Beggin' on Your Knees

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"Beggin' on Your Knees"
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Single by Victoria Justice
from the album Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show
ReleasedApril 1, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded2010
CMK Island Studios (Los Angeles, California)
Maratome Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)
MixStar Studios (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Westlake Studios (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length3:14
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Victoria Justice singles chronology
"Freak the Freak Out"
(2010)
"Beggin' on Your Knees"
(2011)
"Best Friend's Brother"
(2011)
Music video
"Beggin' on Your Knees" on YouTube

"Beggin' on Your Knees" is a song performed by the Victorious cast featuring Victoria Justice. It was produced by Kristian Lundin and Shellback, who also co-wrote the song with Savan Kotecha, for Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show (2011), the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon television series, Victorious . It was released as the album's second single on April 1, 2011 through Columbia Records in association with Nickelodeon. Musically, the song runs through a synthpop oriented beat with teen pop lyrics, and the lyrics speak of vengeance against a cheating boyfriend.

Victoria Justice American actress and singer

Victoria Dawn Justice is an American actress and singer. She rose to fame on Nickelodeon in the 2000s, starring as Lola Martinez on Zoey 101 (2005–2008) and later Tori Vega on Victorious (2010–2013). Justice has also appeared in the films The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010), Fun Size (2012), The First Time (2012) and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2015). In 2015, she starred in the lead role as Lindy Sampson on the MTV television series Eye Candy. In music, Justice has recorded several songs for the soundtracks of her acting projects, including Victorious and the Nickelodeon musical Spectacular!.

Kristian Lundin is a Swedish composer, music producer and songwriter.

Savan Harish Kotecha is a multiple Grammy and Golden Globe nominated American songwriter and record producer from Austin, Texas. Kotecha is of Indian descent.

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The song was met with generally positive reviews from critics, with the majority of them praising its message. "Beggin' on Your Knees" has currently charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number fifty-eight, remaining as the second highest peaking song from the soundtrack. The accompanying music video portrays Justice following her unfaithful boyfriend while in the carnival having fun with the Victorious cast. The music video premiered on March 12, 2011 on Nickelodeon, during the TV movie Best Player .

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

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Best Player is a 2011 television film that was released on March 12, 2011 starring Jerry Trainor as Quincy "Q" Johnson and Jennette McCurdy as Christina "Prodigy" Saunders, two stars from the hit Nickelodeon show iCarly. Filming started on October 24, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and wrapped up production on November 18, 2009.

Background

"Beggin' on Your Knees" is the fourth single released from the soundtrack Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show (2011), for the television series of the same name on Nickelodeon. It was first heard on the series' second season debut episode, "Beggin' on Your Knees", which premiered on April 2, 2011 in North America, a day after the single's release. The song was performed by Justice with backup dancers in the episode. After learning of her new partner's agenda, Tori Vega (Justice) enlists the help of Andre Harris (Leon Thomas III) to write and produced the song. The scene where the song was performed features Justice with her partner Ryder Daniels (Ryan Rottman) on stage. As Ryder is about to start singing, he recognizes that his microphone is not functioning. Tori continues singing, making gestures at him with the spotlight flashing on him the entire time, indicating who the song is written about. Tori and Andre wrote the song after learning that Ryder was using her and other girls to pass his school grades, and the song was made to make him fail the singing exam and expose him as a heartbreaking liar.

<i>Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show</i> 2011 soundtrack album by Victoria Justice and Victorious Cast

Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show is the debut soundtrack for the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious. The majority of the album was sung by the lead actress of the television series, Victoria Justice, with the Victorious cast being listed beside her. Some of the other singers on the album include Ariana Grande, Elizabeth Gillies, Miranda Cosgrove, Matt Bennett, Daniella Monet and Avan Jogia. The majority of the album was written by Michael Corcoran, Dan Schneider, Savan Kotecha, Kool Kojak and CJ Abraham with Victoria Justice involved in the composition of "Best Friend's Brother" and Leon Thomas III on "Song 2 You".

Ryan Rottman is an American actor. He is known for his role as Joey Colvin on the TeenNick series Gigantic.

The song was written by Savan Kotecha and Shellback. Shellback also produced the track along with providing all the instruments and programming for it. He also provided the recording for the song, which took place at Maratome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Kristian Lundin also recorded the song at CMK Island Studios and Westlake Studios, both in Los Angeles, California. The mixing for the song was provided by Serban Ghenea took place at MixStar Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia with the engineering provided by John Hanes and assistance provided by Tim Roberts.

Virginia Beach, Virginia Independent city in Virginia

Virginia Beach is an independent city located on the southeastern coast of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 437,994. In 2015, the population was estimated to be 452,745. In 2017 the estimated population was 450,435. Although mostly suburban in character, it is the most populous city in Virginia and the 41st most populous city in the nation. Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. This area, known as "America's First Region", also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads.

Composition

"Beggin' on Your Knees" is an electronic rock song that contains influences of teen pop and dance-pop. The song runs through a dance-oriented beat and features a lighter sound than the preceding single, "Best Friend's Brother". The theme of this song is center around vengeance and coming of age. The lyrics are about a seeking vengeance on her boyfriend after learning of his relationship with another girl. Victoria Justice's vocal range spans almost two octaves from the low note of A3 to the high belted note of F5.

Electronic rock is a broad music genre that involves a combination of rock music and electronic music, featuring instruments typically found within both genres. It originates from the late 1960s, when rock bands such as the Doors, Pink Floyd, Yes, and the Moody Blues began incorporating the Moog synthesizer into their sound. Sampling and tape manipulation would also become common with the genre. Electronic rock acts usually fuse elements from other music styles, including punk rock, industrial rock, hip hop, techno, and synth-pop, which has helped spur subgenres such as indietronica, dance-punk, and electroclash. Since the late 2000s, electronic rock has become increasingly popular.

Teen pop is a subgenre of pop music that is created, marketed and oriented towards preteens and teenagers. Teen pop incorporates diverse genres such as pop, R&B, dance, electronic, hip hop, country and rock. Typical characteristics of teen pop music include autotuned vocals, choreographed dancing, emphasis on visual appeal, lyrics focused on teenage issues such as love/relationships, finding oneself, friendships, teenage angst, teen rebellion, coming of age, fitting in and growing up and repeated chorus lines. According to AllMusic, teen pop "is essentially dance-pop, pop, and urban ballads" that are marketed to teens, and was conceived in its contemporary form during the late 1980s and 1990s, pointing out the late 1990s as "arguably the style's golden era." About.com's Bill Lamb described teen pop sound as "a simple, straightforward, ultra-catchy melody line [...] The songs may incorporate elements of other pop music genres, but usually they will never be mistaken for anything but mainstream pop. The music is designed for maximum focus on the performer and a direct appeal to listeners."

Dance-pop is a pop and dance subgenre that originated in the early 1980s. It is generally uptempo music intended for nightclubs with the intention of being danceable but also suitable for contemporary hit radio. Developing from a combination of electronic dance music and pop music, with influences of disco, post-disco and synth-pop, it is generally characterised by strong beats with easy, uncomplicated song structures which are generally more similar to pop music than the more free-form dance genre, with an emphasis on melody as well as catchy tunes. The genre, on the whole, tends to be producer-driven, despite some notable exceptions.

Critical reception

Jessica Dawson of Common Sense Media, the website that rates music for parents approval for children's listening, rated the song three out of five stars, praising its playful and child-friendly nature, while warning parents of the main message, commenting that "The lyrics are playful but could be construed as menacing: "You messed with me, and messed with her, so I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you."" [1] Joe DeAndrea of AbsolutePunk praised the song, along with "Freak the Freak Out", for its catchy nature, further commenting that "They will get stuck in your head and you'll probably feel a little ashamed, but no worries: it's the good type of ashamed! Like eating chocolate cake in a bathtub alone on a Friday night. But really, it's easier to accept it when you realize that the songs aren't all that worse than what is currently on the radio." [2] Bob Hoose and Steven Isaac of Plugged In Online, a site that rates music for children's listening, condemned the song for its objectionable content, mainly noting "the singer has payback schemes on her mind: "You mess with me/I'll mess with her/ … So watch your back/'Cause you don't know when or where I could get you/ … I'll have you crawlin' like a centipede."" [3]

Music video

The video was directed by Marcus Wagner. The video was shot at the pier, in the city of Santa Monica. In the video, Justice is a girl having fun with her friends at a carnival when she finds out that her boyfriend has cheated on her with another girl (Halston Sage). So, she watches her boyfriend, remembering the good times they had, looking for the right moment to confront him about his other girlfriend. In the end Justice decides to whisper in the other girl's ear, to tell her that the boyfriend is cheating and so both girls dump the boyfriend. Justice moves on and decides to forget the boyfriend and have fun.

Performances

On 2 April 2011, the day after the song was officially released as a single, Justice performed a short version of the song in the "Countdown to Kids' Choice", shown one hour before the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards.

The song was also performed on the season two premiere of Victorious , which also starred Halston Sage who appeared as Sadie.

Credits and personnel

Credits are taken from Victorious liner notes. [4]

Chart performance

"Beggin' on Your Knees" debuted at number 83 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the April 16, 2011 chart [5] and peaked at number 58 in the next week.

Chart (2011)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [6] 58
U.S. Kid Digital Songs ( Billboard ) [7] 1

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