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"Give It Up" is a song sung by Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande, from the Victorious (soundtrack) (2011). "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 number twenty three on the strength of digital downloads alone.


"Give It Up" was written by Michael Corcoran, CJ Abraham and Dan Schneider, while the production was helped by Corcoran and Abraham under their production names, Backhouse Mike and The Super Chris. [1] 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 the Freak Out, which premiered on November 26, 2010. 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 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.


"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 contemporary and electropop characteristics. The song has an aggressive sound that features the use of keyboard effects. The overall sound of the song matched the musical stylings of American dance-pop singer Britney Spears.[2] 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.[3]

Critical reception

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").” [4]

Credits and personnel

Engineering and mixing
  • Engineered at The Backhouse in Los Angeles, California
  • Mixed at Rocket Carousel Studios in Los Angeles, California

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Victorious, Sony Music Entertainment, Nick Records, Columbia Records. [5]>

Chart performance

Upon the release of Victorious, "Give It Up" charted on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 at number twenty-three, based on the strength of digital downloads.

Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[6] 23

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External Links


  1. Album notes for Victorious by Victorious and Victoria Justice [CD]. United States: Sony, Nickelodeon, Columbia
  5. Album notes for Victorious by Victorious and Victoria Justice [CD]. United States: Sony, Nickelodeon, Columbia