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“you broke me first” is the 2020 single from 17-year-old Canadian singer Tate McRae. Released in April, the song first gained success through TikTok, where millions of users featured the track in their videos. The track was written by songwriter Blake Harnage, Tate McRae and Victoria Zaro, with Harnage credited for production.

The pop song became popular all around the world, becoming a favourite outside of TikTok. Speaking to Anne Rose from magazine NME, McRae spoke about the song’s meaning:

“This song is about someone in a relationship who couldn’t care less for the other person and then 6 months later decides to crawl back. It’s the feeling of knowing how much they meant to you, but this time not letting them back in.”

The music video for “you broke me first” was released via McRae’s YouTube channel on the 17th April 2020, and was directed by McRae herself. The video shows McRae singing the track on a rooftop while the lyrics are shown in the ever-changing stormy sky. In the description of the video, McRae states:

“GUYS IT’S HERE. you broke me first. hahaha. fun fact this was filmed on my phone, in quarantine, taped to the front of my mom’s car, on a random rooftop. crazy hey? i really really hope u guys like this song. it means a lot to me and is prolly one of my favorite songs i’ve written. i hope u guys can connect to it like i do. love u all soooo much. stay safe and healthy. xoxoxo tate”

As of late January 2020, the video has 64.4 million views with 1.6 million likes.

Release Date: 17th April 2020

Songwriter/s: Blake Harnage, Tate McRae & Victoria Zaro

Producer: Blake Harnage

Label: RCA

Music Video Release Date: 17th April 2020

Music Video Director: Tate McRae

Chart Rankings & Certifications: After its release, “you broke me first” charted at:

– #7 in Australia
– #15 in Austria
– #4 & #5 on various charts in Belgium
– #4, #8, #20 & #27 on various charts in Canada
– #14 & #63 in the Czech Republic
– #14 in Denmark
– #8 on the Euro Billboard Digital Songs chart
– #62 in France
– #19 in Germany
– #11 in Greece
– #16 on the Billboard Global 200
– #11 & #35 in Hungary
– #3 in Ireland
– #2 in Latvia
– #12 in Lithuania
– #4 in Malaysia
– #4 & #10 in the Netherlands
– #12 in New Zealand
– #4 in Norway
– #45 in Poland
– #23 in Portugal
– #79 in Romania
– #3 in Scotland
– #6 in Singapore
– #18 & #34 in Slovakia
– #34 in Slovenia
– #7 in Sweden
– #13 in Switzerland
– #3 in the UK
– #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100
– #27 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40
– #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart
– #12 on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40
– #25 on the US Rolling Stone Top 100

“you broke me first” is certified in many countries:

– Gold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Poland and the UK
– Platinum in Canada, New Zealand & the US
– 2x Platinum in Australia

The lyrics to “you broke me first” can be read here: LINK

Find Tate McRae on Apple Music: LINK

Find Tate McRae on Spotify: LINK

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