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"You're the Reason" (also known as "You Are the Reason") is a song performed by Victoria Justice, written by CJ Abraham, Dan Schneider, and Michael Corcoran, and produced by Corcoran, Abraham, and Greg Wells, for the American Nickelodeon television series Victorious. It was originally released on TheSlap on April 26, 2010, and later placed as the sixth track on the series' soundtrack album, Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show, released on August 2, 2011.[1] The acoustic version, produced by Anne Preven and Scott Cutler, was released on December 3, as the fourth and final single from the album.[2]

Background and release

"You're the Reason" was released on TheSlap, the website of Victorious, on April 26, 2010.[1] It was also available for listening on the Nickelodeon website around May 2, until being replaced by "Freak the Freak Out".[3][4] "You're the Reason" was the second released song from the series, after "Make It Shine", but it wasn't released on any official music platform before appearing as a part of the album on August 2, 2011. This also happened later with other songs from the series that were released exclusively on TheSlap before being included on the album.

On December 2, Idolator announced the acoustic version of "You're the Reason" would be released the next day, revealing its single cover artwork.[5] The same day, ClevverTV uploaded an interview with Victoria Justice who revealed it was a ballad interpretation of the song she was proud of because she claimed people didn't hear her sound that way, describing she "really really got into the vocal" which was fun for her. She later found it to be the more emotional version of the song she wanted to connect with, and which she wanted to stylize it in a way she wanted to and control it. She also mentioned that the lyrics of this song are about someone she's inspired, and she thought a lot about her mother (Serene Justice) in the recording studio.

The acoustic version was released the same day as "It's Not Christmas Without You". The song also returned in this version on the Nickelodeon website.[6] Noel Duan from Teen Vogue described the song as "a new jam to help you power through final exams".[7]

In the series

"You're the Reason" was performed Tori Vega (portrayed by Victoria Justice), by André Harris (portayed by Leon Thomas III), and by Trina Vega (portrayed by Daniella Monet) in the episode "The Birthweek Song", that premiered the date on April 25, 2010. Tori has trouble with the idea for a gift for "birthweek" of her sister, Trina. André suggests Tori to write a song inspired by Trina. While writing the lyrics, Tori confesses her favorite thing about Trina is that she was the reason she got into Hollywood Arts High School and that "crazy" is the first word she gets into her head when she thinks of her sister, but still loves her. André starts singing the lyrics of the chorus he has already written. Tori performs the full song at the party. Though Trina likes the song, she doesn't recognize it as a gift. Much to her frustration, Tori can only give her a flash driver with a file of this song. The next day, Trina tells Tori she sold it to a record label to use the money to buy a hat. She also reveals they want Trina to record the song professionally, but later finds out she hadn't told him she wasn't the one performing the song. In a recording studio, Trina tries to perform it in front of two music producers, but fails due to her lack of vocal skill. As a result, she calls Tori, who was found fantastic by the producers, but her recording is interrupted by a phone call to one of the producers who finds out Beyoncé wants to record this song, and they leave Tori, André, and Trina in the studio.

"You're the Reason" was also performed by Trina Vega in the episode "The Diddly-Bops" (The same episode "Favorite Foods" and "Song 2 You" were performed), that premiered on January 17, 2011. At some point in the episode, André Harris' manager visits him at the Asphalt Café to tell him the record label can't sign him. Trina comes to this agent to sing the chorus of "You're the Reason" in front of him, so he decides to run into the car and drive away from school, only to be chased by her.

Chart performance

"You're the Reason" failed to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, the main chart in the United States. However, following the acoustic version's release, the song managed to appear on the chart's extension, Bubbling Under Hot 100, spending one week at number 24. On the now-discontinued Kid Digital Song Sales chart, the song peaked at its top and spent 27 weeks, becoming Justice's fourth and one of the six songs to reach number one there (with the others being "Beggin' on Your Knees", "Best Friend's Brother", "I Want You Back", "Take a Hint", and "Make It in America").

Weekly chart positions
Chart Week of Week number Peak position
Bubbling Under Hot 100 January 14, 2012[8] 1 24
Kid Digital Song Sales August 20, 2011[9] 1 N/A
August 27, 2011[9] 2
September 3, 2011[9] 3
September 10, 2011[9] 4
September 17, 2011[9] 5
September 24, 2011[9] 6
December 17, 2011[10] 7
December 24, 2011[9] 8
December 31, 2011[9] 9
January 7, 2012[11] 10 2
January 14, 2012[9] 11 1
January 21, 2012[12] 12
January 28, 2012[12] 13
February 4, 2012[12] 14
February 11, 2012[9] 15 N/A
February 18, 2012[9] 16
February 25, 2012[9] 17
March 3, 2012[9] 18
March 10, 2012[9] 19
March 17, 2012[9] 20
March 24, 2012[9] 21
March 31, 2012[9] 22
April 7, 2012[9] 23
April 21, 2012[9] 24
May 12, 2012[9] 25
June 2, 2012[9] 26
June 9, 2012[9] 27

Promotion

On December 2, 2011, Idolator revelead the music video would be aired the next day on Nickelodeon during the premiere of the episode "A Christmas Tori" and would later be uploaded on Vevo.[5] Perez Hilton also posted an exclusive clip of the video on his website and wrote it was directed by Wayne Isham.[13] It shows Victoria Justice walking, singing, and playing piano on the beach and in the woods.

"You're the Reason" was a part of the setlist of Victoria Justice's 2013 second concert tour, Summer Break Tour, as a medley with "Tell Me That You Love Me".

Credits and personnel

  • CJ "The Super Chris" Abraham – Background vocal, composer, keyboards, lyricist, producer
  • Michael "Backhouse Mike" Corcoran – Background vocal, composer, engineer, lyricist, producer
  • Brian Gardner – Mastering engineer
  • Victoria Justice – Vocal
  • Dan Schneider – Composer, lyricist
  • Niki Watkins – Background vocal
  • Greg Wells – Mixing engineer, producer

  • CJ Abraham – Composer, lyricist
  • Stevie Blacke – Strings
  • Michael Corcoran – Composer, lyricist
  • Scott Cutler – Producer
  • Matt Hales – Piano
  • Victoria Justice – Vocal
  • Jamie Muhoberac – Piano
  • Anne Preven – Producer
  • Zac Rae – Keyboards
  • Dan Schneider – Composer, lyricist
  • Ryan Williams – Mixing engineer, recording engineer

  • Published by Tunes by Nickelodeon Inc. (ASCAP), Wonder Wagon Music (ASCAP), Mt. Sea Music (BMI), and Music by Nickelodeon Inc. (BMI).[14]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I don't wanna make a scene
I don't wanna let you down
Try to do my own thing
And I'm starting to figure it out

[Pre-chorus 1]
That it's alright
Keep it together, wherever we go
And it's alright
Oh well, whatever
Everybody needs to know

[Chorus]
You might be crazy
Have I told you lately that I love you?
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly
And it's crazy
That someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
And you need to know that you're the reason why

[Verse 2]
I don't even care when they say you're a little bit off
Look 'em in the eye
I say I could never get enough

[Pre-chorus 2]
'Cause it's alright
Keep it together, wherever we go
And it's alright
Oh well, whatever
Everybody needs to know

[Chorus]
You might be crazy
Have I told you lately that I love you?
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly
And it's crazy that someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
And you need to know that you're the reason why

[Bridge]
If it was raining you would yell at the sun
Pick up the pieces when the damage is done
You say it's just another day in the shade
Look at what a mess we made

[Chorus]
You might be crazy
Have I told you lately that I love you?
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly
And it's crazy
That someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
You might be crazy
Have I told you lately that I love you?
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly
And it's crazy that someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
And you need to know that you're the reason why

[Verse 1]
I don't wanna make a scene
I don't wanna let you down
Try to do my own thing
And I'm starting to figure it out

[Pre-chorus 1]
That it's alright
Keep it together, wherever we go
And it's alright
Oh well, whatever
Everybody needs to know

[Chorus]
You might be crazy
Have I told you lately that I love you?
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly
And it's crazy
That someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
And you need to know that you're the reason why

[Verse 2]
I don't even care when they say you're a little bit off
Look 'em in the eye
I say I could never get enough

[Pre-chorus 2]
'Cause it's alright
Keep it together, wherever we go
And it's alright
Oh well, whatever
Everybody needs to know

[Chorus]
You might be crazy
Have I told you lately that I love you?
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly
And it's crazy that someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
And you need to know that you're the reason why

[Bridge]
If it was raining you would yell at the sun
Pick up the pieces when the damage is done
You say it's just another day in the shade
Look at what a mess we made

[Chorus]
You might be crazy
Have I told you lately that I love you?
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly
You might be crazy
Have I told you lately that I love you?
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly
And it's crazy that someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
And you need to know that you're the reason why

[Outro]
I don't wanna make a scene
I don't wanna let you down

Trivia

  • "You're the Reason" is Victoria Justice's first song to have more than one version released (original and acoustic).
  • It appears on the on Nickelodeon's TeenNick playlist (along with "Make It Shine", "Freak the Freak Out", "Beggin' on Your Knees", "Best Friend's Brother", and "L.A. Boyz"), and on TeenNick's the Best of Victorious playlist (along with other 12 songs by Justice) on Spotify.[15][16]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20100426024738/http://www.theslap.com/
  2. https://open.spotify.com/album/2tJKER6kBYrJJffJ4VmkKz
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20100502053107/http://www.nick.com/shows/victorious
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20101204153929/http://www.nick.com/shows/victorious
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://www.idolator.com/6099921/victoria-justice-youre-the-reason-acoustic-version-cover-art
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20111203195203/http://www.nick.com/shows/victorious
  7. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/victoria-justices-new-music-video-youre-the-reason
  8. https://www.billboard.com/charts/bubbling-under-hot-100-singles/2012-01-14
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 9.17 9.18 9.19 9.20 9.21 https://www.billboard.com/charts/search/results/?chart-artistname=Victorious+Cast+Featuring+Victoria+Justice&chart-charttitle=Youre+the+Reason&chart-label=Nickelodeon&chart-chartcode=KDT
  10. https://www.billboard.com/charts/search/results/?chart-artistname=Victorious+Cast+Featuring+Victoria+Justice&chart-charttitle=Youre+the+Reason&chart-label=Nickelodeon&chart-date=2011-12-17&chart-chartcode=KDT
  11. https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/00s/2012/BB-2012-01-14.pdf
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/00s/2012/BB-2012-02-04.pdf
  13. https://perezhilton.com/watch-an-exclusive-clip-of-victoria-justices-new-single-youre-the-reason/
  14. https://www.ascap.com/repertory#/ace/search/workID/907983726
  15. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1BMzDnoM9udcqoeDn24yvd
  16. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/09xYO3Tci5rmxOsdmlV9w2
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