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Break My Heart (Dua Lipa)

Break My Heart (Dua Lipa) Description

Break My Heart” is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020). The song was written by Lipa, Ali Tamposi, Stefan Johnson, Jordan K. Johnson, and Andrew Watt, with the latter of the five handling production alongside the Monsters & Strangerz. Due to an unintentional similarity between INXS’s “Need You Tonight” (1987), band members Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence are also credited as writers, and the similarity is credited as an interpolation.

The song was released for digital download and streaming on 25 March 2020 through Warner Records as the third single from Future Nostalgia, and impacted American contemporary hit radio on 31 March 2020 as the album’s second single in the United States.

“Break My Heart” is a dance-pop and disco track with elements of funk, house and 1980s music that includes a Europop and dance beat. A vulnerable song, it sees Lipa questioning if a new love will leave her broken-hearted. The song received generally favourable reviews from music critics, with many praising the production. It entered at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart and has so far peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It became Lipa’s highest debut on the latter chart, debuting at number 21.

Internationally, the song has peaked within the top 10 of 17 other countries, including Israel, where it reached the summit. “Break My Heart” has received several certifications, including a gold award from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

The accompanying 1990s-inspired music video was directed by Henry Scholfield and premiered on 26 March 2020. It sees Lipa in many scenarios attempting to discover her emotions, going from vulnerable to empowered. The video received positive reviews, with critics praising Scholfield’s use of colour. An animated music video, Spotify vertical video and lyric video were also released for “Break My Heart”. Lipa has promoted the song with televised live performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Big Brother Brasil 20, and Graduate Together. The song has also received several remixes.

Music and lyrics

“Break My Heart” is a dance-pop and disco song, with funk, house and 1980s elements. It has a length of 3:41 and interpolates the rhythm guitar melody from “Need You Tonight” by INXS. The song was composed using 4
4 time in the key of E minor, with a tempo of 112–116 beats per minute. The verses and choruses have a chord progression of Em–G–F♯dim–Em–C–Bm–D, while the pre-choruses follow a Cmaj7–D6–Bm7–Em7–D6 sequence and the bridge follows a C–D–G/B–Bm–Em–Bm/D–C–D–Em7–B7–B chord progression. “Break My Heart” has a retro-futuristic sound, with the production consisting of a bouncing-ball bass, handclaps,[16] a funk guitar line, disco violins, and a Europop and dance beat.

The song opens with a bassline and synths, both of which were categorized as bouncy, and a hi-hat drum. In the pre-chorus, the song features a funky baseline and sweeping strings, while the music drops out in the middle and abruptly crashes back shortly after for the chorus. As the song eases into its chorus, the instruments are stripped back with a swaggering guitar riff underscoring each lyric, while a techno-adjacent baseline is also included, alongside a staccato bass rhythm.

The second verse includes a drum kit and the second pre-chorus is driven by a string section. Lipa’s vocals span a range of E3 to B4, and she makes use of spoken word deliveries. Described by Lipa as a “celebration of vulnerability,” the song sees her question whether a new love will leave her broken hearted. The lyrics were compared to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’s social distancing measures and were inspired by Lipa’s boyfriend Anwar Hadid.

Music video

Background and production

The accompanying music video for “Break My Heart” premiered on YouTube at 06:30 PT (13:30 UTC) on 26 March 2020. It was directed by Henry Scholfield, who also directed Lipa’s videos for “Lost in Your Light”, “New Rules” (both 2017), and “IDGAF” (2018). The visual was shot in Bulgaria in January 2020 over the course of three days.

It features slide clips that were inspired by the 1990s as well as a colour palette from the early works of Pedro Almodóvar and iridescent landscapes from Japanese hotels. During filming for the video, Lipa had a case of the flu. For creation of it, VFX, wire work, and a tilting set were used. The sets for the music video were built across three stages and designed by Mark Connell.

Animated video

An animated Dua Lipa floating in air with sparkles surrounding her, collecting a jeweled heart which is floating

Lipa collecting a jeweled heart in the animated music video.

“Break My Heart” was accompanied by an animated video, which is a fullscreen version of the vertical video. It was directed by Marco Pavone and premiered via YouTube on 8 May 2020. The video is set as taking place in the Andromeda Galaxy on the fictional planet of BMH1. The visual opens with an animated Lipa flying into BMH1, a colourless and desolate planet. She wears a pink space suit, reminiscent of animated TV series Totally Spies!. Lipa is in search of a jeweled heart, which she finds in a cave.

However, when she begins to leave, a giant robot appears and begins to attack her her. Lipa eventually fights off the robot and flies away. Throughout the animated video, clips of Lipa falling from the sky into a city, wearing a pink outfit, are also shown.

Track listings

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. “Break My Heart” 3:41
Digital download – Jax Jones Midnight Snack Remix
No. Title Length
1. “Break My Heart” (Jax Jones Midnight Snack Remix) 3:43
Digital download – Joris Voorn Remix
No. Title Length
1. “Break My Heart” (Joris Voorn Remix) 6:32
Digital download – Solardo Remix
No. Title Length
1. “Break My Heart” (Solardo Remix) 7:16
Digital download – Moon Boots Remix
No. Title Length
1. “Break My Heart” (Moon Boots Remix)
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Israel (Media Forest) 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 1
CIS (Tophit) 2
Croatia (HRT) 2
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 2
Lithuania (AGATA) 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 2
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Break My Heart (Dua Lipa) Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I’ve always been the one to say the first goodbye
Had to love and lose a hundred million times
Had to get it wrong to know just what I like
Now I’m falling
You say my name like I have never heard before
I’m indecisive, but, this time, I know for sure
I hope I’m not the only one that feels it all
Are you falling?

[Pre-Chorus]
Centre of attention
You know you can get whatever you want from me
Whenever you want it, baby
It’s you in my reflection
I’m afraid of all the things it could do to me
If I would’ve known it, baby

[Chorus]
I would’ve stayed at home
‘Cause I was doing better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?
Oh no, I was doing better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?

[Verse 2]
I wonder, when you go, if I stay on your mind
Two can play that game, but you win me every time
Everyone before you was a waste of time
Yeah, you got me

[Pre-Chorus]
Centre of attention
You know you can get whatever you want from me
Whenever you want it, baby
It’s you in my reflection
I’m afraid of all the things it could do to me
If I would’ve known it, baby

[Chorus]
I would’ve stayed at home
‘Cause I was doing better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home (I would’ve stayed at home ’cause I–)
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?
Oh no, I was doing better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?

[Bridge]
Ooh, break my heart
Ooh, break my heart
Ooh
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?

[Chorus]
I would’ve stayed at home
‘Cause I was doing better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home (I would’ve stayed at home ’cause I–)
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?
Oh no (Oh no), I was doing better alone
But when you said, “Hello”
I knew that was the end of it all
I should’ve stayed at home
‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go
Am I falling in love with the one that could break my heart?

Break My Heart (Dua Lipa) Music Video

Break My Heart (Dua Lipa) Image

About Break My Heart (Dua Lipa)

Artist Dua Lipa
Album Future Nostalgia
Release Date 25 March 2020
Length 3:41
Genre Dance-pop, Disco
Label Warner Records
Songwriter(s) Dua Lipa, Andrew Wotman, Ali Tamposi, Stefan Johnson, Jordan K. Johnson, Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence
Producer(s) Andrew Watt, The Monsters & Strangerz
Format Digital download, Streaming
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