Heartthrob is the seventh studio album by Canadian rock duo Tegan and Sara. It was released on January 29, 2013. Heartthrob debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 49,000 copies in its first week and securing the band's highest chart position to date. It is also the first Tegan and Sara record to chart in New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. On July 4, 2013 Heartthrob was certified Gold in Canada.
The album was included on NME's 50 Best Albums of 2013 at number 33 and on Spin Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2013 at number 13. It also featured at number 30 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2013, and at number 7 on Idolator's 2013 Best Albums.Heartthrob also ended at number 19 on Stereogum's The 50 Best Albums of 2013.
Tegan and Sara started recording their seventh studio album on February 20, 2012. The record was produced by Greg Kurstin, Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Mike Elizondo. The artwork was designed by the band's longtime art director Emy Storey with photos taken by Lindsey Byrnes. While making the record, the band released a series of eight videos documenting the recording process, entitled "Carpool Confessional". The first single, "Closer", was released on September 25, 2012, and reached number 1 on the MuchMusic Top 30 countdown. It is also Tegan and Sara's first single to be certified Platinum in Canada. The music video for "Closer", directed by Isaac Rentz, debuted November 28, 2012 on Spin.com. The second single released from Heartthrob is "I Was a Fool". The video was released on April 24, 2013. The single reached number 1 on CBC Radio 2 Top 20, making Tegan and Sara the first twins in history to take the top spot on the chart. In July 2013 "I Was a Fool" was certified Gold in Canada.
"We didn't want to take a small step. We wanted to take a big step. We felt like we closed out our decade with Sainthood. We turned 30 at the end of that album and we had officially been in the industry making music professionally for a decade. This is the time to say, 'What is Tegan and Sara now? What is the future gonna look like for this band?' Some of the answers were really boring....We went through numbers: 'How much do we want to sell? What kind of venues do we want to play? What's our dream size of venue? What countries do we want to play that we haven't played before?' We took all that information and said to ourselves, 'OK, we can't make another record that sounds like what people expect from Tegan and Sara. We can make a record that maybe marries what we've done with the band in the past and then work with a producer who is going to help us embellish and sort of amp up the sound a bit.' I honestly didn't know what to expect from this process. Tegan and I work extensively, independently on our own, writing and creating full demos with bass drums, programming, the whole thing. We're used to keeping a little bit of that, and adding other musicians into it. Within a day or two in the studio with Greg Kurstin, I was like, 'Oh my God, this is amazing.' It was very obvious he wasn't going to take gentle, slow steps towards something. He was just going to throw it out. If we didn't like it, he would throw it out, but he wasn't going to fool around."