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Break On Me
"Break on Me"
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Ripcord
Released23 October 2015 (2015-10-23)
FormatDigital download
GenreCountry pop
Keith Urban singles chronology
"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
"Break on Me"
"Wasted Time"

"Break on Me" (stylized as "Break on Me.") is a song written by Ross Copperman and Jon Nite and recorded by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released on 23 October 2015 as the second single from Urban's 2016 album Ripcord.[1] This bass-driven ballad was co-produced by Urban along with Nathan Chapman and has been deemed a stylistic counterpoint to its funky predecessor "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16". The song is also the second of his career to not have an accompanying music video, after 2010's "I'm In".[2]

Critical reception

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country complimented both the "nuanced" songwriting and Urban's "understated and accessible" delivery of the lyrics, noting that his approach elevates the song to something special.[3]

Commercial performance

"Break on Me" was the most-added song at country radio for the week of 26 October 2015 with 67 stations, according to radio monitoring organization Mediabase.[4] It debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of 7 November 2015.[5] The following week, it debuted at number 24 on the Hot Country Songs chart, selling 22,000 copies in its first week of sales.[6] On the Country Airplay chart for the week of 12 March 2016, "Break on Me" jumped from number 6 to number one, making for the biggest jump to number one since Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye" in April 2009, also ascended from number 6 to number one.[7] The song has sold 265,000 copies in the US as of May 2016.[8]

Chart performance

Chart (2015-16) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 106
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 61
Canada Country (Billboard)[11] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 54
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[5] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 6

Year end charts

Chart (2016) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[14] 47
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 48

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000double-dagger

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

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 23 October 2015 Digital download [1][17]
United States 26 October 2015 Country radio [18]


  1. ^ a b "Break On Me - Single by Keith Urban". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Parton, Chris (October 20, 2015). "Hear Keith Urban Console the Lonely in New Single 'Break on Me'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (October 19, 2015). "ToC Critic's Pick: Keith Urban, 'Break on Me' [Listen]". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Cantor, Brian (October 27, 2015). "Keith Urban's "Break On Me" Erupts as Country Radio's Most-Added Song". Headline Planet. Cantortainment. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Keith Urban Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 2, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Tracks Chart: November 2, 2015". RoughStock.
  7. ^ "Billboard Country Update for February 29, 2016" (PDF). Billboard.
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 23, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Sales Report: May 23, 2016". Roughstock.
  9. ^ " - ARIA Chartifacts 2-November-2015". Gavin Ryan (bulion) on Hung Medien. 1 November 2015. Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. Retrieved 2015.[better source needed]
  10. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  11. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  12. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Country Airplay: Year End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Hot Country Songs: Year End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "American single certifications - Keith Urban - Break on Me". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2017.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.
  17. ^ "Break on Me - Single by Keith Urban". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple Inc. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country" (Week Of: October 26, 2015). Radio & Records. Retrieved 2015.[permanent dead link]

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