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  • Songs from Degrassi "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 07/28/2011 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

    "Rich Doors" by NewVillager
    Eli watches Clare from a distance. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This song took a little bit of extra listening to hear its TV placement potential. It travels around at the right speed, its heavy piano chords pierce at just the right moment. It sounds like Eli's heartbeat -- he's watching her like she used to watch him."

    "No Power" by Absofacto
    Imogen convinces Eli that Clare never loved him. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Let alone the title of the song being fit for the scene, it was the electricity of the song that perfect for the moment. A little bit of witchcraft and uncertainty -- Imogen is casting her spell over Eli... he has no power!!"

    "Hold Me In Your Arms" by Zerbin
    Riley breaks up with Zane.
    "Here the song title is ironic -- it's actually a very sad moment for everyone who was rooting for Zane and Riley. Beginning with the gorgeous moon married to the beautiful violin, a dark evening mood set the tone for the end of one of the most arduous and tested relationships in Degrassi history..."

    "Honey Crystal Cave" by Minotaurs
    Eli dumps his pills in the trash.
    "We found this song before we knew Imogen would need her own music. Its wonderfully creepy, crawly, jagged and twisted enough to make us feel what Eli was feeling -- and what Imogen was doing. The hit in the song on the Producers' Card left us all reeling..."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 07/27/2011 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

    "Get Loose" (remix) by Quanteisha
    Marisol's Little Miss Steaks party song. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Marisol had her tunes on her iPod -- so it was really fun to figure out what she would actually listen to. This Quanteisha song was perfect, Marisol definitely likes the fat bass line and groovy chorus."

    "Big Bird in a Small Cage" by Patrick Watson
    Eli struggles with creativity, takes his pills. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Among the most powerful moments we've seen so far, we knew the scene would need the perfect, most emotionally driven song we could find, and came up with one of our very most cherished songs, "Big Bird in a Small Cage". The scene, lyrics and music all speak for themselves, and we sincerely encourage you to go find more about the artist, Patrick Watson!"

    "Honey Woman Lady Cutie" by Alexander Fairchild
    Imogen is a freak!
    " We quickly realized that much like Eli, Imogen needed her own sort of music... and this tune kicked it all off. Eli is definitely interested. Though, whether she becomes his honey-woman-lady-cutie remains to be seen..."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Cry Me a River, pt. 2"

    Posted on 07/26/2011 by Ryanmcl

    Yet again, the generous Degrassi Music Team is providing us with not just the names of the songs that were playing during your favorite scenes in Degrassi: Now or Never, but how those songs ended up there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The Lake" by Aunt Martha
    Fiona witnesses Charlie arguing with her "girlfriend". Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A beautiful song and moment. Listen to the drums in this song -- such a gorgeous east-coast vibe. The lyrics float along the top of the scene, pushing Fiona to the brink -- she was so hopeful, and once again, it all comes crashing down."

    "Why Won't You Listen" by The Danger Bees
    Charlie rejects Fiona. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Fiona tries, and tries again. She's so timid and uncertain, and this song reflects her so well. The lyrics were more pointed this time -- as Fiona really does have such a good heart."

    "Pilgrim's Day" by Lake
    Dave observes Adam's handicapped washroom woes
    "Sometimes we really love a band and their sound, and we can make it through the last of their songs before finding the right one. In the case of Lake, the gem "Pilgrim's Day" is near the end of the album -- and it was just perfect when the lyrics hit "window in, window out" on the shot of Dave through the window."

    "I Saw the Devil Last Night" by Moros Eros
    Dave commandeers Degrassi Radio.
    "We loved the energy of this song and how it translated to Dave's intentions. We kind of knew he was up to something by the tone of the song, and it was all timed to hit certain moments of his actions."

    "Tonight" by Take Me to the Pilot
    Dave offers an olive branch; Adam accepts; all is well.
    "We had known about Take Me to the Pilot through the friends who share our office -- a company called Dale Speaking in Toronto. They loved the band and so do we, and this epic song helped us tell the tale of how differences can be overcome."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Cry Me a River pt. 1"

    Posted on 07/25/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Lay Your Heartbreak" by Winterpills
    Fiona leaving a sad message on Charlie's phone. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is a pretty depressing moment for Fiona -- so the song had to reflect that, obviously. The lyrics didn't match the scene per se, but having lyrics too on-the-nose can sound pretty nerdy. This was a delicate balance of feeling and lyrics, and they matched the scene very well."

    "This Work" by Meligrove Band
    Sav cuts Dave off-air after his Degrassi Radio rant. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "There have been so many opportunities for this song -- its theme is so general and applicable to everyday life. But when this scene came along -- where we actually see how hard life can be for Adam -- the lyrics play a double-entendre. On Adam's side, obviously, he leads an abnormal life and it's tough to fit in. For Dave, we think it's just as tough -- he expressed himself in the wrong way, but in the end, he's just trying to fit in, too."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Idioteque"

    Posted on 07/21/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Way Back Home by The Real Deal
    From Bianca and Drew's make-out sesh at the top of the episode. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We needed a song that was full of energy -- and The Real Deal gave us the real deal. It felt fast, energetic and suspenseful... something was going to happen! But alas... it didn't. The song helped that moment out, too -- going from tons of music to none at all, we felt the awkwardness."

  • Songs from Degrassi "What's My Age Again?"

    Posted on 07/20/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Run, Wild by Dead Letter Chorus
    From the scene where the girls plan Anya's 18th birthday party. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This scene went through a few songs, until we felt right with this one. It travels perfectly in the background of this scene, not too much energy but definitely enough. We love Dead Letter Chorus, the Australian band that melted our hearts when they played the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto with Two Hours Traffic."

    "People In The Hole by Catherine Feeny
    From when Anya gets her bad news. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Catherine Feeny is an amazing songwriter -- and it shows. These poetic lyrics vibe so well with Anya's inner turmoil. We've been trying different things with music, going from scene to scene, and this worked out perfectly."

    "This Was Not My Best Day Ever by Acres of Lions
    From the scene where KC gets a job at Little Miss Steak's.
    " An amazing west coast Canadian indie band, we also saw these guys perform some unrecorded material -- and once it is recorded, we will try to place them again. In the meantime, this song off their recorded album was so peaceful in its simplicity that it helped guide KC on the right path -- instead of feeling sorry for yourself, get up and do something about it!"

    "Take You Home by Final Thought
    From Anya's birthday. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " A great example of a song that was in the character's world, as source from Anya's party, that turns into a Feature for us listeners. The lyrics are pounding and we all feel what Anya feels: desperation, loneliness and confusion. After all, it's your party and you can cry if you want to!"

    "Girls Like You by The Naked & Famous
    From when Anya kisses Owen... etc. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We loved The Naked & Famous so much that we decided to bring them back for another use, creating a sort of "book-end" to these two episodes, beginning with a Naked & Famous song, and ending with a Naked & Famous song. This song tells Anya's tale, and the lyrics "don't you know people who write songs like girls like you" hit a home-run in this moment. Although we're pretty sure Owen doesn't write songs... does that mean he doesn't really like her? You decide."

  • Songs from Degrassi 'LoveGame"

    Posted on 07/19/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Young Blood by The Naked & Famous
    From when Clare and Jenna get ready for school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " The Naked & Famous are an amazing band. So much energy, so much amazing instrumentation and synth, and really rad lyrics to boot. They were perfect to kick off the new school year and introduce a bunch of new characters. After introducing the newest, youngest character, Tyson, we move to see Clare and Eli, sharing an awkward moment, and the song covers it superbly."

    "Jigsaw by Broken Bricks
    From when Clare makes a scene at Above the Dot. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Broken Bricks are a really cool indie band from Toronto; we came upon this demo recording of this song. There is a full band recording, but this one was so raw, so genuine, that we preferred using it. Above the Dot is a new hangout for the kids of Degrassi, and this music sets its tone. The lyrics hit perfectly with Clare's rampant emotions, and Eli's lack thereof, but it's mostly the one-take, life off the floor feeling that sold us on this placement, as it directly relates to all the emotions of the scene."

    "Oh My, What A Fine Day by Behind Sapphire
    From Jake and Clare's first kiss!
    " This song had been on our radar for a while, and this perfect moment came up and it just felt so right. The beautiful imagery behind the kiss, the nighttime air and the flickering lights in the background, coupled with this song, all became the mystical cloud around the budding love of these two characters."

  • Songs from the Degrassi Now or Never Premiere

    Posted on 07/18/2011 by ryanmcl

    Yet again, the generous Degrassi Music Team is providing us with not just the names of the songs that were playing during your favorite scenes in the Degrassi: Now or Never premiere, but how those songs ended up there!

    Keke Palmer on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The One You Call" by Keke Palmer
    Keke's radio song -- the one she performs at her concert. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Keke was a great fit with the show. Her music sounds amazing with the picture, and when this song is performed at the concert, it reverberates in the room and looks and sounds amazing!"

    "Fot I Hose" by Casiokids
    From when Sav and Alli are painting their living room. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This is a synthpop piece from a Norwegian band called Casiokids. We love how international Degrassi has become, and so the music has to reflect that, too. The vibe was perfect for some simple house painting -- suddenly painting your walls yellow feels like a lot of fun!"

    "Whoa" by Kaleo
    From the scene where Bianca shows up in style.
    " The title of this song pretty much sums up its entire placement. When Bianca shows up, the proper reaction is definitely "whoa." And the genre fits with her general vibe."

    "Walls Come Down" by Keke Palmer
    Another song Keke performs at her concert.
    " Another fantastic Keke performance, this song boomed through the audience like it was meant to be."

    "Harmony to my Heartbeat" by Sally Seltmann
    From Fiona and Charlie's romantic scooter ride!
    " This song is so personal, and the lyrics resonate with anyone who's ever waited for their crush to like them back. It's a song about hope and longing -- and it's exactly what Fiona was feeling for Charlie. Will she like her back? Will it last? Maybe there's some foreshadowing in the song..."

    "The End of Broken Hearts" by Cavaliers!
    From when Fiona and Charlie finally find each other... and admit they like each other.
    " The beautiful duet known as Cavaliers! had captured our hearts long ago, and this song in particular has something wonderfully captivating about it. One day, will there be the end of broken hearts, all over the world? Maybe. But certainly for Fiona, in that moment with Charlie, it's the end of her heartache."

    "The Greatest" by Keke Palmer
    The song Keke sings to Sav over Skype.
    " This may be one of the most poignant moments in Degrassi history. Sav struggles with his newfound friend and not being able to be close to her, while Drew struggles with his newfound steel and the task ahead of him. It's an incredibly internal moment for both of them, and the song and score captures both moments perfectly."

    "Dead Hearts" by Stars
    The final song in the episode, when Drew is hauled away in the police cruiser.
    " A selection by the director, Stefan Brogren, he felt that this song pretty much told the story in this moment better than the script could. The lyrics beam out at us, and the important thing to remember here is that one important line: "They were kids that I once knew...""

  • All My Single Ladies!

    Posted on 07/01/2011 by Mary

    I can't think of a better way to spend a Girls' Night than watching Beyoncé OWN the stage Live in Las Vegas.

    Is it even physically possible to watch her perform the Single Ladies choreography without getting out of your chair and puttin' a little swerve in it? Check out this video of the whole number (not just a tease!):

    Lord. I know Beyoncé is probably richer than three kings and a tycoon by now, but looking at her pull this out at the END of a long, eye-popping show... I'm thinking, that woman has got to be the hardest working person in show business, and she deserves every penny. And you definitely have to see the whole show tonight... she will blow your mind.

    How much of the Single Ladies' dance can you do? I almost have the marching/head popping thingy down, and I can do some of the put-it-on-the-floor hip grinds if I've had a nutritious breakfast.

  • See the new Degrassi intro - right now.

    Posted on 06/24/2011 by Lisa

    You have to wait until July 18th to see the new episodes, but you can watch the new intro RIGHT NOW. The new theme song was recorded by singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson, and it's pretty much amazing:

    Alexz is in NYC this week, but she had a time for a quick chat with me. After I fangirled out for a minute about being on Skype with Alexz Johnson, we got down to business:

    I just watched the new Degrassi opening, and I love it! How did that come about?
    It came up very naturally; it wasn't planned. I was sent the track, and they said "Can you do anything with this?" Demo Castellon was producing it, and he remixed my indie Voodoo album, and so I think I was just in the right place. They asked if I'd put a vocal on it, and then they liked it the best.

    The latest promo for Degrassi: Now or Never is really intense, and I know some of the fans are worried about what's going to happen to their favorite characters -- but when I listen to your version of the theme song, I'm like, "They will make it through! I believe everyone will get through all this drama somehow."
    That's so funny you say that, because that's what the feeling behind it was. I've been through my own hell on the career and music end, when it comes to major labels, and my own ups and downs, feeling like "Can you do it anymore?" I really pulled from my own experiences as I sang it, and it's like... "Screw it! You can do anything!" I wanted people to feel that when they heard the vocal. I really wanted it to be strong and powerful.

    Alexz JohnsonSo we know Degrassi's going to have a crazy-intense summer. What about you? What do you have planned?
    I'm working. I just released an album called Voodoo: Reloaded, which is really exciting. When I get back to Toronto, I play The Drake on the 27th, go to Nashville to do some songwriting, and then I'm back in Toronto to do a music video for "Look at Those Eyes," which is my next single. I'm expanding my reach to the States this summer. Being located in Canada can sometimes be difficult, but I'm hoping to do a U.S. tour and either open for someone or be a co-headliner.

    I'm also working on my next record, and I have maybe 40 songs that are done. I have some songs with Bruno Mars, Mike Elizondo, and Toby Gad... some pretty strong writers, so I'm excited. I'm excited to put them all together and see where my head is at, and the kind of record I want to make. Being indie and being Canadian, I'm trying to really expand my reach. It's so exciting to be doing the Degrassi theme. I'm just finding a way to get my music out to people.

    I know a lot of TeenNick fans were excited to see you trending on Twitter a few months back. What was that like?
    It was crazy! I have some pretty awesomely loyal fans. I just did an online show yesterday, and it was really cool. I'm trying to find innovative ways to reach my fanbase, which is all over the world -- but being on an indie label, I can't just pack up my band and fly us to Europe to do a tour. I'm trying to find a way to do it all, but sticking true to my sound.

    I love that you can perform live shows online, and that we can talk on Skype and see each other, even though we're a country apart. It seems like a cool time to be an indie artist. Yay, the Internet!
    I have some friends who are filmographers, so I've also been making a lot of videos and putting them online, just hanging out and singing songs. It's one of those things where like... you come to terms with the fact that you don't know if you're going to make a living. You don't know how things are going to unfold, but you do it because you love it, and there's nothing else you can do. I'm at a point in my life where there is no alternative. I'm just going to keep doing music. I'm not as hard on myself as I used to be, and the last couple years have just been so much fun and creative. It's been great.

    Alexz, thanks so much for talking to me. I can't wait for the fans to see the new open!
    I'm so excited. This really happened out of nowhere and I'm so excited to be a part of it.

    So... what do you think of the new open?