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"Leave the Pieces"
Single by The Wreckers
from the album Stand Still, Look Pretty
Released February 7, 2006
Genre Country
Length 3:31
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Jennifer Hanson, Billy Austin
Producer John Shanks, Michelle Branch
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Wreckers singles chronology
"I'm Feeling You"
(2005)
"Leave the Pieces"
(2006)
"My, Oh My"
(2006)
Music video
"Leave the Pieces" at CMT.com

"Leave the Pieces" is the title of a song written by Jennifer Hanson and Billy Austin, and recorded by American country duo The Wreckers. It was released as the duo's debut single, and served as the lead single for their debut album, Stand Still, Look Pretty on February 7, 2006.

The single entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number sixty-eight,[1] and it peaked at number thirty-four. It was the first debut single by a musical duo to reach number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart since 1991, and the first by a female duo since 1953.[2] Wreckers member Branch said of the song's success, "To see our hard work in getting this project off the ground result in my first number-one as an artist could not be more meaningful", while Jessica Harp said "It's an amazing feeling to have our debut single go number one, especially getting to share it with my dear friend. The fact that we've achieved such success is something I can't even comprehend yet. I just know that the stars have aligned, and it feels good to be a Wrecker."[3]

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Reception

In December 2006, The Wreckers were nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Leave the Pieces."[4]

Music video

A music video was released for the song, directed by Trey Fanjoy. The video features a girl (played by Harp) who is leaving her boyfriend (played by actor Nick Steele), because he is on the fence about their relationship. Harp packs all her clothes and her friend, played by Branch, comes and picks her up. The video includes shots of the women performing on a porch and in/beside an old car, and it topped CMT's Top Twenty Countdown for two consectutive weeks in August 2006.[3]

Formats and track listings

Australian CD single
  1. "Leave the Pieces" (Pop Edit)
  2. "My, Oh My" (Demo Version)
  3. "Stand Still, Look Pretty"

Chart performance

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at #53 for the week of April 15, 2006.[5] After spending 22 weeks on the chart, it went on to peak at Number One for two weeks in September 2006.

Chart (2006) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 34
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 54
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 19
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles 1
Canadian Hot 100 20
ARIA Singles Chart[6] 73
Preceded by
" If You're Going Through Hell
(Before the Devil Even Knows)
"
by Rodney Atkins
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

September 9-September 16, 2006
Succeeded by
"Brand New Girlfriend"
by Steve Holy
Preceded by
"Sunshine and Summertime"
by Faith Hill
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles
number-one single

September 15, 2006
Succeeded by
"Give It Away"
by George Strait

References

  1. ^ Hope, Clover. "Chamillionaire Retains Top Spot On Hot 100". Billboard. June 1, 2006. Retrieved August 3, 2006.
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred. "Chart Beat". Billboard. August 31, 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "The Wreckers' "Leave the Pieces" Hits Number One on Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" Chart". Market Wire. August 28, 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2006.
  4. ^ "FOX Facts: Complete List of Grammy Award Nominations". Associated Press. December 7, 2006. Retrieved February 4, 2007.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ ""Australian peak"". http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20061220-0000/issue871.pdf. Retrieved August 16, 2009.  
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