Broken_(Lifehouse_song)

Broken (Lifehouse song)

"Broken" is the third single from the band Lifehouse off their fourth studio album Who We Are. Lifehouse released a statement on their website about "Broken" being the next single, along with a remixed version of the song. The official radio mix of the song is available on iTunes.

Music video

The music video for "Broken" was released on the band's official site on September 16, 2008.

The video starts with lead singer Jason Wade in the drivers seat of a car, with the other members of the band, Rick, Bryce, and Ben, in the car with him. The traffic is at a stand still in a tunnel, as a swarm of people have abandoned their vehicles and are walking through. Wade and the band members get out of the car, and begin walking in the opposite direction of the crowd to the other side of the tunnel. Wade pushes through the people, who are in a rush to get to the entrance of the tunnel, while Wade is constantly focused on his destination to get to the end. When he reaches the tunnel's end, he sees the wreckage of a car crash with firefighters and paramedics cleaning up the mess. Wade then sees a girl observing what appears to be herself, dead inside one of the crashed car. As Wade looks into the other car, he sees himself, also seemingly dead.

Upon this, he frantically runs back into the tunnel towards his car. He sees himself in the car with the band members, however everyone seems to be frozen as he bangs on the windows. Suddenly he's inside the car again, and a police officer comes to the window to motion him to continue driving, since he is stopped in the middle of the tunnel for no apparent reason. The video then ends, giving the impression that Wade was having a premonition the whole time about a car crash he might cause.

Chart performance

On January 24, 2008, it reached #2 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (The equivalent of #102 on the Hot 100), and #74 on the Pop 100. This was due to high digital downloads on iTunes, as well as some unsolicited airplay. Following it's official release later that year, "Broken" has so far reached the top ten on the Adult Top 40, making it the band's third consecutive top ten hit there. The song has experienced some international success so far as well, reaching #21 on the New Zealand RIANZ chart, and #83 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 74
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 70
U.S. Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks 12
Canadian Hot 100 84
Hot Canadian Digital Singles 60
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 21
Russian Maximum Rock Chart 13

Usage in the media

The song appeared on the episode "Lay Your Hands on Me" of Grey's Anatomy, "In Birth and Death" of Criminal Minds and in "For Tonight You're Only Here to Know" of One Tree Hill.

"Broken" also appeared on the Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, during a montage of Thanksgiving celebrations in Port Charles and during the final goodbye of lovers Nikolas Cassadine and Emily Quartermaine.

References

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