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  • Songs from Degrassi Showdown: Week 1

    Posted on 07/20/2012 by Lisa

    Hear any music you liked on Degrassi last week? You can listen to samples of these songs on the Degrassi show page. Click here and scroll down -- the music player's toward the bottom.

    K'naan music on Degrassi

    "Better" by K'naan
    More Beautiful Than Silence EP
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample of this song, heard in "Come As You Are, pt. 1."

    Jackie Valentine music on Degrassi

    "Keep It Going" by Jackie Valentine
    Building Walls and Burning Bridges
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample of this song, heard in "Come As You Are, pt. 2."

    Matt Webb music on Degrassi

    "Bad Girl" by Matt Webb
    Coda and Jacket
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample of this song, heard in "Walking on Broken Glass, pt. 1."

  • Breaking From Above: The Final Episodes

    Posted on 06/29/2012 by Lisa

    The last two episodes of Breaking From Above aired tonight. (Watch ALL the episodes here, if you missed any!)

    "I wanna see which of the girls really wanna be in this band." - Mathew Knowles

    In episode five, Mathew Knowles gathered together all the coaches the girls have worked with so far -- on fitness, vocals, choreography, and style -- and asked their opinions of each girl. I wonder what it was like for the girls to watch this episode and hear all the harsh things the coaches had to say about them.

    In episode six, Mathew set up a big photo shoot for From Above. When the photographer started shouting random instructions like "Look sexy!" at the girls, I felt so lucky that I work from home. After the photo shoot, Mathew brought in choreographer Frank Gatson and asked for his help looking through the photos and evaluating each girl's body, moves, and voice. Throughout this show, I've been wondering if Mathew was as harsh on the girls of Destiny's Child -- especially Beyoncé -- as he is to these girls.

    Random questions:
    Do you have anyone in your life as critical as Mathew Knowles? Do you find it motivating, or does it beat you down and crush your spirit?

    After watching what the girls went through, would you want to participate in a pop star boot camp? (I'd love to take voice lessons and dance classes and have a fitness coach, but I don't think I could handle the intensity of working with Mathew.)

  • Breaking From Above: The First Cut

    Posted on 06/28/2012 by Lisa

    "When I start changing the lineup, things start to get real." - Mathew Knowles, speaking the truth. If you missed tonight's episode, watch it here. (Spoilers below.)

    Mathew Knowles has made one thing clear: He is in complete control of the band From Above. On tonight's episode he wanted to take Siye down a notch, so he tried to show her that being the best vocally isn't enough to guarantee her a spot in the band. He thought the other girls would do just fine without her, but it seemed like that recording session he set up (where it was just Daisy, Ashley, and Monique) was kind of a mess.

    Manipulative people really stress me out, so it was hard to watch Mathew messing with the girls' heads in this episode. After the meeting where he criticized Siye's body language, she was mad that the other girls hadn't stood up for her. But honestly... would you have confronted Mathew in that situation, if it meant risking your own spot in the band?

    I want to say "If I'd been there, I would've defended Siye!" but maybe that's only because pop stardom isn't my dream? When Daisy talked about how ALL of the girls are afraid of being cut from the band, she meant it. Mathew has emphasized over and over that he's the one with all the power. If anyone questions him, he seems to take it personally and hold a grudge. I may not care about being a pop star, but I still wouldn't want to be on his bad side.

    By the way, didn't it seem like he was unnecessarily harsh with Jasmine? He seems happiest when everyone around him is in tears. That's pretty messed up.

    There are only two episodes left of Breaking From Above, guys... and they both air tomorrow night (at 8:30 and 9pm et) on TeenNick. If you've missed any episodes so far, watch them online in the Breaking From Above video playlist.

  • 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."