"Potential Breakup Song" (also known as "Potential Break Up Song" in Europe) is a song written by American teen pop duo Aly & AJ, and is the first single from their second studio album, Insomniatic (see 2007 in music). It was a very successful single in the summer and early fall of 2007, topping many video countdowns, and becoming Aly & AJ's most successful single to date. The track also was the second-most successful single by a Hollywood Records artist on the Hot 100 (standing behind Jesse McCartney's "Beautiful Soul", which reached #15) until then.
Much of the melody is modeled after Del Shannon's "Runaway".
The single was released on October 1, 2007 in the United Kingdom digitally, to follow a physical CD single release on the 8th. The album followed two weeks later on the October 22. The song served as the group's second UK single when it was released in October, after their debut UK single, "Chemicals React", failed to chart in the UK in May 2007. Also, the bonus track for the United States Wal-Mart collector's edition "Careful With Words" serves as the b-side of the CD single in the United Kingdom.
The UK CD single has been pulled out of the stores for unknown reasons, resulting into the fact it's only available digitally.
UK Single CD
The music video, directed by Chris Applebaum, was shot on May 17 2007 and was premiered on TRL on June 18, 2007. It debuted at number ten on TRL on August 21 2007, and peaked at number 6 on August 29 2007. On July 18 2007, the video for the single reached number one on AOL Music's Top 10 Video Countdown.
The video shows Amanda Michalka and older sister Alyson Michalka singing "Potential Breakup Song" on a grey set dressed in black. At the end of the video, the black ink floating on the air stains a blank paper forming the group's new logo, as well as the sequence of letters XOXO. It also includes the web address to PotentialBreakup.com.
"Potential Breakup Song" is the 79th most seen video in Youtube history, with over 20 million views.
Time magazine named "Potential Breakup Song" one of The 10 Best Songs of 2007, ranking it at #9. Writer Josh Tyrangiel singled out the lyrics in the bridge: "This is the Potential Breakup Song/ Our album needs just one/ Oh baby please”, and praised the authenticity of its having been written by the teenage sisters who sing it.
|Canadian Hot 100||72|
|Canadian Hot Canadian Digital Singles||36|
|Dutch Mega Single Top 100||83|
|Euro 200 Singles Chart||70|
|Irish Singles Chart||16|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||18|
|UK Singles Chart||22|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||17|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||19|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs||17|
In June 2008, it was announced that this single would be Suzuki's final "joins" single.
|Release||Chart||Peak position||First week sales||Total sales||Chart run|
|November 28, 2007||Oricon Daily Singles Chart||16|
|November 28, 2007||Oricon Weekly Singles Chart||34||4,151||5,315||5 weeks|