Breakaway (Donna Summer song)

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Single by Donna Summer
from the album Another Place and Time
B-side Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)
Released 1989 (US)
January 1991 (Europe)
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1989 at PWL, London
Genre Pop, Dance, Soul, R&B
Length 4:10 (Album version)
3:34 (Remix)
6:44 (Remix Full Version)
Label Warner Bros. Records (Europe)
Writer(s) Matt Aitken, Mike Stock, Pete Waterman
Producer(s) Stock, Aitken & Waterman
Donna Summer singles chronology
"State of Independence (New Bass Mix)"
"Breakaway (Remix)"
"When Love Cries"

"Breakaway" is a song from the album Another Place and Time by Donna Summer, recorded in 1989.

The album was written by popular British production team Stock, Aitken & Waterman and produced four UK hit singles, including the international smash "This Time I Know It's For Real". Three of these hits later turned up on a Europe-only compilation album entitled The Best of Donna Summer, released in 1990 by Warner Bros. Records. The album also included "Breakaway" which had previously only been released as a single in the US. However, due to the album's popularity and following the re-release of the 1982 hit "State of Independence" a brand new remixed version of "Breakaway" by Phil Harding and Ian Curnow was issued in the single form, and made the U.K. Top 50.[1]

Even though the single wasn't very successful in most English-speaking countries, it proved to be surprisingly well received in Latin America, where it charted in countries such as Peru and Argentina. In Brazil,packed by the telenovela Despedida de Solteiro the single was her 7th number one in the country and the accompanying music video received extensive airplay and they are, to date, among Summer's most recognizable tunes.

The original 1989 release of "Breakaway" was the third and final single to be released in the United States from "Another Place and Time". The song was serviced to radio stations on promo 45s and cd singles. The track was also remixed by Tony Humphries as "The Extended Power Mix" and "The Power Radio Mix" for the US 12" single. The "Breakaway" US 12" single was backed with the extended version of "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt", which had already been released in the UK as the follow up to "This Time I Know It's For Real." Despite its original A/C feel and house influenced remixes, the track did not chart in the US.

Track listing[edit]

1989 US 7" single
  1. "Breakaway" – 4:10
  2. "Thinkin' Bout My Baby" – 6:18
1991 UK 7" single
  1. "Breakaway (Remix)" – 3:34 (remixed by Phil Harding & Ian Curnow)
  2. "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)" – 4:17
1989 US 12" single
  1. "Breakaway (The Extended Power Mix)" – 6:08 (remixed by Tony Humphries)
  2. "Breakaway (The Power Radio Mix)" – 4:02 (remixed by Tony Humphries)
  3. "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (12" Version)" – 6:58
1991 UK 12" single / UK CD single
  1. "Breakaway (Remix Full Version)" – 6:44 (remixed by Phil Harding & Ian Curnow)
  2. "Breakaway (Remix Edit)" – 3:34 (remixed by Phil Harding & Ian Curnow)
  3. "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)" – 4:17


  1. ^ "Chart Stats: Donna Summer". Retrieved 2011-03-13. 

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