- Posted on 12/06/2013 by Rachel1016
Undeniable fact: one of the best parts of the holidays is getting to put up decorations. It's the one time of year where it's acceptable to transform any and every normal surface into a gilded, tinsellated, sparkly winter wonderland! And while some people go for the ~classy~ holiday look (you know, the ones inspired by Pinterest Boards with streamlined color palettes that somehow incorporate Mason jars...), here at TeenNick we like to think of holiday decorating as an excuse to incite a full-on color EXPLOSION.
Over the next couple of weeks, we're going to be adding custom decorations to our very special TeenNick Holiday Tree. Not only will we document the process, but we'll include how-to guides for each craft so you can decorate your own festive fir!
Our first tree decoration: a multi-colored felt garland. This craft is definitely easiest with a group, so gather your friends and get IN THE SPIRIT!
1. Gather your materials. For this project, you'll need different colored felt (the more, the better!), scissors, and some black yarn.
2. Cut the felt into small rectangular pieces. Each piece should be roughly 3 inches tall and 1/2 inch wide.
3. Cut black string into twelve 24-inch pieces. Use the string to tie a knot around the middle of each felt piece. Leave about 1/2 inch space in between each piece. Make sure you order the colors so they don't repeat, and leave enough string at the end to eventually tie each piece together.
4. Take two full strings and wrap them around each other to make the garland full.
5. Finally, tie each large piece together to make the garland long!
VOILA! What a merry beaut. (And to think we've only just begun...)
Check in with us next week for our second phase of decorations! And while you're getting crafty, be sure to check out TeenNick's Best Holidays Ever! For the next three Saturdays at 1pm ET, we're going to be marathoning special holiday episodes of your favorite TeenNick shows. This weekend we start with Zoey 101, followed by Victorious, and Big Time Rush!
- Posted on 12/05/2013 by Rachel1016
Alright, let's state the obvious: sibling boy bands have been around for a minute. In the '90s we swooned over the golden-locked Hanson brothers, and the early aughts brought on the global sensation that was Jonas. But there's a new brotherly trio on deck, and they're ready to separate themselves from their (albeit legendary) predecessors.
Meet AJR: the three-piece indie-pop outfit comprised of, logically, Adam, Jack and Ryan. They're already armed with an impressive YouTube following and a smash hit (which, BTW, features our very own pineapple-dwelling, squarepantsed sea sponge), but AJR are about to make even more noise…and we're not just talking about annoying neighbors from their New York City living room. We caught up with the boys to talk about their growing career, their songwriting process, and what it's like to be in a family band!
How do you collaborate on music? Does one of you primarily write most of the songs, or is it a joint effort?
We've been working together for such a long time that the writing and production of the music has become very smooth. Ryan is the primary writer and producer, but the process of creating music is very much a collaborative one. After eight years of developing AJR, we all have a shared vision of the type of band we want to be, and the type of impact we want to have on the industry.
How has growing up in New York City influenced your sound?
New York City is such an icon for singer/songwriters like Simon and Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen, and even for contemporary artists like Vampire Weekend and Fun.; some of our inspirations. We're born and bred in this city, and it inspires our aesthetic as a band, our lyrics, and even the industrial electronic elements of our sound.
Your track "I'm Ready" samples SpongeBob Squarepants. How did you decide to include that?
Jack came up with the idea to use the Spongebob sample in a dubstep song. He brought it up to us by saying, "someone like Skrillex should sample Spongebob," and our next thought was, "why couldn't we do it?" Spongebob was a big part of our childhood, and we thought that it was a cool little throwback to our fan-base's childhood too.
Your music has an awesome ability to be both fresh and eclectic but also undeniably catchy. Do you look to different eras and genres for inspiration?
Thanks so much. That's a big reason the Beach Boys are such an inspiration to us; they were able to create music that was musically sophisticated, but present it in a catchy, sing-along-able way that was accessible to the public. To answer your question: yes, we take huge influence from the music of the 1950's and 60's and combine those influences with modern and innovative production.
Some of your songs feature what you call "spokestep." Can you tell us a little more about what that is and how you use it in your music?
Spokestep is a sort of sub-genre we're developing, and we've sprinkled it into a bunch of the tracks you'll hear when the album drops. The sound of dubstep is created by taking a distorted bass-line and messing with it over a beat. This can mean cutting the audio up, or putting filters on it. We thought we could take that same approach with vocal melodies: and that's essentially what spokestep is.
You guys are getting ready to release your album independently. What advice would you give other artists who release their music without the help of a major label?
The worst advice we ever got was to try and be like other artists. We've been in so many meetings over the years where we were advised to be more like the popular bands of the time. I think that an advantage of going the indie route is that we're our own bosses, and we can be very authentic in our music, our images, and our videos. So the best advice we can give to another artist is: develop and showcase the unique parts of yourself.
Out of the three of you, who is the most likely to goof around when you're rehearsing?
Jack is probably the most likely to goof off. It's good to have that kind of energy around though; it can get really intense working in a little apartment like ours.
What's the best part about being in a band with your brothers?
It's great to be able to be perfectly honest with each other. For us, the workday doesn't end at 5pm. We are constantly pushing ourselves forward, and an important part of this growth is being honest with each other about all aspects of the band.
AJR, everybody! There's only one question left: what will their fan army name be? AJRmy?! (Don't lie, that's pretty good.)
If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And, of course, don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10PM ET!
- Posted on 12/04/2013 by baileyb2112
On the last episode of TeenNick Top 10, we featured a very special HALO Awards-themed music video countdown. Each video represented all of the amazing artists who have taken part in the HALO movement! Austin Mahone, Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, and of course, Mr. Chairman Nick Cannon himself helped us celebrate all those who Help And Lead Others.
This week, YOUR votes determine the countdown! Will Miley Cyrus' video for "Wrecking Ball" came in at #1 again? Will Newcomers Wonder Broz and Travie McCoy make their way to the top of the countdown? It's up to you!
Catch an all-new episode and a fresh countdown this Friday, featuring a VERY special guest-- Avril Lavigne! There's nothing complicated about this...you don't want to miss it!
- Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
- Lady Gaga, "Applause"
- Avicii f/ Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up"
- Selena Gomez, "Slow Down"
- Nick Cannon, "Me Sexy"
- Imagine Dragons, "Demons"
- Ariana Grande f/ Big Sean, "Right There"
- Icona Pop, "All Night"
- Wonder Broz, "What They Call That"
- Travie McCoy f/ Jason Mraz, "Rough Water"
If you want to see your favorite videos make the next countdown, vote NOW for this week's episode right here!
As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Jam out to this awesome mix!
Will Queen Miley hold on to her place at the top, or will another artist push her out of the #1 spot? You decide! Find out the results on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET.
- Posted on 12/04/2013 by Dixie Laite
Well, the holidays are here, and while we'd like to be all comfort and joy-ish and nothing you dismay-y about it, there IS a little something we dismay. In fact, it's dismaying us a LOT.
Gift-giving is kind of…a pain. What do we get the person who has everything? And even more importantly, what do you give when you're super broke? Or super cheap.
Problem sooooo solved! Get that special (or not-so-special) someone on your list an on-air shout-out! (And did we mention it's free?) Mixtape Monday is back, and now's your chance to give '90s Nick fans a chance to hear their names on TV when you dedicate a favorite '90s Nick clip in their honor.
It's easy � just check out the featured episodes below. Tweet us a Vine or InstaVid of you showing your love for or dedicating a particular '90s fave, include #Nick90sParty, and watch for it on-air! Our last installment of Mixtape Monday featured some awesome vids; check them out here for inspiration!
Just pick one of the clips below and tweet us your Vine or Instavid showing your love for your friend/ex/frenemy/cousin/sibling using #90sNickHoliday. We'll be airing these sweet and generous (and did we mention free?) video dedications on TeenNick's special holiday Mixtape Monday, December 16th, between midnight and 4am ET!
Rugrats: "A Rugrats Kwanzaa"
CatDog: "A Very Merry CatDog Christmas"
Rocko's Modern Life: "Rocko's Modern Christmas"
Hey Arnold: 020 Arnold's Christmas
- Posted on 12/03/2013 by Cristine Prosperi.
Photo Credit: Cristine Prosperi's Instagram / @crisprosperi.
What's your go-to makeup product?
I don't wear a lot of makeup, but when I do my fav product is a great concealer, which I mostly use under my eyes. Sometimes, a lack of sleep or even just stress can really enhance those under-eye bags. Using concealer just brightens up your whole makeup look!
You can also use concealer to contour your face, but don't forget to blend it in! Whether you need to brighten under-eye circles or cover redness and blemishes, it always does the trick. Annie Clark (a.k.a Fiona Coyne) actually passed this tip along to me. I never go anywhere without bringing it! It's a life saver.
So, you've mastered the art of turkey trimmings, prepared your bellies for a river of cranberry sauce (if you're into that sorta thing), perfected your green bean casserole down to every last crispy friend onion, and... probably made the wise choice to leave all of the cooking to Mom.
Nonetheless, we rounded up a few really important, relevant and practical tips to help make your Turkey Day the best it can be. In the spirit of ThanksGIFFing (LOL had to), it's the least we could do.
First, it's important to make sure you have the correct holiday.
It's also good to understand subtle nuances of the Thanksgiving turkey tradition.
You know, like the part where it's cooked.
In the unlikely event that a pair of Pilgrims appear in your kitchen, don't be alarmed.
And if they pose a threat, turkeys can double as boxing gloves.
If you find yourself getting hungry, the Thanksgiving Parade is a favorite pastime.
And if your relatives would rather watch football...
It's also accepted practice to share the turkey with family members.
That is, if you can manage to keep all family members conscious.
But remember, above all else, give thanks to those you love.
How many pieces of jewelry do you wear for different occasions? If you go all-out with your earrings, do you scale it back in other areas?
Great question. I used to go all out with jewelry... Lots of bracelets was definitely my thing. However, as I've gotten older I've learned that simplicity is key. I think if I'm going to wear a lot of jewelry with an outfit it'll be thinner/smaller pieces. I wish I would experiment more with necklaces or earrings, but I hardly wear either.
A lot people look at jewelry as a second thought, but it should always be important. I think if you're going for a more casual look, a few thin bracelets mixed with small rings is cool and trendy. However going out to an occasion is when you can bring out a chunkier piece.
Calling all '90s Nick fans! Have you dedicated your favorite #90sNickParty episode yet?!
Two weeks ago, we announced that the '90s Are All That is bringing back the magic of mixtapes with a Mixtape Monday, and we're kicking off the holiday season this Monday, November 25th, with '90s Nick episodes featuring the dopest '90s parties! We're giving YOU the chance to dedicate your favorite '90s Nick party episodes to that special someone all VJ-style. And you better make it good, because your shout-outs could appear on air!
It's easy � just check out the featured episodes here. Tweet us a Vine or InstaVid of you showing your love for or dedicating a particular '90s fave, include #Nick90sParty, and watch for it on-air!
Check out some of the stellar Vines we've gotten so far:
Well, well, well. Here we are mid-November, readying ourselves for the willful indulgence of Turkey Day. For Degrassians, however, Thanksgiving came one week early. We celebrated both the holiday and the fall finale all in one night, gorging on green bean casserole and mashed potatoes heavily dressed in drama. If you haven't seen "Spiderwebs," watch it online, then check out our recap below!
Awaiting Bianca's return from University, Drew busily planned the Degrassi Family Feast, a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families. He was excited to show Bianca all of his hard work, but when he found out that she had already returned home without telling him, it appeared that Drew was in danger of being "Turkey Dumped." According to Winston, Bianca's elusiveness was symptomatic of the particular holiday dumping style in which a significant other goes off to University (or you know, "college" for us Americans) and returns for Thanksgiving break with plans to end the relationship. Woof.
Upon hearing this information, Drew decided he had to see Bianca. When they reunited, she confessed in so many words that she was growing out of their relationship; University opened her mind, and she revealed that her friends at school thought their engagement was "crazy." Drew tried to make her see that their relationships was worth salvaging, but her mind was made up. Blergh, Happy Thanksgiving.
However, Drew quickly turned his broken heart into a full-on quest to prove to Bianca that he's changed. He convinced Bianca to come to the Family Feast and pretend that they were still together by exploiting his mom's fragility. He said to her, "My mom already lost a son, she couldn't stand losing a daughter." He hoped that in the meantime she would see him in his element and change her mind.
Bianca agreed to put on the act, but she made it clear she was only acting.
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
Last week, Zoe covertly enlisted Tristan to become a part of her sketch comedy group and, you'll remember, the whole thing had to remain a secret because Maya and Zoe were still sworn enemies. But when Tristan said he felt like he was friendship cheating, Zoe cut to the chase: "Time to pick a side, Tristy."
It actually didn't take too long for Tristan to tell Maya the truth about his commitment to Zoe, and Maya surprisingly understood! ...For a flaming hot second! In one last dangling attempt to secure revenge, Maya showed up at the Family Feast to get Tristan to pie Zoe in the face on stage.
But then things got real: Tristan fired back and said to Maya that both she and Zoe cared more about revenge than being his friend. It was true, Tristan was caught in the middle of their vendetta. He insisted a truce and, perhaps in the spirit of the holiday, they shook on it. Two chapters worth of scheming and hostility? I'd say it's about time!
ARE YOU THERE, ECLARE?
After finding out the news about Eli cheating, Clare began the episode sulking in her pajamas (but like, rightfully so) and insisted that her relationship with Eli was over forever. Alli came over to try to talk some sense into her, and was determined to get Clare out of her mope robe and into clearer head space. (LOL isn't it interesting how Alli has all the answers about boys when she's not the subject?) Eventually, Clare decided to talk to Eli and get some answers.
The more questions Clare asked, however, the more upset she got. It was one of those situations where she couldn't not know, but that didn't mean it was any easier to stomach. She told Eli about how she screwed up her magazine deal, which all but ruined her chances of getting into Columbia and being in New York with him. It seemed like, as if the relationship wasn't already hurting, perhaps it really was on its last leg.
At the Family Feast, Drew found Clare crying alone. Both heartbroken, they commiserated over the fact that their relationships with the supposed loves of their life were crumbling beneath them. Since over the course of the last two chapters Clare and Drew have grown much closer, their leaning on each other seemed right. Seemed natural. But then, in a moment of equal parts pure emotion and complete delusion, they kissed.
Of course, after Clare realized how royally stupid it was, Eli showed up at the Family Feast to try and reconcile. He gave Clare a collection of their emails since they had been apart, and Clare realized how much he really meant to her. Drew, however, decided that ultimately he and Bianca should stay broken up.
The rest of the kids convened around the Degrassi Thanksgiving table, and the fall finale came to a close as Drew proposed a toast to carrying on through the tough times. But we all know there are things unresolved. And Degrassi never forgets.
Let's hear your thoughts in the comments section! We've got some time to kill until January!
Wait, didn't summer just end?
Okay okay, maybe we've been delighting in pumpkin spice lattes, burying ourselves in layers, and indulging other fall cliches for a minute now, but that doesn't diminish our disbelief (and sadness) that the Degrassi Fall Finale is just around the corner!
In this sneak peek, Drew shows off his presidential skills by organizing a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families. He's so excited to show Bianca all of his hard work when she returns for the holiday, but he finds out that, well, she's been keeping secrets. Will Drianca's fate be tested this week?
Check out the first look of "Spiderwebs" below! Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and don't forget Degrassi Fall Finale premieres this Thursday at 9PM ET!