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  • Breaking From Above: Ashley's Back!

    Posted on 06/27/2012 by Lisa

    Tonight's Breaking From Above (watch it here if you missed it) included a huge group hug, because Ashley finally made it to Houston! It also included an awkward, stressful dinner party at Mathew Knowles house. Did he really expect them to relax and have fun at his house? They know he's watching every move they make.

    At one point in tonight's episode Mathew Knowles said, "There's a thin line between fear and motivation." Do you think he's just trying to scare the girls so they're motivated? If I'm trying to motivate someone, I'm more likely to encourage them and give them positive feedback... but Mathew Knowles and I are very different people.




    Did you agree with the choice Mathew made at the end of the episode? Or would you have kicked someone else out?

  • Breaking From Above: Who's your favorite?

    Posted on 06/26/2012 by Lisa

    On tonight's episode, the girls of From Above found out why Mathew Knowles calls this a "boot camp." If you missed it, watch it here.

    From Above started the day exercising in the hot sun with fitness coach Rozelle Jones (at least one of the girls threw up), and then went straight into a six-hour choreography session with Danielle Polanco. That right there is why I'm not a pop star. That and MANY other reasons, haha.

    I was fascinated by the segment where Mathew Knowles asked members of his staff to watch the girls perform and vote on which girl they'd kick out, and then asked the girls in the band the same question. I feel like at this point, we still don't know the girls well enough to evaluate their talents, but I've already picked a favorite anyway -- I love Brandy!




    If you had to kick one girl out, which one would it be?

  • Breaking From Above: What did you think?

    Posted on 06/25/2012 by Lisa

    Did you watch Breaking From Above tonight? (If you missed the first episode, watch it online.)

    "We're going to decide: Are we moving forward with the group, are we gonna change the group, or are we not gonna have the group?" -Mathew Knowles.

    After watching the first episode, I'm glad he's Beyoncé's dad, and not my dad. This show seems like it's going to have LOTS of tears and drama.

    Mathew Knowles claims "trust" is the one thing he needs from the girls, but it seems like he's making it pretty hard for them to trust him. I mean, he seems to want what's best for the band, but he's made it very clear that he could kick any of them out at any moment. How could any of the girls trust him in that situation? I know I wouldn't.




    If you've seen the first episode, I have two questions for you:

    Do you think this is an amazing opportunity for From Above, or are they headed into a boot camp from hell? I feel like things could get VERY MESSY in the next few episodes.

    Would you trust Mathew Knowles' career advice? I'd probably stop listening the first time he made me cry.

    Breaking From Above continues tomorrow, at 8:30pm et.

  • Breaking From Above starts June 25th!

    Posted on 06/13/2012 by Lisa

    Are the five girls in From Above good enough to make it in the music industry? Mathew Knowles (a.k.a. Beyoncé's dad!) wants to find out.

    Mathew Knowles plans to put From Above through his version of a pop music boot camp. To succeed, they'll have to work harder than they ever have before. Will From Above break out as stars... or will they break down under the pressure?

    Watch a sneak clip from the first episode!

    Breaking From Above premieres Monday, June 25, at 8:30pm et, with a full week of new episodes.

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Smash Into You, pt. 2"

    Posted on 04/20/2012 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

    "Something I Need" by Carosel
    Adam and Tristan at the Dot. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Carosel is an Irish band who make their home in Paris, France. We had placed Carosel's music before in another TV show and they've come a long way since, refining and perfecting their cute, attractive pop style with solid musicianship, vocals and lyrics."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Smash Into You, pt. 1"

    Posted on 04/13/2012 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

    "Wanna Ride" by Dirty Radio
    Dave and Alli make out in his car. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This Vancouver based group was perfect for Dave. We didn't want to simply put Dave into the hip hop genre. Instead, this is an electropop hip hop group with many influences. There are a few versions of this song but this is the original � perfect for Dave's comeback with Alli."

    "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams
    Adam and Drew sing along to Dave's radio in his car.
    "Our script called for some recognizable piece of music that the boys could enthusiastically belt out in Dave's car. With the help of our friends at Universal Music Publishing Canada, we dove into a huge list of possibilities, but we chose Bryan Adams for the simple reason that he and this song are iconic Canadian symbols that we wanted to showcase to a younger generation of Canadians."

  • 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!)