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Up is a song by English singer-songwriter Olly Murs from his fourth studio album, Never Been Better (2014). It features American singer and actress Demi Lovato and was released as the album's second single on 4 January 2015. It was written by Wayne Hector, Daniel Davidsen, Maegan Cottone, Peter Wallevik and Mich Hansen and was produced by Davidsen and Hansen. The track also featured on the deluxe version of Demi Lovato's fourth album, DEMI.

Critical Reception

Digital spy writer Amy Davidson stated: "Demi Lovato is the chosen one to foot tap her way through folk-driven collaboration 'Up', and Murs has made no bones about their hopes to expand their respective audiences on either side of the Atlantic. However, the predictable lyrics, which roll out unoriginal sentiments about the merits of perseverance, make it a duet that's difficult to get too excited over." [1]

Chart Performance

"Up" debuted at number 120 on the UK Singles Chart for the week of 6 December 2014, and rose into the top 100 at number 94 in its second week. The following week it reached number 43, before reaching its peak of number 4. The song debuted in New Zealand at number 38. The single has so far sold 495,000 copies in the UK and is certified gold. This is Demi Lovato's first gold hit in the UK. In addition, Up has so far reached number 14 on the ARIA Charts; thus becoming Lovato's second Australian top 20 hit. Worldwide, Up has currently sold over 1,000,000 copies.

Live Performances

Murs and Lovato first performed the song live on the final of the eleventh series of The X Factor on 14 December 2014.

Olly Murs & Demi Lovato "Up" guests at X Factor UK 201405:22

Olly Murs & Demi Lovato "Up" guests at X Factor UK 2014


Lyrics

I drew a broken heart
Right on your window pane
Waited for your reply
Here in the pouring rain
Just breathe against the glass
Leave me some kind of sign
I know the hurt won't pause yeah
Just tell me it's not the end of the line
Just tell me it's not the end of the line

I never meant to break your heart
I won't let this play go down
I never meant to make you cry
Do what it takes to make this fly
You gotta hold on
Hold on to what you're feeling
That feeling is the best thing
The best thing alright
I'm gonna place my bet on us
I know this love is heading in the same direction
And that's up

You're true a question mark
But you know what I want
I wanna turn the clock yeah
Right back to where it was
So let's a build a bridge yeah
From your side to mine
I'll be the one to cross over
Just tell me it's not the end of the line
Just tell me it's not the end of the line

I never meant to break your heart
I won't let this play go down
I never meant to make you cry
Do what it takes to make this fly
You gotta hold on
Hold on to what you're feeling
That feeling is the best thing
The best thing alright
I'm gonna place my bet on us
I know this love is heading in the same direction
And that's up

Girl I know we could climb back to where we were then
Feel it here in my heart
Put my back in your hand
Well I hope and I pray that you do understand
If you did all you have to say is
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I'm waiting for you
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

I never meant to break your heart
I won't let this play go down
I never meant to make you cry
Do what it takes to make this fly
You gotta hold on
Hold on to what you're feeling
That feeling is the best thing
The best thing alright
I'm gonna place my bet on us
I know this love is heading in the same direction
And that's up

Music Video

The video to "Up" was directed by Ben and Gabe Turner and was uploaded onto Murs's Vevo account on 11 December 2014. The video features Murs and Lovato standing in two rooms separated by a wall. The two begin to wreck the rooms before Murs uses a guitar to break a hole into the wall and he and Lovato begin to remove most of the bricks in the wall and look upon each other.

Olly Murs - Up (Official Video) ft03:45

Olly Murs - Up (Official Video) ft. Demi Lovato

Charts

Chart (2014-15)         Peak
position  
Australia (ARIA) 14
Ireland (IRMA) 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 9
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 3
South Africa (EMA) 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 4
US Twitter Top Tracks (Billboard) 8

References

  1. digitalspy.co.uk - Up review


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