Breathe Slow

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This article is about the Alesha Dixon song. For the Mars Ill song, see Breathe Slow (Mars Ill song).
"Breathe Slow"
Single by Alesha Dixon
from the album The Alesha Show
Released 9 February 2009
Recorded Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Genre R&B
Length 4:12 (album version)
3:40 (radio edit)
Label Asylum
  • Carsten Schack
  • Kenneth Karlin
  • Harold Lilly
Producer(s) Soulshock & Karlin
Alesha Dixon singles chronology
"The Boy Does Nothing"
"Breathe Slow"
"Let's Get Excited"
Music video
"Breathe Slow" on YouTube

"Breathe Slow" is the second single from Alesha Dixon's second album, The Alesha Show, released by Asylum Records, a part of Atlantic Records, on 9 February 2009. The song is now Dixon's most successful single to date in the United Kingdom, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. The song was nominated at the BRIT awards 2010 in the Best British single category.


Popular blog Popjustice made the single their Song of the Day on 30 December 2008, saying "Everyone loves Alesha Dixon. Most people are quite indifferent about purchasing her musical releases. As time goes by we probably have to accept this as fact, but songs like 'Breathe Slow' do offer some hope that she might 'hit the mark' and have a big proper hit one day."[1]

Trash Lounge commented "It's nowhere near the same league as 'The Boy Does Nothing', but 'Breathe Slow' is still a pretty decent offering from its hit-and-miss parent album."

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Max & Dania was shot entirely in black and white, tells the story of Dixon breaking up with her husband, and her trying to regain composure and forget about it. She is seen entering a quiet café, upon leaving she takes off her coat revealing a show-girl outfit and leaves behind her wedding ring, then walks down a busy Las Vegas street. Meanwhile, Dixon is seen dancing alone in studio. The video ends with her entering the stage door of a show with an Elvis impersonator and two other show-girls stood outside. The video, filmed on location in Las Vegas, clashed with the Ricky Hatton vs. Paulie Malignaggi boxing match and caused shooting problems as many British Hatton supporters recognised Dixon, and subsequently crowds gathered in the street.[2][3] The video has gained over 10 million hits on YouTube.[4]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD single
  1. "Breathe Slow" (Single Version) – 3:40
  2. "Breathe Slow" (Piano Mix) - 3:41
  • iTunes EP
  1. "Breathe Slow" (Piano Mix)
  2. "Breathe Slow" (Cahill radio edit) - 3:31
  3. "Breathe Slow" (Blackout Entertainment edit) (featuring Scottie B)
  •[5] / 7Digital EP[6]
  1. "Breathe Slow" (Single Version)
  2. "Breathe Slow" (Cahill radio edit)
  3. "Breathe Slow" (Ali Payami remix)

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Breathe Slow" debuted at number 163 on the UK Singles Chart and entered the top 100 the following week at number 92. On 1 February 2009, the song rose into the top ten at number 6, climbed to number 5 the following and managed to peak at number 3 after being released physically on 9 February 2009.

On the Irish Singles Chart, the single debuted at number 48. The song has so far peaked at number 18.


Chart (2009) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 12
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[9] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 18
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 4
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[12] 30
Spanish Airplay Chart[13] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 3
UK Download (Official Charts Company)[15] 3

Year End Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position 1
United Kingdom[16] 44

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Certification Sales/Shipments
UK Silver 200,000

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
United Kingdom 16 February 2009 CD single, digital download Asylum Records
Italy 7 April 2009 Digital download[17] Warner Music
Spain 21 July 2009 Digital download


  1. ^ "Popjustice Song of the Day". 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Alesha Dixon poses for sexy pics ahead of the release of her new single Breathe Slow". The Sun. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Music - Interview - Alesha Dixon". Digital Spy. 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Alesha Dixon - Breathe Slow". YouTube. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Breathe Slow: Alesha Dixon: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Alesha Dixon - Breathe Slow MP3 Downloads". 7digital. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  7. ^ " – Alesha Dixon – Breathe Slow" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  8. ^ " – Alesha Dixon – Breathe Slow" (in French). Ultratip.
  9. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200922 into search.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 10, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-02-15". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  12. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200916 into search.
  13. ^ "Promusicae (Week: 1 January 2009)" (PDF). Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-02-15" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-02-15" UK Singles Downloads Chart.
  16. ^ "Charts Plus - Official UK Singles Chart - 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  17. ^ "iTunes Store - Alesha Dixon - Breathe Slow (Single Version) - Single". Retrieved 2010-10-02.