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"Put Your Hearts Up"
Single by Ariana Grande
ReleasedDecember 12, 2011 (2011-12-12)
FormatDigital download
LabelUniversal Republic Records
Writer(s)Ariana Grande, Linda Perry, Martin Johnson, Matt Squire
Producer(s)Matt Squire
Ariana Grande singles chronology

"Put Your Hearts Up" is the debut single by American singer Ariana Grande.[1] She released the single under Universal Republic Records on December 12, 2011. The song samples "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes.

Grande later revealed in 2013 that she had in fact hated the song and the music video and felt no desire to promote it at the time. She called it "the worst moment of my life" and "straight out of hell" in an interview in 2014.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Release and cover
  • 3 After release
  • 4 Music video
  • 5 Reception
    • 5.1 Critical reception
    • 5.2 Commercial performance
  • 6 Track listing
  • 7 Certifications
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


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.[2][3] By September 10 of that year, Grande already had twenty songs prepared and was going through the process of narrowing it down to thirteen.[4] "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.[5] The single was aimed at young audiences, perhaps intending to cater to Grande's core audience, which at that time was almost entirely made up by kids who knew her from Victorious. While it isn't clear if the decision to record and release "Put Your Hearts Up" was made by Universal Republic Records or by Grande herself, Grande later went on to imply that the youth of her fans was a factor in the creation of her first single. In an interview published the August 2013 issue of Seventeen Mag, Grande said, “In 2011, I released a song called ‘Put Your Hearts Up.’ It was bubblegum pop, which isn’t me but it was something I thought my fans wanted."[6] In another interview she said, "'Put Your Hearts Up' is the first single [of my album] 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."[7]

During the promotion of her second single "The Way" in 2013, Ariana Grande publicly spoke of her disappointment with "Put Your Hearts Up" several times. In a radio interview on KIIS-FM on March 25, 2013, she confessed that she had in fact "hated" both the music video for "Put Your Hearts Up" and the song itself, considering it to be "a terrible first impression."[8] 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."[9]

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.[10] 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 approved 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.[11] Although Grande originally released this song as the lead single from her album, "The Way" replaced it. "Put Your Hearts Up" as well as the majority of the original songs intended for the album were scrapped and did not end up making Yours Truly.

The song debuted on the US iTunes Charts at number 61. After about one day it fell to number 87 and subsequently dropped off the US iTunes chart. It has sold 120,000 downloads as of March 2013.[12]

After release

In March 2013, Grande released a new song titled "The Way" which replaced "Put Your Hearts Up" as the lead single for her debut album. That same month Grande did an interview where she stated that "Put Your Hearts Up" was a "terrible first impression" and that she in fact "hated" the song. She went on to say that "I didn't want to promote it because I didn't like it and I wasn't confident about it and I hated the video and I didn't like anything about it. So I sort of gave up on it and wanted to pretend that it didn't happen before it already happened."[13] In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2014, Grande talked about "Put Your Hearts Up" again by saying, "It 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."[14]

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, 2012, the official music video was uploaded on YouTube under ArianaGrandeVevo at a length of 3 minutes and 49 seconds.[15] When "The Way" music video was released, the music video for "Put Your Hearts Up" was made private on Grande's VEVO account by Grande's request, but now it is available to all.

Critical reception

The song received positive reviews. In a review for Hopeless Thunder, Nancy Hoang stated, "I predicted a pop album but her single, 'Put Your Hearts Up,' was so much more than just a pop single. It was a pop single with soul, heartbeat, substance. I rarely listen to pop songs, whenever I do, it’s in the car with my friends and I just block that out. 'Put Your Hearts Up' is a song I’d be happy to hear over the radio, anytime."[16] A review on Neon Limelight said, "Her first single, “Put Your Hearts Up,” pushes her in the right direction. It’s a saccharine-sweet, catchy ditty about changing the world one small, loving gesture at a time, and features Grande belting in Demi Lovato-meets-Kelly Clarkson-meets-Mariah Carey style on the 4 Non Blondes-sampling chorus."[17]

Commercial performance

It was reported on March 28, 2013 that "Put Your Hearts Up" had sold a total of 120,000 copies to date. It was outsold by "The Way" in just 48 hours.[18]

Track listing

Digital download[19]
  • "Put Your Hearts Up" - 3:30


  1. ^ "Put Your Hearts Up – Single by Ariana Grande". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Grande, Ariana. "Ariana Grande tweets picture of contract". Twitter. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Universal Republic Records Announces the Signing of Ariana Grande". Reuters. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ariana Grande Talks Music at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011". YouTube. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ariana Grande Debuts New Single, 'Put Your Hearts Up'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Mateo, Ashley (August 2013). "Ariana Grande". Seventeen Magazine (August 2013): 90–94. 
  7. ^ "Limelight Spotlight Q&A: Ariana Grande". Limelight. Retrieved 13 January 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ Grande, Ariana. "Ariana Grande interview on KIIS-FM". Youtube. 
  9. ^ Grande, Ariana. "Ariana Grande on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning". Youtube. 
  10. ^ "First Look:"Put Your Hearts Up" Cover Art". 
  11. ^ "Put Your Hearts Up". 
  12. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (28 March 2013). "Ariana Grande Talks Breakout Hit 'The Way': Watch New Music Video". Billboard. 
  13. ^ "Ariana Grande radio interview 102.7 live with jojo 3/25/13". Youtube. 
  14. ^ Grande, Ariana. "How Ariana Grande and Max Martin Made 'Problem' the Song of the Summer". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Hoang, Nancy. "Interview: Ariana Grande: "Put Your Hearts Up"". Hopeless Thunder. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Limelight Spotlight Q&A: Ariana Grande". Neon Limelight. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Lipshutz, Jason. "Ariana Grande Talks Breakout Hit 'The Way'". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Ariana Grande – Put Your Hearts Up". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 18, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links

  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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