Each Time You Break My Heart

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"Each Time You Break My Heart"
Single by Nick Kamen
from the album Nick Kamen
B-side Instrumental
Released 1986
Format
Recorded 1986
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:30
Label Sire
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Madonna
  • Stephen Bray
Nick Kamen singles chronology
"Each Time You Break My Heart"
(1986)
"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"
(1987)

"Each Time You Break My Heart" is a 1986 song recorded by British singer Nick Kamen. It was his debut single from his debut album Nick Kamen, released in 1987.

Background[edit]

Nick Kamen attained popularity in 1985 when his modelling career gave him the chance to star in Levi's "Launderette" television commercial. The clip showed him stripping down to stone-wash his blue jeans in a 1950s style public laundromat while he waits clad only in his boxer shorts, which was one of a series of Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertisements that dramatically increased the popularity of Levi 501s.[1] The commercial, directed by Roger Lyons, was selected for, and came fourth in, The 100 Greatest TV Ads in 2000. Kamen later decided to delve into music, and released his self-titled debut album in 1987.[2] Written and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray, "Each Time You Break My Heart" was the lead single from the album. Madonna had previously expressed interest in producing Kamen's record. But since she was busy shooting for her film, Who's That Girl then titled Slammer, she chose to write and compose one song.[3] Madonna had originally written and recorded the song for her third studio album, True Blue, but it did not make the cut.[4] Her original version remains unreleased officially, but has leaked onto the internet. It is almost identical in melody and structure to Kamen's version. The Japanese promo 7" sent to the DJ was released in unique black and white custom picture sleeve featuring Madonna and Nick Kamen in a studio.

Reception[edit]

A writer for Billboard magazine listed the song as one of the "New and Noteworthy" singles released, saying that the combination of the writer and the producer duo, along with Kamen's looks would make the song popular. The reviewer added that the song was musically "light synthpop" and vocally reminiscent of The Bee Gees.[5] The song achieved success in many European countries, including Ireland, Italy, UK, Swiss, and in the U.S. it was a top five hit on the dance charts.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "Each Time You Break My Heart" – 4:30
  2. "Each Time You Break My Heart" (instrumental) – 4:35
  • 12" maxi – Europe
  1. "Each Time You Break My Heart" – 4:30
  2. "Each Time You Break My Heart" (dance mix) – 6:53
  3. "Each Time You Break My Heart" (extended instrumental) – 5:14
  • 12" maxi – U.S.
  1. "Each Time You Break My Heart" (extended version) – 8:32
  2. "Each Time You Break My Heart" (dub) – 8:49
  3. "Each Time You Break My Heart" (radio mix) – 3:55

Credits[edit]

  • Photography of the front cover by Robert Erdman
  • Produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray
  • Recorded and mixed by Michael Hutchinson
  • Edited by The Latin Rascals
  • Engineered by Steve Peck
  • Remixes by Shep Pettibone

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[21] Silver 250,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Silver 250,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephanie Jenkins and Joan Williams (2005). "Clothes & Shoes". UK television adverts 1955–1985. Retrieved 26 January 2008. 
  2. ^ The Top 40 Annual 1988 James Masterton, James Masterton, 2015
  3. ^ 80s Chart-Toppers: Every Chart-Topper Tells a Story, Sharon Davis, Random House, 6 Jan 2012 - Music - 464 pages
  4. ^ Lynch, Joe (March 4, 2015). "5 Songs You Didn't Know Madonna Sang Backup On". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Billboard review
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7822." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Each Time You Break My Heart". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Italia Year End 1987". Hit Parade Italia (in Italian). Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Nick Kamen search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart". Singles Top 100. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  18. ^ "Nick Kamen: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  19. ^ a b "Nick Kamen – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Nick Kamen. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  20. ^ "Single top 100 over 1987" (PDF) (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  21. ^ "French single certifications – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved November 29, 2014.  Select NICK KAMEN and click OK
  22. ^ "British single certifications – Nick Kamen – Each Time You Break My Heart". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 29, 2014.  Enter Each Time You Break My Heart in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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