Santa Tell Me

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"Santa Tell Me"
Ariana Grande - Santa Tell Me.png
Single by Ariana Grande
ReleasedNovember 24, 2014 (2014-11-24)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014
Genre
Length3:24
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ilya
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Love Me Harder"
(2014)
"Santa Tell Me"
(2014)
"One Last Time"
(2015)
Music video
"Santa Tell Me" on YouTube

"Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande. It was written by Grande, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Savan Kotecha. The song was released worldwide on November 24, 2014, via iTunes, and was included on the Japanese exclusive reissue of Grande's EP Christmas Kisses.[1] Musically, "Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas song with R&B influences.

Commercially, "Santa Tell Me" reached the top 10 in Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Korea and Switzerland, as well as the top 20 in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. The song entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 65 and later peaked at number 42. The music video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and was released on Grande's official Vevo on December 12, 2014.[2] The song received its first performance at the 2014 A Very Grammy Christmas concert in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on November 18, 2014.[3]

Background[edit]

Ariana released her first Christmas EP titled Christmas Kisses on December 17, 2013.[4] The extended play had a total of 4 songs, and included covers of classics, such as "Santa Baby" and Wham!'s "Last Christmas". It also contained two original songs: "Love Is Everything" and "Snow in California".

"Santa Tell Me" was first mentioned by Ariana Grande on Tuesday, October 28 in a livestream through Twitcam.[5][6] In the livestream, she said that she didn't want to do a Christmas song at first, but she changed her mind. Ariana also announced that a music video would accompany "Santa Tell Me", and that this song was her favorite Christmas song out of all of the ones she had recorded so far.

She officially announced the song and its title on her Twitter page on November 13, 2014, saying, "putting out a kewt Christmas song for u on nov 24th called Santa Tell Me! lil something for the holidays :) so excited #10DaysTilSantaTellMe."[7] It was also released to US mainstream radio.[8]

Promotion and release[edit]

Ariana used the hashtag #10DaysTilSantaTellMe on Twitter to initiate the 10-day countdown of the song's release. She also performed the song for the first time on November 18, 2014 at the 2014 A Very Grammy Christmas concert in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.[3] On November 18, Republic Records released the cover art of the song, which depicts a simple light pink background with "Santa Tell Me" written in the middle in golden script.[9] On November 21, Republic Records also released a 15-second snippet of "Santa Tell Me" through their Instagram page; the preview contained part of the chorus.[10] Ariana tweeted the last hashtag on November 23, #SantaTellMeTonight. She also posted the iTunes link of the song, which was then available for pre-order.[11]

"Santa Tell Me" was released at midnight on November 24 on iTunes.[12] The audio was also uploaded to Grande's official YouTube channel, ArianaGrandeVevo on November 24.[13] Shortly after its release, the lyric video was uploaded to Vevo on November 26. It contains various photos of Ariana from her childhood during Christmas.[14]

Composition[edit]

"Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas song with influences of R&B. It is written in the key of G major. Grande's vocals span from B3 to A5. Lyrically, the song features Ariana asking Santa to tell her if her new beau "really cares", and if he will leave her like men in her past have.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

"Santa Tell Me" received mixed reviews following its release. Robbie Daw of Idolator opined that the song was a "cute, harmless stocking stuffer that ticks all the necessary boxes, in that there’s classic instrumentation, a hummable chorus and lyrics that reflect a mixture of the festive season with the possibility of heartbreak at the holidays,"[15] while Brian Mansfield of USA Today negatively compared it to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You", further commenting that the song fell short in its attempt at becoming a "seasonal staple."[16]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Santa Tell Me" officially debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart dated December 13, 2014 at number 65, and has since reached a peaked at number 42.[17] The song also peaked at number seven on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for the chart dated December 27, 2014. In Canada, "Santa Tell Me" debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 73 and in 2019 it has reached a peak of number 18.[18] As of 2015, the song sold over 120,000 copies in the United States.

In the United Kingdom, "Santa Tell Me" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 79 for the week dated December 6, 2014, and originally peaked at number 68 three weeks later. In 2015, it failed to re-enter the charts, however in 2016, the song reached number 90. In 2017, it was among many other songs such as "Driving Home for Christmas" and "Step into Christmas" reaching new peaks in the UK, re-entering the chart at number 60, and climbing an even higher position of number 29 the following week. It eventually reached its peak of number 13 on the issue dated 28 December 2018.

Music video[edit]

The official video was released on December 12, 2014. It was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero.[2] The video features Grande with her friends dancing, laughing and giving gifts around her house along with a two-minute outtake section at the end.[19] It surpassed 100 million views on November 26, 2016, making it Grande's fourteenth Vevo-certified music video after "Let Me Love You".[20]

Live performances[edit]

Ariana Grande first performed "Santa Tell Me" on November 18, 2014 at the A Very Grammy Christmas concert in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.[3] The concert aired on December 5, 2014 on CBS.[21] She also performed "Santa Tell Me" as part of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour 2014.[22][23] On December 8, 2014, Grande performed the song while taping the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV special which aired on Christmas Day.[24] The song was added to the setlist of the second North American leg of Grande’s Sweetener World Tour, along with “December”, “True Love”, “Wit It This Christmas” and “Winter Things”.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[69] Platinum 90,000^
Italy (FIMI)[70] Gold 15,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[71] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[72] Gold 400,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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