Breakeven (song)

Breakeven“, also titled “Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)” is a song by the Irish pop rock band the Script. It was released on 24 November 2008 as the third single from their first album, The Script (2008). The song peaked at number 10 in Ireland, number 21 in the United Kingdom, number 12 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 in Australia.

2008 single by the Script

2008 single by the Script
“Breakeven”
Single by the Script
from the album The Script
B-side “None the Wiser”
Released 24 November 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:21
Label Sony Music
Songwriter(s)
  • Frampton
  • O’Donoghue
  • Sheehan
  • Kipner
Producer(s)
  • Frampton
  • Kipner
The Script singles chronology
The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
(2008)
Breakeven
(2008)
Talk You Down
(2009)

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The music video premiered on BBC Radio 1‘s website on 29 September 2008.[1] It was recorded at the Great South Wall in Dublin. Before recording began, the Dublin radio station FM104 had a competition for a listener to appear in the music video. The music video shows clips of the band’s home city of Dublin, Ireland and the band performing.

The video almost created minor controversy when Danny O’Donoghue‘s ex-girlfriend was supposed to be cast as an extra but this was avoided when the producers chose a different girl.[2] The video was number 2 on the 2010 VH1’s Top 40 Videos of the Year.

The band performed “Breakeven” on an episode of The Paul O’Grady Show which was shown on 30 October 2008. On 14 October 2009, they performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the United States.[3]

  • CD single[4]
  1. “Breakeven” – 4:21
  2. “None the Wiser” (Guardian Demo)
  • German CD single[5]
  1. “Breakeven” – 4:21
  2. “Lose Yourself” (Radio 1 Live Lounge Session)
  • German Maxi single[6]
  1. “Breakeven” – 4:21
  2. “None the Wiser” (Guardian Demo)
  3. “Lose Yourself” (Radio 1 Live Lounge Session)
  4. “Breakeven” (Music Video) – 4:15

Weekly charts

Chart (2008–2012) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 75
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 20
Canada AC (Billboard)[10] 6
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 17
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[12] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 71
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 10
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[15] 77
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 48
Scotland (OCC)[17] 12
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[18] 97
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 66
UK Singles (OCC)[20] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 12
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[22] 12
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[23] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[24] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 6

Year-end charts

Chart (2008) Position
UK Singles (OCC)[26] 119
Chart (2009) Position
Australia (ARIA)[27] 24
UK Singles (OCC)[28] 129
Chart (2010) Position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[29] 62
US Billboard Hot 100[30] 27
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[31] 9
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[32] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[33] 21
Chart (2011) Position
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[34] 11

All-time charts

Chart Position
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[35] 31

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