Free (Haley Reinhart song)

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Single by Haley Reinhart
from the album Listen Up!
ReleasedMarch 20, 2012
FormatCD single, digital download
RecordedSummer 2011
Songwriter(s)Lucie Silvas, busbee
Haley Reinhart singles chronology
"Show Me Your Moves"

"Free" is the debut single by American Idol tenth season third-place finisher Haley Reinhart.[2][3] It was released on March 20, 2012 through Interscope Records and serves as the first single from her debut album, Listen Up!.[4][5]


The song is a "mature break-up song", as defined by the singer itself, which tells the story about two people in love whose relationship fails and decide to break-up since it is the best for both.

Critical reception[edit]

Critics gave "Free" positive reviews. said "This is clearly a Haley Reinhart record, and her fans will instantly take it to heart." and gave it a rating of 4.5 out of 5.[6] USA Today's Brian Mansfield was impressed[7] and the song was picked to be one of the songs in the Playlist in USA Today.[8][9] Scott Shetler from wrote "The track is built around the elegant vocals of Reinhart, who sounds more mature than her twenty-one years [sic] Let’s hope so, because ‘Free’ is a song that’s worthy of people’s attention."[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video, which was directed by Christopher Sims, saw its video premiere on March 29, 2012 on VEVO.[11] Sims set the video in a vintage 1950s diner called Cadillac Jack's Cafe in Hollywood, California.[12] It reached 1,000,000 views in under 2 months.[13] It currently has 4.082 million views.

Live performances[edit]

Reinhart performed the single live on the March 22, 2012 episode of American Idol.[14][15][16] She sang the song live for 104.3 MYFM New Music Night.[17] She also performed the single for the March 27 episode of 90210,[18] Right after, she performed the song on Fox 5's Good Day New York[19] and appeared on Conan to perform the single on April 24.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital Download[20]
  1. "Free" – 4:14


Chart (2012) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[21] 4
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[21] 26
US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard)[22] 19


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  2. ^ "Haley Reinhart Releases First Single, "Free"". 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  3. ^ "American Idol's Haley Reinhart Releases First Single, Free". 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  4. ^ "The singer that wowed "American Idol" audiences with her covers of "House of the Rising Sun" and "I, Who Have Nothing," Haley Reinhart, is set to follow in the footsteps of Daughtry, Clay Aiken, and Adam Lambert with the debut of her first song, "Free." And she's set to perform it live on "American Idol."". Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  5. ^ 03/14/2012 (2012-03-14). "Haley Reinhart – "Listen Up" Due May 22 (Plus, "Free" First Listen!) (Update)". Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  6. ^ "Haley Reinhart - "Free"". 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  7. ^ ""Free" Is One Of USA Today's Top 10 Intriguing Tracks". 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  8. ^ ""Free" Is One Of USA Today's Top 10 Intriguing Tracks". 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  9. ^ "Playlist: Kix Brooks' 'New to This Town,' plus 10". 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  10. ^ "Haley Reinhart, 'Free' – Song Review". Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  11. ^ FREE Video Premiere On VEVO!., Retrieved 2012-05-06.
  12. ^ "Haley's "Free" Video, Fast Focus TV version "leaks" | Haley Times". 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  13. ^ "Haley Reinhart - Free". Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  14. ^ Barrett, Annie (2012-02-22). "'American Idol' alum Haley Reinhart performs debut single 'Free' on stage: Watch the video here!". Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  15. ^ "Haley Reinhart to Perform Debut Single "Free" on American Idol March 22". 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-31.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Haley Reinhart to Perform Debut Single "Free" on American Idol March 22". California: Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  17. ^ Medina, Portia. "'American Idol's' Haley Reinhart Sets Release Date for First Single". Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  18. ^ "Haley Reinhart to Perform New Single "Free" On '90210′". 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  19. ^ "Haley Reinhart". Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  20. ^ "Free – Single". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  21. ^ a b "Haley Reinhart - Chart history". Billboard. 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  22. ^ "Heatseekers Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-10.

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