Break Anotha

Infobox Single
Name = Break Anotha


Artist = Blake Lewis
from Album = A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)
B-side =
Released = October 30, 2007 (U.S. radio)
November 13, 2007 (U.S. digital)
Format = Radio single
Digital download
Recorded = 2007
Genre = Pop rock
Funk
Electronic
Hip hop
Length = 3:09
Label = Arista Records
Writer = Blake Lewis
Louis Biancaniello
Ryan Tedder
Sam Watters
Producer = Blake Lewis
Ryan Tedder
Certification =
Last single = -
This single = "Break Anotha"
(2007)
Next single = "How Many Words"
(2008)

"Break Anotha" is the official debut single of Blake Lewis, the runner-up on the sixth season of "American Idol". Being the leadoff single from "A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)", it was first leaked on October 29, 2007 via phone to fans who had signed up at [http://www.blakelewiscomingsoon.com BlakeLewisComingSoon.com] .cite web |title=Pure Tone Music |url=http://www.puretonemusic.com/ |accessdate=2007-10-28] The single began to impact the radio on October 30 and was premiered on 106.1 KISS FM in Seattle.cite web |title=Blake Lewis' profile |url=http://myspace.com/blakelewis |accessdate=2007-06-22 |publisher=MySpace] It was released on iTunes Music Store on November 13 and officially went for adds on November 20. [cite web |title=AllAccess |url=http://www.allaccess.com/ |accessdate=2007-11-01]

Background

The song was co-written by Lewis, Louis Biancaniello, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Sam Watters and produced by Lewis and Tedder.

Lewis described the song as "funk/soul-inspired" and is influenced by certain musicians:

His friends have also involved in the production of the song:

Music video

The video of "Break Anotha", which was directed by Sanji, premiered on December 6 on Yahoo! Music. [cite web |title="Booked: Blake Lewis - Sanji, director" |url=http://www.videostatic.com/vs/2007/week46/index.html#entry-41568098 |accessdate=2007-11-15 |date=November 15, 2007 |publisher=Video Static] Nonetheless, during an interview of Lewis with Jared Cotter on "The Sauce" of Fuse TV on December 5, a sneak peek of the video has been aired on the show. It was shot against a green screen and "has an interesting concept behind it", which in Lewis' words, "when you open Rorschach inkblot tests, how they have two different sides" and like "ink and water, and different effects behind me that come in". [cite web |title="American Idol' Runner-Up Blake Lewis Creates Own Genre On A.D.D. Debut" |url=http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Break_Anotha&action=edit&undoafter=172458888&undo=172639558 |accessdate=2007-11-20 |date=November 19, 2007 |publisher=MTV.com |author=Harris, Chris]

Responses

The single received generally favorable reviews from fans and critics.

*Chuck Taylor of "Billboard Magazine" depicted "Break Anotha", which has drew 76,000 streams on the day it premiered on "AOL First Listen", as "a lightning rod of rock'n'funk, meshing busy, skittish production and enough tempo stops and starts to build one clever three-minute jam", as well as channeling Justin Timberlake "with fluffed harmonic layers and falsetto as he sings a rapid-fire lyric about a playa". He felt that "this runner-up is poised to win the big prize: song is a bull's-eye, the stylish 26-year-old has the looks of a teen idol, and clearly, "AI" ["American Idol"] fever has never been more prominent" and "the future looks mighty bright for full-length "Audio Day Dream". [cite web |title="Break Anotha" review |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/content_display/reviews/singles/e3idd293825dd51c45c0cd84e6aa8ce2f70 |accessdate=2007-11-09 |author=Taylor, Chuck |publisher=Billboard Magazine]
*Ken Barnes of "USA Today" commented that the song "sounds like a clever maximizing of Blake's musical inclinations in a contemporary pop context" and "seems to be aimed straight at the Justin Timberlake market, and - with a properly warm radio reception - it could hit the jackpot". [cite web |title="Blake Sets Album Date, Readies First Single" |url=http://blogs.usatoday.com/idolchatter/2007/10/blake-sets-albu.html |date=October 29, 2007 |accessdate=2007-10-29 |author=Barnes, Ken |publisher=USA Today]
*Michael Slezak of "Entertainment Weekly" gave the single rave review, thought that it "sounds like it could easily hold its own on "Billboard" Hot 100", "not just a 'good for an Idol graduate' kind of single, but instead the kind of track I'd spend money to download" and predicted that it will be a "big hit". [cite web |title="Snap Judgment: Blake Lewis' 'Break Anotha'" |url=http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2007/10/blake-lewis-bre.html |date=October 31, 2007 |accessdate=2007-10-30 |author=Slezak, Michael |publisher=Entertainment Weekly]
*"Blender Magazine" believed that the single "lives up to the singer's daring reality TV persona" and "is semi-ridiculous, hyperactive and totally different from your typical "Idol" fare", giving a rating of 3/5. [cite web |title="American Idol Loser Blake Lewis Breaks Hearts" |url=http://www.blender.com/news/comments.aspx?article=10039 |accessdate=2007-10-31 |publisher=Blender Magazine]
*Bill Lamb from About.com thought that while "beatboxing is part of the mix", "Blake's vocals are front and center in the instantly funky mix" and he has "really enjoyed listening to 'Break Anotha'", although he was disappointed by the "Audio Day Dream" cover design. [cite web |title="Blake Lewis Breaks Out With 'Break Anotha'" |url=http://top40.about.com/b/2007/10/30/blake-lewis-breaks-out-with-break-anotha.htm |date=October 30, 2007| accessdate=2007-11-10 |publisher=About.com|author=Lamb, Bill] [cite web |title="Blake Lewis' 'Audio Day Dream' Album Cover" |url=http://top40.about.com/b/2007/11/08/blake-lewis-audio-day-dream-album-cover.htm |date=November 8, 2007| accessdate=2007-11-10 |publisher=About.com|author=Lamb, Bill] "Break Anotha" has garnered reviews from "Seattle Post-Intelligencer", "The Detroit News" and "Boston Herald" as well. While the reviewers got a vibe of Justin Timberlake from it, they all predicted that "Break Anotha" will be a successful single. [cite web |title="Hear It Here: Blake Lewis' Debut Single 'Break Anotha'" |url=http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/earcandy/archives/124894.asp |accessdate=2007-11-10 |date=November 1, 2007|author=Hay, Travis| publisher=Seattle Post-Intelligencer] cite web |title="Blake Lewis Is Awesome" |url=http://info.detnews.com/redesign/blogs/musicblog/index.cfm?blogid=417 |accessdate=2007-11-10 |date=November 9, 2007|author=Graham, Adam| publisher=The Detroit News] [cite web |title="Download of the Week: Blake Lewis' 'Break Anotha'" |url=http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/music/general/view.bg?articleid=1042557 |accessdate=2007-11-18 |date=November 5, 2007|author=Treacy, Christopher John| publisher=Boston Herald] "The Detroit News" even went further that Lewis, with "one of the most exciting singles of the year", "will blow Sparks [Jordin Sparks, winner on the sixth season of "American Idol"] out of the water, if not in first week sales then in three months' time". However this prediction proved highly incorrect, since as of February 2008 (a full 3 months after the song's release) "Break Anotha" failed to enter the Hot 100, and failed to reach 100,000 in digital sales, while Sparks' first single "Tattoo" reached the top ten of the Hot 100 and has sold over 1,700,000 in digital sales to date.

Chart performance

"Break Anotha" was released to radio stations on October 30, 2007 and debuted at #197 on the Mediabase Top 40 chart, reaching an audience of approximately 150,000. Two days after the release, it entered the top 100, reaching an audience of nearly 266,000. The song was not added to radio playlists officially until November 20, 2007 and it reached #40 as of December 19. [cite web |title=Mediabase Top 40 chart |url=http://www.mmr247.com/mmrweb/AllAccess/Charts.asp?format=h1r&cutoff=0&showtopn=2000&showyear=y&dpt=n |publisher=Mediabase |accessdate=2007-11-03] [cite web |title=Blake Lewis' "Break Anotha" (Quick cut information) |url=http://www.mmr247.com/mmrweb/Reports/Reg/EMD.asp?SOngID=1544670&NumDays=7 |publisher=Mediabase |accessdate=2007-11-03]

"Break Anotha" scored 11,000 downloads its first week, and has to date sold 34,000 in total. [cite web |title="Jordin Gets Close to Top 10 on Download Chart; Blake Debuts" |url=http://blogs.usatoday.com/idolchatter/2007/11/jordin-gets-clo.html |publisher=USA Today |accessdate=2007-11-26 |date=November 21, 2007 |author=Barnes, Ken] It debuted and peaked on "Billboard" Pop 100 at #85 and Hot Digital Songs chart at #97 in the issue of the charts on December 1, 2007.cite web |title=Blake Lewis' "Break Anotha" on Billboard Pop 100 chart |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=396&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Pop+100&ci=3088363&cdi=9519250&cid=12%2F01%2F2007 |publisher=Billboard Magazine |accessdate=2007-11-24] It also debuted and peaked on the "Billboard" Bubbling Under Hot 100 at #10 for chart week December 22, 2007.cite web |title=Blake Lewis' "Break Anotha" on Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=344&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Bubbling+Under+Hot+100+Singles&ci=3089852&cdi=9583529&cid=12%2F22%2F2007 |publisher=Billboard Magazine |accessdate=2007-12-15] "Break Anotha" failed to reach the Hot 100.

Footnotes

External links

* [http://blakelewisofficial.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.saynow.com/blakelewis "Break Anotha"] on SayNow
* [http://music.aol.com/popeater/2007/10/30/blake-lewis-break-anotha-song-premiere/ "Break Anotha" premiere] on AOL.com
* [http://www.kjsawka.com/ Drummer KJ Sawka] KJ Sawka Official Website


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