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. 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.
The album is Lauper's last album to date for Epic Records, her label after the 1980s.
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. She additionally wrote and produced four of the album's tracks with Washington DC DJ Richard Morel. Art direction on the album was credited to Cyndi Lauper, Sheri Lee & Meghan Foley, with photography by Stefanie Schneider.
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.
"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.
|1.||"High and Mighty"||Cyndi Lauper, Jesse Houk||Lauper, Scumfrog||4:43|
|2.||"Into the Nightlife"||Lauper, Peer Åström, Johan Bobäck, Max Martin||Lauper, Åström, Bobäck||4:00|
|3.||"Rocking Chair"||Lauper, Felix Buxton, Simon Ratcliffe||Lauper, Basement Jaxx||3:39|
|4.||"Echo"||Lauper, Åström, Bobäck, William Wittman||Lauper, Åström, Bobäck||3:55|
|5.||"Lyfe"||Lauper, Roger Fife, Melissa Greene, Sammy Merendino||Lauper, DJ Emz||3:38|
|6.||"Same Ol' Story"||Lauper, Richard Morel||Lauper, Morel||5:54|
|7.||"Raging Storm"||Lauper, Morel||Lauper, Morel||5:23|
|8.||"Lay Me Down"||Lauper, Andreas Kleerup||Lauper, Kleerup||3:28|
|9.||"Give It Up"||Lauper, Steve Cornish, Nicholas Mace||Lauper, Digital Dog||3:23|
|10.||"Set Your Heart"||Lauper, Morel, Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead||Lauper, Morel||3:42|
|11.||"Grab a Hold"||Lauper, Dan Kurtz, Martina Sorbara||Lauper, Dragonette||3:27|
|12.||"Rain on Me"||Lauper, Chau Phan, Axel Hedfors, Alexander Kronlund||Lauper, Axwell||4:24|
|Japanese edition/Special edition bonus tracks|
|13.||"Got Candy"||Lauper, Morel||Lauper, Morel||3:53|
|14.||"Can't Breathe"||Lauper, Phan, Kronlund||Lauper, Wittman||3:58|
- "Set Your Heart" contains an interpolation of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Where Are All My Friends", written by Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden, and John Whitehead.
- "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.
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.
|1.||"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/Set Your Heart"|
|2.||"Into the Nightlife (Freedombunch Remix)"|
|3.||"Same Ol' Story (Pink Noise Remix)"|
|4.||"Time After Time (Freedombunch Remix)"|
|5.||"Set Your Heart (Freedombunch Remix)"|
|6.||"High and Mighty (Tom Novy Remix)"|
|7.||"Into the Nightlife (Johnny Pinkfinger vs Mihell Remix)"|
|8.||"Same Ol' Story (Extended Mix)"|
|9.||"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun [X Set Your Heart Mashup]"|
|10.||"True Colors [Ukawanimation! Remix]"|
|11.||"DVD : Girls Just Wanna Set Your Heart"|
|12.||"DVD : Set Your Heart (Freedombunch Remix)"|
|13.||"DVD : Set Your Heart (Freedombunch Remix - Tomovie Version)"|
|14.||"DVD : Set Your Heart (Freedombunch Remix - Usagi TANAKA (SCORT+) Version)"|
|15.||"DVD : Director Interview"|
|2009||"Bring Ya to the Brink"||Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album||Nominated|
|Australian Albums Chart||87|
|Austrian Albums Chart||48|
|French Albums Chart||129|
|Japanese Albums Chart||11|
|U.S. Billboard 200||41|
|Japan||May 14, 2008||Sony Music Japan||CD with bonus tracks||EICP 968|
|May 27, 2008||Epic Records||CD||706592|
|Finland||May 28, 2008||–||–||–|
|South Korea||June 3, 2008||Sony BMG Music Entertainment Korea||CD||SB10444C|
|Australia||June 7, 2008||Epic||CD||88697065922|
|Indonesia||August 15, 2008||Sony BMG||CD||–|