Santa Tell Me

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"Santa Tell Me"
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Single by Ariana Grande
ReleasedNovember 24, 2014 (2014-11-24)
Format Digital download
Recorded2014
Genre
Length3:24
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Ilya
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Love Me Harder"
(2014)
"Santa Tell Me"
(2014)
"One Last Time"
(2015)
Music video
"Santa Tell Me" on YouTube

"Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande. It was written by Grande, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Savan Kotecha. The song was released worldwide on November 24, 2014, via iTunes, and was included on the Japanese exclusive reissue of Grande's EP Christmas Kisses . [1] Musically, "Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas song with R&B influences.

Christmas holiday originating in Christianity, usually celebrated on December 25 (in the Gregorian or Julian calendars)

Christmas is an annual festival, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious from 2010 to 2013, and in the spinoff Sam & Cat from 2013 to 2014. 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.

Ilya Salmanzadeh, known mononymously as ILYA, is a Swedish Persian songwriter, producer and singer. He rose to prominence after co-writing and producing Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Jennifer Lopez's "First Love".

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Commercially, "Santa Tell Me" reached the top 10 in Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Korea and Switzerland, as well as the top 20 in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. The song entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 65 and later peaked at number 42. The music video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and was released on Grande's official Vevo on December 12, 2014. [2] The song received its first performance at the 2014 A Very Grammy Christmas concert in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on November 18, 2014. [3]

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

Chris Marrs Piliero is an American actor, writer, producer, and director of short films and music videos.

Vevo is an American multinational video hosting service founded on December 8, 2009, as a joint venture among three major record companies: Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and EMI. In August 2016, Warner Music Group (WMG), the third-largest record company, agreed to license premium videos from its artists onto Vevo.

Background

Ariana released her first Christmas EP titled Christmas Kisses on December 17, 2013. [4] The extended play had a total of 4 songs, and included covers of classics, such as "Santa Baby" and Wham!'s "Last Christmas". It also contained two original songs: "Love Is Everything" and "Snow in California".

<i>Christmas Kisses</i> (EP) 2013 EP by Ariana Grande

Christmas Kisses is the first extended play (EP) and first Christmas EP by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on December 13, 2013 in most countries, and on December 17, 2013 in the United States, as a collection of two covers of classic Christmas songs, and two original songs. On December 3, 2014, the Japanese special edition was released for CD and two days later for digital download. It peaked at number twenty-five on the Oricon chart. The Japanese edition included a new track, "Santa Tell Me", which was released on November 24, 2014 as the fifth and final single from the EP. The EP went on to sell over 405,000 copies worldwide as of 2016.

Santa Baby Eartha Kitt song

"Santa Baby" is a 1953 Christmas song written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer, sung originally by Eartha Kitt. The song is a tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list addressed to Santa Claus by a woman who wants extravagant gifts such as sables, yachts, and decorations from Tiffany's.

Wham! English pop duo

Wham! were an English pop duo consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, formed in London in 1981.

"Santa Tell Me" was first mentioned by Ariana Grande on Tuesday, October 28 in a livestream through Twitcam. [5] [6] In the livestream, she said that she didn't want to do a Christmas song at first, but she changed her mind. Ariana also announced that a music video would accompany "Santa Tell Me", and that this song was her favorite Christmas song out of all of the ones she had recorded so far.

She officially announced the song and its title on her Twitter page on November 13, 2014, saying, "putting out a kewt Christmas song for u on nov 24th called Santa Tell Me! lil something for the holidays :) so excited #10DaysTilSantaTellMe." [7]

Promotion and release

Ariana used the hashtag #10DaysTilSantaTellMe on Twitter to initiate the 10-day countdown of the song's release. She also performed the song for the first time on November 18, 2014 at the 2014 A Very Grammy Christmas concert in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. [3] On November 18, Republic Records released the cover art of the song, which depicts a simple light pink background with "Santa Tell Me" written in the middle in golden script. [8] On November 21, Republic Records also released a 15-second snippet of "Santa Tell Me" through their Instagram page; the preview contained part of the chorus. [9] Ariana tweeted the last hashtag on November 23, #SantaTellMeTonight. She also posted the iTunes link of the song, which was then available for pre-order. [10]

Shrine Auditorium large event venue in Los Angeles, California

The Shrine Auditorium is a landmark large-event venue in Los Angeles, California. It is also the headquarters of the Al Malaikah Temple, a division of the Shriners. It was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975.

"Santa Tell Me" was released at midnight on November 24 on iTunes. [11] The audio was also uploaded to Grande's official YouTube channel, ArianaGrandeVevo on November 24. [12] Shortly after its release, the lyric video was uploaded to Vevo on November 26. It contains various photos of Ariana from her childhood during Christmas. [13]

Composition

"Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas song with influences of R&B. It is written in the key of G major. Grande's vocals span from B3 to A5. Lyrically, the song features Ariana asking Santa to tell her if her new beau "really cares", and if he will leave her like men in her past have.[ citation needed ]

Critical reception

"Santa Tell Me" received generally positive responses after it was released. Jessica Ginting of FDRMX gave it 4 stars out of 5, and described the song as "a warm, feel-good song", but also said that "its cheerful instrumental restricts it from going beyond the surface, which takes away from its emotional impact." [14] Brian Mansfield of USA Today described the song as "an attempt at a seasonal staple", but falling short of Mariah Carey's Christmas song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You", "coming across like a jingly cross-breed version of Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' and Amy Grant's 'Baby Baby'." [15]

Commercial performance

In the United States, "Santa Tell Me" officially debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart dated December 13, 2014 at number 65, and has since reached a peaked at number 42. [16] The song also peaked at number seven on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for the chart dated December 27, 2014. In Canada, "Santa Tell Me" debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 73 and in 2019 it has reached a peak of number 18. [17] As of 2015, the song sold over 120,000 copies in the United States.

In the United Kingdom, "Santa Tell Me" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 79 for the week dated December 6, 2014, and originally peaked at number 68 three weeks later. In 2015, it failed to re-enter the charts, however in 2016, the song reached number 90. In 2017, it was among many other songs such as "Driving Home for Christmas" and "Step into Christmas" reaching new peaks in the UK, re-entering the chart at number 60, and climbing an even higher position of number 29 the following week. It eventually reached its peak of number 13 on the issue dated 28 December 2018.

Music video

The official video was released on December 12, 2014. It was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero. [2] The video features Grande with her friends dancing, laughing and giving gifts around her house along with a two-minute outtake section at the end. [18] It surpassed 100 million views on November 26, 2016, making it Grande's fourteenth Vevo-certified music video after "Let Me Love You". [19]

Live performances

Ariana Grande first performed "Santa Tell Me" on November 18, 2014 at the A Very Grammy Christmas Special concert in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. [3] The concert aired on December 5, 2014 on CBS. [20] She also performed "Santa Tell Me" as part of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour 2014. [21] [22] On December 8, 2014, Grande performed the song while taping the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV special which aired on Christmas Day. [23]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) [64] Platinum90,000^
Italy (FIMI) [65] Gold15,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
New Zealand (RMNZ) [66] Gold7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI) [67] Gold400,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

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

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