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"Broken Strings" is the third single by James Morrison from his second studio album Songs for You, Truths for Me. It was released on 8 December 2008. The song is a duet with Canadian pop/R&B singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado. The single became Morrison's most successful single to date, peaking in the top ten on many European charts, in the top three in the UK and Ireland and topped the charts in Germany and Switzerland.


The song received positive reviews from the critics. According to Michael Menachem from Billboard,

Girls Aloud performed a cover of the song at their Out of Control Tour in 2009.

Chart performance

"Broken Strings" was released as the second single off Songs for You, Truths for Me. The track was released on the 15th of December 2008. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number seventy-three and slowly rose for four weeks before, following a performance of the song with Girls Aloud on The Girls Aloud Party, broke into the top ten at number six, giving Morrison his fourth top ten hit. The following week the song rose to a new high, rising to number four on the 2008 Christmas chart. This makes Broken Strings Morrison's most successful single by peak position to date in the UK as, on January 11 2009 it climbed to number two. In the week ending January 30, it reached #1 in Germany marking his first #1 in the country and Nelly Furtado's second. On the issue date 21 February 2009 the song reached at number 1 on the European Hot 100 becoming his first number one single on that chart and Furtado's fourth. In Canada it debuted at #95 on the Canadian Hot 100 and risen to number #41.

Music video

A music video in support of James Morrison's "Broken Strings" has made its world premiere on 17 November. The video features the English musician performing the new track with Nelly Furtado also appearing in the video. Micah Meisner directed the video. Parts of the video are inspired by the film "Paris, Texas", while the reversed explosion is inspired by the film "Insignificance". Nelly and James filmed their parts on different days.On the video, James is in a hotel room and Nelly is behind the glass of the room, James starts to sing the song and when Nelly starts to sing her part, behind the glass, things begin to break, such as the guitar, the television and more.When the video is ending, everything that is broken goes back to normal and Nelly disappears.

Formats and track listings

CD single
  1. "Broken Strings" (featuring Nelly Furtado)
  2. "Say It All Over Again"

Maxi-CD single
  1. "Broken Strings" (featuring Nelly Furtado)
  2. "Say It All Over Again"
  3. "Broken Strings" (Live At Air Studios)
  4. "You Make It Real" (Live At Air Studios)
  5. "Broken Strings" (Video)

Promo CD single
  1. "Broken Strings" (Remix) (featuring Nelly Furtado)
  2. "Broken Strings" (featuring Nelly Furtado)


Chart (2008/2009) Peak Position
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Belgium Singles Chart 12
Belgium Singles Chart 1
Bulgarian Singles Chartmarker 39
Canadian Hot 100 41
Danish Singles Chart 4
Dutch Top 40 5
European Hot 100 1
French Singles Chart 6
German Airplay Chart 1
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italian Singles Chart 2
Japanese Singles Chart 19
New Zealand Singles Chart 10
Norwegian Singles Chart 14
Portuguese Singles Chart 2
Spanish Singles Chart 11
Swedish Singles Chart 5
Swiss Airplay Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 2
World Singles Top 40 15


  1. Broken Strings CD single
  2. Broken Strings Promo CD single

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