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  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Shawn Mendes

    Posted on 09/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Shawn Mendes

    Credit: Andrew Zaeh


    If you aren't already smitten by singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, brace yourself. The Vine-star-turned-superstar-on-the-rise has stolen the hearts of many (in under six seconds, no less!) and is about to break out in a major way. We caught up with our brand new Fresh Artist to get exclusive details about his life on tour with Austin Mahone and The Vamps, his biggest influences, and so much more!

    1. Congratulations on all of your recent success! What is a day in the life of Shawn Mendes like right now?

    Wake up on a tour bus in a new city every day, find the nearest shower, head to radio station to say "Hello," grab some food, then meet some fans, then hit the stage. :-)

    2. What was the inspiration behind your hit song "Life of the Party"?

    The song is inspired by the feeling of not fitting in or not being comfortable with who you are. The lyrics basically say that you should be yourself and that you can be amazing regardless of whether you feel you fit in or not.

    3. What's it like being on tour with TeenNick faves Austin Mahone and the Vamps? Has anything crazy or funny happened during your time together?

    It's awesome and everyone is just so chill and relaxed and having a good time. We're always cracking jokes with each other behind stage. I'd say the craziest moment was getting chased by 400 fans at one of the first shows.

    4. When you started recording covers on Vine and YouTube, did you ever think your music would spread as much as it has?

    I really didn't think it would, I kind of just started doing it because I loved posting covers and then it just spiraled into this crazy thing as I kept posting. It's really beyond my expectations.

    5. What do you think about the power of connecting with people in a six-second video?

    It's so cool because in six seconds you have to really find something special in a song and impress people a lot to connect with them. I think that's been a big thing for me and my fans connecting.

    6. Who are your biggest musical influences?

    Definitely Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, just how he holds himself and such, and Bruno Mars is such an unbelievable performer.

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Shawn a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Shawn Mendes



    If you want to catch more of Shawn, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Date Night + iCarly Favorites This Friday!

    Posted on 09/04/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    TeenNick Top 10


    TeenNick fans, it's time to get gussied up! This Friday on TeenNick Top 10, it's Date Night! We're all about celebrating the power of twos this week, so it only seemed right and good and noble to feature a fresh new countdown of songs performed in, you guessed it, dynamic duets!

    We won't spoil all the details now, but get ready for a major musical match-ups that you maybe didn't see coming.

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    Plus, R&B crooner Jacob Latimore and "All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor will swing by the TeenNick Top 10 studio!

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    And our brand-new Fresh Artist, Shawn Mendes, will make a heart-stopping appearance to talk about his inspiring hit "Life of the Party" and upcoming EP! We know, we're giving you a lot of awesomeness to digest.

    ...But there's more! Tomorrow at 9pm ET, check out the best dating-themed episodes of iCarly before watching TeenNick Top 10 at 10 pm ET.

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    It's time to brush up on the do's and don'ts of dating, and we've got you covered.

  • Q&A With September HALO Effect Honoree Virginia Newsome

    Posted on 09/03/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    HALO Effect: Virginia Newsome


    Meet Virginia Newsome: She's an Oklahoma City University drama student with a passion for musical theatre and arts advocacy. As the founder of heARTS, a non-profit based in Kentucky, Virginia has turned her love of performing into an organization that helps schools and communities restore and create fine arts programs. Talk about star power! Check out our interview with our HALO Effect honoree for September, and get inspired by Virginia's awesome work!

    How long have you been performing? Do you have a specific focus in the arts?
    I have been performing since I was four years old. I would sing and dance into a microphone every chance I got. I started performing in plays as young as five and have been hooked ever since. I went to the High School for Creative and Performing Arts in my hometown of Lexington Kentucky to study Drama, and now I am a sophomore musical theatre major at Oklahoma City University, the home of names like Kelli O'Hara, and Kristin Chenoweth.

    How did you go about creating a business plan for heARTs? Why is having a solid business plan important to the success of your organization?
    My family was very instrumental in helping me form a business plan for heARTS. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs themselves, so I knew they would be able to help me learn the skills to come up with a solid plan for what my goals were with this organization. Business plans are essential when creating a program like heARTS. It not only helps you understand what your exact tasks and goals are for the program, but it provides a clear understanding of what the message and motive of the program is for donors, volunteers, and other affiliates.

    Can you tell us a little bit about your music video collaboration with children's hospitals?
    This year I am starting to expand heARTS into Children's Hospitals all over the country, starting in my hometown of Lexington, KY as well as where I currently live, in Oklahoma City, OK. I will be providing classes, conducting workshops in drama, dance, voice, and art for children who are able, as well as providing other activities like music videos, and art supply carts to give to new children who have just entered the hospital.

    What is one little known fact or common misconception about Arts in Education?
    Most people aren't aware that children who participate in Arts education classes throughout elementary, middle, and high school, receive higher test scores on average on the SAT and ACT, allowing them to attend a major college. Just by participating in one class a semester, that can improve your test score an average of three points.

    Why do you think it is so important that the arts be a part of every kid's education?
    I believe that in our education society, we have started to focus on always having the "right" answer. I know for myself and my friends this has caused us to expect perfection in our school work and extracurriculars, which is near impossible. The arts allow you to have freedom in your thinking. They allow us imagine, and explore to express ourselves and help us forget about the negative in our life and just have fun being who we are, and not worry about what is "right".

    To learn more about Virginia and her organization, check out the clip below!



  • Ned's Declassified Back-To-School Survival Guide

    Posted on 08/29/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Let's face it. When it comes to Back-To-School, you're either ready or you're not. There's a lot to think about (from what to wear on your first day to where you're gonna sit at lunch...) and back-to-school jitters are totally normal. In fact, no one knows this better than Ned Bigby, whose Declassified School Survival Guide contained anything and everything we needed to know about making it out aliiiiive.

    Just kidding, school is really kinda awesome. And it's time to get pumped. That's why this Labor Day, we'll be airing episodes of Ned's Declassified and Zoey 101 all day to help you ease into the new year! And in the meantime, check out a few of Ned's best tips for making the first day of school as memorable (or just, you know, as bearable) as possible.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Nobody wants to look like a helpless turtle on the verge of falling over.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Thinking about a new 'do? Probably best to leave it to the professionals.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Don't forget, September is still summer. Hold off on the snazzy fall fashions until the humidity dies down.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Even if your schedule splits you up from your friends, use your electives to stick together!

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    And just remember, if things don't go as planned, it's alll goood :).

    You can check out the full episode, "First Day" right here and don't forget to tune in for more Ned and Zoey goodness this Labor Day! Happy back-to-school, everyone!

  • '90s Are All That: It's Cat Vs. Dog!

    Posted on 08/25/2014 by Rachel1016

    '90s Cat Vs. Dog


    On Monday and Tuesday, September 8th and 9th which side will you be on? Cat or Dog?

    The ultimate showdown '90s showdown is on during the '90s Are That block with the very best episodes of CatDog and Ren & Stimpy!

    And there's only one way to really show your allegiance to Team Cat or Team Dog. We're calling all you feline and canine lovers to send in pictures of YOUR cat or dog for a chance to see them on air! All you have to do is tweet us using #90sCatVSDog and be sure to tell us your pet's name so we can put your furry friends on TV!

    Sounds meow-velous, am I right? Get ready for some paw-riffic '90s goodness! It all starts Monday September 8th at midnight!


  • Ten Awesomely Ridiculous Locker Decorations From Your Fave TeenNick Shows

    Posted on 08/25/2014 by Rachel1016

    This week in TeenNick Back-To-School fun, we're talking lockers. These skinny pad-locked cubbies are so special because they're the one place in all of school that you can make your own. And even though most school's policies would never allow the extreme locker makeover we all deserve, we can't help but get totally inspired by these out-of-this-world decorations from shows like Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Victorious! and iCarly. Check 'em out!

    SHE NOSE WHAT'S UP

    Locker Decorations

    Lisa from Ned's Declassified always had the sniffles. Thankfully, her locker was well-stocked with all the remedies she could ever need.

    LOCKER EYE CANDY

    Locker Decorations

    Can't argue with Mosely's classic celeb crush-adorned locker design.

    MAKE IT SHINE

    Locker Decorations

    Some of the lockers that came out of Hollywood Arts High School on Victorious! were truly insane. I mean, look at that paint job!

    ALOHA!

    Locker Decorations

    What's that behind Andre and Beck? Oh, just a tiki hula scene and a full-on keyboard. NBD.

    ABSTRACT LOCKER

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    One word: Spoons.

    ENTER IF YOU DARE

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    Beware, there might be a haunted house in this locker.

    I CAN SEE YOUR LUNCH

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    You know, pal, your locker is your space. You do you.

    THE CAT'S MEOW

    Locker Decorations

    No one ever complained about a kitten-ified locker. Ever.

    IS THAT WHAT I THINK IT IS?

    Locker Decorations

    You may remember this was actually Ned's locker, cluttered with Post-It notes and a baby doll (from a Home Ec assignment). You'd think he'd be able to take his own advice about locker organization, riiight?

    THE ULTIMATE LOCKER

    Locker Decorations

    This. Remember when Sam and Freddy won Special Locker 239 on iCarly? We gotta say, this crazy locker takes the cake. It's the size of three (count 'em, three!) lockers and comes complete with a plasma screen and microwave. So next-level.

    Which ones are your faves? How do you kick your locker decorations up a notch? Let's hear it in the comments!
  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Colette Carr

    Posted on 08/22/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Colette Carr

    Credit: Jared Thomas Kocka


    Colette Carr has a fuse, and it's about to go off. This sassy spitfire rapper is not afraid to use her voice to send a message, and that's exactly why she's our newest TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist. We caught up with the girl behind the hit song "HAM" to learn a little more about her background, her exciting career and how a certain Snow White costume used to be a staple of her wardrobe. (What?!) Check it out below!

    1. As both a singer and a rapper, did you discover one talent before the other? Or have you always done both?

    I discovered I could rap in high school when my ex-boyfriend decided he wanted to freestyle battle with kids after school. He was so ummmm...not great/terrible that I started ghost writing for him. I fell in love with free-styling and rap. I didn't know I could sing until I started working on my album "The Skitszo Collection". The first time I really sang was in the studio with FrankMusik recording songs like Killswitch, F16, Delusional, Hearsay & No ID.

    2. What is one moment in your career so far that has made you wonder, "How did I get here?"

    Anytime I'm on stage and the crowd gets their hands up without me even asking them to, or know the lyrics to my songs and sing/scream along it's like an out-of-body experience. I know exactly how I got here though, it's been a long, crazy, difficult journey. Definitely collaborating with guys like e40 and TechN9ne, legends I grew up listening to, bumping tracks in the studio with them, and having them feature on my songs because they love my sound, those moments are very surreal "how did I get here" moments.

    3. You've cited Eminem as a musical influence. What do you admire most about him? Are there any other art forms that inspire you??

    Eminem and Dr. Dre were the first hip hop artists I ever listened to, I was tiny and obsessed. I learned all the lyrics to the clean versions of their albums. The way Eminem tells his life stories and paints pictures with words that rhyme seamlessly, it's intimidatingly good, I can't get enough. I love all forms of art. On my days off I like to finger paint.

    4. Many of your videos show off your fearless sense of personal style. How important is fashion when you're performing? Where do you get your style inspiration?

    It's weird, I never think about "fashion" or clothes, or personal style. When I was in preschool I wore a Snow White costume with mix-matched Chuck Taylor's everyday, my mom was worried about me. I don't really think before I get dressed, I usually grab clothes in a hurry. I just throw on a Pikachu beanie, some sneakers and run out the door. When I write my video treatments I already know exactly what I want to look like to portray my lyrics or the overall mood of the song, so choosing the outfits is the easy part.

    I hand made the cake dress for my "HAM" video, [and] I actually hand make and design a lot of the stuff I wear. Fashion is a form of expressing myself therefor it is important to me, although I wouldn't mind wearing a bath robe and pajamas everyday.

    5. What are you looking forward to most in the next phase of your career? Is there any one thing you're determined to conquer?

    I am MOST excited about continuing to tour and meet/hangout with fans/goers after my shows. I love being on stage and in the studio writing and creating. My favorite though, is making music videos! I can't wait to pick a single, record a music video for it and share it with the world. The next phase of my career will be epic. It will be better than chocolate Nutella on a warm piece of toast, mark my words. :)

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Colette a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire



    If you want to catch more of Colette, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10: Watch Your Favorite Videos + Special Guest Jack Antonoff From Bleachers This Friday!

    Posted on 08/15/2014 by Kayla6548

    TeenNick Top 10


    It's the moment you've all been waiting for! That's right folks, TeenNick Top 10 is hosting another crazy countdown this week with fabulous special guests Bleachers and Fresh Artist Colette Carr. Something tells us this is one episode you do NOT want to miss!

    TeenNick Top 10


    Looks like we need to boom-clap it up for Charli XCX, who finished in first place in the countdown with her hit single "Boom Clap." But, that's not all: Becky G also proved victorious, jumping from sixth place all the way up to second! If you want to see your favorite artists make the countdown, be sure to vote right here!

    TeenNick Top 10


    Fresh artist Colette Carr is doing BIG things right now! She just released her newest single, "HAM," featuring Ben J from hip hop duo New Boyz. And did you know in addition to her singing career, Colette hosts her own radio show?!

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    But let's not forget about American indie pop band Bleachers! We can't wait to see Jack Antonoff (from fun.!) rep his new project on Friday's episode! But until then, listen to Bleachers' new song "I Wanna Get Better," along with a ton of other totally awesome tunes on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist below!

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    So sit back, relax and VOTE before watching TeenNick Top 10 at 10 pm ET this Friday on TeenNick!



  • TeenNick Top 10: Vote For Your Favorite Videos + AJR Visit This Friday!

    Posted on 08/15/2014 by Kayla6548

    TeenNick's hottest summer yet is about to close up shop, but that doesn't mean we're freezing things up here at TeenNick Top 10! Tonight, we're bringing you a fresh roster of hot videos, so get pumped to hear some of your favorites! Are you ready?

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    This week, we'll also be welcoming celebrity guests AJR and the return of fresh artist Katy Tiz! Did you know AJR stands for the three brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan? Their New York City-based indie pop band has been taking over with their debut single "I'm Ready!" The music video even features a snippet of our beloved SpongeBob SquarePants repeatedly singing his signature catchphrase, "I'm Ready." (Cool, huh?!)

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    In other news, last week on TNT10, MAGIC! finished at number one in the countdown for their first time! Can you believe it? Let's hope they can keep their winning streak going two weeks in a row! But, something tells us Charli XCX and her hit single "Boom Clap" might be catching up! It's up to you, fans! Vote right here if you want to see your favorite artists make the countdown!

    TeenNick Top 10


    So be sure to vote and tune in Friday at 10 pm ET on TeenNick to watch all the excitement! You won't regret it!



  • Five Back To School Nail Art Designs That Will Totally Help You Stay Class-y!

    Posted on 08/14/2014 by Kayla6548

    Can you believe in a couple weeks you'll be stowing away your bathing suits and sunscreen until NEXT YEAR?! Summer just started, am I right?

    Unfortunately... no. In fact, it's actually time to get in the back-to-school spirit! (Yep, we said it!) But here's the thing: TeenNick back-to-school is all about getting excited to go back to class. No sighing, groaning, or any other unexplained negative noises here because we have some awesome nail art to turn those end-of-summer frowns up-side-down.

    LOOKIN' SHARP

    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: The Daily Nail


    Our girl Melissa, over at The Daily Nail definitely knows what's up! Just look at those perfectly painted pencils. Don't they make you excited to sharpen a brand new box of shiny No. 2s? We can smell the shavings all the way over here!

    BACK TO SCHOOL = BACK TO STYLE

    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: The Nail Trail


    Nothing says "I'm ready to take on a new school year" better than a stylin' new wardrobe, but you better believe that includes a well-stocked polish pantry. Something tells us we should be taking notes from this nail art guru because her designs scream style with a side of confidence!

    ALPHABET MANI

    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: The Daily Nail


    Talk about an over-achiever! We think this manicure deserves an A+, don't you agree? It serves as a friendly reminder to try your hardest when doing your school work and when painting your nails!

    THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM

    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: Galactic Lacquer


    Are you a bookworm babe? Well, next time you're about to sit down and pick up your favorite pleasure read, remember to take a glance at your nails! We love how each finger is one little part of this overall design. It'll add some flare to your afternoons spent reading and help you show off the inner you! Plus, we all know painted pinkies are key for being prepared for class.

    SCHOOL SPIRIT: PUMPED FOR POLISH EDITION

    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: DivineCaroline and Nailed It


    We've got spirit yes we do, we've got spirit how 'bout you?! This year, instead of bringing an apple for your teacher on the first day of school, why not score the big points by fashioning some of our favorite back-to-school nail art designs. Just be sure to remember the #1 nail art rule: always stay class-y!