Taio Cruz is the type of artist who writes his own songs and perhaps that’s why he’s also sought as an outside collaborator. Artists such as David Guetta and Sugababes have had songs written by Cruz and besides this, his very own Break Your Heart was originally written for Cheryl Cole of the Girls Aloud fame. Cole’s management rejected it for sounding too similar to will.i.am’s Heartbreaker, but that didn’t stop Cruz from taking what he described as a catchy song, with a good melody and a fun topic and making it his own.
Unlike will.i.am’s composition which reads more like an apology, Break Your Heart is a direct warning to the girl about to fall in love with the protagonist: “I’m not easy to please/I might tear you apart”. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Taio Cruz admits that the message is a slight exaggeration: “It’s not like I really went up to a girl and was like, “Listen to me baby…”, but also points to his recent single status as the main inspiration: “I broke up with my ex-girlfriend sort of the beginning of last year. So when I was going out, I just didn’t want to have a new girlfriend at that time.”
Famous rapper Ludacris adds a verse to Break Your Heart, though the initial album version did not feature him at all. Other big names such as Kesha, Kylie Minogue and Travie McCoy were featured on different songs from Cruz’s album, despite it being only his second full-length effort.
Break Your Heart spent 1 week at number one in Billboard Top 100, before being dethroned by Rihanna’s Rude Boy.