Put Your Hearts Up

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"Put Your Hearts Up"
Single by Ariana Grande
Released December 12, 2011 (2011-12-12)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop, bubblegum pop
Length 3:30
Label Universal Republic Records
Writer(s) Ariana Grande, Linda Perry, Martin Johnson, Matt Squire
Producer(s) Matt Squire
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Give It Up"
"Put Your Hearts Up"
"Popular Song"

"Put Your Hearts Up" is the debut single by American singer-songwriter and actress 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.


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 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.

Release and cover[edit]

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.[6] After the fans voted, the cover was chosen and the release date for the single was announed 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.[7] 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.[8]

After release[edit]

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."[9] 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."[10]

Music video[edit]

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.[11] 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.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[12]
  • "Put Your Hearts Up" - 3:30


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 500,000^

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


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