Victoria Justice Opens Up About the 'Victorious' Soundtrack and Her Upcoming Solo Album (Exclusive)
The 'Victorious' soundtrack will be released tomorrow, and Victoria Justice could not be more excited. Fans will get to hear tons of music from the show, including the singles, 'Freak the Freak Out' and 'Best Friend's Brother.'
In our exclusive interview with the 18-year-old star, we find out what her favorite songs from the soundtrack are, what her debut solo album will be like and how being a celebrity has changed her life.
Fans of Victoria can also check out all the songs on the new soundtrack on AOL Music's full CD listening party. Check out our exclusive Q&A below, and grab your copy of 'Victorious' on August 2.
JSYK: The Victorious soundtrack is set for release August 2, what is your favorite song on the album and why?
Victoria Justice: My favorite song ... that's such a hard question! I like so many of them. My two favorites would probably be 'Freak the Freak Out' and 'Best Friends Brother.' I like 'FTFO' because I think it's just a really good song, and it's the first song from the show to go Gold, so I think it will always be special to me.
I like 'BFB' because it's a song that I wrote that came from my own personal experience. I think it's really fun and catchy. The response from the fans has been amazing. I'm really proud of that.
JSYK: You have mentioned in other interviews that you are heavily involved in the writing process for your upcoming solo album. How will your solo work be different than what you sing on 'Victorious'?
VJ: I have been working hard on it. Whenever I get any down time, I try to write. My solo album will definitely have a little bit of a different sound. I'm 18 years old, so it's going to be more slightly more mature. I'm going to be singing mostly about my own personal experiences or things that I'm observing around me.
JSYK: You recently reached your millionth fan on Facebook. How have you adjusted to all the change that has happened and your rise to fame?
VJ: The fans are so incredible and many times I'm so touched by their support. I have recently noticed changes in my life because of the popularity of the show. I never really thought about it until I wrapped this last season at the end of February. I was so busy working that I was very rarely out and about doing normal stuff. I realize now that mostly anywhere I go, I get recognized. The interesting thing is, it's people of all ages, which goes to show you the power of TV. I mean I've been on TV since I was 12 on 'Zoey 101,' and I got recognized a lot then, but mostly by younger kids. It seems the world has changed a lot since then, though.
The internet and social media networks have really exploded and there's so much focus on everyone's personal life. Just recently, I noticed the paparazzi are paying attention to me, (which I always tried to keep a low profile when it came to that), and that makes me more guarded. There was an incident recently, where I was riding my bike in my own neighborhood, (which I've always felt really safe in and never had to worry about photographers), and the next thing I know, there were photos online of me. That was an eye opening experience for me ... they must've been hiding and snapped the photos. Actually, it was a little scary for me, because now I know, they know where I live, so now I'll always be looking over my shoulder.
On the positive side, with a higher profile brings the opportunity to bring attention to issues that you believe in that can help people. I was asked to join a charity that really spoke to me that was started by the United Nations, the organization is called Girl Up. It's about bringing awareness to American girls to help other girls just like them in developing countries. These girls need our help to be able to get an education, medical care and supplies, a safe place to gather and many more things that we take for granted in this country. I'm really proud to be a part of the cause. I will be going to Guatemala at the end of August on my first trip to see firsthand the challenges that they face.
JSYK: As a thank you to all your Facebook fans, you released a video of you covering Jessie J's 'Price Tag,' why did you choose that song?
VJ: It was current and I really liked the message. It was very impromptu ... I knew I would have fun singing it and I did. My next cover though, I might do in a studio, because at home with my computer isn't the best sound levels.
JSYK: Which recording artists would you like to collaborate with in the future?
VJ: I would love to collaborate with John Legend, Carole King, Hall and Oates or Sara Bareilles. Honestly, that's such a hard question to answer because I respect and admire so many artists. There are so many talented people out there. A week ago I would've said Amy Winehouse as well ... She's a huge inspiration for me. Her story is so tragic ... when I heard the news about her passing, I was genuinely saddened. Just awful ...
JSYK: What albums or artists do you have on repeat on your MP3 player? Are there any artists that may surprise your fans?
VJ: I'm really into Adele, Kings of Leon, Sara Bareilles and Amy Winehouse. I really like all types of music though ... classic rock. I'm a big Beatles fan, Rolling Stones, Elton John. I love lots of old Motown, as well -- Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5 and the Temptations.
An artist that I have on my iPod that would surprise my fans would have to be Barry Manilow. Well... at least my older fans! By older I mean in their 40's and or 50's. I doubt any of my younger fans are "Fanilows". Nothing better than listening to some Barry on a rainy day, love it.
JSYK: What projects are you working on next?
VJ: Projects I'm working on next ... Well, as soon as I finish filming 'Fun Size,' I fly back to L.A. to work on some music whenever I can. My schedule's going to be so crazy though, so I'm going to try and write whenever I have free time. Then I start filming season 3 of 'Victorious,' which means that I'll be recording a lot more music for the show. I'll be learning a lot of choreography, filming music videos, etc. I'll be pretty busy. I'd love to continue doing film, as well. I have such a passion for it.