Former ‘Victorious’ star tells MTV News she’s ‘very honored’ to have Haynes in video for ‘edgier’ single ‘Gold.’
Former ‘Victorious‘ star tells MTV News she’s ‘very honored’ to have Haynes in video for ‘edgier’ single ‘Gold.’
Victoria Justice knew that when she heard her latest single she had some pop-music gold on her hands. The track, aptly titled “Gold,” perfectly encapsulates the empowering message the singer/actress is hoping to spread on her in-the-works debut album, set for release later this year.
“From the moment I heard it, I just thought it was a really fun, catchy pop song, and I also liked how it came from a place of female empowerment,” she told MTV News about the song, on which the former “Victorious” star tells her crush to “man up” because she’s gold and he should make a move.
She continued, “I’m all about girl power, so that was important for me. I just thought it would be perfect as a summer release. It’s a lot of fun to perform live … For me, I’m not coming from a place of being cocky, it’s more female empowerment.”
As Justice preps her post-”Victorious” music career, she feels this track not only sets the tone for her album, but has just enough mass appeal to keep all of her fans listening. “I think it’s a song that appeals to all ages. And it is, like, a little bit edgier and a little more mature, but not anything that was going to turn off younger fans as well,” she said.
She also shows off a sassier, flirtier side in the video, which she dropped last Friday. It features “Teen Wolf” and “Arrow” star Colton Haynes as her love interest. Justice, however, has a more colorful way of describing his role in the clip.
“I love Colton. He’s such a sweetheart. I met him when I was 15. We were both auditioning for a Nickelodeon original movie and we both kind of kept in touch over the years. And I just think he’s obviously super good-looking, ridiculously good-looking, but he’s also such a genuine, nice person and I really just enjoy hanging with him,” she said. “We were joking about the fact that he had done two other music videos [My Chemical Romance's "I Don't Love You" and Leona Lewis' "Trouble"] before, so he’s a three-time video ho. So I was very honored to have him as my video ho. I think he rocked it!”
Also rocking it in the clip is Justice‘s wardrobe, which includes flirty dresses and even one gangsta chic ensemble, which tops Justice‘s list. “I mean, the wardrobe was really important to me. I’m super passionate about fashion and clothes, so that was one of the most fun parts of the video. I just wanted it to be girly and fun. One of my favorite sections is when I do the rap breakdown and that’s a little bit of a sexier look,” she said. “I think all around I wanted the feel of the wardrobe to be a little bit more mature, a little bit sexier.”
Coming off her run on the Nickelodeon TV series ‘Victorious,’ the singer/actress is working on her first solo album and touring this summer with fellow Nick stars Big Time Rush.
School’s out for Victoria Justice, and for the singer/actress, “Summer Break” means touring with fellow Nickelodeon stars Big Time Rush.
“It’s definitely a really exciting, important time of my life. I try not to take any moment for granted. You know, I’m definitely going to be taking lots of pictures on tour and tweeting,” Justice said in a recent phone interview from her home in Los Angeles. “I’m super-grateful for the position that I’m in right now, and I’m grateful that I get to do what I love. I feel incredibly lucky.”
On Sunday, the “Summer Break Tour” is bringing Justice and Big Time Rush to Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.
For many of her fans, Justice has grown up with them right before their eyes. The Hollywood, Fla., native started her acting career a decade ago and within a couple of years landed a supporting role on the Nickelodeon series “Zoey 101.” She moved up to Nick leading lady status with “Victorious,” playing an aspiring singer navigating life at a Hollywood performing arts high school.
“This tour to me is like my final hurrah for ‘Victorious,’ and I just want to thank all the fans for being there for me and for the show. But at the same time, it’s like we’re introducing them to and letting them hear my new music. Hopefully, they’ll come along on this journey with me,” Justice said.
“I’m 20 years old now and I’m like in creative control of this part of my life, which is very exciting. It’s a bit like a reintroduction of myself because I kind of am in this transitional phase.”
The cable network surprised and dismayed many viewers when it announced last summer that the musical sitcom would not be renewed for a fourth season. In March, “Victorious” won the Favorite TV Show prize at the fan-voted Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards anyway.
“And I cried. I cry every time. I cried this year, I cried the last year. It’s just always going to happen,” Justice said laughing.
“The fans are incredible and they kept the show going and they were just so supportive. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to give them like a big finale, but it’s also kind of nice at the same time to go out on top and to leave people wanting more.”
Justice isn’t leaving devotees who have grown to adore her big voice and bubbly songs wanting for new music. Following two successful “Victorious” soundtracks — singles from the show have sold more than 3 million total tracks and the infectious song “Freak the Freak Out” has been certified gold — she is working on her first solo album, which she hopes to release late this year or early next year.
Victoria Justice stopped by the Young Hollywood studio to talk about her new single “Gold“. We loved having the Nickelodeon star, and were so excited to talk FASHION with her! Find out Victoria’s favorite summer trends! Hint: she’s got the nails to prove it!
Victoria Justice’s stopped by to give us the deets about her new single “Gold” as well as her summer tour with Big Time Rush.
The Young Hollywood Studio welcomes back an old friend, Victoria Justice, as she celebrates the release of her debut single, “Gold“! She reveals the meaning behind the song and how it differs from the music she performed on “Victorious“, plus she shares her thoughts on other “golden” things like her golden rule for growing up in the spotlight and what makes a boy “golden” in her eyes! She also talks a bit about her tour with Big Time Rush and answers some Twitter questions from fans! Hosted by Tracy Behr (@tracybehr)
This girl is golden!
We got the opportunity to hang with Victoria Justice as she was rehearsing for her upcoming tour with Big Time Rush and watched her rock out to her brand new single “Gold,” which is now available on iTunes.
“It’s my first single,” Victoria told us. She also just wrapped on the music video. “People are going to see me in a more mature light. I’m 20 years old now, so I’m kind of stepping away from Nickelodeon, but yet not shocking anyone or doing anything totally nuts.”
Victoria might be the one that gets shocked while on tour. “It’s getting real,” she told us about the boys’ pranks. “I need to watch my back.” But it sounds like she’ll be just fine with the BTR guys. “I have a few good pranks up my sleeve as well,” she revealed. “They need to watch out.”
And speaking of being on the road, what will Victoria be sure to have with her? “My mom!” she said. “Cause I adore her. My iPhone to tweet, Instagram and Keek. And probably my Crocs.” Really, Vic? “They’re so comfortable!”
Watch the video (above) to see Victoria rehearse and to hear what else she had to say.
Victoria Justice, star of the Nickelodeon show Victorious, talks about her just released single “Gold” as she prepares to hit the road with Big Time Rush, and she talks about how the tour came about and the idea behind the tune.
Victoria Justice is super excited to be on tour with Big Time Rush! Even though she’s focusing on her music now, she doesn’t forget her roots — which are with Victorious!
Since Victoria‘s a veteran in the biz (even though she’s still so young!), we asked her what advice she has for her former co-stars Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy as they embark on their Victorious spinoff, Sam & Cat.
“I know at least when I was filming Victorious I was working nonstop and recording, and it gets crazy when you’re filming your own show,” she told M exclusively. “So I would tell both of them to take for yourself, chill with your family, and just kind of re-center. Because it can get kind of crazy and hectic!”
Victoria’s wise words will especially be useful to Ariana, since she’s a busy little bee with her music career too!
On Friday, Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush kick off their Summer Break Tour in Los Angeles. This comes just days after Victoria released the first single from her debut album. Talk about an incredible week!
With so many exciting things happening in Victoria‘s life, we asked the former Nickelodeon actress if she feels like she has anything to prove with her upcoming album.
“Yeah. I mean, I want to expand from like the Victorious [and] Nickelodeon fans,” Victoria exclusively tells us. “I think there’s definitely a perception that people coming from Disney or Nickelodeon can’t really sing. It’s not that I’m looking to prove people wrong, but I’m really looking to express myself and my point of view at this point in my life.”
09. Performances & Tours > Tours > Summer Break Tour (2013) > June 18th – Rehearsing
Victoria Justice lithely jumps off a riser and towards the center of the stage at a Southern California rehearsal spot. Mic in hand, she belts out the big chorus to her brand new single “Gold“. Switching between smiles and a certain theatrical panache, she delivers the song with a whole lot of personality to spare. It’s got the makings of a major hit—especially in her hands. It could very well be called “Platinum” instead. “Now” feels like Victoria’s moment. She’s got her solo single out as well as a co-headlining run with Big Time Rush in the U.S. Get ready for Victoria…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Victoria Justice talks “Gold”, the tour, and so much more.
What’s the story behind “Gold”?
I’ve been working on my own album for a while now, and I’ve been writing music since I was 16. Now that Victorious is over, I’m venturing into my solo music world. “Gold” was played for me, and I thought it was fun and catchy. I thought it had a great groove and vibe to it. It’s definitely pop music you can hear on the radio, but it’s more mature than the other stuff I’ve been doing. I clicked with it.
What does it mean to you lyrically?
I love it because I’m singing from a stance of female empowerment. It’s not like I’m saying, “I’m gold you should love me because I’m amazing and awesome” [Laughs]. It’s more like, “I feel empowered about myself. I feel good as a woman. I have self-respect. You should go for me!”
Is it important for you to preserve a level of theatricality in the music?
Definitely! When I’m performing on stage and live, I go hard and give it one-hundred-fifty percent. I want to make it big, fun, and theatrical. When I’m doing these bigger venues, people all the way in the back have to see it and feel energized.
Do acting and music intertwine for you?
They really do intertwine for me. They’re both different ways of telling stories. One, you’re projecting your voice, and the other, you’re not.
What makes this tour different for you?
This is my second tour. I’m co-headlining with the Big Time Rush guys. The production is definitely bigger. We have these huge video screens that are going to be lifted to 16 feet. We have a huge light show. I have some cool props. One of them, I’m calling my “pimp cane”, and it lights up [Laughs]. I’ll be swinging that around. I have dancers for one song so that’s something new. This is also the first time I’m singing my solo music besides Victorious music.
How did you choose the setlist?
I’m opening with “Freak the Freak Out”, which is the first song that went gold from Victorious. The fans really love that one. That’ll get them pumped. I’m doing a bunch of songs from the show and seguing into my own music.
Does “Gold” open the doorway to the album for you?
I think so! I’ve been working on the album for a while, and I’ve written over forty songs. I’m just winging it right now!