Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored

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"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
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Single by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2019 (2019-02-08)
Format
RecordedDecember 2018
Length3:10
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Max Martin
  • Ilya
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"7 Rings"
(2019)
"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
(2019)
Music video
"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored" on YouTube

"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019). The song was written by Grande, Savan Kotecha, Kandi Burruss, Kevin Briggs alongside its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh, with Grande serving as a vocal producer. It interpolates the song "It Makes Me Ill" by American boy band NSYNC.[1] The track was released by Republic Records as the third single from the album on February 8, 2019, the same day the album was released. Its music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, accompanied its release the same day. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuted at number one in both the UK and Ireland.

Background and release[edit]

"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" was announced as part of the Thank U, Next track listing on January 22, 2019.[2] The track replaces "Remember", a song previously planned to be on the album, but it was too personal for Grande to release.[3] A snippet of the song was uploaded via Instagram on January 23, 2019.[4] On February 5, three days before the album's release, Grande announced that the song would serve as the album's third single.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with 85,000 combined sales, dethroning Grande's other single "7 Rings" and becoming her overall fifth number-one single on the chart. Grande made history by becoming the first female artist to replace herself at number one on the chart. With both this single and "7 Rings" in the top 2, Grande also became the second female artist to occupy the top two spots on the chart since Madonna in August 1985. She also became the first female artist to achieve three chart-topping singles in under 100 days and fourth artist overall after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Justin Bieber.[6]

In Ireland, the song debuted at number one on the Irish Singles Chart, becoming Grande's fifth single to top the chart, tying her with Rihanna with the most number ones in the 2010s decade. She became the first person to replace themselves since Ed Sheeran in 2017, and also the second female artist since Britney Spears to achieve four number ones on the chart in less than a year.[7]

In the United States, "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's 13th top ten single on the chart. With this single at number two, "7 Rings" at number one and "Thank U, Next" at number three all simultaneously, Grande became the first artist to monopolize the top three on the chart since The Beatles in 1964, and the first solo artist in history to do so.[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song accompanied its release the same day as the album, premiering on Grande's YouTube channel. It was directed by Hannah Lux Davis and features Riverdale actor Charles Melton and European model Ariel Yasmine.

The video begins with Grande, wearing a blonde wig, arriving in a club. She sees Melton and his girlfriend, Yasmine, who looks similar to Grande herself, wearing her signature weave, arriving at the club and dancing together. The couple notice Grande staring at them and invite her to dance with them, which she proceeds to do so intimately. Later that night, the couple share drinks with her at the bar and invite her to their house party the following night, although Grande is jealous of their romance.

The next night, Grande arrives at Melton's and Yasmine's house party, wearing her normal hairstyle and a black outfit similar to Yasmine's, startling Melton. She follows the couple around the house, with both Melton and Yasmine staring at her separately without the other knowing, and watches as the couple kiss in front of her poolside and at the lounge. At one point, Grande stares at herself in the bathroom mirror, only for Yasmine to appear instead of her own reflection.

By the video's end, Melton and Yasmine are together at one side of the pool while Grande is alone at the other side watching them. She proceeds to lean towards Melton and make a move on him. However, a jealous Yasmine suddenly grabs Grande's attention and Grande proceeds to kiss her instead.

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" vinyl – cassette[9]
  1. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (explicit) – 3:10
  2. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (edited) – 3:10

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 32
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 2
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[15] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[16] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 3
France (SNEP)[18] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 8
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[20] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 1
Iceland (Tonlist)[22] 17
Italy (FIMI)[23] 35
Malaysia (RIM)[24] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[25] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[26] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[27] 4
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[28] 10
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[29] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] 21
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[31] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[33] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[34] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[35] 26
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[36] 36

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various February 8, 2019 Republic [37]
United States February 12, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [38]
April 2019 [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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