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"Heartbreaker" is the second single from rap
singer will.i.am's third
album Songs About Girls. The British single version features guest vocals from
this version was also featured on Cole's debut solo album 3 Words which was released
in October 2009.
Cheryl Cole's vocals and appearance in the music video came as a
result of the ITV2 television show
Girls Aloud. In the show, Cole learned the art of street dancing, and
would ultimately audition for the will.i.am music video. She
received the part and would also contribute guest vocals to the
song, singing part of the chorus and a break down.
will.i.am said the record company suggested Cole, and after meeting
her, he felt the idea was perfect. The duo
performed the song unedited on The Graham Norton Show on 24
April 2008. At a
promotional appearance on GMTV,
will.i.am said that Cheryl was "hotter than Nelly Furtado."
The music video begins with various shots of will.i.am and Cheryl Cole in front of
a black background with flashing lights. As the first verse begins,
will.i.am sings in front of the black background while controlling
and/or holding a glowing red ball a la telekinesis. He is also
seen in a convertible with a girl, while they look at
moving stars. will.i.am dances using the famous Michael Jackson
slide from Billie
Jean in front of the black, with a spotlight shining on one of
various women posing next to him. One of the women is Cole, who can
be seen with will.i.am or singing her lines in front of moving
lights. The light turns off of her when her lines have finished,
and shots of different women grinding on will.i.am are shown. He
moves star-like lights with his hands, like the red ball from the
beginning of the music video. The stars, which are people wearing
black bodysuits with lights attached, mimic will.i.am's dancing. A
number of clips of will.i.am and Cheryl singing and dancing, both
together and separately, are shown throughout the remainder of the
Formats and track
- CD Single
- "Heartbreaker" (with Cheryl Cole (remix/edited super clean UK
- "Impatient (Gutter remix by Aaron LaCrate & Debonair Samir)
- Heartbreaker (with Cheryl Cole)
The album version of the song entered the UK Singles
Chart at number seventy-four on downloads alone, before rising
to number forty-nine the next week.
The song entered the top twenty two weeks later.
After two weeks at number eight, "Heartbreaker" peaked at number
four the week of its physical release.
"Heartbreaker" also debuted at number forty-nine on the Irish
Singles Chart, and has peaked at number seven after spending
two weeks at number 10.
It is the artist's first hit single since he started his solo
project. ECD:UK added two versions of the song but it reached no.1
by one video edit alone. It also marks Cheryl's nineteenth
consecutive top ten single and 21st (in total) in the UK, both as a
solo act and as part of Girls Aloud. Heartbreaker was Cole's first
debut in continetal europe.