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Break Up Album
Break Up
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2009
ProducerSunny Levine
Scarlett Johansson chronology
Anywhere I Lay My Head
Break Up
Pete Yorn chronology
Back and Fourth
Break Up
Pete Yorn
Singles from Anywhere I Lay My Head
  1. "Relator"
    Released: June 29, 2009[1]
  2. "Blackie's Dead"
    Released: August 28, 2009[2]

Break Up is a collaborative album between Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson. The first single, "Relator" was released as a digital download on May 25, 2009. The full album was released by Atco and Rhino on September 15, 2009. The record was certified platinum in France.


The album was recorded in 2006, thus preceding several albums that Yorn and Johansson have released as solo artists.[3] Johansson completed her vocals for the project in two afternoon sessions.[4]

Yorn said that the concept for the album was realized in a dream he had. The project was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's 1967 and 1968 albums with Brigitte Bardot.[5]

Johansson spoke about the project at the time of the "Relator" single release; "The idea of two people vocalizing their relationship through duets...I always thought of it as just a small project between friends. It perfectly captured where I was in my life at the time".[6]


During 2009, Yorn stated that he would like to do some live shows with Johansson to promote the album. By September 10 that year, Johansson and Yorn performed "Relator" on the French television show Le Grand Journal. It was Johansson's first live performance on television.

The duo were then interviewed by KCRW on October 7; they talked about past, present and future projects, and performed the single "Relator" along with "Blackie's Dead", "Search Your Heart", "Shampoo" and a cover of the Kinks' "Stop Your Sobbing". They also stated that they would like to tour, but because the short time the songs give them to perform (around 29 minutes), they would like to turn the concert into a dinner if there's the demand for them to tour.[7]


The album was rated a 52/100 among professional music critics on Metacritic, indicating mixed or average reviews.[18]

Track listing

Standard edition

All tracks are written by Pete Yorn, except where noted.

2."Wear and Tear"3:22
3."I Don't Know What to Do"3:29
4."Search Your Heart"3:01
5."Blackie's Dead"2:37
6."I Am the Cosmos" (Chris Bell)2:47
Amazon exclusive bonus tracks[19]
10."Blackie's Dead [Demo]"2:03

French special edition

CD 2 includes live versions recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles on October 7, 2009. Originally broadcast on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley. This CD was launched like the "Live At KCRW.Com EP" on, and after included in "Break Up (Deluxe Edition)".

This enhanced CD also includes Relator video.

2."Blackie's Dead"2:38
3."I Don't Know What to Do"3:30
4."Search Your Heart"3:03
6."Stop Your Sobbin'" (Ray Davies)2:38
7."Relator" (video)2:33


Chart positions


Chart (2009) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 78
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 45
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 18
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 89
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 58
UK Albums Chart[25] 160
US Billboard 200[26] 41
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[26] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard[26] 14


Year Single Chart Peak Position
2009 "Relator" Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 10
German Singles Chart 91
Swiss Singles Chart 57
UK Singles Chart[25] 189


Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[27] Platinum 100,000*

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


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  17. ^ Maerz, Melissa (8 September 2009). "Pete Yorn: Break Up". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 13 September 2009.
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  27. ^ "French album certifications - Pete Yorn/Scarlett Johanson - Break Up" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2019.

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