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Breakthrough
Studio album by Colbie Caillat
Released August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)
(see Release history)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Pop[1]
Length 71:87 (Deluxe edition)
Label Universal Republic
Producer Mikal Blue, Ken Caillat, Greg Wells, Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, John Shanks, Rick Nowels
Professional reviews
Colbie Caillat chronology
Coco
(2007)
Breakthrough
(2009)
Singles from Breakthrough
  1. "Fallin' for You"
    Released: June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)
  2. "I Never Told You"
    Released: February 16, 2010 (2010-02-16)

Breakthrough is the second studio album by Colbie Caillat. The album was released on August 25, 2009 in the United States through Universal Republic. The first single "Fallin' for You" was released in June 30, 2009 and was a sucess on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #12 and staying for 6 weeks inside the Top 40 on the Billboard chart. The album debut at number one on the Billboard 200, with expressive sales of 106,000 copies. It has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

"Breakthrough" received mixed or average reviews and was later nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards, ultimately losing to Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D.[2]

Contents

Background

Caillat worked with many producers, songwriters, and artists on the new album, including songwriters and producers such as Greg Wells, Rick Nowels, John Shanks, and the songwriter and 2009 American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi. Caillat set up a hi-octane 'writing camp' in Hawaii last year, inviting familiar collaborators Jason Reeves and Mikal Blue (who co-produced/co-wrote her debut album) and Kara DioGuardi to the 'camp.' Caillat and her team wrote 50 songs for the album and recorded 20. In March/April, 2009, she played the songs for a small group of fans to help her determine the final 12-15 that would make the album. In reference to the reasoning behind this, Caillat commented in mid-June that, "In making Coco, I put a lot of songs on my MySpace page and listened to what my fans had to say about each. I really want to keep them in on the process with me this time around like with the first album. We are a great team!"

While there are 12 out of the 20 tracks recorded on her album, the deluxe version, which was released on August 25, has 5 bonus tracks.[3] Universal originally reported that the deluxe edition would also include a bonus DVD, but the DVD was been removed from the listing as of July 28.[4] The final three recorded tracks not featured on the album are expected to be bonus tracks or b-sides. Caillat also stated that Kara DioGuardi is one of the best songwriters ever and that she also pushed herself to add violins and cellos into the mix of some songs in order to make her songs more complex than her debut album's songs.[5] World renown guitarist David Becker can also be heard on two tracks. Becker has worked with the singer's father Ken on many of his own recordings.

The album debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 106,000 copies in its first week and giving Caillat her first #1 album.[6] She also topped the Billboard Top Digital Albums chart and the Top Rock Albums chart. March 2010, the album has sold 419,709 copies in the United States.

"You Got Me" is featured on the 2010 film Leap Year.[7] [8]

Reception

The album has met with fair to positive, according to Metacritic, basead on 8 reviews.[9]

  • Michael Lello from Pop Matters gave to the album 7 stars(out of 10) and says that:

"On Breakthrough, Caillat wisely builds upon her strengths—the aforementioned disciplined singing approach and girly topics—rather than enter drastic new territory. There’s a consistency throughout the 12 tracks, which is remarkable considering she enlisted some proven hit-makers—co-writer John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow), her producer dad Ken Caillat (who co-produced and co-engineered Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours), and writing partner Kara DioGuardi of American Idol. The industry pros serve to sweeten, not change, Caillat’s sound, which results in a richly textured album, not just a collection of radio-baiting singles, that retains the performer’s personality.

  • The Allmusic review gave to the album 3 stars (out of 5) and says that:

"'Breakthrough' it's a creation that's slicker and sleeker than the debut, but fortunately, it's not quite at the expense of Caillat's simple charms".

"Breakthrough never quite lives up to its title. But the songs that do diverge from the formula even slightly-like the Greg Wells-produced "Fearless"-offer delightful relief, and perhaps a taste of what could be if the singer were to dig deeper".

"Colbie’s soothing vocals, the warm sound of the music, and the memorable choruses are all well worth listening to this for when the mood for something easy hits you".

Singles

  • "Fallin' For You" was released as the album's lead single on June 30, 2009. Caillat announced in early June, 2009 that her second album would be called Breakthrough, it would be released on August 25, 2009, and that the lead single would be out by the end of the month. In mid-June she confirmed that the lead single would be "Fallin' For You" and it would be released on June 30, 2009. The single debuted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Caillat's highest chart debut selling 118,000 digital downloads. It has also become her second most successful single. The song then fell back on the charts and as of early August, 2009 has been climbing up again. The music video was released in July, 2009.
  • "I Never Told You" is the second single from the album and was released in February 16, on radio stations.[10][11] It was previously released as digital download on Imeem on November 6, 2009.

It had already peak at seventeen on the Adult Pop Songs.[12]

  • "Fearless" is rumoured to be the third single from the album.

Track listing

Original Track listing
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Won't"   Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves & Makana Rowan 3:47
2. "Begin Again"   Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi & Jason Reeves 4:16
3. "You Got Me"   Colbie Caillat & John Shanks 4:02
4. "Fallin' for You"   Colbie Caillat & Rick Nowels 3:37
5. "Rainbow"   Colbie Caillat & Jason Reeves 3:58
6. "Droplets" (ft Jason Reeves) Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves 3:26
7. "I Never Told You"   Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi & Jason Reeves 3:55
8. "Fearless"   Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi, Jason Reeves & Mikal Blue 5:07
9. "Runnin' Around"   Colbie Caillat & Rick Nowels 3:49
10. "Break Through"   Colbie Caillat & Rick Nowels 3:40
11. "It Stops Today"   Colbie Caillat & Jason Reeves 3:49
12. "Breakin' at the Cracks"   Colbie Caillat & Jason Reeves 5:41

Release history

Country Date Label Format
Japan August 19, 2009 Universal Music Japan Deluxe Edition
Germany August 21, 2009 Universal CD / Deluxe Edition
France August 24, 2009 Barclay CD
United States August 25, 2009 Universal Republic CD / Deluxe Edition
Brazil August 28, 2009 Universal Deluxe Edition
Italy September 4, 2009 CD / Deluxe Edition
UK September 14, 2009 Island

Charts

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Sales
Austrian Albums Chart 10[17] +/- 5,000
Belgium Walloon Albums Chart 37
Belgium Flanders Albums Chart 41
Canadian Albums Chart 5 20,000
Dutch Albums Chart 24[18]
French SNEP Albums Chart 23[19] 15,000
German Albums Chart 9[20] 30,000
New Zealand Albums Chart 31[21]
Portuguese Albums Chart 11[22]
Swiss Albums Chart 10[23] 5,000+
U.S. Billboard 200 1[24] 405,000
World Album Top 40 Chart 3 530,000
Preceded by
Keep on Loving You by Reba McEntire
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 12, 2009
Succeeded by
I Look to You by Whitney Houston

References

  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Breakthrough > Overview )))". http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:k9fwxzqaldse. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  2. ^ Grammy Awards 2010 Winners & Nominees
  3. ^ http://tommy2.net/content/?p=7060
  4. ^ http://tommy2.net/content/?p=7070
  5. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1619439/20090825/caillat__colbie.jhtml
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/news/colbie-caillat-s-no-1-miley-crashes-party-1004008443.story#/news/colbie-caillat-s-no-1-miley-crashes-party-1004008443.story
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216492/soundtrack
  8. ^ Leap Year & You Got Me - Colbie Caillat's Myspace
  9. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/caillatcolbie/breakthrough
  10. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/hot-modern-ac
  11. ^ http://www.aolradioblog.com/2010/01/04/colbie-caillat-i-never-told-you/
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/pop-songs?tag=chscr1#/charts/adult-pop-songs?begin=11&order=position
  13. ^ http://www.rhapsody.com/colbie-caillat/breakthrough--id29607217
  14. ^ http://www.livrariacultura.com.br/scripts/musica/resenha/resenha.asp?nitem=2863986&sid=20151343711810353083909446&k5=3B48AAB&uid=
  15. ^ http://www.amazon.de/Breakthrough-Deluxe-Edt-Bonus-Tracks/dp/B002I2LB6K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1250973416&sr=8-2
  16. ^ http://www.universal-music.co.jp/u-pop/artist/colbie_caillat/uicu1187.html
  17. ^ http://www.austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Colbie+Caillat&titel=Breakthrough&cat=a
  18. ^ http://www.dutchcharts.nl/weekchart.asp?cat=a
  19. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/David-Guetta/news-68487.html
  20. ^ http://www.media-control.de/david-guetta-erobert-platz-zwei-der-album-charts.html
  21. ^ "New Zealand Chart: Chart #1685". RIANZ. 2009-09-07. http://www.rianz.org.nz/rianz/chart.asp. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  22. ^ http://portuguesecharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Colbie+Caillat&titel=Breakthrough&cat=a
  23. ^ http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Colbie+Caillat&titel=Breakthrough&cat=a
  24. ^ http://www.billboard.com/news/colbie-caillat-s-no-1-miley-crashes-party-1004008443.story#/news/colbie-caillat-s-no-1-miley-crashes-party-1004008443.storyml







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