Give Your Heart a Break
|"Give Your Heart a Break"|
|Single by Demi Lovato|
|from the album Unbroken|
"Yes I Am"
|Released||January 23, 2012|
|Demi Lovato singles chronology|
"Give Your Heart a Break" is a song by American recording artist Demi Lovato. The song was released on January 23, 2012, as the second and final single from her third studio album Unbroken (2011). The song was written and produced by Josh Alexander and Billy Steinberg. "Give Your Heart a Break" is a dance-pop ballad that comprises the use of instruments like drums, violin and strings. The latter two, according to music critics, are reminiscent of those used in Coldplay's "Viva la Vida". Lyrically, the song chronicles the protagonist's attempt to win over her lover who has been hurt in a previous relationship and is fearful of committing again.
"Give Your Heart a Break" received critical acclaim from contemporary music critics, praising the production as well as Lovato's vocals. The single debuted at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has peaked at #16 on the chart, as well as reaching #1 on Billboard Pop Songs chart. The song has debuted at 22 in New Zealand and has so far peaked at #9, marking the first time Lovato had two top 10 singles from one album in the country.
- 1 Background
- 2 Composition
- 3 Reception
- 4 Music video
- 5 Live performances
- 6 Credits and personnel
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 Track listings
- 9 Charts and certifications
- 10 Release history
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Originally, it was announced the second single from the album "Who's That Boy" (featuring Dev), but later was scrapped due to Dev's pregnancy. "Give Your Heart a Break" was written and produced by Josh Alexander and Billy Steinberg, who are known for their work on The Veronicas' sophomore studio album, Hook Me Up, as well as JoJo's "Too Little Too Late". Alexander is credited with having a bigger hand in the song's production, handling all the instruments while programming, recording and engineering the song. Chris Garcia shared engineering credits with Alexander while Scott Roewe is credited with providing logic and pro tools technology. According to MTV, Lovato explained that despite the play on the word "heartbreak" in the title, the song is about the exact opposite. "Last year I began working on a song about a different kind of love," she said. "It's a song about showing someone you love that you're the one right in front of them. This is a song about faith." It was recorded and selected for inclusion in Lovato's third studio album, Unbroken, which was released on September 20, 2011. Hollywood Records serviced the song to mainstream radios on January 23, 2012 in the United States.
"Give Your Heart a Break" is an uptempo dance-pop ballad song, with a length of three minutes and twenty five seconds. The song incorporates teen pop and pop-rock styles, electro-pop beats, and rock music influences. The song uses the instruments such as the suspenseful strings that combines with a rhythmic drum. It also features a violin, which, according to Cristin Maher of PopCrush, sounds similar to that used in Coldplay's "Viva la Vida". Maher also notes the song as a mix between contemporary pop and old school pop from the 1980s and 1990s. According to the digital music sheet published at Musicnotes.com by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., "Give Your Heart a Break" is written in the key of G♭ major. It is set in common time and has a moderate tempo of 123 beats per minute. The song follows the chord progression of C♭2–G♭–A♭m7 (add 4)–D♭. Lovato's vocals span two octaves, from E♭3 to E♭5.
"Give Your Heart a Break" received general acclaim from music critics. Joe DeAndrea of AbsolutePunk praised "Mistake" and "Give Your Heart a Break" as ballads going "far and beyond anything in Lovato's prior arsenal. It sets a mark as to what should be expected from similar artists such as her, but in the process, distancing herself from being grouped with them becoming a solo entity." Jason Scott of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer noted that the song, along with "Mistake" and "Hold Up", feature "electrically forceful instrumentation". Jocelyn Vena of MTV complimented it as a smart dance song, along with "Hold Up". Cristin Maher of PopCrush praised the song as "captivating", while writing "'Give Your Heart a Break'’ is a mix between contemporary pop and old-school pop from the '80s and '90s." Maher also cites Billy Steinberg as an influence for the song's "harmonious hybrid sound", noting his collaborations with Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and The Bangles as the reason.
In another extensive review, Laurence Green from musicOMH praised the track, calling it an "exceptionally brilliant track," while commenting that she "becomes the true pop heroine; backed up by infinitely bigger, better choruses." Sam Lansky, a writer and editor from MTV's Buzzworthy Blog, lauded the recording for presenting Lovato's vocals as a masterpiece and praised the production as "superb".
The song peaked Billboard Hot 100 at number 16, making Lovato's fourth highest peaking song. Also, it has peaked at number 12 on the US Adult Top 40 chart, number 1 on the US Pop Songs chart and became the longest climb by a female artist to #1 in the Pop Songs chart history. It also reached number 16 on the US Adult Contemporary chart and at number 21 on the US Digital Songs chart. In Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders), the song peaked at number 32, her first appearance and highest position on the chart and spent nine weeks on the chart. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 33, her third song to chart on the top 40 and has so far peaked at number 9, marking the first time Lovato had two Top 10 singles from one album in the country. In April 2014, the song was certified three-times platinum by the RIAA; as of October 2014, it has sold 2.1 million digital copies.
The lyric video was released on December 23, 2011 on Lovato's YouTube account channel and later was released by VEVO on March 20, 2012. In the video, Lovato is sitting on the swing and writing the lyrics in a journal, right next to a waterfall and firepit, presumably writing her thoughts in the form of the song. At the end of the video, Lovato closes her journal and leaves it on the swing.
The music video was filmed in late February 2012 and released on April 2, 2012. The video was directed by Justin Francis. Lovato explained about the video, saying: "The new music video, I'm basically trying to convince a guy that I didn't break his heart, and we get into a fight and I try to win him over again" and "So I do something special for him at the end of the song", she said.
The video is based on Lovato trying to win her boyfriend again (portrayed by Alex Bechet) after a fight, showing him that she is the one meant to be with him. The music video starts with Lovato and her boyfriend having an argument over the phone. After hanging up, she starts singing the song and recollects memories of them together. She is then shown collecting pictures of her and her boyfriend, inter-cut with her walking down a road while singing the second verse, and pasting the photos collected by her on a wall. Each picture has a memory behind it, which is recounted by her. At the end of the video, Lovato's boyfriend looks out the window as he beholds a large collage of pictures, depicting a picture of them smiling. Lovato is shown walking back home, as she turns around and smiles, confident that her plan has worked.
On December 31, 2011, Lovato promoted the song at the MTV New Year's Eve's concert, which she co-hosted with Tyler Posey. Lovato performed the song at the People's Choice Awards on January 11, 2012, where she also received the "Best Pop Artist" award afterwards. On March 6, 2012, Lovato sang the single on Today. On March 15, 2012, Lovato performed the single from the top eleven results of American Idol season 11. The song was included on Lovato's set list for a free concert on July 6, 2012 as part of Good Morning America 's Summer Concert Series. Lovato performed the song at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on September 6, 2012. On September 25, 2012, Lovato performed the song on Katie Couric's talk show Katie. Lovato performed the song at the VH1 Divas 2012, with the theme dance party on December 16, 2012. Lovato performed the song with Fifth Harmony on the second season finale of The X Factor on December 19, 2012.
Credits and personnel
- Mixed at Cryptic Studios in Los Angeles, California
- Lead Vocals and background vocals: Demi Lovato, Jaden Michaels
- Songwriting and production: Josh Alexander, Billy Steinberg
- Recording and engineering: Josh Alexander, Chris Garcia
- Instruments and programming: Josh Alexander
- Logic Pro and pro tools technology: Scott Roewe
Awards and nominations
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||"Choice Summer Song"||"Give Your Heart a Break"||Nominated|
|"Choice Love Song"||Nominated|
|Fanta Irresistible Awards||"Most Irresistible Song As A Ringtone"||Won|
|Teen Icon Awards||"Iconic Song"||Won|
|Fuse Awards||"Music Video of the Year"||Nominated|
|2013||Special Awards (Hollywood Records)||"The Most Played Song in America"||Won|
|1.||"Give Your Heart a Break"||Josh Alexander, Billy Steinberg||Alexander, Steinberg||3:25|
|International Digital EP|
|1.||"Give Your Heart a Break"||Alexander, Steinberg||Alexander, Steinberg||3:25|
|2.||"Give Your Heart a Break" (The Alias Club Mix)||Alexander, Steinberg||5:58|
|3.||"Aftershock"||Amy Pearson, Shelly Peiken, Leah Haywood, Daniel James||Dreamlab||3:10|
|4.||"Yes I Am"||Dapo Torimiro, Priscilla Renea||Dapo||3:01|
|5.||"Give Your Heart a Break" (Instrumental)||Alexander, Steinberg||3:25|
Charts and certifications
Since May 2013 RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.
|United States||January 23, 2012||Hot/Modern/AC radio|
|January 24, 2012||Top 40/Mainstream radio|
|Europe||April 4, 2012||Digital EP|
|United Kingdom||May 14, 2012||Digital download|
|United States||December 11, 2012||DJ Mike D Digital Remix|
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