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  • TeenNick Top 10: Vote For Your Favorite Videos + Little Mix Stop By This Friday!

    Posted on 02/26/2014 by baileyb2112

    Last week, Ellie Goulding started off Season 3 of TeenNick Top 10, setting fire to the countdown with her sizzling video for "Burn." Plus, 17-year-old superstar Lorde (best known for her mega-hit "Royals") climbed to the #2 spot with her video for "Team."

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    Here's the full countdown from Friday, 2/14/14:

    1. Ellie Goulding, "Burn"
    2. Lorde, "Team"
    3. One Direction, "Story of My Life"
    4. Passenger, "Let Her Go"
    5. Sara Bareilles, "Brave"
    6. A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera, "Say Something"
    7. Beyonce, "XO"
    8. Pharrell Williams, "Happy"
    9. Austin Mahone feat. Pitbull, "Mmm Yeah"
    10. Jake Miller, "Collide"

    If you want to make sure the videos you love have a place on this week's countdown, vote right here! This is an episode you don't want to miss because we've got a group of very special guests: LITTLE MIX! This girl group has blown up over the last few years, and we can't wait to see where they go next.

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    We know you can't wait to see these super special guests on Friday's episode! But until then, check out all of the songs in the running for this week's countdown (including all of the new nominees) on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist below!

    Will Ellie Goulding be able to hold on to that top spot, or will someone else knock her off of her throne? It's up to you! VOTE VOTE VOTE, then give us your best predictions in the comments, and find out during this Friday's episode!

    Little Mix




  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: New Politics

    Posted on 02/24/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: New Politics

    If you thought Denmark's greatest gift to the United States was the country's delicious namesake puff pastry, then think again. New Politics are a three-piece band who burst on the scene after relocating from their hometown of Copenhagen to the artistic paradise of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and have since won many international hearts! The Danish-bred lads serve a unique blend of pop-tinged punk, and their performances are full of energy, heart, and even acrobatics. Check out our exclusive Q&A with our brand-new Fresh Artist below!

    1. You're originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, but have since relocated to Brooklyn, New York. Have any music influences traveled with you from Denmark to the States?
    Yes. We are very influenced by American and British music, but we also have our own Scandinavian music that has influenced us, as well.

    2. You're currently on the Harlem, USA Tour and will eventually gear up for the Monumentour this summer with Fall Out Boy and Paramore. What's the best part about being on tour?
    Meeting all of awesome fans. And playing our music every night. Touring with other bands is always inspiring and keeps us working hard.

    3. David, you incorporate break-dancing into a lot of your live shows, and it's featured in your video for "Harlem." How did you get into break-dancing? How has the break-dancing culture and/or Harlem influenced your sound?
    I got into break-dancing as a kid with my friends in Copenhagen. I fell in love with it and never stopped. Dancing has always been a part of New Politics and, yes, I am heavily influenced by all dancing cultures. It was surreal visiting Harlem because it is one of the birth places if hip-hop.

    4. What's the best and/or weirdest thing that's ever happened at a New Politics show?
    There are so many crazy things that happen on the road. Pinpointing one thing is hard. But if we had to pick one the best moments was performing on Jimmy Fallon. It was so unreal being on that stage with Jimmy Fallon to the right of us and the Roots to the left. Mind blowing!

    5. If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
    We all have different people we would love to collaborate with. A few of them would be John Lennon, Kurt Cobain or Elvis Presley.

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked New Politics a series of silly questions, and here's the first thing that came to their mind!

    CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA: Vanilla

    ALL-TIME FAVORITE SONG: Billy Jean

    TATTOOS OR PIERCINGS: Tattoos

    FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY: Las Vegas

    PRE-SHOW RITUAL: A good nights rest, and our dis-harmonic circle we do before we play.

    ULTIMATE COLLABORATION: Dave Grohl, Pharell Williams, Max Martin

    ZOMBIE OR VAMPIRE?: Zombie

    WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY YOU IN MOVIE?: Will Ferrell

    IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Flying

    If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10PM ET!
  • TeenNick Top 10 Is Back With Fifth Harmony!

    Posted on 02/19/2014 by baileyb2112

    It's the moment you've all been waiting for...TeenNick Top 10 is back! Your favorite music video countdown returns THIS FRIDAY at 10pm ET with new songs, new stars and new special guests.

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    This week, Nick Cannon will welcome one countdown favorite into TeenNick Headquarters. They're fierce, they're talented, there's five of them. Are you all ready for a little Fifth Harmony lovin'?! This power girl group made it big in 2013 (they were a TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist, after all), and we can't wait to see what 2014 brings for them!

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    Until then, you can help all of your favorite videos make it onto the countdown this week. Vote NOW for Friday's episode right here!

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    As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Who will be crowned the king or queen of this week's countdown? Leave your best predictions in the comments and tune in this Friday at 10pm ET to find out!



  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Echosmith

    Posted on 12/20/2013 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Echosmith


    Every once in a while, a band will come along and make you want to know everything about them. So let the YouTube stalking commence, y'all, because we are officially obsessed with TeenNick Top 10's newest Fresh Artist, Echosmith (and think you should be, too).

    The indie-pop band of siblings, otherwise known as Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, burst onto the scene this year with their debut album, Talking Dreams. We caught up with Echosmith to get some exclusive insight on their unique sound, their already blossoming career, and what lies ahead for the new year! Check it out below!

    Congratulations on your incredible debut album Talking Dreams! How many months (or years) was it in the making?
    Thank you! We are so very proud of it. Really, we've been working our entire lives up to this moment, releasing our first record. We spent two years writing specifically for it, and eventually came to the 12 [songs] on the record. We learned a ton while preparing and writing for this record.

    You've cited several (awesome) 80's rock bands like Joy Division and The Smiths as your influences. What sort of influences contribute to the pop half of your indie-pop sound?
    We love pop songs. Peter Gabriel is a huge influence on us, as is Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac. They all wrote/write such amazing pop songs, and it's something that we try our best to do as well.

    Your single "Tonight We're Making History" was featured in a promo for the Summer Olympics on NBC. What was that experience like? Was that one of the first defining moments of your career?
    Having our song on the Olympics was such a fun experience. It was our first time hearing ourselves on television, making it a very momentous occasion.

    What is your songwriting process like? Does one person typically come to the rest of the group with ideas, or do you collaborate differently every time?
    It changes per song. We don't force rules [or make] it only come from one person. We love getting different points of view and working on them together. We think it gives each song a different mood.

    Many of your songs deal with universally relatable things like love, acceptance, and growing up. "Cool Kids," in particular, talks about the tough parts of adolescence. What message did you hope to send with that song?
    "Cool Kids" is a story of feeling alone and being an outsider. We think it's a feeling that we all go through at times in our lives, and is a very difficult subject to talk about. With this song, we wanted to let out in the open that feeling, but also the hope past it. Often times, those [people who] have everything, have very little. There are so many beautiful unique things about us all, and we should show it. That was our message with "Cool Kids."

    What was your favorite part about being on the Warped Tour 2013? Did you become close with any of the other bands?
    We loved Warped Tour. Overall it was such a different experience for us [because] only our guitarist had been, and that was only once. We jumped right into a world that we really never experienced before. We got to meet so many amazing people through it. We made friends with bands like Alvarez Kings, Hands like Houses, Tonight Alive and pretty much everyone else.

    Now that you've released your album, what's next for Echosmith?
    Touring! We love playing live, and that has been an amazing way of getting our music out to people. So you can expect plenty of shows, and I'm sure we will always be writing through it all.

    If you want to catch more of Echosmith, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And, of course, don't forget to tune in tonight at 10PM ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10: Katy Perry Inches Past Selena Gomez!

    Posted on 12/18/2013 by baileyb2112

    You guys showed Katy Perry some unconditional love on last Friday's episode of TeenNick Top 10, helping her steal the #1 spot from Selena with her video for "Unconditionally!" Plus, countdown favorites Imagine Dragons climbed to #2 with their video for "Demons," leaving Selena to settle for the bronze.

    You're not going to want to miss this week's all new episode, because you're in for a VERY special treat! The iconic trio of brothers known as HANSON will be gracing us with their presence at TeenNick headquarters, mmmbopping all the way. This will be the last episode of 2013 before TeenNick Top 10 takes a break for the holidays, so make sure to tune in! We'll see you in the New Year!
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    Here's last week's full countdown:

    1. Katy Perry "Unconditionally"
    2. Imagine Dragons "Demons"
    3. Selena Gomez "Slow Down"
    4. Zedd f/ Hayley Williams "Stay the Night"
    5. Ariana Grande f/ Big Sean "Right There"
    6. One Direction "Story Of My Life"
    7. One Republic "Counting Stars"
    8. Wonder Broz "What They Call That"
    9. Jason Derulo  "Marry Me"
    10. A Great Big World "Say Something"

    If you want to see all of your favorite artists on the countdown this Friday, vote NOW for this week's episode right here! As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Take a break from all that Christmas music and rock out to these jams instead!

    Can Katy Perry hold on to that lead, or will your votes crown a new champion? Find out the results on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, let us know what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!

  • A Very Indie Holiday Playlist

    Posted on 12/18/2013 by Rachel1016

    A Very Indie Holiday


    Last week we brought you the Ultimate Classic Holiday Playlist, a collection of tunes that have become standards in the holiday music canon. And even though these cherished songs only come around once a year, one could argue that by mid-December they get a little stale. (YEAH. WE SAID IT.)

    So, if you're in the mood for a little Yuletide refresher, here are some holiday tunes that you maybe haven't heard before! Including both heartfelt renditions of classics and original compositions, some are fun, some are somber, and some are straight-up weird! But we're pretty confident that all of them are going to bring you a healthy dose of not-at-all-ironic holiday cheer. This isn't your grandmother's playlist, guys! (But we're pretty sure she'd actually love it anyway.)


    That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! - Sufjan Stevens
    Alright! Starting it off with a party! The not-so-holly-jolly subject matter aside, this Sufjan original is an example of the songwriter's unique talent for pairing earnest stories with compelling, catchy melodies.

    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - She & Him
    It is pretty much known fact that Zooey Deschanel is indie rock's #1 diva, so we'd be terribly remiss to not include her and M. Ward's cover of this wistful classic.

    The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - Alvin & The Chipmunks
    Chances are, you've actually heard this one before. Grab your helium balloons and sing along, y'all!

    Getting Ready For Christmas Day - Paul Simon
    You'd have no idea this tune was a Christmas song if it weren't for the lyrics. Laid over Paul Simon's signature buoyant, campfire-like instrumentation, the song features a sample of the gospel singer and preacher, The Revered J.M. Gates and is about a son returning from Iraq for the holidays.

    Christmas Lights - Coldplay
    Even though the holidays seem to insist that the universe be super cheerful for an entire month, this time of year can actually be really tough. Coldplay know know feeling, and they put on their best melancholy for a story of Christmas longing.

    Feliz Navidad - Sea of Bees
    This delicate folk version of Jos� Feliciano's classic is totally surprising and really delightful.

    The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
    Brooding vocals + grungy garage textures + Danish roots = Automatic Indie Cool.

    Ho Ho Hopefully - The Maine
    Who doesn't love a little pop-punk take on romance during the holidays? Or a Santa pun? I mean…come on, guys!

    Valley Winter Song - Fountains of Wayne
    You might know Fountains of Wayne because of their famous ode to "Stacy's Mom," but the band actually have a nice little collection of other great songs in their arsenal. This little number is one of them.

    Wonderful Christmastime - The Shins
    Indie heavy-hitters The Shins don't stray too far from the classic tune's original arrangement, but The Shins can sort of do whatever they want.



  • The Ultimate Classic Holiday Playlist

    Posted on 12/12/2013 by Rachel1016 + ChrisMcPherson

    Ultimate Classic Holiday Playlist


    What would the holiday season be without a soundtrack? You know, collection of songs to accompany every cup of hot chocolate, every snow angel, every mistletoe moment? There's no feeling quite like revisiting those holiday standards when, each December, you realize that they're just as special as when you first heard them.

    And even though we're aware that at this point in the season holiday music is mildly inescapable, we decided to assemble our classic holiday favorites into one grand (but not absolute) playlist! Here are some of the tunes that have found their way into our living rooms for over five decades!

    Silent Night - Bing Crosby
    This peaceful, soothing standard reminds us that Christmas isn't only about inflatable Santas and sugar comas: there's a story to be remembered and celebrated! And although Bing Crosby's iconic crooning will never be matched, you can softly whisper the lyrics with friends without anyone discovering your true vocal chops (or lack thereof).

    Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
    Now, this sing-a-long favorite falls on the other side of the karaoke spectrum. Feel free to belt these lyrics whenever you… feel free! We can hear the debaucherous chorus now: "Laughing all the way, HA HA HA."

    "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
    Mariah Carey reigns as Queen of Christmas (after Mrs. Clause, of course), so it's only right that her mega-hit, ''All I Want For Christmas is You'' makes the list as a classic. The slow build in the intro, the glorious choir's backing vocals, that incomparable whistle tone; Mariah just brings us that the warm fuzzy feeling every time this song plays.

    Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Jackson 5
    Although "he sees you when you're sleeping" may not be the most comforting line, it's a reminder to always be nice. No one wants to be on the naughty list when Santa arrives.

    Last Christmas - Wham!
    Heartbreak is tough, especially during the holidays. But this song shows that you're not alone! This year, to save you from tears (and to save you from spending too much $$$ on a remote control helicopter), give your heart to someone special.

    Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
    It's completely normal to wish for extravagant gifts this holiday season. You never know, Santa may hook you up with some goodies.

    Do You Hear What I Hear? - Bing Crosby
    Do you hear what I hear? A beautiful story of miracles, new beginnings, and peace on earth? Thought so. Plus, bell sounds.

    O Holy Night - Nat King Cole
    Ok, this song. THIS SONG. The stars brightly shining, baby Jesus, the soft, captivating melody that builds to an explosive release when you get to the last ''O night, DIVIIIIINE!'' Boom. *Drops mic*

    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5
    Spoiler alert! Mom wasn't really kissing Santa. Just your average Christmas misunderstanding.

    I'll Be Home for Christmas - Elvis Presley
    Fun fact: this song is sung from the point of view of WWII soldier who was excited to reunite with his family for the holidays. Which is also sort of relevant since Elvis served in the United States Army for two years (not during WWII, though)! #history #supportthetroops



  • TeenNick Top 10: Selena Beats Miley For The #1 Spot!

    Posted on 12/11/2013 by baileyb2112


    It looks like Selena Gomez was NOT slowing down on last week's episode of TeenNick Top 10! Her video made it all the way to the top spot, knocking Miley off her throne! Katy Perry was not far behind, coming in at #2 with her video for "Unconditionally." Plus, special guest Avril Lavigne rounded out a night of rockstar ladies when she stopped by the TeenNick headquarters last Friday!

    This week, catch an all-new episode and a fresh countdown, featuring special guests, A Great Big World! Don't forget to show your love for your favorite artists! They need YOU to take them to the top!

    Avril


    Until then, here's the full list of songs from last Friday, 12/06/13:

    1. Selena Gomez, "Slow Down"
    2. Katy Perry, "Unconditionally"
    3. Imagine Dragons, "Demons"
    4. Ariana Grande f/ Big Sean, "Right There"
    5. One Direction, "Story of My Life"
    6. Travie McCoy f/ Jason Mraz, "Rough Water"
    7. Wonder Broz, "What They Call That"
    8. Lady Gaga, "Applaise"
    9. Nick Cannon, "Me Sexy"
    10. Zedd f/ Hayley Williams, "Stay the Night"


    If you want to see your favorite videos make the next countdown, vote NOW for this week's episode right here!

    As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Take a break from all that Christmas music and rock out to these jams instead!

    Can Selena keep her spot at #1, or will your votes decide a new winner?? Find out the results on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, let us know what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!




  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: AJR

    Posted on 12/05/2013 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: AJR


    Alright, let's state the obvious: sibling boy bands have been around for a minute. In the '90s we swooned over the golden-locked Hanson brothers, and the early aughts brought on the global sensation that was Jonas. But there's a new brotherly trio on deck, and they're ready to separate themselves from their (albeit legendary) predecessors.

    Meet AJR: the three-piece indie-pop outfit comprised of, logically, Adam, Jack and Ryan. They're already armed with an impressive YouTube following and a smash hit (which, BTW, features our very own pineapple-dwelling, squarepantsed sea sponge), but AJR are about to make even more noise…and we're not just talking about annoying neighbors from their New York City living room. We caught up with the boys to talk about their growing career, their songwriting process, and what it's like to be in a family band!

    How do you collaborate on music? Does one of you primarily write most of the songs, or is it a joint effort?
    We've been working together for such a long time that the writing and production of the music has become very smooth. Ryan is the primary writer and producer, but the process of creating music is very much a collaborative one. After eight years of developing AJR, we all have a shared vision of the type of band we want to be, and the type of impact we want to have on the industry.

    How has growing up in New York City influenced your sound?
    New York City is such an icon for singer/songwriters like Simon and Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen, and even for contemporary artists like Vampire Weekend and Fun.; some of our inspirations. We're born and bred in this city, and it inspires our aesthetic as a band, our lyrics, and even the industrial electronic elements of our sound.

    Your track "I'm Ready" samples SpongeBob Squarepants. How did you decide to include that?
    Jack came up with the idea to use the Spongebob sample in a dubstep song. He brought it up to us by saying, "someone like Skrillex should sample Spongebob," and our next thought was, "why couldn't we do it?" Spongebob was a big part of our childhood, and we thought that it was a cool little throwback to our fan-base's childhood too.

    Your music has an awesome ability to be both fresh and eclectic but also undeniably catchy. Do you look to different eras and genres for inspiration?
    Thanks so much. That's a big reason the Beach Boys are such an inspiration to us; they were able to create music that was musically sophisticated, but present it in a catchy, sing-along-able way that was accessible to the public. To answer your question: yes, we take huge influence from the music of the 1950's and 60's and combine those influences with modern and innovative production.

    Some of your songs feature what you call "spokestep." Can you tell us a little more about what that is and how you use it in your music?
    Spokestep is a sort of sub-genre we're developing, and we've sprinkled it into a bunch of the tracks you'll hear when the album drops. The sound of dubstep is created by taking a distorted bass-line and messing with it over a beat. This can mean cutting the audio up, or putting filters on it. We thought we could take that same approach with vocal melodies: and that's essentially what spokestep is.

    You guys are getting ready to release your album independently. What advice would you give other artists who release their music without the help of a major label?
    The worst advice we ever got was to try and be like other artists. We've been in so many meetings over the years where we were advised to be more like the popular bands of the time. I think that an advantage of going the indie route is that we're our own bosses, and we can be very authentic in our music, our images, and our videos. So the best advice we can give to another artist is: develop and showcase the unique parts of yourself.

    Out of the three of you, who is the most likely to goof around when you're rehearsing?
    Jack is probably the most likely to goof off. It's good to have that kind of energy around though; it can get really intense working in a little apartment like ours.

    What's the best part about being in a band with your brothers?
    It's great to be able to be perfectly honest with each other. For us, the workday doesn't end at 5pm. We are constantly pushing ourselves forward, and an important part of this growth is being honest with each other about all aspects of the band.


    AJR, everybody! There's only one question left: what will their fan army name be? AJRmy?! (Don't lie, that's pretty good.)

    If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And, of course, don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10PM ET!
  • TeenNick Top 10: Will Miley Wreck It Again?

    Posted on 12/04/2013 by baileyb2112

    On the last episode of TeenNick Top 10, we featured a very special HALO Awards-themed music video countdown. Each video represented all of the amazing artists who have taken part in the HALO movement! Austin Mahone, Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, and of course, Mr. Chairman Nick Cannon himself helped us celebrate all those who Help And Lead Others.

    This week, YOUR votes determine the countdown! Will Miley Cyrus' video for "Wrecking Ball" came in at #1 again? Will Newcomers Wonder Broz and Travie McCoy make their way to the top of the countdown? It's up to you!

    Catch an all-new episode and a fresh countdown this Friday, featuring a VERY special guest-- Avril Lavigne! There's nothing complicated about this...you don't want to miss it!

    Avril



    Until then, here's the full list of songs from Friday, 11/15/13:

    1. Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
    2. Lady Gaga, "Applause"
    3. Avicii f/ Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up"
    4. Selena Gomez, "Slow Down"
    5. Nick Cannon, "Me Sexy"
    6. Imagine Dragons, "Demons"
    7. Ariana Grande f/ Big Sean, "Right There"
    8. Icona Pop, "All Night"
    9. Wonder Broz, "What They Call That"
    10. Travie McCoy f/ Jason Mraz, "Rough Water"


    If you want to see your favorite videos make the next countdown, vote NOW for this week's episode right here!

    As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Jam out to this awesome mix!

    Will Queen Miley hold on to her place at the top, or will another artist push her out of the #1 spot? You decide! Find out the results on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET.