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Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)
Put Your Hands Up
Single by Kylie Minogue
From the album Aphrodite
B-side "Silence"
Released 29 May 2011
Recorded February 2010
Format
  • CD single
  • digital download
Genre
  • EDM
  • synthpop
  • dance-pop
Length 3:38
Label Parlophone
Writer(s)
  • Finlay Dow-Smith
  • Miriam Nervo
  • Olivia Nervo
Producer(s)
  • Starsmith
  • Stuart Prince
  • Nervo
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
Better Than Today
(2010)
Put Your Hands Up
(2011)
Timebomb
(2012)
Aphrodite track listing
"Get Outta My Way"
(2)
"Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)"
(3)
"Closer"
(4)
Music Video
Kylie Minogue - Put Your Hands Up

Kylie Minogue - Put Your Hands Up

"Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" is a song by Kylie Minogue from her eleventh studio album Aphrodite (2010). It was released as the fourth and final single from the album in May 2011. Its release was heralded by the Pete Hammond remix, published on YouTube months before as promotion for the album and Kylie's Aphrodite World Tour. Initially scheduled to be part of the tour edition of her Aphrodite album, the single was first released in Japan on 29 May 2011 as a digital bundle including a new track called "Silence".

On 3 June 2011, the same bundle and a second remixes-only bundle were released in Europe. The same digital bundles were released in Australia, as well as an exclusive limited-edition CD single which includes two versions of album track "Cupid Boy". The tracks on the CD were also released digitally, making a total of three different digital bundles released in Kylie's native country, all on 3 June 2011. The artwork used for most bundles features a picture of Kylie posing with one of the Dolce & Gabbana costumes designed specifically for her tour. The CD artwork was completely different, using a picture from the album artwork photo sessions.

Background

"Put Your Hands Up" was written by Finlay Dow-Smith and sisters Miriam and Olivia Nervo. It was co-produced by Dow-Smith (under his stage name Starsmith) and Stuart Price. When asked about the creation of the song, Starsmith said he penned the track with the Nervo sisters in a night. The sisters later stated that they "didn't really have anyone in mind" when they wrote the song, but as they continued, the track "[matured] into a Kylie-esque song". After writing was finished, Starsmith and the Nervo twins offered the track to Parlophone Records for inclusion on Kylie's Aphrodite album. Parlophone approved; "Put You Hands Up" was picked for the album. Subsequently, they were invited to a studio session with Kylie and Price in late February 2010. Starsmith described the process:

"... [It] was amazing. Kylie was there, and ready to cut the vocals, and her and Stuart were working pretty solidly at the time. Stuart had the executive producer role on the album, and he was more over there to oversee what I was doing. So, after Kylie cut her vocals, we spent two days in the studio together, cutting up some parts and making sure he was happy... [There was] a huge amount of pressure when I went in. It was so nerve-wracking. I wasn't just going in with Kylie; I was going in with my hero as well, production wise. The Nervo Sisters were sticking to Kylie, and I was sticking to Stuart. It was amazing when we combined. It was such a long day, but we got so much done. It was a very memorable session."

Meriam Nervo also commented on the experience:

"... [Kylie Minogue is] the kindest, sweetest, most professional yet approachable artist and person... I'm just so thankful that we got the opportunity to work with her and record with her, because she is just supreme. She makes me so happy and honoured to be Australian."

Release

In a March 2011 interview with Perth Now, Kylie talked about her disappointment with the singles from Aphrodite:

"It's confusing. I felt a little let down with my releases from Aphrodite,... I was caught out like a lot of artists were, with record companies figuring out how to do single releases these days. I remember doing a promo for one of the last singles and it just felt really old-fashioned. I'm pretty computer-savvy, something didn't feel right, but no one said anything to me."

"Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" was originally considered as the lead single for Aphrodite, but it was ultimately decided to go with "All the Lovers"; it was then planned to be the follow-up to "Get Outta My Way", but was moved to the fourth single when A&R became obsessed with "Better Than Today". The under-performance of "Better Than Today" then led to shut down of all further plans for the album, with official announcements stating no further singles would be released. However, since the song was so well-received by audiences on tour, Kylie fought to release the track so fans could get material that was now meant to never see the light of day, it was a very modest fan-aimed release, with only a lyric video to accompany it.

Eventually, on 27 April 2011, Astralwerks contravened her earlier statement regarding the end of single releases from the album, announcing that "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" would be officially released as a digital single on 31 May 2011, later pushing the date back to 7 June 2011. Kylie's main label Parlophone Records then set release date for two extended plays for sale on 5 June 2011. The artwork for the digital bundles was unveiled on the day of the announcement of the single release. The gold body costume, like all the costumes for Kylie's Aphrodite World Tour, was designed by famed Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana and can be seen under several garments and costume changes during the show, as well as photo galleries of both the singer and the designers.

Critical reception

"Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" has received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Jordan Richardson from Seattlepi gave it a warm review. He said "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) is a concert hit waiting to happen. Its addictive chorus and warm verses bounce with cotton candy care (yeah, I said it) and her glee is impossible to miss." BBC Music said that "Put Your Hands Up" is particularly "catchy." Chuck Campbell said that "they stick with the electronic/dance theme – an exuberant anthem for "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love).". The List however called the song a "half-hearted attempt to enthuse a crowd" and wondering if "she wrote [it] sitting in front of the television in her pyjamas watching Songs of Praise. It's also one of those songs in which Kylie insists on singing all the vocal parts – a kind of creepy pop tune equivalent of the multiplying Oompa Loompas scene in the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". The New Zealand Herald used the song's title to comment on how much the singer's fans seem to be willing to pay for tickets to see her live shows but not to pay for legal downloads or physical formats of the album. Andrew Grear from GayNZ.com said "The chorus to Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) would sound cliché and hackneyed in less capable hands, but Kylie pulls it off with an innocent charm."

The lead version of the single release was the Pete Hammond remix, was more universally praised for its 1980s retro sound. Perez Hilton called is "epic" and praised its engineer "legendary" Hammond while Ben Gilbert for Yahoo! Music praised his unique take on the song using the "often overlooked unbridled glee of that decade's pop".

Chart performance

"Put Your Hands Up" lasted one week in the majority of the charts it entered, including Australia, Austria and the United Kingdom. During the chart week of 19 June 2011, the single entered the ARIA Singles Chart at number 50. Despite being the second highest-charting single from Aphrodite in the country, this is Kylie's lowest peak in the top half of the chart since "GBI (German Bold Italic)" in 1998. It is also her shortest time span on the chart since the aforementioned single. "Put Your Hands Up" entered the Ö3 Austria Top 75 on 19 June 2011 at number 38. It assumes the role of her shortest time span on the chart since "Your Disco Needs You" in 2001. On 18 June 2011, the single debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 93, dropping out of it the following week. This not only marks Kylie's lowest entrance point onto the chart since 2007 ("Santa Baby", number 93), it also marks her lowest peak and her shortest week span on the chart.

"Put Your Hands Up" sported different results in Belgium and the United States. It entered Belgium's Ultratip Flanders chart at number 48 on 11 June 2011. On 25 June 2011, it peaked at number 36, falling out a week later. In America, "Put Your Hands Up" was labeled the "Hot Shot Debut", entering Hot Dance Club Songs at number 41 on the issue date of 9 July 2011. After rising on the chart for two months, it took the number one spot on the issue date of 3 September 2011. This brings the total count of number ones on this chart by Kylie to 8, including 5 consecutive releases. In addition to that, it means all of the singles released from her Aphrodite album have achieved a number one spot on this chart, a first for Kylie.

Live performances and promotion

"Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" was performed as last song on the set list before the encores in all the legs of Kylie's Aphrodite World Tour. A live version of this song recorded at The London O2 Arena was released in the single's first digital bundle. There is no official music video for the song, although a video of the song's lyrics was uploaded to Kylie's website on 22 March 2011. It uses the Pete Hammond remix of the song, and was accompanied by the following message: "Thank you all for making 'Aphrodite: Les Folies' such an amazing experience for me. Those of you who have been to a show will know that 'Put Your Hands Up' goes off! So as a tour thank you I wanted to share this 80′s-tastic remix by the legendary Pete Hammond. Enjoy!!". The song was further promoted by inclusion on various compilation albums including Now: The Hits Of Spring 2011.

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)".

Digital EP 1

  1. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" – 3:38
  2. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Pete Hammond Remix) – 7:54
  3. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Basto's Major Mayhem Edit) – 3:00
  4. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) – 3:49
  5. "Silence" – 3:42

Digital EP 2 / CD single

  1. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" – 3:39
  2. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Pete Hammond Remix Radio Edit) – 3:35
  3. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Pete Hammond Remix) – 7:55
  4. "Cupid Boy" (Live From London) – 5:34
  5. "Cupid Boy" (Stereogamous Vocal Mix) – 6:59

The Remixes digital EP

  1. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Nervo Hands Up Extended Club Mix) – 6:57
  2. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Basto's Major Mayhem Mix) – 5:22
  3. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Basto's Major Mayhem Dub) – 5:50
  4. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Bimbo Jones Remix) – 6:02
  5. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" (Pete Hammond Remix Edit) – 4:37

Lyrics

Look around, I see a million different faces
But no one's looking in my eyes
It takes a minute when I'm in these different places
To realize

All we need is love in this life, it's true
All I need is the love I get from you
And I want to scream it out
If you hear what I'm saying

Put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love
Now put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love
No matter what we're gonna take this moment
Now, come on, baby, you can show me
So put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love

Everybody knows how life can get so twisted
But I won't let it bring me down
There's no point in ever trying to resist it
Just work it out

All we need is love in this life, it's true
All I need is the love I get from you

So put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love
Now put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love
No matter what we're gonna take this moment
Now, come on, baby, you can show me
So put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love

If you call it out tonight
Let me hear it now
Said, if you call it out tonight
Let me hear it

Now put your hands up
If you feel love
Now put your hands up
If you feel love

So put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love
Now put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love
No matter what we're gonna take this moment
Now, come on, baby, you can show me
So put your hands up
If you feel love tonight
If you feel love