Heart Attack (Demi Lovato song)

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"Heart Attack"
Single by Demi Lovato
from the album Demi
Released February 24, 2013 (2013-02-24)
Format Digital download
Genre Electropop
Length 3:31
Label Hollywood
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • The Suspex
Demi Lovato singles chronology
  • "Heart Attack"
  • (2013)
Music video
"Heart Attack" on YouTube

"Heart Attack" is a song by American recording artist Demi Lovato. The song was released on February 24, 2013, as the first single from her fourth studio album, Demi (2013). The song was produced by Mitch Allan and Jason Evigan of "The Suspex", who co-wrote the song along with Lovato, Sean Douglas, Nikki Williams, and Aaron Phillips. "Heart Attack" is an electropop song that employs cardiac motifs to represent the fear of falling in love. The song received critical acclaim from music critics, who complimented the lyrical content and Lovato's vocal range.

The song peaked number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming Lovato's third top-ten hit in the country. It was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold two million copies in the United States. "Heart Attack" performed moderately on international record charts, although it attained certifications in countries including Canada, Denmark, and the United Kingdom.

An accompanying music video for "Heart Attack" was directed by Chris Applebaum, and was premiered through Vevo on April 9, 2013. Lovato has performed the track on several television programs, and has also included the song on the set list of her headlining Neon Lights Tour (2014).

Production and composition[edit]

A sample of "Heart Attack"

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"Heart Attack" was produced by Mitch Allan and Jason Evigan of "The Suspex", who co-wrote the song along with Lovato, Sean Doulas, Nikki Williams, and Aaron Phillips.[1] Nikki Williams said the song was written two years prior to its release. She explained: "At the time I was going through some relationship stuff, and I was just so depressed, so when I got into the session I thought, 'You know what? I'm gonna pour it all out there, and get it off my chest'".[2] The song was first intended for Williams, but her record label rejected it.[citation needed] Pia Toscano expressed interest in the song, but it was not conclusive. When Lovato heard the song, she recorded it before altering a few lyrics. The first version also contained a dubstep break, which was removed for Lovato.[3]

Williams described the song, said: "It's about me being really scared to fall in love again after being rejected, after feeling so fragile and vulnerable all the time — thinking, I don't know if I can do this ever again!"[2] Lovato told on MTV, about the song's lyrical address to "falling in love and taking that risk".[4] Billboard wrote that the song is an "electro-pop track" and that it "whirs into motion with the same intensity as "Give Your Heart a Break".[5] "Heart Attack" is an electropop song, with a length of three minutes and thirty seconds. The song is composed in the key of F minor and features a moderate tempo of 92 beats per minute. Lovato's vocal range spans from the low note of F3 to a high note of E♭6.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received general acclaim from contemporary music critics. Sam Lansky from Idolator described "Heart Attack" as "a monster electropop track with some impressive Kelly Clarkson-esque wailing, a little drum-and-bass-inspired instrumentation on the chorus and a catchy guitar loop."[7] Ray Rahman of Entertainment Weekly wrote: "the song is a big one, with pounding beats, earnest wailing, and some interesting lyrical choices."[8] Maggie Malach of AOL Music gave a positive review, stating "Demi's last album had a strong R&B influence, but this song indicates she is going for a dancier vibe!"[9] Billboard wrote that Lovato's sequel to "Give Your Heart a Break" continues in the vein of her cardiologically-themed singles and "demonstrates her maturing vocal range."[10] Robert Copsey from Digital Spy deemed the song a "rare case of textbook pop that leaves a lasting impression" and gave it four stars out of five.[11] Adam R. Holtz of Plugged In complimented the lyrical content of the song and its "infectious lilt of Lovato's proven pop vocal chops slathered over an up-to-the-minute EDM sonic foundation."[12]

Release and commercial performance[edit]

A trailer of "Heart Attack" was released on February 12, 2013. The song was originally set to premiere on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on March 4, 2013,[1] but instead premiered on February 24, 2013 and was released as a digital download on the following day.[13][14] The song made a debut on the Billboard Pop Songs chart at number 35. Thanks to an international awareness from a Twitter trending topic #UnlockHeartAttack. Billboard predicted the song would debut on the American singles chart, the Hot 100, on the following week on March 4, 2013, with an expected sales figure of 200,000 in first-week digital downloads, surpassing "Skyscraper" by Lovato in 2011.[15] Having sold over 215,000 digital units in the first week, "Heart Attack" debuted at number 12 on the Hot 100 on the week ending in March 8, 2013. Along with the lead single's Hot 100 position, it debuted at number four on the Digital Songs chart and number 70 on the Radio Songs chart, falling just under the top twenty on the newly implemented Streaming Songs chart.[16] On April 27, 2013, "Heart Attack" became Lovato's third top ten hit in the United States, reaching number 10.[17] In April 2013, "Heart Attack" was certified gold by the RIAA with sales brimming 500,000 in the space of only four weeks.[18] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, "Heart Attack" debuted at number 3 becoming Lovato's highest charting single to date. It was the highest entry from any Disney star in the UK at the time, beating fellow Disney stars Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, and Bridgit Mendler who all reached No.7.[19] However, it was beaten by Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop", which debuted at number one a few months later.[20]

Music video[edit]

The lyric video was released on March 1, 2013. On the video, a series of hashtags was used by her fans on Twitter, with the lyrics of the song. Trevor Kelly, executive director of global digital marketing Disney Music Group, said: "We knew that we wanted to involve Demi's fans in the lyric video, both in terms of how it was discovered and how it looked creatively.... That was challenging to execute because the volume of trends she had created over the past year, but we ended up with a clip that was very unique and compelling to watch".[15]

Regarding the video, Lovato described it as "fashion based" and thought it was "incredible to incorporate that with the music video".[21] A teaser of the video was released on April 6, 2013.[22] The music video was filmed on March 13, 2013,[23] in Los Angeles, California[24] and released on VEVO on April 9, 2013.[25] It was directed by Chris Applebaum.[26][27]

Live performances[edit]

Lovato first performed the song in Orlando, Florida on March 2, 2013,[28] as well as on several live shows including:

On December 31, 2013, Lovato performed it at ET Canada's New Year's Eve televised show.[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 MuchMusic Video Awards International Video of the Year - Artist "Heart Attack" Won
World Music Awards World's Best Song Nominated
World's Best Music Video Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Music Video Nominated
Vevo Certified Awards 100 Million Views Won
PopCrush Awards Favorite Music Video Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Single by a Female Artist Won
J-14 Teen Icon Awards Iconic Song Nominated
YouTube Music Video Awards Video of the Year Nominated

Track listings[edit]

CD single[30]
No. Title Length
1. "Heart Attack"   3:30
Total length:
3:30

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[81] February 25, 2013 Digital download, CD single Hollywood Records
India[82]
Canada[83]
Mexico[84]
New Zealand[85]
Brazil[86]
United States[13]
Hong Kong[87] February 26, 2013
Malaysia[88]
Singapore[89]
Italy[90] March 4, 2013 Universal Music Group
Austria[91] March 5, 2013
Hungary[92]
Netherlands[93]
Poland[94]
United States[95] March 5, 2013 Top 40/Mainstream radio Hollywood Records
France[96] March 25, 2013 Digital download Universal Music Group
Norway[97] April 1, 2013
Italy[98] April 19, 2013 Contemporary hit radio
United Kingdom[99] May 12, 2013 Digital download

See also[edit]

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