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
Length 3:30[1]
Label Universal Republic
Producer(s) Matt Squire
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Put Your Hearts Up"
"The Way"

"Put Your Hearts Up" is the debut single by American singer Ariana Grande.[2] She released the song under Republic Records (at the time, Universal Republic Records) on December 12, 2011. The song samples "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes.


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 Universal Republic Records on August 10, 2011.[3][4] By September 10 of that year, Grande already had twenty songs prepared and was going through the process of narrowing it down to thirteen.[5] "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.[6]

Release and cover

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

After release

In a 2012 interview she said, "'Put Your Hearts Up' is the first single because it has a great message and, in some people’s opinion, is the best option for a newcomer, most commercial, yeah. You know, it screams 'newbie coming to town'. It’s kind of my, like, not like 'Genie In A Bottle', but it's my first single that is somewhat different and somewhat going with the flow for now."[9]

In an interview on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning she said, "It was a learning experience for sure. Sonically it's just not my vibe. I think it would've been a great hit song for somebody else maybe, but it's just not what I like to sing. It's a bubblegum pop record for sure, and I like to sing stuff that's a little more soulful. I love pop music, I'm a huge pop music fan, but I just didn't think that that record was right for me."[10] In an interview published in the August 2013 issue of Seventeen, Grande said, "It was bubblegum pop, which isn't me, but it was something I thought my fans wanted."[11]

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2014, Grande said that "Put Your Hearts Up" "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."[12]

Music video

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, 2013, the official music video was uploaded on YouTube under ArianaGrandeVevo at a length of 3 minutes and 49 seconds.[13] The video has gained more than 40 million views as of May 2014.[14] Prior to this, the video had been uploaded by other channels.

Later in March 2013, when "The Way" music video was released, the music video for "Put Your Hearts Up" was made private on Grande's Vevo account at Grande's request.[12] The video was then made public again in April 2014 and was deleted shortly after.[15]

Commercial performance

"Put Your Hearts Up" failed to enter the record charts of any country and had sold 120,000 downloads by March 2013.[16] On July 20, 2014 it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for combined sales and streams of 500,000 units in the US.[17]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Put Your Hearts Up - Single by Ariana Grande on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Put Your Hearts Up – Single by Ariana Grande". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Grande, Ariana. "Ariana Grande tweets picture of contract". Twitter. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Universal Republic Records Announces the Signing of Ariana Grande". Reuters. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Ariana Grande Talks Music at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011". YouTube. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Ariana Grande Debuts New Single, 'Put Your Hearts Up'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  7. ^ "First Look:"Put Your Hearts Up" Cover Art". BopAndTigerBeat.com.
  8. ^ "Put Your Hearts Up". Amazon.com.
  9. ^ "Limelight Spotlight Q&A: Ariana Grande". Limelight. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  10. ^ Grande, Ariana. "Ariana Grande on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning". Youtube.
  11. ^ Mateo, Ashley (August 2013). "Ariana Grande". Seventeen Magazine (August 2013): 90–94.
  12. ^ a b Greene, Andy (May 22, 2014). "How Ariana Grande and Max Martin Made 'Problem' the Song of the Summer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  14. ^ "ArianaGrandeVevo - YouTube". 14 May 2014. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "YouTube". 30 May 2014. Archived from the original on 30 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  16. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (28 March 2013). "Ariana Grande Talks Breakout Hit 'The Way': Watch New Music Video". Billboard.
  17. ^ a b "American single certifications – Ariana Grande – Put Your Hearts Up". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 18, 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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