Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored

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"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
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Single by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2019 (2019-02-08)
Format
Genre
Length3:10
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Max Martin
  • Ilya
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"7 Rings"
(2019)
"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
(2019)
"Rule the World"
(2019)
Music video
"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored" on YouTube

"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019). The song was written by Grande, Savan Kotecha, Kandi Burruss, Kevin Briggs alongside its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh, with Grande serving as a vocal producer. It contains an interpolation of the song "It Makes Me Ill" by American boy band NSYNC.[3] The track was released by Republic Records as the third and final single from the album on February 8, 2019, the same day the album was released. Its music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, accompanied its release the same day. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" reached number one in Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom.

Background and release[edit]

"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" was announced as part of the Thank U, Next track listing on January 22, 2019.[4] The track replaces "Remember", a song previously planned to be on the album, but Grande felt that it was too personal for her to release.[5] A snippet of the song was uploaded via Instagram on January 23, 2019.[6] On February 5, three days before the album's release, Grande announced that the song would serve as the album's third single.[7]

Composition[edit]

The song is in the key of C minor, has a tempo of 170 bpm, and is in 4/4 time. The verse and chorus uses a 2 chord vamp with two measures each of C minor and F minor, while the pre-chorus uses the progression Eb-%-Dm-G7.

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with 85,000 combined sales, dethroning Grande's other single "7 Rings" and becoming her overall fifth number-one single on the chart. Grande made history by becoming the first female artist to replace herself at number one on the chart. With both this single and "7 Rings" in the top 2, Grande also became the second female artist to occupy the top two spots on the chart since Madonna in August 1985. She also became the first female artist to achieve three chart-topping singles in under 100 days and fourth artist overall after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Justin Bieber.[8] The song fell to number two the following week, with "7 Rings" reclaiming the number one position, thus becoming the first artist in the chart's history to self-replace for two consecutive weeks.[9]

In Ireland, the song debuted at number one on the Irish Singles Chart, becoming Grande's fifth single to top the chart, tying her with Rihanna with the most number ones in the 2010s decade. She became the first person to replace themselves since Ed Sheeran in 2017, and also the second female artist since Britney Spears to achieve four number ones on the chart in less than a year.[10]

In the United States, "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's 13th top ten single on the chart. With this single at number two, "7 Rings" at number one and "Thank U, Next" at number three all simultaneously, Grande became the first artist to monopolize the top three on the chart since the Beatles in 1964, making herself the first solo artist and the first female artist to do so.[11] Additionally, on May 4, 2019, "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" became Grande's 3rd consecutive number one of 2019 on the US Dance Club Songs chart.

Music video[edit]

Background[edit]

The music video for the song accompanied its release the same day as the album, premiering on Grande's YouTube channel.[12] It was directed by Hannah Lux Davis and features Riverdale actor Charles Melton and model Ariel Yasmine.[13]

Synopsis[edit]

The video begins with Grande, wearing a blonde wig, arriving in a club. She sees Melton and his girlfriend, Yasmine, who looks similar to Grande herself, wearing her signature ponytail, arriving at the club and dancing together. The couple notice Grande staring at them and invite her to dance with them, which she proceeds to do so intimately. Later that night, the couple share drinks with her at the bar and invite her to their house party the following night, although Grande is envious of their romance.

The next night, Grande arrives at Melton and Yasmine's house party, wearing her normal hairstyle and a black outfit similar to Yasmine's, startling Melton. She follows the couple around the house, with both Melton and Yasmine staring at her separately without the other knowing, and watches as the couple kiss in front of her poolside and at the lounge. At one point, Grande stares at herself in the bathroom mirror, only for Yasmine to appear instead of her own reflection.

By the video's end, Melton and Yasmine are together at one side of the pool while Grande is alone at the other side watching them. She proceeds to lean towards Melton and seems to make a move on him, but suddenly turns towards Yasmine and they lean in to kiss (though the video cuts to black before they do).

Track listing[edit]

  • 7-inch vinyl – cassette[14]
  1. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (explicit) – 3:10
  2. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (edited) – 3:10

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[15] 80
Australia (ARIA)[16] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 27
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[19] 31
Brazil Streaming (ABPD)[20] 50
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[21] 2
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[22] 16
China Airplay/FL (Billboard)[23] 50
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[24] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[25] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[26] 3
France (SNEP)[27] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[28] 8
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[29] 1
Greece (IFPI)[30] 2
Hungary (Single Top 40)[31] 4
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[32] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[33] 1
Iceland (Tonlist)[34] 17
Italy (FIMI)[35] 35
Malaysia (RIM)[36] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[37] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[38] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[39] 4
Portugal (AFP)[40] 2
Romania (Airplay 100)[41] 99
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[42] 10
Singapore (RIAS)[43] 2
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[44] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[45] 21
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[46] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[47] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[48] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[49] 2
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[50] 38
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[51] 1
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[52] 11
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[53] 3
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[54] 10
US Spotify (Spotify Chart)[55] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[56] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[57] 2× Platinum 160,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[58] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] Gold 400,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various February 8, 2019 Republic [60]
United States February 12, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [61]
May 31, 2019 [14]

See also[edit]

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