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"Freak the Freak Out" is a song performed by American actress and singer Victoria Justice, written by CJ Abraham, Michael Corcoran, Nick Hexum, Zack Hexum, and Dan Schneider, and produced by Corcoran, Abraham, and Greg Wells, for the Nickelodeon television series Victorious. It was released on November 22, 2010, as the lead single from the series' soundtrack album, Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show, released on August 2, 2011, where it was placed as the second track.[1]

Background and release

Dan Schneider, one of the song's writers and the creator of Victorious, revelead in a Blogger post on October 16, 2010 that one-hour special episode "Freak the Freak Out" would be aired on November 26 and feature a new song of the same title, which would be released on iTunes.[2] Soon after, a trailer for the episode came out featuring part of this song.[3][4] The series' official Twitter account announced the song would be released on November 23.[5] However, it was eventually released a day earlier.[1] "Freak the Freak Out" was the second track from the show released on official music platforms, after "Make It Shine". The song was also available to listen to on the series' website TheSlap and on the Nickelodeon website.[6][7]

In the series

"Freak the Freak Out"

"Freak the Freak Out" was first performed by Tori Vega (portrayed by Victoria Justice) in the episode of the same title that premiered on November 26, 2010. Jade West (portrayed by Elizabeth Gillies) and Cat Valentine (portrayed by Ariana Grande) are banned from singing in Karaoke Dokie after they lose the contest against Hayley Ferguson (portrayed by Jillian Clare) and Tara Ganz (portrayed by Jamie Snow), who only won because Hayley's father owns the bar, despite their poor vocal skills and that the crowd enjoyed Jade and Cat's performance more. In revenge, Jade and Cat challenge them anyone in the bar will impress the audience more. Hayley and Tara choose Tori, who's dressed-up as an unatractive nerdy girl under the name Louise Nordoff. While singing, Tori reveales herself, surprising everyone, especially Hayley and Tara. After her performance, the audience applaudes Tori more.

"Tori Goes Platinum"

The song was performed a second time by Miranda Sings (alter-ego portrayed by Colleen Ballinger in real life) in the episode "Tori Goes Platinum" (the same episode "Cheer Me Up" and "Make It in America" were performed), that premiered on May 19, 2012. She sings part of the chorus on the audition video for the song contest held by Mason Thornesmith (portrayed by Charles Shaughnessy). However, he doesn't appear to like her performance.

TheSlap

The song appeared in two clips on TheSlap. The first clip named Angry Freak Out was uploaded in September 2011 on Tori's profile and features her, Jade, Cat, Beck Oliver (portrayed by Avan Jogia), Robbie Shapiro (portrayed by Matt Bennett), André Harris (portrayed by Leon Thomas III), and Rex Powers (voiced by Jake Farrow) in her house, where everyone scream the song's lyrics to each other to its instrumental version heard in background, until Rex messes-up the lyrics. The second clip was uploaded in November 2011 on Rex's profile, which was the fourth video of the segment named Rex Sings, in which he covers the song and Tori appears jumping on the ball.

Composition and reception

AllMusic's William Ruhlmann mentioned "Freak the Freak Out", along with the album's previous track, "Make It Shine", is "typical of the teen pop genre due to its relentless beats, synthesized instrumentations, nonstop simple, repetitive choruses, and Auto-Tune vocals".[8] Tiger Beat published a favorable opinion, stating "The song has such a catchy and fun beat to it. It's definitely something we need to get on our mp3 players ASAP!".[9] In an article from 2014, Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote "Freak the Freak Out" "deserves to be re-discovered as a highly campy, totally transfixing single", also claiming this song, "Beggin' on Your Knees", and "Best Friend's Brother" reveal more about Victoria Justice's musical abilities than her then-latest single, "Gold".[10] Megan Gaertner of Her Campus placed the song on the fourth place of the best songs from Victorious, writing it's "another great bop. This one was and still is a great one to jam out to with you besties."[11]

Commercial performance

In the United States, "Freak the Freak Out" was Victoria Justice's first song to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After being sold in 79,000 copies in the week of January 15, 2011, it peaked at number 50, the highest of all songs by Justice.[12] It spent a total of six weeks on this chart, also the longest of Justice's songs. It was also her second (after "Make It Shine") and last song to date to appear on the Heatseekers Songs chart, where it reached the chart's top and stayed for four weeks in general. The single reached number 41 and spent seven weeks on the Digital Songs chart. It also appeared on two now-discontinued charts, Kid Digital Song Sales, where it peaked at number six and spent 64 weeks, and Pop Digital Song Sales, where it peaked at number 21 and spent 11 weeks. On June 11, "Freak the Freak Out" received a gold certification by Recording Industry Association of America, after selling 500,000 units in the country, becoming Justice's first song to be certified.[13] As of November 15, the song has sold over 600,000 digital copies there.[14]

"Freak the Freak Out" was Justice's second song (after "Make It Shine") to appear on the chart in the Commonwealth of Independent States, reaching number 235 and spending four weeks. It's her only song to make an appearance on the UK Singles Chart, for one week at number 176. It's also her only song to chart in Australia, where it didn't appear on the main ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart, but appeared on the smaller ARIA Top 20 Hitseekers Singles Chart, where it spent eight weeks in total and reached seventh place.

Weekly chart positions
Region Chart Week of Week number Peak position
United States Billboard Hot 100 December 18, 2010[15] 1 78
January 8, 2011[16] 2 58
January 15, 2011[17] 3 50
January 22, 2011[18] 4 77
January 29, 2011[19] 5 75
February 5, 2011[20] 6 92
Heatseekers Songs December 18, 2010[21] 1 2
December 25, 2010[22] 2 12
January 1, 2011[23] 3 10
January 8, 2011[24] 4 1
Digital Song Sales December 18, 2010[25] 1 41
January 1, 2011[26] 2 75
January 8, 2011[27] 3 51
January 15, 2011[28] 4 43
January 22, 2011[29] 5 53
January 29, 2011[30] 6
February 5, 2011[31] 7 64
Kid Digital Song Sales August 20, 2011[32] 1 N/A
August 27, 2011[32] 2
September 3, 2011[33] 3
September 10, 2011[33] 4
September 17, 2011[34] 5
September 24, 2011[33] 6
October 1, 2011[32] 7
October 8, 2011[34] 8
October 15, 2011[32] 9
October 22, 2011[35] 10 9
October 29, 2011[35] 11 12
November 5, 2011[33] 12 N/A
November 12, 2011[34] 13
November 19, 2011[32] 14
November 26, 2011[36] 15 15
December 3, 2011[36] 16 14
December 10, 2011[32] 17 N/A
December 17, 2011[32] 18
December 24, 2011[32] 19
December 31, 2011[34] 20
January 7, 2012[37] 21 9
January 14, 2012[37] 22 6
January 21, 2012[32] 23 N/A
January 28, 2012[38] 24 9
February 4, 2012[38] 25 8
February 11, 2012[32] 26 N/A
February 18, 2012[32] 27
February 25, 2012[34] 28
March 3, 2012[32] 29
March 10, 2012[32] 30
March 17, 2012[39] 31 15
March 24, 2012[39] 32 14
March 31, 2012[34] 33 N/A
April 7, 2012[34] 34
April 14, 2012[32] 35
April 21, 2012[32] 36
April 28, 2012[32] 37
May 5, 2012[34] 38
May 12, 2012[32] 39
May 19, 2012[34] 40
May 26, 2012[40] 41 11
June 2, 2012[40] 42 7
June 9, 2012[33] 43 N/A
June 16, 2012[34] 44
June 23, 2012[34] 45
July 7, 2012[33] 46
July 14, 2012[34] 47
July 21, 2012[33] 48
July 28, 2012[33] 49
August 18, 2012[34] 50
August 25, 2012[34] 51
September 1, 2012[32] 52
September 8, 2012[32] 53
September 15, 2012[33] 54
September 22, 2012[33] 55
October 27, 2012[33] 56
January 12, 2013[33] 57
February 16, 2013[34] 58
February 23, 2013[32] 59
April 13, 2013[34] 60
April 20, 2013[34] 61
April 27, 2013[33] 62
July 13, 2013[34] 63
July 27, 2013[34] 64
Pop Digital Song Sales[41] January 15, 2011 N/A 21
Australia ARIA Top 20 Hitseekers Singles Chart May 16, 2011[42] 1 7
May 23, 2011[43] 2 17
June 20, 2011[44] 3 19
July 11, 2011[45] 4 18
January 2, 2012[46] 5 9
January 9, 2012[47] 6 15
January 16, 2012[48] 7 14
January 23, 2012[49] 8 13
Commonwealth of Independent States Top Radio Hits[50] March 26, 2011 1 235
April 2, 2011 2 241
April 9, 2011 3 240
April 16, 2011 4 283
United Kingdom UK Singles Chart[51] March 12, 2011 1 176

Music video

FreaktheFreakOut.jpg

Victoria Justice tweeted she was learning choreography for the music video on October 30, 2010.[52] In the tweet from November 5, Justice mentioned she had just finished dance reherseal and the video would be filmed the next day.[53] The video premiered two weeks later (three days before the song's official release).[54] The video features Justice recording a song in the studio, and having fun with the rest of the main cast of Victorious in a club, dancing individually in the center of the circle of partying people and at the DJ booth. In this video there's a shorter version of the song that was uploaded on the singer's SoundCloud account on July 14, 2011.[55]

The director's cut exists and is longer than the original version. There is an additional dialogue at the beginning, which is not shown in the original version of the clip, with Justice talking to someone on the phone and asking why that person is not coming, before finally entering the club alone, where she meets a cast of the series. There are scenes with Justice talking on the phone through this version, but those with her singing in the studio are removed, however.

Live performances

"Freak the Freak Out" was performed live by Victoria Justice for the first time on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010.[56] It was later performed as the second song of the setlist during the Victorious: Walmart Soundcheck concert on May 26, 2011. Justice performed the single at Dream Halloween on October 27, 2012, raising funds for the Keep a Child Alive organization.[57] "Freak the Freak Out" was the first song in the setlist of Justice's 2013 second concert tour, Summer Break Tour.

Contest

Due to gaining 40,000 subscribers on YouTube, Victoria Justice announced her first contest on January 29, 2011, sponsored by Columbia Records. People entering the competition had to be at least 13 years old, resident in the United States, and subscribe Justice's YouTube channel. The competition task was to upload on YouTube a video of one to three minutes of doing anything creative or fun, such as singing or dancing, to "Freak the Freak Out" and fill out the contest form on a specially created website victoriajustice.crowdsurf.net. First place was to win a chance to meet Justice and travel with a companion on the set of the new music video, two round trip airline tickets (economy coach class) from the major airport nearest winner's hometown to an airport in Los Angeles (with a note that if the winner live within 1,000 miles of Los Angeles sponsor may substitute ground transportation in lieu of air transportation), two night's hotel accommodation, and ground transportation in Los Angeles; Second place was to win the Flip Cam autographed by Justice; Third place was to win Skype chat with her; Fourth place was to win the video shout out from Justice; Fifth place was to win an autographed photo wih Victorious cast. All winners were also to get an autographed "Freak the Freak Out" poster.[58] The contest ended on February 21 with over 700 entries.[54][59] The playlist with the contest winners' videos was available on Justice's channel, along with a cover by its winner, Drew Tabor.[60]

Credits and personnel

  • CJ "The Super Chris" Abraham – Background vocal, composer, engineer, lyricist, producer, programmer
  • Michael "Backhouse Mike" Corcoran – Background vocal, composer, guitar, engineer, lyricist, producer, programmer
  • Brian Gardner – Mastering engineer
  • Nick Hexum – Background vocal, composer, lyricist
  • Zack Hexum – Background vocal, composer, lyricist
  • Victoria Justice – Vocal
  • Dan Schneider – Composer, lyricist
  • Niki Watkins – Background vocal
  • Greg Wells – Mixing engineer, producer
  • Published by Tunes by Nickelodeon Inc. (ASCAP), Wonder Wagon Music (ASCAP), Xaque Hecksome Music (ASCAP), Hydroponic Music (BMI), Mt. Sea Music (BMI), and Music by Nickelodeon Inc. (BMI).[61][62]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Are you listening?
Hear me talk, hear me sing
Open up the door
Is it less? Is it more?
When you tell me to beware
Are you here? Are you there?
Is it something I should know?
Easy come, easy go

[Pre-chorus 1]
Nodding your head, don't hear a word I said
I can't communicate
When you wait, don't relate
I try to talk to you, but you never even knew
So, what's it gonna be?
Tell me, can you hear me?

[Chorus]
I'm so sick of it, your attention deficit
Never listen, you never listen
I'm so sick of it, so I'll throw another fit
Never listen, you never listen
I scream your name, it always stays the same
I scream and shout
So what I'm gonna do now is freak the freak out (hey)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa-oh

[Verse 2]
Patience running thin
Running thin, come again
Tell me what I get, opposite, opposite
Show me what is real
If it breaks, does it heal?
Open up your ear
Why you think that I'm here?

[Pre-chorus 2]
Keep me in the dark, are you even thinking of me?
Is someone else above me? Gotta know, gotta know
What am I gonna do? 'Cause I can't get through to you
So, what's it gonna be? Tell me, can you hear me?
(Can you hear me?)

[Chorus]
I'm so sick of it, your attention deficit
Never listen, never listen
I'm so sick of it, so I'll throw another fit
Never listen, never listen
I scream your name, it always stays the same
I scream and shout
So what I'm gonna do now is freak the freak out (hey)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa-oh
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa-oh

[Bridge]
Easy come, easy go (Hey)
Easy come, easy go
(Can you hear me?)

[Chorus]
I scream your name, it always stays the same
I scream and shout
So what I'm gonna do now is freak the freak out (hey)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa-oh
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa-oh

[Outro]
I scream your name
But you never listen
No, you never listen
But you never listen

[Verse]
Are you listening?
Hear me talk, hear me sing
Open up the door
Is it less? Is it more?
When you tell me to beware
Are you here? Are you there?
Is it something I should know?
Easy come, easy go

[Pre-chorus]
Nodding your head, don't hear a word I said
I can't communicate
When you wait, don't relate
I try to talk to you, but you never even knew
So, what's it gonna be?
Tell me, can you hear me?
(Can you hear me?)

[Chorus]
I'm so sick of it, your attention deficit
Never listen, you never listen
I'm so sick of it, so I'll throw another fit
Never listen, you never listen
I scream your name, it always stays the same
I scream and shout
So what I'm gonna do now is freak the freak out (hey)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa-oh

[Bridge]
Easy come, easy go
(Can you hear me?)

[Chorus]
I scream your name, it always stays the same
I scream and shout
So what I'm gonna do now is freak the freak out (hey)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa-oh

[Outro]
I scream your name
But you never listen
No, you never listen
But you never listen

Trivia

Videos

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