Breakaway (album)

Breakaway (album)

Infobox Album |
Name = Breakaway
Type = Studio album
Artist = Kelly Clarkson

Released = Start date|2004|11|30
(See release history)
Recorded =
Genre = Pop rock, soft rock, grunge, adult contemporary, alternative rock, piano rock, power pop
Length = 44:45
Label = RCA
Producer = Clive Davis, Kara DioGuardi, Lukasz Gottwald, David Hodges, Chantal Kreviazuk, Clif Magness, Raine Maida, Max Martin, Ben Moody, John Shanks
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [ link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 [ link]
*"Slant Magazine" Rating|3.5|5 [ link]
Last album = "Thankful"
This album = "Breakaway"
Next album = "My December"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternative cover
Type = Studio album

Lower caption = Non-U.S. cover
Name = Breakaway
Type = studio
single 1 = Breakaway
single 2 = Since U Been Gone
single 3 = Behind These Hazel Eyes
single 4 = Because of You
single 5 = Walk Away
single 1 date = July 2004
single 2 date = December 14, 2004
single 3 date = March 27, 2005
single 4 date = August 28, 2005
single 5 date = January 31, 2006

"Breakaway" is the second album by Kelly Clarkson, released on November 30 2004 (see 2004 in music).

It debuted at number three on the "Billboard" 200. After spending sixty-one consecutive weeks in the top twenty of the "Billboard" 200, "Breakaway" descended to number twenty-four. It remained in the top thirty for seventy-four consecutive weeks. It spent 103 weeks on the "Billboard" 200 (as of November 23, 2006), re-entering the chart (issue date: February 3 2007) for its 104th week; this was its last eligible week on the chart. This broke the all time record for longest consecutive time on the Billboard 200 set by Celine Dion in 1998.

At the 2006 Grammy Awards, "Breakaway" won in the "Best Pop Vocal Album" category and the single "Since U Been Gone" received the "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" award.

After debuting at fifty-four [] and peaking at two, "Breakaway" was the second best-selling album of 2005 in Australia. [ [ Australian Recording Industry Association end of year (2005) chart] ] The album has as of 2008 sold over 12 million copies worldwide and is the most successful "Idol" alumn album to date. [ [ Kelly Clarkson // Bio ] ]


"Breakaway" was the first single from the album in the U.S. and Australia, and the fifth single in Europe. In the U.S., it was also a single from the soundtrack to "", and was released nearly six months before the album's release. A departure from the pop and soul sound for which Clarkson had become known, the song was co-written by fellow singer Avril Lavigne. It peaked at number six on the "Billboard" Hot 100, and reached the top ten of more than ten "Billboard" charts (including twenty-one non-consecutive weeks at number one on the "Billboard" Adult Contemporary chart). In Canada, the song peaked at number three.

"Since U Been Gone" was the second single from the album, and the first in Europe. It peaked at number two on the "Billboard" Hot 100 and came in at number four on the 2005 year-end chart. It reached number one on several "Billboard" charts, and topped the Canadian chart for two weeks. It peaked at number three on the Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart.

"Behind These Hazel Eyes" was the third single from the album in the U.S. and the second in Europe. It reached number six on the "Billboard" Hot 100 and was at number ten on the 2005 year-end chart. It peaked at number six on the Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart and reached number four on the Canadian chart. On the U.S. Hot AC format, it peaked at number one. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" was one of Clarkson's three songs in the top five year-end Pop 100 chart. It peaked at number one on the "Billboard" Recurrents chart.

"Because of You" was the fourth single from the album, and the third in Europe. The song debuted at number ninety-nine on the "Billboard" Hot 100 on September 3 2005, and reached number seven on November 10 2005. It debuted and peaked at number four on the Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart. In Canada, it peaked at number two and stayed in the top twenty for twenty-seven consecutive weeks. Over one year after its release to radio in Canada, it was still on the Canadian airplay chart. In Switzerland, the single remained on the singles chart until August 2007.

"Walk Away", the fifth single release from the album (fourth in Europe), debuted at number ninety-seven on the "Billboard" Hot 100, a week before its original January 17, 2006 release date. The song debuted on the Canadian chart the following week at number 100. The single peaked at number twelve on the U.S. "Billboard" Hot 100 and at number four in Canada. "Walk Away" was released on March 6, 2006 in the UK as the fourth single and hit number twenty-one. In Australia, the single reached number twenty-seven.

Other tracks

Although "Gone" was never officially released as a single, U.S. Top 40 radio stations began playing the song around November 2005, and it gained significant airplay on such stations as New York's Z100, Boston's Kiss 108 and Atlanta's Q100. Because of this, "Gone" charted at number seventy-seven on the Pop 100. A Spanish version of "Gone" titled "Me Voy" ("I Leave") was recorded by Mexican pop group RBD, who recorded a cover version of "Gone" for their English language CD in Japan. "Gone" was released to radio in Australia and was played quite frequently alongside "Because of You".Fact|date=August 2008

Clarkson stated that the song "Addicted" is her favorite song that she has written and recorded, and wished that it was a single.Fact|date=August 2008

Track listing

# "Breakaway" (Bridget Benante, Matthew Gerrard, Avril Lavigne) – 3:57
# "Since U Been Gone" (Lukasz Gottwald, Martin Sandberg) – 3:08
# "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (Kelly Clarkson, Gottwald, Martin Sandberg) – 3:18
# "Because of You" (Clarkson, David Hodges, Ben Moody) – 3:39
# "Gone" (Kara DioGuardi, John Shanks) – 3:27
# "Addicted" (Clarkson, Hodges, Moody) – 3:57
# "Where Is Your Heart" (Clarkson, DioGuardi, Chantal Kreviazuk) – 4:39
# "Walk Away" (Clarkson, DioGuardi, Kreviazuk, Raine Maida) – 3:08
# "You Found Me" (DioGuardi, Shanks) – 3:39
# "I Hate Myself for Losing You" (DioGuardi, Jimmy Harry, Sheppard Solomon) – 3:20
# "Hear Me" (Clarkson, DioGuardi, Clif Magness) – 3:56
# "Beautiful Disaster" (live) (Rebekah Jordan, Matthew Wilder) – 4:34

;Bonus tracks (Japan)
# "Miss Independent" (AOL live)
# "Since U Been Gone" (AOL live)

;Bonus tracks (UK)
#"Miss Independent"

Limited edition

Australian Tour Edition: Bonus Enhanced CD track listing:
# "Since U Been Gone" [Jason Nevins club mix]
# "Behind These Hazel Eyes" [Joe Bermudez & Josh Harris Top 40 radio remix]
# "Breakaway" [Napster live]
# "Because of You" [live at]
# "Miss Independent" [AOL Live]
# "Hear Me" [AOL Live]
# "Since U Been Gone" [video]
# "Behind These Hazel Eyes" [video]
# "Because of You" [video]

Release history

Charts and certifications

Notes and references

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