Give Your Heart a Break

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"Give Your Heart a Break"
Single by Demi Lovato
from the album Unbroken
A-side"Skyscraper"
B-side"Aftershock"
"Yes I Am"
ReleasedJanuary 23, 2012
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
GenreDance-pop
Length3:25
LabelHollywood
Writer(s)Josh Alexander, Billy Steinberg
ProducerJosh Alexander, Billy Steinberg
Demi Lovato singles chronology
"Skyscraper"
(2011)
"Give Your Heart a Break"
(2012)
"Unbroken"
(2012)
 
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"Give Your Heart a Break"
Single by Demi Lovato
from the album Unbroken
A-side"Skyscraper"
B-side"Aftershock"
"Yes I Am"
ReleasedJanuary 23, 2012
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
GenreDance-pop
Length3:25
LabelHollywood
Writer(s)Josh Alexander, Billy Steinberg
ProducerJosh Alexander, Billy Steinberg
Demi Lovato singles chronology
"Skyscraper"
(2011)
"Give Your Heart a Break"
(2012)
"Unbroken"
(2012)

"Give Your Heart a Break" is a song performed by American recording artist Demi Lovato, released as the second single for her third studio album, Unbroken (2011). The track was written and produced by American songwriters Josh Alexander and Billy Steinberg. Musically, it is a dance-pop ballad that comprises instruments like the drums, violin and strings; the latter two, according to music critics, are reminiscent of those used in Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" (Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, 2008). Hollywood Records serviced the song to mainstream radios on January 23, 2012 in the United States. Lyrically, the song chronicles the protagonist's attempt to win over her lover who has been hurt in a relationship.

"Give Your Heart a Break" received critical acclaim from contemporary music critics, praising the production as well as Lovato's vocals. The single debuted at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has peaked at #16, thus far, as well as reaching #1 on Billboard Pop 100 Songs. It also reached #9 in Brazil. In Belgium, it peaked at #32. The song has debuted at 22 in New Zealand and has so far peaked at #9, marking the first time Lovato has had two top 10 singles from one album in that country. The music video for the song features Lovato attempting to persuade her lover that she is the right one for him and will not break his heart like his past girlfriends, creating a collage of photographs taken during the video that when put together create a photo of the two in each other's embrace. Lovato has promoted the song through several stage performances, including her performance at the Z100 Jingle Ball concert. The song has been her biggest radio hit to date, reaching #1 on the U.S. Top 40 charts. The song has sold over 1,000,000 digital copies and was officially certified Platinum in the United States on August 15, 2012.

Contents

Writing, background and composition

"Give Your Heart a Break" was written and produced by Josh Alexander and Billy Steinberg, who are known for their work on The Veronicas' sophomore studio album, Hook Me Up as well as JoJo's "Too Little Too Late".[1][2] Alexander is credited with having a bigger hand in the song's production, handling all the instruments while programming, recording and engineering the song.[1] Chris Garcia shared engineering credits with Alexander while Scott Roewe is credited with providing logic and pro tools technology.[1] According to MTV, she explained that despite the play on the word "heartbreak" in the title, the song is about the exact opposite. "Last year I began working on a song about a different kind of love," she said. "It's a song about showing someone you love that you're the one right in front of them. This is a song about faith."[3] It was recorded and selected for inclusion in Lovato's third studio album, Unbroken, which was released on September 20, 2011. Hollywood Records serviced the song to mainstream radios on January 23, 2012 in the United States. "Give Your Heart a Break" is nominated for two 2012 Teen Choice Awards which will be airing Sunday, July 22, 2012. The song is nominated for "Choice Summer Song" and "Choice Love Song".

"Give Your Heart a Break" is an uptempo dance-pop ballad runs for 3 minutes and 25 seconds.[4] It incorporates teen pop and pop-rock styles, electro-pop beats, and rock music influences.[3][4][5] The song's composition uses suspenseful strings[3] that combines with a rhythmic drum.[5] It also features a violin, which, according to Cristin Maher of PopCrush, sounds similar to that used in Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" (Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, 2008).[5] Maher also notes the song as a mix between contemporary pop and old school pop from the 1980s and 1990s.[5] According to the digital music sheet published at Musicnotes.com by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., "Give Your Heart a Break" is written in the key of G major.[4] It is set in common time and has a moderate tempo of 120 beats per minute.[4] The song follows the chord progression of C2–G–Am7 (add 4)–D. Demi's vocals span two octaves, from E3 to G5.[4] Lyrically, the song is about wanting someone to open his heart to her and to give her a chance.[citation needed]

Reception

Critical reception

"Give Your Heart a Break" received critical acclaim from contemporary music critics. Joe DeAndrea of AbsolutePunk praised that "Mistake" and "Give Your Heart a Break" as ballads that "go far and beyond anything in Lovato's prior arsenal. It sets a mark as to what should be expected from similar artists such as her, but in the process, distancing herself from being grouped with them becoming a solo entity."[6] Jason Scott of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer noted that the song, along with "Mistake" and "Hold Up", feature "electrically forceful instrumentation".[7] Jocelyn Vena of MTV complimented it as a smart dance song, along with "Hold Up".[3] Cristin Maher of PopCrush praised the song as "captivating", while writing "'Give Your Heart a Break'’ is a mix between contemporary pop and old-school pop from the '80s and '90s."[5] Maher also cites Billy Steinberg as an influence for the song's "harmonious hybrid sound", noting his collaborations with Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and The Bangles as the reason.[5]

In another extensive review, Laurence Green from musicOMH praised the track, calling it an "exceptionally brilliant track," while commenting that she "becomes the true pop heroine; backed up by infinitely bigger, better choruses."[8] Sam Lansky, a writer and editor from MTV's Buzzworthy Blog, lauded the recording for presenting Lovato's vocals as a masterpiece and praised the production as "superb".[2]

Chart performance

The song peaked Billboard Hot 100 at number 16 making it Lovato's fourth highest peaking song.[9] Also, it has peaked at number 12 on the US Adult Top 40 chart, number 1 on the US Pop Songs chart, number 16 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, number 3 on the US Airplay Top 200, number 21 on the US Pop Digital Songs chart and at number 13 on YouTube 100 chart. In Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders), the song peaked at number 32, her first appearance and highest position on the chart, and has so far spent 9 weeks on the chart. The song debuted at number 39 on the Brazil Billboard Hot 100 and at number 8 on the Brazil Billboard Hot Pop Songs. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 33, her third song to chart on the top 40 and has so far peaked at number 9, marking the first time Lovato has had two Top 10 singles from one album in that country. The song has sold over 1,000,000 digital copies and was officially certified Platinum in the United States on August 15, 2012.

Music video

Background and release

A lyric video for the song was released on YouTube on December 23, 2011, on Lovato's YouTube account. In the description for the lyric video, it was confirmed that the official music video would be released in 2012.[10] The official music video was shot in late February 2012 and was directed by Justin Francis. On March 23, 2012, an 18-second teaser promoting the music video was released on her YouTube account. In the video, it was revealed that the music video would premiere on April 2, 2012 on E! News and on Eonline.com in Canada and United States, with the worldwide premiere coming on April 3, 2012 on VEVO.[11] In an interview with MTV, she comments about the video: "The new music video, I'm basically trying to convince a guy that I didn't break his heart, and we get into a fight and I try to win him over again," she said. "So I do something special for him at the end of the song."[3] She also comments about the guy who acts her love interest in the video: "It's kind of funny. It's part of the job though. You just try to get through it, but it is kind of awkward at first when you have to act like a couple with someone that you don't know," she said. "He was really sweet, really sweet and really cute."[3]

Lyric video

The lyric video was released on her YouTube channel on December 23, 2011. In the video, it starts with Lovato sitting on the swing and writing the lyrics in a journal next to a waterfall and a fire pit, presumably writing her thoughts in the form of the song. At the end of the video, Lovato closes her journal and leaves it on the swing. It was later released on VEVO on March 20, 2012.

Synopsis

A collage of a photo of Lovato and on-screen love interest (Alex Bechet), created from other smaller images of the pair.

The video is based on Lovato trying to win her boyfriend again, portrayed by Alex Bechet, after a fight, showing him that she is the one meant to be with him. The music video starts with Lovato and her boyfriend having an argument over the phone. After hanging up, she starts singing the song and recollects memories of them together. She is then shown collecting pictures of her and her boyfriend, inter-cut with her walking down a road while singing the second verse, and pasting the photos collected by her on a wall. Each picture has a memory behind it, which is recounted by her. At the end of the video, Lovato's boyfriend looks out his window as he beholds a large collage of pictures, depicting a picture of them smiling. Lovato is shown walking back home, as she turns around and smiles, confident that her plan has worked.

Live performances

On December 31, 2011 Lovato performed the song at the MTV New Year's Eve. Lovato performed the song at the People's Choice Awards on January 11, 2012, where she also received the "Best Pop Artist" award afterwards. On March 6, 2012, Lovato performed the single on Today. On March 15, 2012, She performed the single on American Idol during the Top Eleven Results Show.Lovato performed the song at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on September 6, 2012.

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Unbroken liner notes.[1]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2012Teen Choice Awards[12]"Choice Summer: Song""Give Your Heart a Break"Nominated
"Choice Love Song"Nominated
Fanta Irresistible Awards"Most Irresistible Song As A Ringtone"Won
Shot Music Awards"Shot Single"Won

Track listings

*Digital download
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Give Your Heart a Break"  Josh Alexander, Billy SteinbergAlexander, Steinberg3:25
*International Digital EP[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Give Your Heart a Break"  Alexander, SteinbergAlexander, Steinberg3:25
2."Give Your Heart a Break" (The Alias Club Mix)Alexander, Steinberg 5:58
3."Aftershock"  Amy Pearson, Leah Haywood, Daniel JamesDreamlab3:10
4."Yes I Am"  Dapo Torimiro, Priscilla ReneaDapo3:01
*Other versions
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Give Your Heart a Break" (The Alias Dub)Alexander, Steinberg 5:57
2."Give Your Heart a Break" (The Alias Radio Edit)Alexander, Steinberg 3:44
3."Give Your Heart a Break" (Piano Version)Alexander, Steinberg 3:40

Charts and certifications

Charts

Chart (2011–12)Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[14]32
Brazil (Billboard Hot 100)[15]9
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9]28
New Zealand (RIANZ)[16]9
Slovakia (IFPI)[17]95
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18]194
US Billboard Hot 100[9]16
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[19]1
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[20]12
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[21]16
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[22]6
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[23]21

Certifications

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
New Zealand (RIANZ)[24]Gold7,500*
United States (RIAA)[25]Platinum1,000,000^

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

Radio add dates and release history

CountryDateFormat
United StatesJanuary 23, 2012Hot/Modern/AC radio[26]
January 24, 2012Top 40/Mainstream radio[27]
AustriaApril 4, 2012Digital EP[28]
Worldwide
United KingdomMay 14, 2012Digital download[29]

References

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