Leave the Pieces

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"Leave the Pieces"
Single by The Wreckers
from the album Stand Still, Look Pretty
Released February 7, 2006
Genre Country
Length 3:31
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Billy Austin
Jennifer Hanson
Producer(s) Michelle Branch
John Shanks
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Wreckers singles chronology
"I'm Feeling You"
(2005)
"Leave the Pieces"
(2006)
"My Oh My"
(2006)
Music video
"Leave the Pieces" at CMT.com

"Leave the Pieces" is a song written by Jennifer Hanson and Billy Austin, and recorded by American country music duo The Wreckers for their debut album Stand Still, Look Pretty for which it served as lead single with a February 7, 2006 release.

The single entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 68,:[1] peaking att number 34 on the Hot 100, "Leave the Pieces" rose as high as number 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, the first track by a first-time charting duo to top the Billboard country music chart since 1991, and the first by a female duo since 1953.[2] (The Wreckers had previously appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 with "I'm Feeling You" a collaborative single with Santana). Branch said of the song's success, "To see our hard work in getting this project off the ground result in my first number-one as an artist could not be more meaningful", while Jessica Harp said "It's an amazing feeling to have our debut single go number one, especially getting to share it with my dear friend. The fact that we've achieved such success is something I can't even comprehend yet. I just know that the stars have aligned, and it feels good to be a Wrecker."[3] ("Leave the Pieces" was not actually the Wreckers' debut single: apart from their Santana collaboration "I'm Feeling You" in 2005 the Wreckers had that year had a single release with "The Good Kind" which had bubbled under the Hot 100 with a number 115 peak.)

"Leave the Pieces" was used in the episode "Homecoming and Coming Home" of Hart of Dixie.[4] On April 3, 2012, Michelle Branch performed "Leave the Pieces" in LA with Kelly Clarkson as part of Clarkson's 'Stronger' tour. The song has sold 1,034,000 copies as of April 2013.[5]

Reception[edit]

In December 2006, The Wreckers were nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Leave the Pieces."[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song, directed by Trey Fanjoy. The video features a girl (played by Harp) who is leaving her boyfriend (played by actor Nick Steele), because he is on the fence about their relationship. Harp packs all her clothes and her friend, played by Branch, comes and picks her up. The video includes shots of the women performing on a porch and in/beside an old car, and it topped CMT's Top Twenty Countdown for two consecutive weeks in August 2006.[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Australian CD single
  1. "Leave the Pieces" (Pop Edit)
  2. "My, Oh My" (Demo Version)
  3. "Stand Still, Look Pretty"

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at #53 for the week of April 15, 2006.[7]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 34
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 8
Preceded by
"If You're Going Through Hell
(Before the Devil Even Knows)
"
by Rodney Atkins
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

September 9-September 16, 2006
Succeeded by
"Brand New Girlfriend"
by Steve Holy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hope, Clover. "Chamillionaire Retains Top Spot On Hot 100". Billboard. June 1, 2006. Retrieved August 3, 2006.
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred. "Chart Beat". Billboard. August 31, 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "The Wreckers' "Leave the Pieces" Hits Number One on Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" Chart". Market Wire. August 28, 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2006.
  4. ^ "Hart of Dixie Music - Season 1, Episode 8". The CW. December 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Paul Grein (April 17, 2013). "Week Ending April 14, 2013. Songs: PSY Gallops Back". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "FOX Facts: Complete List of Grammy Award Nominations". Associated Press. December 7, 2006. Retrieved February 4, 2007.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "The Wreckers – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Wreckers. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  9. ^ "The Wreckers – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Wreckers. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  10. ^ "The Wreckers – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for The Wreckers. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  11. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012.