Break on Me

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"Break on Me"
BreakonMe.jpg
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Ripcord
Released 23 October 2015 (2015-10-23)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre Country pop
Length 3:29
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Keith Urban singles chronology
"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
(2015)
"Break on Me"
(2015)
"Wasted Time"
(2016)

"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
(2015)
"Break on Me"
(2015)
"Wasted Time"
(2016)

"Break on Me" (stylized as "Break on Me.") is a song written by Ross Copperman and Jon Nite and recorded by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released on 23 October 2015 as the second single from Urban's 2016 album Ripcord.[1] This bass-driven ballad was co-produced by Urban along with Nathan Chapman and has been deemed a stylistic counterpoint to its funky predecessor "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16". The song is also the second of his career to not have an accompanying music video, after 2010's "I'm In".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country complimented both the "nuanced" songwriting and Urban's "understated and accessible" delivery of the lyrics, noting that his approach elevates the song to something special.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Break on Me" was the most-added song at country radio for the week of 26 October 2015 with 67 stations, according to radio monitoring organization Mediabase.[4] It debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of 7 November 2015.[5] The following week, it debuted at number 24 on the Hot Country Songs chart, selling 22,000 copies in its first week of sales.[6] On the Country Airplay chart for the week of 12 March 2016, "Break on Me" jumped from number 6 to number one, making for the biggest jump to number one since Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye" in April 2009, also ascended from number 6 to number one.[7] The song has sold 265,000 copies in the US as of May 2016.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2015–16) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 106
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 61
Canada Country (Billboard)[11] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 54
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[5] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 6

Year end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[14] 47
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 48

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 23 October 2015 Digital download [1][17]
United States 26 October 2015 Country radio [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Break On Me - Single by Keith Urban". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  2. ^ Parton, Chris (October 20, 2015). "Hear Keith Urban Console the Lonely in New Single 'Break on Me'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (October 19, 2015). "ToC Critic's Pick: Keith Urban, 'Break on Me' [Listen]". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  4. ^ Cantor, Brian (October 27, 2015). "Keith Urban's "Break On Me" Erupts as Country Radio's Most-Added Song". Headline Planet. Cantortainment. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Keith Urban Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 2, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Tracks Chart: November 2, 2015". RoughStock.
  7. ^ "Billboard Country Update for February 29, 2016" (PDF). Billboard.
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 23, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Sales Report: May 23, 2016". Roughstock.
  9. ^ "australian-charts.com - ARIA Chartifacts 2-November-2015". Gavin Ryan (bulion) on Hung Medien. 1 November 2015. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.[better source needed]
  10. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  11. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  12. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Country Airplay: Year End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "Hot Country Songs: Year End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Keith Urban – Break on Me". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 17, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  17. ^ "Break on Me - Single by Keith Urban". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple Inc. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  18. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country" (Week Of: October 26, 2015). Radio & Records. Retrieved 1 November 2015.[permanent dead link]