Human (Christina Perri song)

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"Human"
Single by Christina Perri
from the album Head or Heart
Released November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop, pop rock, power pop
Length 4:10
Label Atlantic
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Martin Johnson
Christina Perri singles chronology
"Distance"
(2012)
"Human"
(2013)
"Burning Gold"
(2014)

"Human" is a song by American singer-songwriter Christina Perri. The song was written by Perri and Martin Johnson, who also produced the song. It was released on November 18, 2013, and is the lead single from Perri's second studio album, Head or Heart (2014).[1] Released to generally positive reviews, "Human" has since become a Top 10 Adult Pop hit in the United States, as well as her third top 40 entry on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

"Human" was written by Perri and Martin Johnson in April 2013, and was produced by Martin Johnson.[2][3] The song was written at the end of a long session of song-writing, and originally Perri wasn't sure if the song would be in the album because she felt it too personal, but because of the positive reactions to the song, she decided to put in the album and chose it as the lead single.[1] The song was released on iTunes on November 18, 2013, and Perri debuted the song with a performance on The Queen Latifah Show the same day.[2]

Composition[edit]

Like previous singles "Jar of Hearts" and "Arms", "Human" is largely built around a piano melody and showcases her voice.[4] It is a pop power ballad written in key Ab major, and features a strong build-up towards the chorus.[5][6] The song features a string arrangement by notable arranger David Campbell. Critics have compared Perri's honest, heart-on-her-sleeve songwriting to that of Taylor Swift.[4] Lyrically, "Human" uses relatable yet specific details to describe the vulnerability of being human. The verses find Perri musing the things she would do for love, yet as she sings in the chorus, "I'm only human / And I bleed when I fall down."

Critical reception[edit]

Sam Lansky of Idolator applauded the song for being "properly dramatic" in its approach, noting that Perri "[sings] her heart out over triumphant production," resulting in what he described as an "epic and radio-friendly" ballad.[6] Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush responded positively to the confessional nature of the lyrics, as well as Perri's "angelic" voice, of which she "shows a wider range than ever" in her delivery. She rated the song 3.5 stars out of 5.[4] Robert Copsey of Digital Spy described it as a "gothic-tinged" ballad that is "as satisfying as it comes", and rated it three stars out of five.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

On its week of release, the song debuted on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at No. 1. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 90 for the chart dated February 22, 2014, and peaked at No. 31 on the Hot 100 for the chart dated May 3, 2014. The song reached its millionth digital sales mark in June 2014.[8]

The song debuted on at No. 71 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart on its week of release.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for "Human" premiered on January 3, 2014[9] and was uploaded to Perri's YouTube account the following day. The video was directed by Elliott Sellers and features Perri as a robot sitting in a white room, with close-ups of the mechanics working inside of her body. As Perri begins to move, various body parts are shown to be bionic. Towards the end of the video, Perri begins to transform from a machine into a human as sparks fall behind her; her tattoos reappear as a symbol of her individuality and her robotic heart begins to pump fluid around her body.[10]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 39
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 42
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[13] 71
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 79
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 24
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 16
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[17] 13
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[18] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 31
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[22] 16
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[23] 10
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[24] 16
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 31

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[3] November 18, 2013 Digital download Atlantic
Canada[27]
United Kingdom[28] March 10, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brad Wete (April 10, 2014). "Christina Perri, 'Head or Heart: Behind the Album': Documentary Premiere". Billboard.  Video
  2. ^ a b Atlantic Records. "Christina Perri Unveils Long Awaited New Single "HUMAN"". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Jason Lipshutz (November 18, 2013). "Christina Perri Makes Vulnerable Return with 'Human' Single: Listen". Billboard. 
  4. ^ a b c Sciarretto, Amy. "Christina Perri, 'Human' - Song Review". PopCrush. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Human By Christina Perri - Digital Sheet Music". Musicnotes. 
  6. ^ a b Lansky, Sam. "Christina Perri Goes For A Big Ballad With "Human": Listen". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Robert Copsey (February 27, 2014). "Christina Perri 'Human' review: 'Gothic-tinged balladry at its best'". Digital Spy. 
  8. ^ Paul Grein (June 11, 2014). "Chart Watch: Sam Smith Zooms Into Top 10". Yahoo Music. 
  9. ^ ""Human (Official)" by Christina Perri". VH1. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Lee, Christina. "Christina Perri's a Machine in "Human" Video: Watch". Idolator.com. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Christina Perri – Human". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Christina Perri – Human – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ "Christina Perri Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Christina Perri. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  14. ^ "Christina Perri – Human". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  17. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201407 into search.
  18. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – {{{artist}}} – {{{song}}}" Canciones Top 50.
  19. ^ "Christina Perri – Human – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Christina Perri Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Christina Perri. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  22. ^ "Christina Perri Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Christina Perri. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  23. ^ "Christina Perri Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Christina Perri. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  24. ^ "Christina Perri Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Christina Perri. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  25. ^ "Christina Perri Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Christina Perri. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Christina Perri – Human". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2014-08-30.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - Human - Single by Christina Perri". iTunes Canada. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  28. ^ http://www.7digital.com/artist/christina-perri/release/human/?src=live-search

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