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  • Songs from Degrassi: "Need You Now, pt. 2"

    Posted on 04/06/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Nerve" by Half Moon Run
    Eli and Adam creep up Fiona's fire escape. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We are so happy to have found a home for this song on Degrassi. We remember when HMR's demo CD was sent to us, we were instantly amazed, and now they're one of the best up and coming bands Canada has to offer. The sincerity of this song, its simple attitude, mimicked Eli's creepiness as he snuck up Fiona's fire escape."

    "People Is Place" by Little Scream
    Imogen snaps pictures of a sleeping Eli.
    " Little Scream was another perfect sound for Eli and Imogen -- a little eclectic, but very dark and mysterious. Sounds like a breakup song to us."

    " Gem" by The Matthews Brothers
    Eli destroys everything that reminds him of Imogen.
    "The Matthews Brothers, hard working guys from Stirling, Ontario, reminded us of a cross between Mumford & Songs and Great Big Sea -- although this is one of their more gentle songs. This establishes Tori and Zig as vulnerable. Up to this point we thought they were solid, but if we've learned anything on Degrassi, it's that breakups come soon after a breakup song."

    "Kids" by Acres of Lions
    Eli and Imogen stay friends.
    "This was one of the more exciting songs to place this season -- for the simple reason that it wasn't even recorded when we knew we wanted to place it. Back in 2011, Acres of Lions performed this song at a music festival in Toronto, and afterwards we spoke with them about recording it. Low and behold they did, and the placement was completely natural, and fit this scene so well, tying everything together in a clean, neat package."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Need You Now, pt. 1"

    Posted on 03/30/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Stick of Dynamite" by Hilary Grist
    Eli finds Imogen taking shots of a bird in the courtyard. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Again, this song has that quirkiness factor we look for when placing a tune for Eli or Imogen. In this case, their relationship is summed up in the music. Bizarre, curious, definitely uncertain. On a side note, Hilary Grist's song "Right For You" played as Eli was leaving school in episode 1121."

    "Nowhere Near My Heart" by Kori Pop
    Imogen snaps pictures of a sleeping Eli.
    "Of course this song speaks to some sort of foreshadowing -- we're always questioning whether Eli is able to be in a relationship, but we're also not really ever sure about Imogen. Beyond the lyrics, this song has that quirkiness we look for when scoring for Eli or Imogen."

    "Diamonds" by Billy the Kid & the Southside Boys
    KC faces losing his baby for good.
    "We love this artist, and have been aching to place one of her songs forever. Billy the Kid recently completed a project called "31 covers in 31 days" -- a remarkable feat. This song played so sincerely against KC's disappointment that it spoke for itself."

    " Hell, Heaven" by Parlovr
    Eli, frustrated, slams his phone against his bedroom door.
    "If you couldn't tell by now, we love Parlovr. Pronounced "Parlour" (the "V" is a roman letter -- pronounced as a "U"). The beauty of Parlovr is their ability to create completely different renditions of their songs, and the evolution leaves us wanting more and more from these Montrealers. This song, with its powerful message, rocked Eli's emotions and left us guessing�what's next?"

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Not Ready to Make Nice, pt. 2"

    Posted on 03/23/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Intro/You Were So Right" by Amos the Transparent
    The police bust Summer's house. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was sent to us as a brand new Amos the Transparent album, freshly mixed and mastered the day before. This is technically two songs, "Intro" and "You Were So Right" -- but it was sent to us as one song. They both fit so well over a couple of scenes that we decided to keep them together."

    "Just the Same" by Justin Hines
    Clare at dinner with her new friends.
    "This new release by Justin Hines is a magnificent album, full of wonder and poetry, and his music is perfect for the show. A little whimsical and hopeful, it made for a powerful and lovely moment as Clare searches for her place in the world."

  • Have you seen this One Direction video?

    Posted on 03/20/2012 by Lisa

    I'm new to One Direction (in fact, the "What Makes You Beautiful" video is the first time I've seen them in action), but I know a bunch of my Twitter friends are 1D fans. I asked them to tell me what they like best about this video. Here's what they said:

    "I love the song, it's so catchy. I like how it's on the beach so it's summer worthy!" - @kb_toyzz

    "Well, I like the way they act like themselves just hanging out at the beach... because it makes us see that they're genuine." - @AndreaEBus

    "Hmmm ;) The boys. And the scenery and all the people in it and the song theme ;) of course! <3 I always smile when i see it. It makes my day 100% better." - @Ms_MunroLover1D

    The song is pretty catchy. After watching it a few times, I'm in the mood to drive up the coast to Malibu and play on the beach. Good thing I live in LA and it's actually an option!

    If you're a 1D fan, what do you like best about this video?

    p.s. DON'T MISS ONE DIRECTION ON THE KCA's, Saturday, March 31st at 8pm et on Nick.

    p.p.s. Did the sparkler scenes toward the end of the video remind anyone else of last summer's Degrassi promo? (I kept expecting to see a shot of Clare!)

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Not Ready to Make Nice, pt. 1"

    Posted on 03/16/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Beggar in the Morning" by Barr Brothers
    Clare talks to her mom. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was such a tender moment, and the song does it justice. Barr Brothers are blowing up, and this placement comes fresh off their appearance on a late-night talk show."

    "Dreamer" by Lynzie Kent
    Clare shops at the bookstore.
    "Lynzie Kent was a great asset to this scene, because the song itself just screams "Clare." The lyrics and the music are pretty inspirational, and even though we see Clare struggling, the song gives us something to hope for."

    "Bang Bang" by Dolly
    Connor beats Mo's tackle.
    " We had placed this song at the top of the episode, but decided it would be better featured here. It turned out to be much more fun and way more energetic, and was totally appropriate for Connor."

    "Crybaby" by Basement Superheroes
    Jake plays Jenna some music in his room.
    " We had to play this as light-hearted. Clare is struggling, but Jake and Jenna are having a blast. We thought this would be up Jake's alley, and to have those lyrics pounding through the wall was pretty ironic."

    "Hourglass" by Blocks
    Clare waits for her dad.
    "We loved the retro vibe of this song, and its imagery matches its title -- time passing. It helped us feel like she'd been waiting for hours. We helped the scene move along and lowered the song so it would sound like it was coming from Clare's dad's car radio."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Can't Tell Me Nothing, pt. 2"

    Posted on 03/09/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Gonna Getchya" by Sherry St. Germain
    Katie tries to use the scissor lift. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was a really fun scene -- not the stealing of the pills, but the crazy scissor lift fiasco. We decided to start the song as Katie starts to feel the kick. She starts to feel invincible and like she's in control of everything, and the song needed to reflect that."

    "Fire" by Tin Star Orphans
    Katie researches knee injuries on the internet.
    "A great emotional internet research scene. We got into Katie's head for this, and the lyrics drove the scene. Though it is a cool country band, the song was very flexible and definitely delivered the emotion we were looking for."

  • Big Time Movie Sneak Peek!

    Posted on 03/07/2012 by Lisa

    Did you know the Big Time Rush movie features six Beatles' covers? Watch a sneak peek, featuring the song "Help," right here:

    This movie looks like it was made for people with who share my silly sense of humor. (There's even a bear on a motorcycle!) Of course, no blog post about Big Time Rush would be complete without a nice big picture of the guys, so here you go:

    Big Time Rush: Big Time Movie

    Big Time Movie premieres Saturday at 8pm et on Nick.

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Can't Tell Me Nothing, pt. 1"

    Posted on 03/02/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Hit the Ground Running by These Electric Lives
    While Katie's playing soccer. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Though it's actually a love song, the feel and energy and tension of the instrumentation was the reason for this placement. Sometimes the lyrics and meaning of a song can be put aside in favor of its strength and imagination. The composition of the music in this song adapted to the scene quite well."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Underneath It All, pt. 2"

    Posted on 02/24/2012 by Ryanmcl

    What song was playing during the Tori/Maya Brawl? Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Astronaut" by Robyn Dell'Unto
    Clare and Jake almost have sex. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Robyn's music is dreamy and elusive, and was perfect for this scene. We had no idea where the scene was heading, and we felt the nervous tension. Cutting through it with Robyn's song was like wrapping the scene in a warm duvet blanket. It felt awkward, but still comfortable."

    "Because I'm Awesome" by The Dollyrots
    Tori and Maya fight in class.
    "This song had been on our radar for a while (in fact, we placed it before, in Season 10). This wasn't a serious fight scene -- we wanted to create a bit of a ridiculous atmosphere. We decided to use the song again, because, well, it's awesome."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Underneath It All, pt. 1"

    Posted on 02/20/2012 by Lisa

    What song was playing during Fiona's party? Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "All I Want to Believe In" by Modernboys Moderngirls
    As everyone comes back to school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "As we come back to school, everyone is a little older and a little wiser, and that's what we aimed for with this song. The Toronto indie band Modernboys Modergirls paced the scene for a warm welcome back."

    "Yo Hello Hooray (Everyday)" by USS
    Fiona's party music.
    "There's some tension in the scene that is lifted a bit by the music, but not too much -- it still needs to feel a bit awkward. Fiona is, after all, trying to make new friends."

    "The Lights" by Fred
    Tin foiling the cafeteria.
    "The song's instrumentation sold this placement. The scene needed something magical or unknown, something that would seem surreal. The prank is pretty epic, and the music makes the kids feel invincible."