20th Anniversary of Mariah Carey’s ‘Heartbreaker’

On this day in 1999, Mariah Carey released the lead single from her ‘Rainbow’ album, ‘Heartbreaker’, featuring Jay-Z.


‘Heartbreaker’ was originally written with the soundtrack of Mariah’s film project in mind, which later became ‘Glitter’, however when production of the film was delayed, she decided to record a new studio album instead, and release ‘Heartbreaker’ as the lead single.


This capped off an amazing decade for Mariah, as ‘Heartbreaker’ solidified her record as the only artist in history to have a #1 hit for every single year in a decade on Billboard’s Hot 100. She also had a #1 in the year 2000, continuing her streak for 11 consecutive years, which is unmatched.

It was Mariah’s 14th #1 in the US, her 10th #1 in Canada, and her 7th #1 in New Zealand. It was Jay-Z’s first #1 single.


The song’s music video remains one of Mariah’s most memorable and iconic, and was responsible for launching a fashion craze of jeans cut off at the waist. Mariah showed her comedic side throughout the video, with a choreographed fight in the movie theatre bathrooms between her and her alter-ego Bianca, played by herself, and humorous moments with cheating boyfriend, played by Jerry O’Connell.


A music video was also filmed for the remix featuring Missy Elliott and Da Brat. It includes cameos from DJ Clue, who produced the remix, and Snoop Dogg, whose song ‘Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)’ is sampled in the track.


Notable Chart Positions:

  • Australia: #10
  • Canada: #1
  • France: #4
  • Germany: #9
  • Italy: #11
  • New Zealand: #1
  • Spain: #2
  • Switzerland: #7
  • UK: #5
  • US: #1

Music Video:


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