Freak the Freak Out

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"Freak the Freak Out"
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Single by Victoria Justice
from the album Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show
ReleasedNovember 19, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded2010; The Backhouse (Los Angeles, California); Rocket Carousel (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length3:54
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Victoria Justice singles chronology
"A Thousand Miles"
(2007)
"Freak the Freak Out"
(2010)
"Beggin' on Your Knees"
(2011)
Music video
"Freak the Freak Out" on YouTube

"Freak the Freak Out" is a song performed by American pop recording artist Victoria Justice. It was produced by The Super Chris and Michael Corcoran, who also co-wrote the song with C.J. Abraham, Nick Hexum, Zack Hexum, Dan Schneider, for Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show (2011), the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon television series, Victorious . It was released as the album's lead single on November 19, 2010 through Columbia Records. Musically, the song is a fast-paced electronic rock song with influences of electropop and teen pop lyrics, and the lyrics speak of getting the attention of a distant 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!.

Nick Hexum American musician

Nicholas Lofton Hexum is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, currently the vocalist and guitarist for the multi-platinum alternative rock band 311 and The Nick Hexum Quintet.

Zack Hexum is a Los Angeles based, two-time BMI award winning composer for film and television, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. His music has been heard in over 700 episodes of television and movies, including iCarly, Henry Danger (Nickelodeon), Liv and Maddie, Shake It Up (Disney), Peabody and Sherman (Dreamworks). He graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from the prestigious University of North Texas music program, where he played lead tenor saxophone in the grammy-nominated One o’Clock Lab Band. As a performer he has played on many recordings including the motion picture Trolls (Dreamworks) and accompanied acts such as Michael Bublé and Fitz and the Tantrums. Omaha-grown, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Niki, a singer and songwriter, and their three children.

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The song was met with generally positive reviews from critics, with the majority of them praising its message and aggressive sound. "Freak the Freak Out" charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 50, remaining as the highest peaking song from the soundtrack. The accompanying music video portrays Justice with the Victorious cast at a night club dancing, singing and enjoying the moment.

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

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Background

"Freak the Freak Out" is the first commercial 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's one-hour special, "Freak the Freak Out", which premiered on November 26, 2010 in North America, a few days after the single's release. The scene where the song was performed features Justice, disguised as a very ugly girl Louise Nordoff, who comes up on stage to sing and later reveals her true self as a part of a plan to win a bet with the two main antagonists in the episode, Hayley (Jillian Clare) and Tara (Jamie Snow). They won a previous contest only because Hayley's father owns the karaoke place. Justice continues singing as Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande, playing Jade West and Cat Valentine, come up on stage and dance beside her.

<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".

Jillian Clare American child actress and singer

Jillian Clare is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as pre-teen Abigail "Abby" Deveraux on Days of Our Lives and for her lead role as Victoria "Tori" Archer on Miss Behave, a teen drama web series that she also produces.

Karaoke form of entertainment involving singing to recorded music

Karaoke is a form of interactive entertainment or video game developed in Japan in which an amateur singer sings along with recorded music using a microphone. The music is usually an instrumental version of a well-known popular song. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol, changing color, or music video images, to guide the singer. In several Asian countries such as China, Cambodia or the Philippines, a karaoke box is called a KTV. The global karaoke market has been estimated to be worth nearly $10 billion.

The song was written by Michael Corcoran, C.J. Abraham, Nick Hexum, Zack Hexum, Dan Schneider. [1] It also featured addition production by Greg Wells on additional production. [1] The mixing for the song was provided by Greg Wellstook place at Rocket Carousel in Los Angeles, California. [1] Backhouse Mike and The Super Chris produced the track along with providing all the instruments on the song. [1] Michael Corcoran also provided the guitars. [1] Corcoran was also included on the programming for the song with CJ Abraham, both of which engineered the track in The Backhouse in Los Angeles. [1] Corcoran and Abraham provided additional vocals along with Niki Watkins, Nick and Zack Hexum. [1]

Dan Schneider is an American actor, television writer, and producer. After appearing in mostly supporting roles in a number of 1980s and 1990s films and TV shows, Schneider devoted himself to behind-the-scenes work in production. He is the co-president of television production company Schneider's Bakery and made What I Like About You for The WB and All That, The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly, Victorious, Sam & Cat, Henry Danger, Game Shakers, and The Adventures of Kid Danger for Nickelodeon.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Composition

"Freak the Freak Out" is an electronic rock song that contains influences of Hi-NRG, teen pop and electropop. The song runs For 160 beats per minute respectively, through a Dance-rock oriented beat and features a more aggressive sound than the rest of the album's songs, at one point received comparisons to American recording artist Katy Perry's musical stylings. [2] Much of the song features relentless beats, synthesized instrumentations, nonstop simple, and repetitive choruses, [3] The theme of this song is center around managing relationships. [2] The lyrics are about getting the attention of a distant partner, who doesn't listen.

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.

Hi-NRG is a genre of uptempo disco or electronic dance music (EDM) that originated in the United States during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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."

Critical reception

Bob Hoose and Steven Isaac of Plugged In Online condemned the song for its objectionable content, mainly noting the title's second "freak" was, stated by Hoose and Isaac, "a not-so-subtle substitute for an intended obscenity." [2] Joe DeAndrea of AbsolutePunk praised the song, along with "Beggin' on Your Knees", 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." [4]

Performances

Justice performed this song in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2010. Also, the song was performed in a Victorious episode of the same title as the song.

Music video

The music video premiered on Nickelodeon on November 19, 2010, after the iCarly episode "iStart a Fan War". The video opens with Justice talking on the phone with someone outside of the club. She is upset that her friend isn't coming to the club, but decides to go in anyway. As she walks around the club, she sees the Victorious cast socializing with other people. They are also shown dancing individually on the dance floor in another part of the club. There are also interspersed shots of Justice singing the song while sitting down, singing parts of the song into her phone, performing the song in a room with people dancing behind her and at the DJ booth.
In a shorter version of the music video, there are interspersed shots of Justice recording the song in a studio.

Credits and personnel

Credits are taken from Victorious liner notes. [1]

Chart performance and certifications

"Freak the Freak Out" debuted at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 50.

Chart (2010–11)Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100 [5] 50
US Top Heatseekers [6] 1
Mexico Billboard 69

A little over six months after its release, the single was certified Gold by the RIAA in the United States on June 13, 2011. However, Justice's label incorrectly certified it as an album. [7] It has been confirmed that the song has sales of over 600,000 digital copies in the U.S. [8]

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References

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  7. https://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Freak+the+Freak+Out%22
  8. Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Victoria Justice And The Band Perry Join Lineup for TNT’s Christmas in Washington, Hosted by Conan O'Brien