Bring Ya to the Brink is American singer Cyndi Lauper's ninth studio album and was released on May 27, 2008 in the United States, with a worldwide tour later that summer. The album is a dance-oriented collection featuring collaborations with Basement Jaxx, Richard Morel, Max Martin and Kleerup, amongst others. Regarded as Lauper's strongest set of original material in recent years, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has regarded the album track 'High and Mighty' as one of Lauper's key songs, and the album received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2009.[2] The song "Set Your Heart" was released as a promo-only single in Japan in early 2008 and "Same Ol' Story" was the first official single released worldwide on May 6, 2008. "Into the Nightlife" was released as the album's second official single.[2]

The album is Lauper's last album to date for Epic Records, her label after the 1980s.

Album information

Lauper visited England and Sweden throughout early 2007 where she wrote songs with dance artists like The Scumfrog, Basement Jaxx, Digital Dog, Dragonette, Kleerup and Axwell.[2] She additionally wrote and produced four of the album's tracks with Washington DC DJ Richard Morel.[2] Art direction on the album was credited to Cyndi Lauper, Sheri Lee & Meghan Foley, with photography by Stefanie Schneider.[2][2]

Tour and Promotion

To support the album, Lauper toured the world in 2008. She embarked on the Bring Ya to the Brink World Tour in support of the album in countries outside of the United States: The show ventured to Australia in the spring of 2008 and Japan, Europe and South America in the fall of 2008. In the United States she toured in the summer with the True Colors 2008 tour to support the album there.

The album listed at No. 7 on the Attitude Magazine's top ten albums of 2008[2] and additionally came in at No. 8 on Amazon's Best Pop albums of 2008.[4]

"Echo" was featured in the Gossip Girl episode "Bonfire of the Vanity", in which Lauper had a cameo at Blair Waldorf's eighteenth birthday party celebration. "High and Mighty" was in an episode of Ugly Betty.

Lauper performed "Into the Nightlife" live on The Graham Norton Show,[4] in series 4 episode 2, first broadcast on October 9, 2008.[4]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."High and Mighty"  Cyndi Lauper, Jesse HoukLauper, Scumfrog4:43
2."Into the Nightlife"  Lauper, Peer Åström, Johan Bobäck, Max MartinLauper, Åström, Bobäck4:00
3."Rocking Chair"  Lauper, Felix Buxton, Simon RatcliffeLauper, Basement Jaxx3:39
4."Echo"  Lauper, Åström, Bobäck, William WittmanLauper, Åström, Bobäck3:55
5."Lyfe"  Lauper, Roger Fife, Melissa Greene, Sammy MerendinoLauper, DJ Emz3:38
6."Same Ol' Story"  Lauper, Richard MorelLauper, Morel5:54
7."Raging Storm"  Lauper, MorelLauper, Morel5:23
8."Lay Me Down"  Lauper, Andreas KleerupLauper, Kleerup3:28
9."Give It Up"  Lauper, Steve Cornish, Nicholas MaceLauper, Digital Dog3:23
10."Set Your Heart"  Lauper, Morel, Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden, John WhiteheadLauper, Morel3:42
11."Grab a Hold"  Lauper, Dan Kurtz, Martina SorbaraLauper, Dragonette3:27
12."Rain on Me"  Lauper, Chau Phan, Axel Hedfors, Alexander KronlundLauper, Axwell4:24

Sample credits

Singles

  • "Set Your Heart" was released as a promo-only single in Japan, where it received considerable airplay. Peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 Singles.
  • The first single of the album was "Same Ol' Story", it was released worldwide on May 6, 2008. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and stayed on the chart for several weeks.
  • The second single of the album was "Into the Nightlife", it was released on August 8, 2008. The music video for the song was partly filmed at Splash Bar in New York City on May 20, 2008. Fans were invited to come be extras in the video. It was a huge club hit in the U.S. topping the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay.
  • Dance radio station Energy 92.7FM in San Francisco announced that "Echo" would be the third single, but no release eventuated. The song itself was promoted in June 2012 by WWE when Lauper returned to the company for a special appearance.

Floor Remixes

A remix album, Floor Remixes, was released February 18, 2009 as a limited edition CD/DVD set and a regular edition in Japan.

A single called "Girls Just Wanna Set Your Heart" was released in Japan on January 21, 2009. It is a mashup of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Set Your Heart", mixed by Richard Morel.

Accolades

YearNominee/WorkAwardResult
2009"Bring Ya to the Brink"Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance AlbumNominated

Chart performance

Chart (2008)Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart87
Austrian Albums Chart[34]48
French Albums Chart[35]129
Japanese Albums Chart[4]11
U.S. Billboard 200[37]41

Release history

RegionDateLabelFormatCatalog
JapanMay 14, 2008 (2008-05-14)Sony Music JapanCD with bonus tracksEICP 968[6]
United States
UK
May 27, 2008 (2008-05-27)Epic RecordsCD706592[6]
Paid download
ArgentinaSony BMGCD706592[6]
FinlandMay 28, 2008 (2008-05-28)
South KoreaJune 3, 2008 (2008-06-03)Sony BMG Music Entertainment KoreaCDSB10444C[6]
AustraliaJune 7, 2008 (2008-06-07)EpicCD88697065922[6]
Paid download
China2008 (2008)Sony BMGCD9787799428642
IndonesiaAugust 15, 2008 (2008-08-15)Sony BMGCD
Cassette