Put Your Hearts Up

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"Put Your Hearts Up"
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Single by Ariana Grande
ReleasedDecember 12, 2011 (2011-12-12)
Format Digital download
Recorded2011
Genre
Length3:30 [1]
Label Universal Republic Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Matt Squire
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Put Your Hearts Up"
(2011)
"Popular Song"
(2013)

"Put Your Hearts Up" is the debut single by American singer Ariana Grande. [2] She released the single under Republic Records (at the time, Universal Republic Records) on December 12, 2011. The song samples "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. After starring in the 2008 Broadway musical 13, she rose to prominence for her portrayal of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010-13), and its spinoff Sam & Cat (2014-15). Grande made her first musical appearance on the soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.

Republic Records record label, division of Universal Music Group

Republic Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group (UMG). It was founded by Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman as an independent label in 1995, and was acquired by UMG in 2000. Republic was initially an imprint of the Universal/Motown Records Group, and was renamed Universal Republic Records after a reorganization in 2006 before reverting to its original name in 2012.

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Three years after its release, Grande expressed dissatisfaction with "Put Your Hearts Up", stating that she in fact hated the song and its accompanying music video. She later called it "the worst moment of my life" and "straight out of hell" in a 2014 Rolling Stone interview. [3]

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content.

Background

Grande began working on her debut album while she was filming Victorious and formally started to work on it with a record label after she was signed to Universal Republic Records on August 10, 2011. [4] [5] By September 10 of that year, Grande already had twenty songs prepared and was going through the process of narrowing it down to thirteen. [6] "Put Your Hearts Up" was written by Matt Squire, Linda Perry, and Martin Johnson. It was released the first single on December 12, 2011. It's a "50s, 60s doo-wop-inspired" bubblegum pop song which talks about making the world a better place. [7]

Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 to February 2, 2013. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her older sister Trina's place in a showcase while getting into screwball situations on a daily basis. On her first day at Hollywood Arts, she meets Andre Harris, Robbie Shapiro, Rex Powers, Jade West, Cat Valentine, and Beck Oliver. The series premiered after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. The series won for Favorite TV Show award at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards and 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, beating out iCarly. Victorious earned four Emmy nominations.

Doo-wop style of rhythm & blues

Doo-wop is a genre of rhythm and blues music developed in the 1940s by African American youth, mainly in the large cities of the upper east coast including New York. It features vocal group harmony that carries an engaging melodic line to a simple beat with little or no instrumentation. Lyrics are simple, usually about love, ornamented with nonsense syllables, and often featuring, in the bridge, a melodramatically heartfelt recitative addressed to the beloved. Gaining popularity in the 1950s, doo-wop enjoyed its peak successes in the early 1960s, but continued to influence performers in other genres.

Bubblegum pop is a genre of pop music with an upbeat sound contrived and marketed to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers, which may be produced in an assembly-line process, driven by producers and often using unknown singers. Bubblegum's classic period ran from 1967 to 1972. A second wave of bubblegum began two years later and ran until 1977 when disco took over.

Release and cover

Grande decided to let her fans be a part of choosing the single's artwork by showing four possible covers for the single via her account on Twitter. [8] After the fans voted, the cover was chosen and the release date for the single was announced via Ariana Grande's Twitter account on November 29, 2011. "Put Your Hearts Up" was originally going to be released on December 20, 2011, but was later decided to be released earlier. "Put Your Hearts Up" premiered on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on December 9, 2011 and became available for digital download through iTunes three days later. [9]

Twitter micro-blogging Internet service

Twitter is an American online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, this limit was doubled for all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface, through Short Message Service (SMS) or its mobile-device application software ("app"). Twitter, Inc. is based in San Francisco, California, and has more than 25 offices around the world.

After release

In a 2012 interview she said, "'Put Your Hearts Up' is the first single because it has a great message and, in some people’s opinion, is the best option for a newcomer, most commercial, yeah. You know, it screams 'newbie coming to town'. It’s kind of my, like, not like 'Genie In A Bottle', but it's my first single that is somewhat different and somewhat going with the flow for now." [10]

Genie in a Bottle single by singer Christina Aguilera

"Genie in a Bottle" is a song recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera from her self-titled debut album released in 1999. It was written by Pam Sheyne, Steve Kipner and David Frank, and produced by Kipner and Frank. The song was released on June 22, 1999, by RCA Records as the album's lead single. "Genie in a Bottle" uses sexual references to talk about the theme of self-respect.

In an interview on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning she said, "It was a learning experience for sure. Sonically it's just not my vibe. I think it would've been a great hit song for somebody else maybe, but it's just not what I like to sing. It's a bubblegum pop record for sure, and I like to sing stuff that's a little more soulful. I love pop music, I'm a huge pop music fan, but I just didn't think that that record was right for me." [11] In an interview published in the August 2013 issue of Seventeen , Grande said, "It was bubblegum pop, which isn't me, but it was something I thought my fans wanted." [12]

<i>Seventeen</i> (American magazine) American magazine for teenagers

Seventeen is an American teen magazine. The magazine's reader-base is 13-to-19-year-old females. It began as a publication geared toward inspiring teen girls to become model workers and citizens. Soon after its debut, Seventeen took a more fashion- and romance-oriented approach in presenting its material while promoting self-confidence in young women. It was first published in September 1944 by Walter Annenberg's Triangle Publications.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2014, Grande said that "Put Your Hearts Up" "was geared toward kids and felt so inauthentic and fake. That was the worst moment of my life. For the video, they gave me a bad spray tan and put me in a princess dress and had me frolic around the street. The whole thing was straight out of hell. I still have nightmares about it, and I made them hide it on my Vevo page." [3]

Music video

The music video for "Put Your Hearts Up" was shot on November 23, 2011. It was directed by Meiert Avis and Jeremy Alter. On February 14, 2013, the official music video was uploaded on YouTube under ArianaGrandeVevo at a length of 3 minutes and 49 seconds. [13] The video has gained more than 40 million views as of May 2014. [14] Prior to this, the video had been uploaded by other channels.

Later in March 2013, when "The Way" music video was released, the music video for "Put Your Hearts Up" was made private on Grande's Vevo account at Grande's request. [3] The video was then made public again in April 2014 and was deleted shortly after. [15]

Commercial performance

"Put Your Hearts Up" failed to enter the record charts of any country and had sold 120,000 downloads by March 2013. [16] On July 20, 2014 it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for combined sales and streams of 500,000 units in the US. [17]

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA) [17] Gold500,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

Double-dagger-14-plain.pngsales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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