Brokenhearted (Brandy song)

"Brokenhearted" is a R&B ballad performed by American recording artist Brandy. It was written and produced by Keith Crouch and Kipper Jones for the singer's self-titled debut studio album, Brandy and its chorus contains an interpolation of "Cry To Me" as performed by Loleatta Holloway. A remix version of the song, produced by duo Soulshock & Karlin, including vocals by Boyz II Men lead singer Wanya Morris, was released as the album's fourth and final single in August 1995 (see 1995 in music).

"Brokenhearted"
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Single by Brandy featuring Wanya Morris
from the album Brandy
ReleasedAugust 22, 1995 (1995-08-22)
(North America)
Recorded1993[1] (album version)
1995 (Soulpower Mix) w/ Wanya Morris
Genre
Length5:52 (album version)
4:47 (Soulpower Mix)
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Keith Crouch, Kipper Jones
Producer(s)Keith Crouch (album)
Soulshock & Karlin (single)
Brandy singles chronology
"Best Friend"
(1995)
"Brokenhearted"
(1995)
"Sittin' Up in My Room"
(1995)

In the United States, the song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Brandy's third domestic top ten hit. The single was certified Gold on November 10, 1995.

RecordingEdit

The album version of "Brokenhearted" was recorded in a single take during 1993, Brandy remembered during the release of The Best of Brandy in 2005: "There's a funny story behind the recording of that song! I really wanted to go to Six Flags but the producers kept saying, ‘only after you finish recording!' I sang my heart out...I wanted to go to Six Flags so bad! You can hear the passion in my voice!"[2][3]

The idea for a duet version of the album originally came up while Brandy was on a two-month stint as the opening act on Boyz II Men's national tour in early 1995. Both artists were on the airplane on the way to another city, when Morris got his hands on a copy of Brandy's debut album: "I was listening to her album on the plane and I was like, 'Yo, we should do a duet of 'Brokenhearted'," Wanya told MTV News the following year.[4]

Music videoEdit

The music video for the single was directed by Hype Williams and filmed inside the Oheka Castle in Spring Hills, New York.[4][failed verification] Williams picked the castle because the owner was willing to let them ruin the floors and the walls with water and paint to out the video treatment into practice. "It's basically a dream, because of course this is not reality," Brandy told MTV during the shooting. "I can't afford a mansion right now, so it's like I fall asleep and I dream about doing a duet with Wanya and I'm in this big mansion wearing these grown clothes, big beautiful Whitney Houston-type clothes." Since the water was on the floor, the crew had to wear boots during filming.[4]

Track listingsEdit

Cassette single[5]
No.TitleLength
1."Brokenhearted" (Soulpower Mix)4:49
2."Brokenhearted" (LP Version)5:52
CD single[6]
No.TitleLength
1."Brokenhearted" (Soulpower Mix)4:49
2."Brokenhearted" (Soulpower Groove Mix)4:47
3."Brokenhearted" (Acoustic Mix)5:18
4."Brokenhearted" (LP Version)5:52

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Brandy.[7]

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Golden, Anna Louise (2014-06-10). Brandy. ISBN 9781466873629.
  2. ^ "Brandy's Biography". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2008-04-21.
  3. ^ "Soulshock Talks Producing Hits With His Partner Karlin For 2Pac, Whitney Houston & Monica (Exclusive)". youknowigotsoul.com. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Shaggy The 'Humna Kid,' Brandy And Wanya, Mariah's 'Fantasy': This Week in 1995". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  5. ^ "Brokenhearted – Cassette Single". Discogs. 2012-08-21. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Brokenhearted – CD Single". Discogs. 2012-08-21. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Brandy (Media notes). Brandy. Atlantic Records. 1994.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – Brandy – Brokenhearted". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  9. ^ "Brandy Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  10. ^ "Brandy Chart History (Dance Singles Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Brandy Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  12. ^ "Brandy Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  14. ^ "1995 Year End Chart: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-01-27.

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