Heartbreaker (Justin Bieber song)

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"Heartbreaker"
Heartbreaker.jpg
Single by Justin Bieber
from the album Journals
ReleasedOctober 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)
FormatDigital download
Length4:22
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Justin Bieber singles chronology
"Lolly"
(2013)
"Heartbreaker"
(2013)
"All That Matters"
(2013)

"Heartbreaker" is a song by Canadian singer Justin Bieber, taken from his second compilation album Journals (2013). It was released on October 7, 2013, and produced by T-Minus, Maejor Ali, Justin Bieber, and Chef Tone. The song is the first in Bieber's series Music Mondays, where he released a new single every week for 10 weeks until December 9, 2013.

Background[edit]

Before collaborating with Bieber on the song, Maejor Ali had featured him on the single "Lolly" earlier in 2013.[1] Maejor Ali recalled "real harps, guitar players" being brought in for the recording of "Hearbreaker" and stated that those in the studio "tried to create a masterpiece" with the song.[1] He continued, explaining that Bieber and his team "wanted to make this music the most honest as possible" and that "all the conversations in the studio are heard in the song."[1] Maejor Ali, along with co-producers T-Minus and Chef Tone, was responsible for the "strung-out emotion" added to it.[2] Bieber also contributed production to the song.[3]

In the song's description on iTunes, Bieber wrote: "It's a song for people going through a heartbreak -- like I was when I wrote it."[4] The description also included Bieber expressing pride for the song and referencing its connection to his fans; he later posted the description to Twitter.[4][5] The song marked a difference in sound from previous singles by Bieber, with his manager Scooter Braun explaining that "Heatbreaker" and the other tracks from Journals differentiated from his past work as "very R&B-driven, personal songs, not necessarily songs that he was thinking of as radio records," and dubbed Bieber's performance on the song as him "pouring his heart out."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

After "Heartbreaker" topped the iTunes chart in 56 countries worldwide, Bieber tweeted in reference to its success.[6] The track eventually became a chart topper on iTunes in 63 countries.[6] It debuted at number 77 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and climbed 64 places to number 13 on the chart the following week despite a lack of airplay, due to sales and streams.[5][7] The track sold 182,000 downloads after being on sale for eight days and lasted for two weeks on the Hot 100.[7] On the UK Singles Chart, "Heartbreaker" entered at number 14.[8]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 30
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 8
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 15
Denmark (Tracklisten)[15] 1
Finland Download (Latauslista)[16] 1
France (SNEP)[17] 26
Germany (Official German Charts)[18] 32
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[19] 3
Hungary (Single Top 40)[20] 12
Italy (FIMI)[21] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 21
Norway (VG-lista)[24] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[25] 21
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 47
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[28] 14
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[29] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[30] 13

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various October 7, 2013 Digital download Island [31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Vena, Jocelyn (October 15, 2013). "Justin Bieber's 'Heartbreaker' Producer Dishes On His 'Masterpiece': Watch". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Justin Bieber Releases 'Heartbreaker' As Part of His New Music Mondays". Vibe. Vibe Media. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  3. ^ a b "Journals by Justin Bieber". Tidal. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Lipshutz, Jason (October 7, 2013). "Justin Bieber Releases Moody 'Heartbreaker' Single (Audio)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Lipshutz, Jason (October 18, 2013). "Scooter Braun Q&A: Justin Bieber's Manager Explains 'Music Mondays' & Previews 'Believe 3D'". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Mackinley, Page (October 7, 2013). "Justin Bieber's 'Heartbreaker' Rockets To #1 On iTunes In 56 Countries". Inquisitr. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (November 16, 2013). "Justin Bieber's Music Mondays Series Reaches Midway Point". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Miley Cyrus achieves UK chart double". BBC News. October 13, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  14. ^ "Justin Bieber Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  15. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker". Tracklisten. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  16. ^ "Justin Bieber: Heartbreaker" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  19. ^ "Greece Digital Songs: Oct 26, 2013". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  20. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  21. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker". Top Digital Download. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  23. ^ "Charts.nz – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  24. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker". VG-lista. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  25. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  26. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  27. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Justin Bieber – Heartbreaker". Singles Top 100. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  28. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  29. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  30. ^ "Justin Bieber Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  31. ^ "Justin Bieber Unveils And Releases New Song 'Heartbreaker' From Next Album". Capital. October 7, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2019.