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Breakout is the debut solo studio album by American teen pop singer Miley Cyrus. The CD is her first musical work apart from Hannah Montana. It was released under Hollywood Records on July 22, 2008, in the United States and debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of about 371,000 copies.

On October 17, 2008, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for more than 1 million copies shipped in the U.S.

Background

Breakout is the first album by Miley Cyrus that does not have any affiliation to the Hannah Montana character. Cyrus has said that Meet Miley Cyrus was "just meeting me, finding out who I am", while Breakout was inspired by "what's been going on in my life in the past year." "I wanted to embrace my older audience a little more, kind of taking shackles off and doing the music I wanted to do," Cyrus said of Breakout. Cyrus co-wrote all but four songs on the album. "Songwriting is what I really want to do with my life forever, [...] I just hope this record showcases that, more than anything, I'm a writer" A majority of the songs are co-written by Antonina Armato and Tim James, the writers of "See You Again" and "Good and Broken".

Three of the four songs that Cyrus did not co-write are covers. "These Four Walls" was originally recorded by MTV reality TV star Cheyenne Kimball, who released it under the song title, "Four Walls"; the song had appeared on her debut album The Day Has Come. Coincidentally, Kimball also has a song titled "Full Circle", but Cyrus's song of the same name is an original composition. Cyrus in "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" covered Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". The song was previously performed by Cyrus with the The Cheetah Girls on their Party's Just Begun Tour. Cyrus recorded it as a solo song when it didn't appear on the Cheetah Girls' debut album TCG. The album's title track was written by Gina Schock of the Go-Go's, Ted Bruner and Trey Vittetoe. It was initially recorded as a demo track by Katy Perry, who provides background vocals on the song as well as on "The Driveway". "Simple Song" is the only other song that does not feature a writing credit from Cyrus. The song was originally a song written and recorded by American country musician, Jeffrey Steele.

Promotion

Cyrus performed a free concert at Bryant Parkmarker on July 18, as a part of Good Morning America's summer concert series. She guest hosted TRL on two consecutive days. Cyrus also appeared on Today, and performed as a part of their summer concert series, shutting down 84th street for the first time because of the number of fans who were in attendance.

The album was released in the United Kingdom via the label Polydor on September 1, 2008. The album released a promotional single "See You Again " as know as (2008 Mix), which was released on August 25, 2008.

Singles

  • "7 Things" was the first single to be released from Breakout. It premiered on Radio Disney on May 12, 2008, with a wider premiere on Elvis Duran the following day. The music video was aired by ABC and Disney Channel on June 20, 2008. The video shows Cyrus singing with a band in front of a gray background, with many girls showing their emotions and singing along. "7 Things" debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the single was released via the iTunes Store two weeks later, it rose sixty spots from number 70 to number 10. It became Cyrus' highest charting single on the Hot 100 until "The Climb" debuted at #6 in March 2009. "7 Things" was released in the United Kingdommarker in November, and has already entered the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone.


  • "See You Again " (better known as the Rock Mafia Remix) was released in the United Kingdom as a digital single on August 11, 2008. The song spent eleven weeks on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at number eleven, making it her first top twenty in the region.




Japan Edition

In Japan the album has two versions. One a CD only, Breakout with the same tracklisting, but with two bonus tracks. And a Deluxe Edition CD + DVD. The DVD content consists of music video, live performances, photo gallery and more.

Platinum Edition

On November 18, 2008 the album was re-released as a Platinum Edition which features the bonus tracks "Someday" and "Hovering", a duet with her older brother Trace Cyrus. The reissue also features a bonus DVD with the "7 Things" music video, live performances and more.

Track listing

Additional notes


Critical reception

Breakout received generally favorable reviews. Billboard magazine described the album as "still age-appropriate for minors", but "for the big kids too." They noted that the album relies "entirely on the full-blooded, all-American guitar". The Los Angeles Times agreed, calling it "a slightly tougher, more guitar-based sound." They noted that, compared to Cyrus's previous albums, Breakout is "unlikely fodder for the razzle-dazzle road shows and 3-D concert films to come", but "rarely less than fascinating." Entertainment Weekly said the "best tunes let Cyrus be feisty without graduating to Avril-like levels of petulance". However, they described the second half of the album as "overly ballad-heavy".

Many reviewers felt that the album was still calculated, although a step away from Cyrus' portrayal of Hannah Montana. The Village Voice said that "Miley often sounds held-back and controlled" but called her "a rare talent". The album, according to The Boston Globe, "subtracts any trace of edge" from the songs; they further noted that while Cyrus "break[s] from the shiny, happy "Hannah Montana" character, [...] she hasn't scuffed up her sound so much". allmusic noted that "while Breakout isn't as much of a breakthrough as it could be, it still moves Miley closer to an identity and career outside of Hannah." However, T'Cha Dunlevy of The Gazette did not feel that Cyrus had separated herself from Hannah Montana, writing, "Cyrus claims this is a more mature album, it remains generic teen-pop through and through." The Sacramento Bee agreed, saying that "with its overblown power chords, frenetic synth-pop and defiant lyrics, the 12 tracks here aren't much of a stylistic stretch from 2007's 'Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus'."

The New York Times slated the album entirely, labeling it "a lackluster album, floated by two or three strong singles." The Hartford Courant said it was "actually just a mash-up of moves tried and discarded by Lohan/Duff/fill-in-the-Disney-diva-of-your choice."

Cyrus received comparisons to Natalie Maines ("These Four Walls"), Wilson Phillips and Bonnie Raitt ("Bottom of the Ocean"), the Pussycat Dolls ("Fly on the Wall"), and Shania Twain ("7 Things"). According to one reviewer, "Cyrus' sound is still a mix of Avril Lavigne-esque sass and Michelle Branch-like vulnerability, served with a bright sheen borrowed from new wave".

Release history

Region Date Label
Canada July 22, 2008 Hollywood Records
Sweden
United States
Hong Kong July 23, 2008 Hollywood Records/EMI
Argentinamarker July 28, 2008 Universal Music
Malaysiamarker August 1, 2008
Philippinesmarker August 3, 2008 Hollywood Records
Brazil August 5, 2008
Taiwanmarker August 8, 2008
Australia August 30, 2008
United Kingdom September 1, 2008 Fascination Records
Indonesiamarker Hollywood Records
New Zealand
Perumarker September 2, 2008
Poland September 4, 2008
Chilemarker September 7, 2008
Italy September 12, 2008
Spain September 16, 2008
Germany September 26, 2008 Universal Music
Japan October 15, 2008 Avex Trax
France October 20, 2008 Hollywood Records
Platinum Edition
Canada November 18, 2008 Hollywood Records
United States
Hong Kong Hollywood Records/EMI
Malaysia Universal Music
Australia November 22, 2008 Hollywood Records
Philippines November 28, 2008
United Kingdommarker December 1, 2008 Polydor Records
Spainmarker December 2, 2008
Brazil December 5, 2008 Hollywood Records
Argentina December 15, 2008 Universal Music


Chart performance

Breakout was "neck and neck" with Sugarland's third studio album Love on the Inside in the race for Billboard #1, initially separated by just 2,000 copies. Within three days, the album had sold 205,000 copies, leading Sugarland by 16,000 copies. Ultimately the album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of about 371,000 copies. This was the second-biggest sales week of the year for a female artist; Mariah Carey's E=MC² previously sold 463,000 copies in its first week. The album sold 163,000 copies in its second week, but fell to number two. Breakout remained at number two in its third week, selling about 102,000 copies, then number four in its fourth week on the chart, selling about 85,000 copies. In its fifth week on the Billboard 200 it was at number six with about 62,000 copies sold.

In Canadamarker, the album debuted at number one with 27,000 copies, becoming Cyrus' first number one in Canada; her previous album reached number three. Breakout stayed at the number one spot for two weeks, but dropped to #2 behind the soundtrack of the movie Mamma Mia!

On September 14, 2008, Breakout topped the Australia ARIA Album charts becoming her first number #1 album outside North America. She is also the youngest artist to top the Australian charts since Avril Lavigne. On November 17, 2008, the album was certified Platinum, selling over 70,000 copies.

In New Zealandmarker, the album debuted at number three on September 8, 2008 and peaked at number two. The album was certified Gold after five weeks Platinum, selling over 15,000 copies. The album spent twenty five weeks on the chart.

In Polandmarker, Breakout was certified Gold on February 11, 2009, selling over 10,000 copies.

In the UKmarker, the album has sold more than 300,000 copies as of July 18, 2009.

In Irelandmarker, Breakout was certified Platinum on January 20, 2009, selling over 15,000 copies.

In Spainmarker, the album was certified Gold on April 21, 2009, selling over 40,000 copies.

In Germanymarker, Breakout was certified Gold on 2009, selling 100,000 copies.

In Austriamarker, Breakout was certified Gold on 5 May, 2009, selling over 10,000 copies.

In Francemarker, the album has sold over 22,840 copies.

In Italymarker, the album was certified Silver on 2008, selling over 20,000 copies.

Charts

Chart (2008–2009)(Part 1) Peak

position
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 12
Belgiummarker Albums Chart 38
Brazilmarker ABPD Top 20 Albums 9
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Denmarkmarker Albums Chart 27
Finnish Albums Chart 28
Francemarker Albums Chart 30
German Albums Chart 16
Irish Albums Chart 11
Italian Albums Chart 6


Chart (2008–2009)(Part 2) Peak

position
Japan Oricon Weekly Album Chart 10
Mexicomarker Albums Chart 23
New Zealand Albums Chart 2
Norwegian Albums Chart 15
Poland Albums Chart 15
Spanish Albums Chart 7
Swiss Albums Chart 25
UK Albums Chart 10
U.S. Billboard 200 1
Platinum Edition
New Zealand Albums Chart 10


Personnel



Production



References

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