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  • Mary J. Blige & Jason Derulo: Live at the HALOs.

    Posted on 10/28/2011 by Lisa

    The 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards (premiering 11/6 at 8pm on Nick@Nite) include performances by Mary J. Blige and Jason Derulo. I was at the ceremony, and they were both AMAZING live. Mary J. Blige sang her new single, "25/8," and closed the show with "The Living Proof." Jason Derulo performed his hit song, "It Girl."

    Mary J. Blige, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Mary J. Blige, live at the HALOs.

    Mary J. Blige, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Mary J. Blige!!

    Jason Derulo, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Jason Derulo sings "It Girl"

    Jason Derulo, performing live at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Jason Derulo ♥

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Dead & Gone, pt. 2"

    Posted on 09/01/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Can't Breathe" by Fefe Dobson
    Prom slow dance . Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Stefan Brogren, the director for this episode, was heavily involved in the music selections for the prom. We sent him this song when he was looking for a tune for the dance later on, and he said it would be perfect for the slow dance. Lo and behold, the graduates danced their last slow with Fefe Dobson, a perfect meld of sad, glad, and looking forward to moving on."

    "Not In Love" by Crystal Casltes ft. Robert Smith
    Prom dance, Vince shows up. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This song was Stefan Brogren's choice, an homage to original version by Platinum Blonde, recorded in 1985. Crystal Castles and Robert Smith of The Cure re-recorded this version flawlessly and captured the essence of our decade, the essence that translated perfectly into the ending of one of the most memorable Degrassi crews ever."

    "Always" by Neverending White Lights
    Everything is made right. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Another of Stefan Brogren's top-choice bands, we were thrilled to find a spot for a NWL song in Degrassi. This is a special moment, where we realize everything is going to be fine, but also that new troubles are just around the corner with Katie, Drew and Bianca, who knows what'll happen next."

    "Young Blood" by The Naked & Famous
    End of episode, Sav says goodbye to Degrassi. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The bookend of Degrassi: Now or Never, The Naked & Famous acted almost thematically through the season, and so it only felt right to end the summer with the song that began the school year. The Naked & Famous are so thrilled with the fan reaction that they were very happy to let us have this song again, and we're incredibly grateful to have worked with such a great band. Notice the lyrics as Sav sees the cement, and when he walks away afterwards."

    Other songs in tonight's Degrassi:
    "These Are The Days" by Menage

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Take a Bow, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/30/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Just Like The Movies" by The Playdates
    Graduation ceremony. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The moment we heard this song we knew it was a Degrassi tune, we just didn't know it would hit at such a prominent place in the storyline. Jim McGrath, composer and music editor, suggested we have this song over the diploma scene, and what an incredible vision it turned out to be, almost written for the episode. Of course, the irony is that this is, literally, just like the movies."

    "Sorrows" by Aidan Knight
    Hands in the cement. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was the first time an A Cappella song was featured in Degrassi, and such an emotional moment to boot. The song is derived from Aidan Knight's song "Jasper" on the same album (go check that one out as well) and pretty much features the chorus, alone, powerful and triumphant. We feel all these emotions when the girls leave their mark on Degrassi's doorstep."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Take a Bow, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/29/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Princess" by Miss Harmonica
    Anya tries to work out, and fails. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The call for a song here could have gone any way, from inspiring to desperate, as Anya failed at her first gym workout. This song popped up and was an instant hit - it turned the scene into a quirky moment where we got to laugh with Anya a little bit!"

    "Matter of Time" by Katie Cole
    Anya's sports training montage. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "If there was ever a training montage song in our catalogues, this was it. The lyrics, coupled with the driving guitar all built up to victory and success and eventually Anya made it happen. Notice the contrast between this song and 'Princess'; we aren't laughing anymore."

    "Wonder" by David Francey
    Fiona drinks, sets Mr. Tuxedo Pants loose. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A bunch of songs were pitched to this scene but we were definitely hoping for this one to land, and it did. David Francey isn't exactly Degrassi demographic - but we felt his lovely lyrics and soothing accent had to be heard and would be appreciated by the fans."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Don't Panic, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/25/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Bears" by Nightbox
    Degrassi radio feature. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We saw this band a year ago and they blew our socks off. If you get a chance to catch Nightbox anywhere -- do it. The song fit so well in this scene, and with some careful timing, it even accentuated Eli's frustration in the sweat lodge."

    " Riverside" by Agnes Obel
    Katie and Marisol have a falling out in the washroom. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We tried a few things here, a couple songs and some score, but in the end Agnes Obel was the perfect placement. We heard her music and kept it in mind, and this bitter breaking of a long-endured friendship was the right moment for her voice to be heard and comfort us."

    "Wake Up" by San Sebastian
    Katie's presidential victory. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "San Sebastian was one the bands that made it through Much Music's disBAND show, and we're real happy they did. They were brought to the attention of the entire industry and so this spot is well-deserved, and the song reverbs success and triumph through the clapping and cheering in the scene."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Don't Panic, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/24/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Listen" by Dryer
    Sav kisses Ms. Oh in class. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Such a tender song for such an unexpectedly soft moment. This should be awkward, crazy, intimidating, but the song leads us to believe something else is happening here, a tender moment, a lasting impression. Foreshadowing, maybe? Is this a fling or something more? You decide."

    "No Turning Back" by Sarah Blasko
    Marisol spills Katie's secret to Drew. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The pounding piano as Marisol marches in, you know she's about to start something. When she starts in on Katie, we know she's going to spill the "secret", and so does Katie -- and so does the song. There truly is no turning back for either of them now."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Drop it Like it's Hot, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/23/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Science Is Religion" by The William Blakes
    The Goldberg Machine montage. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is one of those songs that can only be placed in one scene -- and we're thrilled that Wesley became such an important character who merits his own theme song. If anyone on Degrassi ever had a theme song, it's Wesley and "Science Is Religion"."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Drop it Like it's Hot, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/22/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    " Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
    Alli's Degrassi poker tournament. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "When they wrote this episode, the idea of having this Lady Gaga song was only that, an idea. We put it out to the world and it came back approved, and everyone was on pins and needles in anticipation of the cut. Turns out it was pretty much the only song for the scene, where Alli (who, coincidentally, is probably a huge Gaga fan) robs her competitors blind."

    "Nothing Man" by Kilolla
    Alli buys Dave's love. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We kept this song around for a special spot; it's lyrics and driving beat were a perfect Degrassi vibe. The special spot turned out to be Alli doing some questionable dealings... with all eyes on her, of course."

    "All Eyes" by Imagine Dragons
    Alli is planning something big... and lying to Dave. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Lyrics and melody, the beautiful combination of the two, landed this song in this scene. We originally thought it'd be perfect for Anya's storyline, but there was never a spot for it, so it tumbled its way into Alli's world, where yes, she lied and cheated her way to the top."

  • Behind the Scenes on the "Our Deal" video shoot!

    Posted on 08/20/2011 by Mary

    Watch this video to go behind the scenes at the Best Coast "Our Deal" shoot, and find out how they put together those looks (especially that HAIR!) Including interviews with Donald Glover, Alia Shawkat, Drew Barrymore, Tyler Posey, Chloe Moretz... and of course, Nick's very own Miranda Cosgrove.

  • Best Coast's adorable "Our Deal" w/ Miranda Cosgrove - Extended Version

    Posted on 08/20/2011 by Mary

    Check out the extra-long, extra-dreamy version of the Best Coast "Our Deal" video, featuring Miranda Cosgrove and directed by Drew Barrymore! Full on Outsiders-ville, with a rumble, and cute greaser boys, and tragedy. The shortform video is on Obsessed This this week.