“Heartbreaker” is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, featuring guest vocals from rapper Jay-Z. It was released as the lead single from Mariah Carey’s seventh studio album, “Rainbow,” on August 23, 1999. The song was written by Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Shirley Elliston, Lincoln Chase, Narada Michael Walden and Jeffrey Cohen. Upon its release, “Heartbreaker” became a commercial success. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Mariah Carey’s 14th number-one single, tying her with Whitney Houston for the most chart-topping songs by a solo female artist at the time. The single achieved international success as well, reaching the top of the charts in various countries.
“Heartbreaker” is an upbeat R&B and hip-hop influenced track with a catchy and energetic vibe. It samples the hook from “Attack of the Name Game” by Stacy Lattisaw, giving the song a nostalgic and playful feel. The lyrics revolve around a woman asserting her independence and warning a persistent suitor that she won’t tolerate being mistreated. The collaboration between Mariah Carey and Jay-Z added a dynamic and contemporary edge to the song. Jay-Z’s rap verse provides a contrasting perspective and adds a fresh dynamic to the overall track.
The music video for “Heartbreaker” features Mariah Carey in a dual role, playing both a glamorous singer and her mischievous alter ego, Bianca. The video showcases Mariah’s acting skills and includes a storyline that complements the song’s themes of empowerment and self-assurance. The music video for “Heartbreaker” was filmed at the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles on July 30–August 1, 1999. I was directed by Brett Ratner,
“Heartbreaker” remains one of Mariah Carey’s signature hits and has become a fan favorite. Its infectious melody, catchy hooks, and the memorable collaboration with Jay-Z contributed to its popularity and enduring appeal. The song’s success further solidified Mariah Carey’s status as one of the leading voices in contemporary R&B and pop music.