from the top of the chart by the 2003 remix of Elton John's "Are You Ready for Love". It became Britain's sixth biggest-selling single of 2003.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD 1 and European CD single
  1. "Breathe" (Rap Version featuring Sean Paul) – 3:48
  2. "Breathe" (Radio Mix) – 3:25
  3. "Breathe" (Ed Funk & D Rok Remix) – 5:31
UK CD 2 and European CD maxi single
  1. "Breathe" (Rap Version - Radio Mix featuring Sean Paul) – 3:49
  2. "Breathe" (No Rap Version - Radio Mix) – 3:21
  3. "Breathe" (Andy & The Lamboy Radio Edit) – 3:46
  4. "Breathe" (Instrumental) – 3:45
French CD single
  1. "Breathe" (Rap Version - Radio Mix featuring Sean Paul) – 3:51
  2. "Breathe" (No Rap Version - Radio Mix) – 3:21
U.S. 12" single (2002)
A1. "Breathe" (Rap Version featuring Sean Paul) – 3:48
A2. "Breathe" (Instrumental) – 3:45
A3. "Breathe" (Rap Version Acappella featuring Sean Paul) – 3:48
B1. "Breathe" (Rap Version featuring E-40) – 3:45
B2. "Breathe" (Instrumental) – 3:40
B3. "Breathe" (Rap Version Acappella) – 3:43

Official versions and remixes[edit]

  • Rap Version – 3:48
  • Rap Version - Radio Mix featuring Sean Paul – 3:51
  • Album Version – 3:25
  • Ed Funk & D Rok Remix (Garage Mix)
  • Andy & The Lamboy Radio Mix – 3:47
  • Andy & The Lamboy Club Mix – 8:44
  • Instrumental – 3:46

Charts[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Never Gonna Leave Your Side" by Daniel Bedingfield
UK Singles Chart number-one single
August 3, 2003 – August 30, 2003
Succeeded by
"Are You Ready for Love" by Elton John
Preceded by
"Fly on the Wings of Love" by XTM and DJ Chucky presents Annia
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
August 22, 2003 – August 28, 2003
Succeeded by
"Where Is the Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" by Lumidee featuring Busta Rhymes and Fabolous
European Hot 100 Singles number-one single
September 13, 2003
Succeeded by
"Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" by Lumidee featuring Busta Rhymes and Fabolous
Preceded by
"Slow" by Kylie Minogue
Romanian Top 100 number-one single
February 2, 2004
Succeeded by
"Clipe" by 3rei Sud Est

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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