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"Best Friend's Brother" (also known as "B.F.B." and "Best Friend's Brother (BFB)") is a song performed by American actress and singer Victoria Justice, co-written with Savan Kotecha and its producer Kool Kojak, for the Nickelodeon television series Victorious. It was originally released on the Idolator website on May 16, 2011, and later re-released on May 20, as the third single from the series' soundtrack album, Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show, released on August 2, where it was placed as the third track.[1][2]

Background and release

The song was exclusively released to the Idolator website on May 16, 2011. The same day, Victoria Justice announced on her website it would be released on iTunes four days later and Celebuzz revealed the single's cover artwork.[3] The song was also later available on the Nickelodeon website.[4]

"Best Friend's Brother" is Justice's first released song written by her and the only one written by her from the album. In an interview for the Seventeen, she revealed she was inspired by her own experience of having a crush on her best friend's brother, saying "When I was around 14 years old, in 8th grade, I had this crush on my best friend's brother. He was two years older than me. It was one of those things where I would go over her house and we would all play Halo 2 together and go swimming in the pool and stuff. I think we both had little crushes on each other, but it never went anywhere. If it had, it would have been really weird. I wouldn't have been willing to risk my friendship for dating her brother. Friendship is always more important". She also mentioned in a later interview with Teen Vogue Dan Schneider, creator and executive producer of Victorious, asked her about using the song in the series after hearing and falling in love with it. Justice has mentioned often it's one of her favorite songs on the album.[5][6][7]

In the series

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"Best Friend's Brother" was performed by Tori Vega (portrayed by Victoria Justice) with Cat Valentine (portrayed by Ariana Grande) and André Harris (portrayed by Leon Thomas III) in the episode "Prom Wrecker", that premiered on May 21, 2011. It's sung at "Prome" hosted by Tori at Hollywood Arts High School. Despite the rain starting to fall, Tori decides to continue the performance, thanks to André and the students' applause. The song doesn't affect the episode's plot much.

Composition and reception

Idolator's Becky Bain gave a positive review writing "Victoria might be perplexed about the awkward sitch with her bestie, but we're banging our heads to this fist-pumping tune" and added the song as rougher and tougher than "Beggin' on Your Knees", and as something Pink might record if she was a "lovelorn teen".[1] Jessica Dawson from Common Sense Media gave three stars out of five stating "Although the idea of crushin' on your BF's sibling might be a little sketchy for younger kids, the song is innocent enough and has no bad language or iffy content".[8] Jason Lipshutz, in an article from 2014 for Billboard, wrote both "Best Friend's Brother" and "Beggin' on Your Knees" "zip along with compact hooks and unabashed attitude", also claiming these songs and "Freak the Freak Out" reveal more about Justice's musical abilities than her then-latest single, "Gold".[9] Megan Gaertner of Her Campus placed the song on the second place of the best songs from Victorious.[10]

Chart performance

"Best Friend's Brother" peaked at number 86 and spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Victoria Justice's third (after "Freak the Freak Out" and "Beggin' on Your Knees") and last to this date song to appear there. The song reached number 65 and also spent four weeks on the Digital Songs chart. On the now-discontinued Kid Digital Song Sales chart, where it spent 58 weeks, the single peaked at its top, becoming Justice's second song to reach number one there (following "Beggin' on Your Knees"). It peaked at the 27th position and spent eight weeks on another discontinued Pop Digital Song Sales chart.

"Best Friend's Brother" was one of the five songs by Justice to appear on the 2011 Kid Digital Song Sales year-end chart, with the others being "Beggin' on Your Knees", "Make It Shine", "Leave It All to Shine", and "I Want You Back". It peaked at number four.[11]

Weekly chart positions
Chart Week of Week number Peak position
The Hot 100 June 18, 2011[12] 1 93
June 25, 2011[13] 2 86
July 2, 2011[14] 3 94
July 9, 2011[15] 4 86
Digital Song Sales June 18, 2011[16] 1 74
June 25, 2011[17] 2 67
July 2, 2011[18] 3 74
July 9, 2011[19] 4 65
Kid Digital Song Sales June 4, 2011[20] 1 7
June 11, 2011[20] 2 3
June 18, 2011[21] 3 1
June 25, 2011[21] 4 N/A
July 2, 2011[21] 5
July 9, 2011[21] 6
July 16, 2011[22] 7
July 23, 2011[21] 8
July 30, 2011[21] 9
August 6, 2011[23] 10
August 13, 2011[24] 11 3
August 20, 2011[22] 12 N/A
August 27, 2011[22] 13
September 3, 2011[21] 14
September 10, 2011[22] 15
September 17, 2011[22] 16
September 24, 2011[22] 17
October 1, 2011[22] 18
October 8, 2011[21] 19
October 15, 2011[21] 20
October 22, 2011[25] 21 7
October 29, 2011[25] 22 10
November 5, 2011[22] 23 N/A
November 12, 2011[21] 24
November 19, 2011[21] 25
November 26, 2011[22] 26
December 3, 2011[21] 27
December 10, 2011[23] 28
December 24, 2011[21] 29
December 24, 2011[21] 30
January 7, 2012[26] 31 12
January 14, 2012[26] 32 8
January 21, 2012[21] 33 N/A
January 28, 2012[22] 34
February 4, 2012[22] 35
February 11, 2012[21] 36
February 18, 2012[21] 37
February 25, 2012[22] 38
March 3, 2012[21] 39
March 10, 2012[22] 40
March 17, 2012[22] 41
March 24, 2012[23] 42
March 31, 2012[22] 43
April 7, 2012[23] 44
April 14, 2012[21] 45
April 21, 2012[22] 46
April 28, 2012[23] 47
May 5, 2012[21] 48
May 12, 2012[22] 49
May 19, 2012[22] 50
May 26, 2012[27] 51 15
June 2, 2012[27] 52 12
June 9, 2012[22] 53 N/A
August 18, 2012[22] 54
September 1, 2012[23] 55
January 12, 2013[21] 56
July 20, 2013[22] 57
July 27, 2013[22] 58
Pop Digital Song Sales[28] June 25, 2011 N/A 27

Music video

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Victoria Justice first tweeted about a dance rehearsal on May 17, 2011, and posted the next day she was on her way to shooting a music video.[29][30] The video premiered on Vevo on May 27.[3] Later, a pop-up version of the clip was released, which contained information about its plot and production with additional trivia. According to Justice's tweet on August 20, this version of the video was blocked from viewing for two weeks.[31] All the scenes, both at the house and pizzeria, were filmed in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California. It's the only music video for the song from Victorious in which there's no other cast member besides Justice.

The video starts with Justice being invited to her friend's house to study together in her room. Meanwhile, the friend's brother (portrayed by Daniel Romer), whom she has a crush on, hangs out with his friends in the living room. At one point, she decides to go to the kitchen to pour herself a glass of water, but it she begins to dream of being alone with her friend's brother, for whom she dances and sings, eventually falling into the sink. In the next scene, Justice is sitting in the car texting a friend Audrey before noticing her crush playing drums in the garage. She then begins to dream again she's singing for him on the car. Her dream is interrupted by her friend (portrayed by Bryony Grace) who gets into the car, and Justice prepares to drive. At a pizzeria called Pizza by the Slice, Justice spends time with her friends, but also looks at her crush sitting at another table with his friends. Finally, she decides to dance in a pizzeria with other random girls, after which she and her friend's brother get closer to each other.

Live performances

"Best Friend's Brother" was performed live by Victoria Justice for the first time during the Victorious: Walmart Soundcheck concert on May 26, 2011. The song was a part of the setlist of Justice's 2013 second concert tour, Summer Break Tour.

Contest

Just like with the previous singles, there was a "Best Friend's Brother" contest created by Victoria Justice and J-14 magazine, that was first announced by Justice on September 23, 2011.[32] People entering the competition had to be 21 years old or younger, resident in the United States and the District of Columbia, subscribe Justice's YouTube channel, like her on Facebook, and follow her Twitter account. The competition task was to upload on YouTube a video of answering why the video's author should win and then enter Justice's website for a chance to win. The competition task was to send an e-mail to the magazine with a photo with best friend doing favorite activity together. The first place was to win a chance to fly out to Los Angeles with a friend and being featured in J-14 magazine alongside Justice, second place was to win a pair of Beats by Dre headphones, third place was to win a Skype call with Justice, fourth place was to win a signed copy of Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show, and fifth place was to win a signed copy of the series' first season on DVD.[33][34]

Credits and personnel

  • Brian Gardner – Mastering engineer
  • Allan "Kool Kojak" Grigg – Composer, lyricist, producer, programmer
  • Victoria Justice – Composer, lyricist, vocal
  • Savan Kotecha – Composer, lyricist
  • Mighty Mike McGarity – Engineer
  • Greg Wells – Mixing engineer
  • Published by EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP), Prescription Songs (ASCAP), and Hipgnosis SFH I Limited.[35]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I call you up when I know he's at home
I jump out of my skin when he picks up the phone
Why can't I tell if he's looking at me?
Should I give him a smile?
Should I get up and leave?

[Pre-chorus 1]
I know it's strange
I don't know what I'm thinking
But is it wrong if I see him this weekend?
I really hope I can get him alone
I just don't, don't want her to know

[Chorus]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
My best friend's brother is the one for me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
A punk rock drummer and he's six foot three
I don't want to, but I want to
'Cause I just can't get him out of my mind and
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
My best friend's brother is the one for me
B-F-B, B-F-B
My best friend's brother, my best friend's brother

[Verse 2]
I kinda think that I might be his type
'Cause when you're not around he's not acting too shy
Sometimes I feel like he might make a move
Is this all in my head?
I don't know what to do

[Pre-chorus 2]
I know it's strange
I don't know what he's thinking
But is it wrong if I see him this weekend?
I really hope I can get him alone
I just don't, don't want her to know

[Chorus]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
My best friend's brother is the one for me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
A punk rock drummer and he's six foot three
I don't want to, but I want to
'Cause I just can't get him out of my mind and
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
My best friend's brother is the one for me
B-F-B, B-F-B
My best friend's brother, my best friend's brother
B-F-B, B-F-B
My best friend's brother, my best friend's brother

[Bridge]
'Cause he's such a dream, yeah
And you know what I mean
If you weren't related

[Chorus]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
My best friend's brother is the one for me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
A punk rock drummer and he's six foot three
I don't want to, but I want to
'Cause I just can't get him out of my mind and
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
My best friend's brother is the one for me
B-F-B, B-F-B
My best friend's brother, my best friend's brother
B-F-B, B-F-B
My best friend's brother, my best friend's brother

Trivia

  • "Best Friend's Brother" appears on the Nickelodeon Essentials playlist on Apple Music, along with "Make It Shine", "Freak the Freak Out", "Take a Hint", and "Beggin' on Your Knees".[36]
  • On Spotify, it also appears on Nickelodeon's TeenNick playlist (along with "Make It Shine", "Freak the Freak Out", "Beggin' on Your Knees", "You're the Reason", and "L.A. Boyz"), and on TeenNick's the Best of Victorious playlist (along with other 12 songs by Victoria Justice).[37][38]
  • The scene from the first dream in the music video was based on a scene from the 1983 teen sex comedy film Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise.

Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://www.idolator.com/5860521/victoria-justice-best-friends-brother
  2. https://open.spotify.com/album/3AK0h13gEEtMbEsmlrcGI9
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20110528213836/http://www.victoriajustice.net/home
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20110822215748/http://www.nick.com/shows/victorious/
  5. https://twitter.com/VictoriaJustice/status/70231175796502528
  6. https://www.seventeen.com/celebrity/interviews/a15924/victoria-justice-soundtrack-interview/
  7. https://www.teenvogue.com/gallery/victoria-justice-interview
  8. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/music-reviews/best-friends-brother-cd-single
  9. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6221801/victoria-justice-music-ariana-grande
  10. https://www.hercampus.com/school/xavier/best-songs-victorious
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20201129044509/https://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2011/kid-digital-song-sales
  12. https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2011-06-18/
  13. https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2011-06-25/
  14. https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2011-07-02/
  15. https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2011-07-09/
  16. https://www.billboard.com/charts/digital-song-sales/2011-06-18/
  17. https://www.billboard.com/charts/digital-song-sales/2011-06-25/
  18. https://www.billboard.com/charts/digital-song-sales/2011-07-02/
  19. https://www.billboard.com/charts/digital-song-sales/2011-07-09/
  20. 20.0 20.1 https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/00s/2011/BB-2011-06-11.pdf
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 21.13 21.14 21.15 21.16 21.17 21.18 21.19 21.20 https://www.billboard.com/charts/search/results/?chart-page=2&chart-artistname=Victorious+Cast+Featuring+Victoria+Justice&chart-charttitle=Best+Friends+Brother&chart-label=Nickelodeon&chart-chartcode=KDT
  22. 22.00 22.01 22.02 22.03 22.04 22.05 22.06 22.07 22.08 22.09 22.10 22.11 22.12 22.13 22.14 22.15 22.16 22.17 22.18 22.19 22.20 22.21 https://www.billboard.com/charts/search/results/?chart-artistname=Victorious+Cast+Featuring+Victoria+Justice&chart-charttitle=Best+Friends+Brother&chart-label=Nickelodeon&chart-chartcode=KDT
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 https://www.billboard.com/charts/search/results/?chart-page=3&chart-artistname=Victorious+Cast+Featuring+Victoria+Justice&chart-charttitle=Best+Friends+Brother&chart-label=Nickelodeon&chart-chartcode=KDT
  24. https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/00s/2011/BB-2011-08-13.pdf
  25. 25.0 25.1 https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/00s/2011/BB-2011-10-29.pdf
  26. 26.0 26.1 https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/00s/2012/BB-2012-01-14.pdf
  27. 27.0 27.1 https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/00s/2012/BB-2012-06-02.pdf
  28. https://web.archive.org/web/20210607160703/https://www.billboard.com/music/victoria-justice/chart-history/PPD
  29. https://twitter.com/VictoriaJustice/status/70588017408094208
  30. https://twitter.com/VictoriaJustice/status/70875844704350208
  31. https://twitter.com/VictoriaJustice/status/104706787676135426
  32. https://twitter.com/VictoriaJustice/status/117355614396612608
  33. https://web.archive.org/web/20111010183827/http://www.j-14.com/2011/10/j-14-win-it-photo-shoot-with-victoria-justice.html
  34. https://web.archive.org/web/20111010192056/http://www.j-14.com/2011/10/official-rules-for-victoria-justice-photo-shoot.html
  35. https://www.ascap.com/repertory#/ace/search/workID/882703683
  36. https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/nickelodeon-essentials/pl.7e36142599294ec783aced5a07650184
  37. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX2Zbv3JDcc4J
  38. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/09xYO3Tci5rmxOsdmlV9w2
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