Mistake (song)

"Mistake" is a pop rock song by Stephanie McIntosh, which was released as the first single from her debut album Tightrope on July 29, 2006.

"Mistake" was written by Tom Nichols (Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue) and Rami and Arnthor (Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC) and produced by the team at Maratone (Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears) and Mixed by Niklas Flycht (Britney Spears). The original title for "Mistake" was "Another Mistake".

"Mistake" was released as the debut single from Tightrope in the UK and Ireland, where it was released on June 25, 2007 with McIntosh promoting the album there in June 2007. In its first week on the chart, "Mistake" entered the UK Singles Chart at #168, on downloads alone. Then after its physical release, it jumped 121 places to #47. In Ireland, the song debuted at #54 upon its physical release. It is her strongest single in and outside of Australia to date, although it didn't reach the top 40 anywhere outside Australia.

"Mistake" is featured on the Australian version of the Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack. "Mistake" was also briefly used in two scenes in the Australian comedy show Summer Heights High.

Music video

The music video features Ryan Carnes, who acts on Desperate Housewives, a show of which McIntosh is a fan. It premiered on Video Hits on the morning of July 1, 2006, and is available to view on her official website. Stephanie has said that the video clip took 18 hours of shooting.

The opening scene starts with McIntosh dumping her boyfriend and walking up to a house singing. Once she approaches the door she knocks and a man (Ryan Carnes) opens the door to let her in. After that McIntosh begins to get ready for her catering job and all the people arrive. McIntosh serves drinks as she sings but trips over. No one helps her up and everyone laughs except the man. She runs off to the bathroom and is almost in tears. She sings into the mirror and take off her white shirt revealing a green blondie T-shirt. The man walks in on her and they look at each other.

Then they're walking in the main party area with the man leading her to an unknown place. It is soon discovered that it's a stage and McIntosh walks up and starts to sing. Everyone's cheering her on and she really gets into it. The ex-boyfriend comes in and she pours a drink all over him. Everyone laughs at him and the scene ends with McIntosh smiling and biting her lip.

Track listing

  • Australian CD single
  • "Mistake" — 3:21
  • "Mistake" (Jewels & Stone remix) — 6:06
  • "Mistake" (Black Fras remix) — 4:23
  • UK CD single
  • "Mistake" — 3:21
  • "Mistake" (Jewels & Stone remix) — 6:06

A free signed poster was included as a special bonus with all copies of the Australian edition of "Mistake".

Universal sent out "Mistake" radio promos, one normal promo and a 'Jewels and Stone Radio Edit' promo. They were both printed as picture discs but the remix promo was printed in black and white with red and purple text.

Chart performance

"Mistake" debuted at #3 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart on Saturday, August 5, 2006. It was the highest-placed debut of the week, and the highest-placed Australian artist of the week. The week before, it had debuted at #36 on the Digital Charts, dropped out, re-entered at #13 and later moved up to its peak position, #2. On Saturday August 12, 2006, "Mistake" made it to #1 on iTunes but was later knocked off by "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake, and also peaked at #1 on the Australasian Singles Chart. "Mistake" was accredited Gold by ARIA on August 28, 2006, and was the 22nd best-selling single of 2006 in Australia. It spent a total of 17 weeks on the ARIA Singles Chart, and has sold around 60,000 copies.

"Mistake" entered the UK Singles Chart on June 24, 2007 at #168 on downloads alone, and after its physical release, it peaked at #47 on July 1, 2007, and could not climb any higher due to lack of promotion of the single. In Ireland, it peaked at #54 upon its physical release.

Charts and certification

Chart (2006) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 3
Chart (2007) Peak
UK Singles Chart 47
Irish Singles Chart 54

Official versions

  • Album version - 3:21
  • Demo ("Another Mistake") 3:11 (Withdrawn from single)
  • Black Fras Remix - 4:23
  • Black Fras Extended Remix - 7:02 (Promotional release)
  • Black Fras Dub - 5:01 (Promotional release)
  • Jewels and Stone Remix - 6:06
  • Jewels and Stone Radio Edit - 3:54
  • Jewels and Stone Dub - 4:44 (Promotional release)
  • Extended Club Mix - 9:44 (Promotional release)
  • Soul Seekerz Club Mix - 8:43
  • Soul Seekerz Dub - 9:21
  • The Wideboys Remix - 6:48
  • The Wideboys Radio Mix - 3:42
  • Digital Dog Mix - 8:00
  • Moto Blanco Remix - 9:42
  • Steve Mac Dub - 10:42
  • Almighty Remix - 8:08
  • Almighty Radio Edit - 4:46
  • Blow Up Mix - 7:06

Release details

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Australia 2006-07-29 Universal Records CD 1703887
United Kingdom 2007-06-25 UMTV CD 1739005


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