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"Give it Up" is a song performed by Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande, (2010) in the Victorious special, "Freak the Freak Out". "Give It Up" received mixed reviews from music critics, who complimented its aggressive lyrics and likened it to the music by American recording artist Britney Spears. Upon the release of the album, the song debuted on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart in the United States at #23 on the strength of digital downloads.

BackgroundEdit

"Give It Up" was written by Michael Corcoran, CJ Abraham and Dan Schneider, while the production was helmed by Corcoran and Abraham under their production names, Backhouse Mike and The Super Chris. It was selected as one of the twelve to thirteen songs that would be on the Victorious soundtrack to the Nickelodeon television series Victorious, which was released on August 2, 2011. The song was first featured on the season one two-part episode Freak
Elizabeth Gillies

Elizabeth Gillies,who performed it with Ariana

the Freak Out, which premiered on November 26, 2010. "Give It Up" was performed by Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande, the two main cast members of the television show, on the soundtrack and in the two-part special. The performance features the two actresses reprising their roles as Jade West and Cat Valentine, signing on stage at a fictional karaoke restaurant in California. The song was played in the background during the iCarly episode "iLove You". It also played in the iCarly crossover special, "iParty with Victorious", in which the cast of Victorious were featured in the series counted only as an iCarly episode.

CompositionEdit

"Give It Up" is an up-tempo song that lasts for two minutes and forty five seconds. It is composed a pop song with urban and electropop characteristics. The song has an aggressive sound that features the use of keyboard effects. The overall sound of the song received to the musical stylings of American dance-pop singer Britney Spears. It received comparisons to the sound and lyrical content of “Lady Marmalade”, the 2001 song performed by recording artists Mýa, Pink, Christina Aguilera and Lil Kim for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. The lyrics suggest building tension in a relationship while telling of a male without authoritative qualities.

Critical receptionEdit

Bob Hoose and Steven Isaac of Plugged In Online, in their review of the soundtrack, commented about the song, writing that it “puts the physically aggressive high heel on the other foot as the female singers push a boy to "come a little closer" ("At the end of the night/It's the same old story/But you never get it right/Give it up … Take a backseat, boy/'Cause now I'm driving").” [1]

Chart performanceEdit

Upon the release of Victorious, "Give It Up" charted on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 at #23, along with the Victorious cast's version of "I Want You Back", charting at #8[2] based on the strength of digital downloads.

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[3] 23

VideosEdit

LyricsEdit

Liz:
Someday I'll let you in
Treat you right
Drive you outta your mind

Both:
Oooh

Ariana:
You never met a chick like me
Burn so bright
I'm gonna make you blind

Both:
Always want what you can't have
Is it so bad if you don't get what you wanted
Make you feel good
As I whip you
Into shape, ya boy
Let's get it started

Give it up
You can't win
'Cause I know where you've been
Such a shame
You don't put up a fight
That's a game that we play
At the end of the night
It's the same old story
But you never get it right
Give it up

Come a little closer
Baby, baby
Come a little closer
Come a little closer
Baby, baby

Liz:
So stop trying to walk away
No you won't ever leave me behind

Ariana:
Noooo
You better believe that I'm here to stay
(Liz: That's right)
'Cause you're the shade and I'm the sunshine
(Ooooohh)

Both:
Look at me boy
'Cause I got you
Where I want you
Isn't it so exciting?
Wanna shake you
Wanna break you
Take a backseat boy
'Cause now I'm driving

Give it up
You can't win
'Cause I know where you've been
Such a shame
You don't put up a fight
That's a game that we play
At the end of the night
It's the same old story
But you never get it right
Give it up

Ariana:
Ooooooh
Liz:
Ooh ooooh
Ariana:
Ooh hoooooo
Hey yeah yeah ohhhhhhhh

Both:
Come a little closer
Come a little closer
Baby, baby
Come a little closer
Come a little closer
Baby, baby
Come a little closer
Come a little closer
Baby
Yeah, you are my baby
Then I'll make you crazy tonight (oooh)

Look at me boy
'Cause I got you
Where I want you
Isn't it so exciting?
Wanna shake you
When I break you
Take a backseat boy
Cause now I'm driving

Give it up
You can't win
'Cause I know where you've been
Such a shame
You don't put up a fight
That's a game that we play
At the end of the night
It's the same old story
But you never get it right
Give it up
Ohh whoa
YEAH!

Jade:
Someday, I'll let you in
Treat you right
Drive you out of your mind
Cat and Jade:
Ooh
Cat:
You never met a chick like me
Burn so bright
I'm gonna make you blind

Cat and Jade:
Always want what you can't have
Is it so bad if you don't get what you wanted?
Make you feel good
As I whip you into shape, yeah boy
Let's get it started!

Give it up, you can't win
'Cause I know where you been
Such a shame you don't put up a fight
That's a game that we play at the end of the night
It's the same old story but you never get it right
Give it up

[At Tori's house]
Tori: Okay, it says that you're supposed to take one of these antibiotics every six hours.
Trina: Uh-uh!
Tori: Okay, open your mouth.
Trina: I don't want that!
Tori: You have do, or you'll get an infection. [overlapping argument]
Trina: [flings the bottle across the bottle and whimpers]
Tori: Trina! [goes to retrieve the pills and bottle]

[At Karaoke Dokie]
Cat and Jade:
Come a little closer
Come a little closer baby, baby

Jade:
So stop trying to walk away
No, you won't ever leave me behind
Cat:
Nooooo
You better believe
That I'm here to stay (Jade: That's right)
'Cause you're the shade
And I'm the sunshine
Ooooooh

Cat and Jade:
Look at me, boy
'Cause I got you where I want you
Isn't it so exciting?
Wanna shake you, wanna break you
Take the backseat, boy
'Cause now I'm driving

Give it up, you can't win
'Cause I know where you been
Such a shame you don't put up a fight
That's a game that we play at the end of the night
It's the same old story
But you never get it right
Give it up

[Vega household]
Tori: You gotta take this!
Trina: No! [struggles with Tori and swings on her]
Tori: [ducks] Did you just swing on me?!
Trina: Maybe.
Tori: Take the pill!
Trina: No! [tussles with Tori who gets it in her mouth]
Tori: Ha! [grabs a water bottle] Now swallow it! [dumps the water over Trina who protests] Get it down there!
Trina: [groans and strains]

[Karaoke Dokie]
Cat:
Hey, yeah, ohhhhhhhhh

Cat and Jade:
Come a little closer
Come a little closer, baby, baby
Come a little closer
Come a little closer; baby, baby
Come a little closer
Come a little closer, baby
If you are my baby then I'll make you crazy tonight (Cat: Ooooh)

Look at me boy
'Cause I got you where I want you
Isn't it so exciting?
Wanna shake you, wanna break you
Take the backseat, boy,
'Cause now I'm driving

Give it up, you can't win
'Cause I know where you been
Such a shame you don't put up a fight
That's a game that we play at the end of the night
It's the same old story
But you never get it right
Give it up, ohh whoa, yeah

Liz:
Someday I'll let you in
Treat you right
Drive you outta your mind

Both:
Oooh

Ariana:
You never met a chick like me
Burn so bright
I'm gonna make you blind

Both:
Always want what you can't have
Is it so bad if you don't get what you wanted
Make you feel good
As I whip you
Into shape, ya boy [start laughing]
Let's get it started

Liz:
Give it up
Ariana:
You can't win
[laughing]
Such a shame
Liz:
You don't put
Both:
Up a fight
That's a game that we play
At the end of tonight
Liz:
It's the same old story
Both:
But you never get it right
Give it up

Come a little closer baby, baby
Come a little closer
Come a little closer baby, baby

Liz:
So stop trying to walk away
No you won't ever leave me behind
Ariana:
Noooooo, you believe that I'm here to stay
(Liz: That's right)
'Cause you're the shade and I'm the sunshine
(Oooooooh)

Both:
Look at me boy
'Cause I got you where I want you
Isn't it so exciting?
Wanna shake you, wanna break you
Take the backseat, boy,
'Cause now I'm driving

Liz:
Give it up, you can't win...

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Plugged In Online review
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DpwzusuIp0&feature=channel_video_title
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DpwzusuIp0&

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