Bring Ya to the Brink

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Bring Ya to the Brink
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Studio album by Cyndi Lauper
Released May 27, 2008 (2008-05-27)
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop rock, dance-pop, electronic, house
Length 49:36
Label Epic
Producer Cyndi Lauper (also exec.)
Peer Åström, Axwell, Basement Jaxx, Johan Bobäck, Digital Dog, Dragonette, DJ Emz, Kleerup, Richard Morel, The Scumfrog, William Wittman
Cyndi Lauper chronology
The Body Acoustic
Bring Ya to the Brink
Memphis Blues
Singles from Bring Ya to the Brink
  1. "Set Your Heart"
    Released: 2008 (Japan only)
  2. "Same Ol' Story"
    Released: May 6, 2008
  3. "Into the Nightlife"
    Released: September 22, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
The New York Times (mixed)[5]
NOW (favorable)[6]
The Observer (positive)[7]
PopMatters (7/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[10]

Bring Ya to the Brink is American singer Cyndi Lauper's ninth studio album and was released on May 27, 2008 in the United States, with a worldwide tour later that summer. The album is a dance-oriented collection featuring collaborations with Basement Jaxx, Richard Morel, Max Martin and Kleerup, amongst others. Regarded as Lauper's strongest set of original material in recent years, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has regarded the album track 'High and Mighty' as one of Lauper's key songs, and the album received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2009.[11] The song "Set Your Heart" was released as a promo-only single in Japan in early 2008 and "Same Ol' Story" was the first official single released worldwide on May 6, 2008. "Into the Nightlife" was released as the album's second official single.[12]

The album is Lauper's last album to date for Epic Records, her label since the 1980s.

Album information[edit]

Lauper visited England and Sweden during early 2007 where she wrote songs with dance artists such as The Scumfrog, Basement Jaxx, Digital Dog, Dragonette, Kleerup and Axwell.[13] She also wrote and produced four of the album's tracks with Washington DC DJ Richard Morel.[14] Art direction on the album was credited to Cyndi Lauper, Sheri Lee & Meghan Foley, with photography by Stefanie Schneider.[15][16]

Tour and Promotion[edit]

To support the album, Lauper toured the world in 2008. She embarked on the Bring Ya to the Brink World Tour in support of the album in countries outside of the United States: The show ventured to Australia in the spring of 2008 and Japan, Europe and South America in the fall of 2008. In the United States she toured in the summer with the True Colors 2008 tour to support the album there.

The album listed at No. 7 on the Attitude Magazine's top ten albums of 2008[17] and also came in at No. 8 on Amazon's Best Pop albums of 2008.[18]

"Echo" was featured in the Gossip Girl episode "Bonfire of the Vanity", in which Lauper had a cameo at Blair Waldorf's 18th birthday party celebration. "High and Mighty" was in an episode of Ugly Betty.

Lauper performed "Into the Nightlife" live on The Graham Norton Show,[19] in series 4 episode 2, first broadcast on October 9, 2008.[20]


  • "Set Your Heart" was released as a promo-only single in Japan, where it received considerable airplay. Peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 Singles.
  • The first single of the album was "Same Ol' Story", it was released worldwide on May 6, 2008. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and stayed on the chart for several weeks.
  • The second single of the album was "Into the Nightlife", it was released on August 8, 2008. The music video for the song was partly filmed at Splash Bar in New York City on May 20, 2008. Fans were invited to come be extras in the video. It was a huge club hit in the U.S. topping the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay.
  • Dance radio station Energy 92.7FM in San Francisco announced that "Echo" would be the third single, but no release eventuated. The song itself was promoted in June 2012 by WWE when Lauper returned to the company for a special appearance.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "High and Mighty" Cyndi Lauper, Jesse Houk Lauper, Scumfrog 4:43
2. "Into the Nightlife" Lauper, Peer Åström, Johan Bobäck, Max Martin Lauper, Åström, Bobäck 4:00
3. "Rocking Chair" Lauper, Felix Buxton, Simon Ratcliffe Lauper, Basement Jaxx 3:39
4. "Echo" Lauper, Åström, Bobäck, William Wittman Lauper, Åström, Bobäck 3:55
5. "Lyfe" Lauper, Roger Fife, Melissa Greene, Sammy Merendino Lauper, DJ Emz 3:38
6. "Same Ol' Story" Lauper, Richard Morel Lauper, Morel 5:54
7. "Raging Storm" Lauper, Morel Lauper, Morel 5:23
8. "Lay Me Down" Lauper, Andreas Kleerup Lauper, Kleerup 3:28
9. "Give It Up" Lauper, Steve Cornish, Nicholas Mace Lauper, Digital Dog 3:23
10. "Set Your Heart" Lauper, Morel, Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead Lauper, Morel 3:42
11. "Grab a Hold" Lauper, Dan Kurtz, Martina Sorbara Lauper, Dragonette 3:27
12. "Rain on Me" Lauper, Chau Phan, Axel Hedfors, Alexander Kronlund Lauper, Axwell 4:24
Sample credits

Floor Remixes[edit]

A remix album, Floor Remixes, was released February 18, 2009 as a limited edition CD/DVD set and a regular edition in Japan.

A single called "Girls Just Wanna Set Your Heart" was released in Japan on January 21, 2009. It is a mashup of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Set Your Heart", mixed by Richard Morel.


Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 "Bring Ya to the Brink" Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album Nominated


Chart (2008) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[23] 87
Austrian Albums Chart[24] 48
French Albums Chart[25] 129
Japanese Albums Chart[26] 11
U.S. Billboard 200[27] 41

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Japan May 14, 2008 (2008-05-14) Sony Music Japan CD with bonus tracks EICP 968[28]
United States
May 27, 2008 (2008-05-27) Epic Records CD 706592[29]
Paid download
Argentina Sony BMG CD 706592[30]
Finland May 28, 2008 (2008-05-28)
South Korea June 3, 2008 (2008-06-03) Sony BMG Music Entertainment Korea CD SB10444C[31]
Australia June 7, 2008 (2008-06-07) Epic CD 88697065922[32]
Paid download
China 2008 (2008) Sony BMG CD 9787799428642
Indonesia August 15, 2008 (2008-08-15) Sony BMG CD


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