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  • TeenNick Top 10: An Interview With Fifth Harmony

    Posted on 08/22/2013 by Rachel1016




    You might remember Fifth Harmony from their early days as individual contestants on the X Factor, but nowadays this girl group is taking the pop world by storm as TeenNick Top 10's Fresh Artist! Their equal parts high-octane and totally sweet girl-power sound have won over millions, and it's still only the beginning. We caught up with Normani, Ally, Lauren, Dinah, and Camila to talk about their forthcoming album, their loyal Harmonizers, and their surreal journey to stardom! 

    Congratulations on being named TeenNick Top 10's Fresh Artist! What is going on in your busy lives this month?   

    Normani: Thank you so much! I love me some TeenNick. This month has most definitely been our busiest thus far. We recently finished our first tour called "Harmonize America!" It was such a blast getting to meet the Harmonizers in person. We also attended the Teen Choice Awards & will be attending the VMAs. We're very excited to walk on the same carpet as our idols that we've looked up to since we were little girls. 

    Ally: Thank you! This month we are performing, attending the VMAs, and getting prepped for the Cher Lloyd tour!

    Lauren: Well we're actually wrapping up our "Harmonize America" tour which was an incredible experience. We had so much traveling around the country together and meeting so many of our Harmonizers! We also have a lot of performances set up in the time between the end of this tour and the beginning of the "I Wish" tour with Cher Lloyd.

    Camila: We just finished our "Harmonize America" tour which was incredible!!!! This week we'll be going to the VMAs so we're preparing ourselves for the cardiac arrest that'll come when we see all those people we look up to standing in front of us. Also we're about to start the "I Wish" tour with Cher Lloyd which is reeeeally exciting!


    At the beginning of the year, you were named the "Next Pop Superstar of 2013" by Popdust Magazine. How do you begin to process such a huge honor?  

    Normani: It's such an honor to be named "Next Pop Superstar of 2013!" I've always voted for these kinds of things and bought magazines, but to actually be in it is amazing. I totally would not be able to say that a year ago. I love that our Harmonizers pushed and voted for us. Super dedicated!

    Ally: It's disbelief honesty! We were up against some pretty talented acts, and for us to be named the Next "Pop Superstar of 2013" is pretty awesome!! We hope to take this year by storm :) 

    Lauren: It's not really something that ever sinks in but it is one of the coolest things that has happened to us considering that when we were named, we didn't have a single piece of original music out. It was amazing to see how much people believed in our project and how much our Harmonizers supported us even then.
    Camila: When you're honored with such a title as the next "Pop Superstar" by Popdust, it's one of those things where it sinks in a little that this is actually happening. As clich� as it sounds everything that's happening to us doesn't really seem like reality, it seems like we're all living in this dreamland where everything we never thought could happen, but wanted to happen, is happening. Getting such an honor was such a surreal thing, but it also makes it click for us that we have to work our butts off to make it happen.

    Dinah: To be honest I never thought that any of this would or could ever happen to me, so it's hard to process a huge honor when it feels so surreal. Although I'm living my dream it still hasn't processed completely! It's an amazing feeling.


    Many of your YouTube covers have been praised by the original artists themselves, namely Ed Sheeran. What is it like having someone like Ed Sheeran applaud your work?    

    Normani: It was absolutely amazing and felt unreal. We were actually in the recording studio when he tweeted us and we stopped, dropped & rolled haha. I replied and called him Mr. Ed Sheeran sir. It makes me happy to see humble people that are on his level of success.  It really inspired us. 

    Ally: It's phenomenal. We look up to Ed so much. Personally, he has inspired me and blessed me with his music. I'm a huge fan. For him to compliment us is just insane and such a huge honor. We cried and screamed when we saw his tweet!!

    Lauren: It's one of the best feelings in the world when someone you look up to so much applauds you for what you love to do. Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite artists so for him to compliment our arrangement and execution of his song Lego House was a surreal moment. I'll never forget.

    Camila: I am not even joking when I say that (and all the girls can testify) I burst into tears when Ed saw our cover and said it was incredible. He is my favorite artist and for somebody that I look up to so much and is one of my biggest musical influences to say he liked the cover meant the world to the girls and me.

    Dinah: I am speechless because to have people you look up to compliment us is the greatest feeling ever. I remember reading Ed Sheeran's tweet and immediately ran to Camila and Ally and screamed OMG HE TWEETED US!! He tweeted us! Even when I think back at that very moment the adrenaline and rush was so VELA! (Hot)


    Your debut single, "Miss Movin' On" is such a soulful, powerful girl-power pop anthem. What can your fans expect from your upcoming album?  

    Normani: Our album comes out this fall and we can't wait until you guys are able to hear it. We worked super hard and we also co-wrote a lot of the songs and put in our input. The sound is fun, pop with hints of r&b vibes and a ton of vocals! We have a few girl anthem songs on the album as well #GirlPower. 

    Ally: They can expect a pop sound. Lots of fun and craziness, but also a range of vocals from all of us. We also co-wrote many of the songs, so our fans will have a piece of us.

    Lauren: Well the album is a collection of fun, pop songs with soulful girl-power vocals on it haha. We also got the opportunity to co-write on a lot of the songs that make up our album, so that was a great learning and growing experience as artists.

    Camila: We co-wrote a lot of the songs from the album which was an incredible experience for us. People will get a little piece of us when they listen, which is something we all admire in our favorite artists. 

    Dinah: I think the supporters should expect something fun, retro, relatable, girl power, energy and lots of LOVE.



    What is the most surreal thing you have experienced as a group since the X Factor?

    Normani: Looking out into the audience and seeing how our music reflects on the people that support us to the fullest. Our fans go above and beyond for us. Also, getting to meet some of our idols. I nearly passed out when I saw Shay Mitchell haha.

    Ally: The overwhelming amount of support from the Harmonizers. It's absolutely insane!!

    Lauren: I think thus far, presenting at the Teen Choice Awards was one of the most surreal things. To have Demi introduce us on stage and then to present the Acuvue Inspire Award to Nick Jonas, who is a childhood icon of mine, was one of the craziest things that's ever happened to us.

    Camila: It is a tad cruel for me to be able to narrow it down to one surreal moment. THIS WHOLE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN ONE CONTINUOUS SURREAL MOMENT! Haha. I think the Teen Choice Awards was so surreal. Seeing literally everyone I'm obsessed with on the carpet and being a couple feet away from them and acting  as if I weren't having heart palpitations was just insane. 

    Dinah: I think the most surreal thing is working with the best producers the best song writers and meeting all kinds of celebrities. And we are blessed with the BEST team of people it's definitely a blessing.  


    You have an incredibly loyal fan base. What is the craziest thing you've seen, heard, or received from a Harmonizer?  

    Normani: Well one time these girls ran like 5 minutes trying to keep up with our van haha and once I received a cut out picture of my face! Kinda scary�

    Ally: Quite a few people have said that they have stopped self-harming because of us. It's astounding that we could have that kind of impact on people. That is why we do this, to help and inspire people. It's the best feeling in the world to know that we could help somebody like that.

    Lauren: I don't think we've experienced anything too crazy, but one time a person ran after our bus for a good five blocks and like actually kept up with the car.

    Camila: I think one of the craziest things I hear from harmonizers is when they tell us they've traveled thousands of miles just for a performance.  We've met some people that have come from other countries just for us. It always shocks me. 

    Dinah: Well just recently a Harmonizer gave me a dinosaur suit! I thought that was so clever because my name is Dinah and they brought me a dinosaur suit lol.

      
    With all of the boy bands in the music scene right now, we're stoked you are making a name for girl groups out there!   Which female artists have or continue to inspire you? 

    Normani: It's such an amazing and beautiful opportunity to represent as inspire girls. We're all about girl power and strive to inspire and makes a difference. We're blessed to have this platform to allow us to do that YAAAY GIRL GROUPS. Beyonc�, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jessie J, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Selena, Jennifer Lopez & Selena! 

    Ally: I love Selena Quintanilla, Beyonce, JLO and Adele!! They're all so talented in their own way and each has made a huge impact on the industry.

    Lauren: I think one of my main inspirations artist-wise has been Lana Del Rey, because I love how original her sound is and I think her melodies are really cool. I also have developed this deep respect for an artist named Lorde because she's only 16 and writes all of her music and they're just so dope for lack of a better term. I think she's gonna take over the music scene soon. She's amazing.

    Camila: Demi Lovato definitely inspires me in every sense of the word. I love how she's shared her story with the world to help other teen girls going through the same issues and how she gives people a piece of her through her music. In songs like, "For The Love of a Daughter" or "Warrior," she's completely honest with her fans. She's an incredible role model for girls and she's inspired me as a person and as an artist. She rocks.

    Dinah: I am always inspired by Patty Labelle, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Leona Lewis, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood and many more because they continue to reinvent themselves and I learn from them and hope one day to be like them one day...

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    Well there you have it, Harmonizers! If you want to catch more of these lovely ladies, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 voting page and you might see "Miss Movin' On" on the TeenNick Top 10 countdown! And, of course, don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10PM ET

  • TeenNick Top 10: Bruno Mars Takes The Top Spot!

    Posted on 08/21/2013 by Rachel1016

    Last Friday, TeenNick Top 10 featured a fresh new countdown, a special interview with Cody Simpson, and, of course, all of the tunes that have us wishing summer wasn't over! (Okay, it's not over yet.)  In the countdown, Zedd lost the top spot to Bruno Mars' as his song "Treasure" inched to #1.

    Here's the full list of songs from Friday, 8/16/13:

    1. Bruno Mars "Treasure"
    2. One Direction "Best Song Ever"
    3. Zedd f/Foxes "Clarity"
    4. Taylor Swift f/Ed Sheeran "Everything Has Changed"
    5. Big Time Rush "We Are"
    6. 4Count "She Ain't You" 

    7. 
    Calvin Harris f/Ellie Goulding "I Need Your Love" 
    8. Austin Mahone "What About Love"
    9. 
    Tegan and Sara "Closer"
    10. Demi Lovato "Made in the USA"

    Want to help your favorite videos make the next countdown? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!

    Then, check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist!

    Can Bruno Mars hold on to the #1 spot or will another artist climb their way to the top? Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET! Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!





  • CODY SIMPSON VISITS TEENNICK TOP 10!

    Posted on 08/15/2013 by baileyb2112

    Look who stopped by Nick Cannon's office?! Cody Simpson will grace us with his presence on  this week's TeenNick Top 10 on Friday at 10 PM ET!

    Do you think the dancing hearts follow him around wherever he goes??



    Make sure this heartthrob lands a spot on the countdown with his video "Pretty Brown Eyes" by voting for him (and all of your favorites) right here!



  • TEENNICK TOP 10: CLARITY IS THE CLEAR WINNER!

    Posted on 08/14/2013 by baileyb2112

    Last Friday, TeenNick Top 10 featured a countdown full of new artists, a special interview with Fresh Artists Fifth Harmony and, of course, tons of great tunes! In the countdown, Selena lost the top spot to Zedd f/Foxes and their song "Clarity."

    Here's the full list of songs from Friday, 8/9/13:

    1. Zedd f/Foxes "Clarity"
    2. Bruno Mars "Treasure"
    3. One Direction "Best Song Ever"
    4. Calvin Harris f/Ellie Goulding "I Need Your Love"
    5. Taylor Swift f/Ed Sheeran "Everything Has Changed"
    6. Big Time Rush "We Are"

    7. 
    Selena Gomez "Come & Get It"
    8. Tegan and Sara "Closer"
    9. Austin Mahone "What About Love"

    10. Demi Lovato "Made in the USA"


    Want to help your favorite videos make the next countdown? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!

    Then, check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist!

    Can Zedd hold on to the #1 spot or will another artist climb their way to the top? Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET! Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!





  • TEENNICK TOP 10: Selena Gomez Gets It!

    Posted on 08/07/2013 by baileyb2112

    Last week, TeenNick Top 10 brought us a special Back-to-School Style episode, jam-packed with the hottest trends, tons of valuable fashion advice and, of course, your favorite music videos! In Friday's countdown, Selena Gomez beat out Macklemore for the top spot with her summer hit, "Come and Get It."

    Here's the full list of songs from Friday, 8/2/13:

    1. Selena Gomez "Come & Get It"
    2. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis f/Ray Dalton "Can't Hold Us"
    3. 
    Mariah Carey f/Miguel "#Beautiful"
    4. Bruno Mars "Treasure"
    5. Avril Lavigne "Here's To Never Growing Up"

    6. 
    Zedd f/Foxes "Clarity"
    7. 
    Big Time Rush "24/seven"
    8. 4Count "She Ain't You"
    9. Paramore "Still Into You"

    10. 
    Ariana Grande f/Mac Miller "The Way"

    Want to see your favorite videos in the next countdown? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!

    Then, check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist!

    Can Selena keep the top spot on the countdown or will your votes decide differently? Find out on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET! Until then, tell us what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!





  • Movie Mondays: Karate Kid III

    Posted on 08/05/2013 by Rachel1016



    Didn't get enough Karate Kid last week? Mr. Miyagi and Daniel are back for one last fight!

    Tune in tonight at 8 PM ET for The Karate Kid Part III to see if Daniel can defend his championship title without betraying his loyal mentor, Miyagi!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Styling Tips With Mary Kate Steinmiller

    Posted on 08/02/2013 by Rachel1016

    This week, TeenNick Top 10 and Macy's bring you the ultimate fusion of music and fashion. As a part of the TeenNick Top 10 Back To School special, we caught up with Teen Vogue's Senior Fashion Market Editor and resident trend-setter, Mary Kate Steinmiller, who teamed up with Macy's to bring us ten fabulous back to school trends! Check out all of the looks here


    TREND #1: GIRLS -- NEON
    Neon is great for adding a pop of bright color to your outfit, but you mentioned that it's also a good idea to offset the brightness with more muted pieces. How do you know you've found the right balance?
    Pick one statement neon piece, whether it be a top, jacket, jeans or an accessory and keep it at that. Neon works best in small doses and balanced with neutrals.

    TREND #2: GUYS -- CAMOUFLAGE
    For a look that is supposed to blend in, camouflage is great for making a statement. What are some accessories that complement this bold pattern?  
    Take the colors of classic camo and carry them out into your accessories. A solid army green baseball hat and tan colored worker boots make it cool.

    TREND #3: GIRLS & GUYS -- PATTERNED TOPS
    We see a lot of guys wearing patterned t-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers.  What tips would give a girl who wants to rock the trend?
    "Borrowed from the boys" is one of the greatest fashion "tricks." The key is picking your masculine item and keeping the rest of your look feminine. Colored sneakers look great with a floppy mini skirt and classic tee; a printed hoodie or tee looks cool with a colored skinny jean.

    TREND #4: GIRLS -- MOTORCYCLE JACKET
    A motorcycle jacket is a staple for any biker-chic look. How would you pair a leather jacket during the early fall months when temperatures are still high?
    A moto jacket is seasonless. I wear mine over a summer sundress when nights get cool, or I layer a faux fur vest under it in the cooler months. It's versatile, think of it as a layering piece, not just a jacket. I also love the look of a hoodie under a biker jacket. 

    TREND #5: GUYS -- DENIM/CHAMBRAY
    Chambray has been everywhere recently. What are your thoughts on wearing chambray with jeans?
    Denim on denim looks laid back cool when done right. Just remember not to match your denims perfectly. There should be a little hint of shade difference if you are wearing denim on the top and bottom, and if not the denim should be patchwork or embellished so you are not head to toe flat denim. I love a chambray shirt with white jeans.

    TREND #6: GIRLS -- GRUNGE 
    Grunge is a trend that comes straight from the 90s. Sartorially, do you think the 90s are here to stay?
    The exact grunge of the 90s stayed in the 90s, but the best elements of it may be here to stay. A worn-in plaid flannel, classic black combat boots and ripped up denim often return on the trend radar, especially this fall.

    TREND #7: GUYS & GIRLS -- PLAID FLANNELS 
    Plaid flannel shirts are a must-have for guys, but how else can guys (or girls) work plaid into their overall look?
    For girls I love a plaid flannel shirt over a floral baby doll dress and boys look cool in ripped worn in jeans and a classic white undershirt tee.

    TREND #8: GIRLS -- GREAT ROMANCE
    Great Romance is such a whimsical, delicate look. Could this trend be inspired by any historical eras or specific places around the world?
    Great romance has a bit of a fashion fairy tale but nothing too perfect or pristine. More like a princess who has run away. A beautiful dress, but worn with a dreamy oversize knit sweater and a beanie hat to make it look a bit tattered.

    TREND #9: GUYS -- AMERICAN FLAG
    Contrary to popular belief, stars and striped aren't just for the 4th of July! What would you say to someone who's never rocked the patriotic look as a fall trend before?
    Take it in small doses, showing your patriotism can mean star print denim or just a red and white stripe tee. As long as you are not head to toe Americana, a piece of patriotism works in any outfit.

    TREND #10: GIRLS -- SKIRTS
    Skirts come in all different lengths, shapes, and silhouettes. What is the go-to skirt style this fall?
    The two must haves for fall hit both sides of the spectrum. For the girl embracing her inner grunge, it's a long and languid maxi skirt, preferably in a floral. For the girl who wants to show some leg, it's a short and sporty floppy mini skirt. Both can be worn with another must-have for the season, a crew neck sweatshirt. With the long gypsy skirt it's best to keep it oversize, and for the mini, wear it with a cool color-block crew neck that has a tinier fit.



    There you have it! A jump-start on the best fall trends for Back To School! Don't forget to visit your local Macy's on Saturday, Aug. 10th  for Teen Vogue Back-to-School Saturday, a one-day shopping extravaganza for the best deals on all these trends and everything you need for back to school! Plus, check out all the looks now at the Macy's Style Lab!

    Macy's Coupon Code:  TNVGBTS or TNVGBTS1 for 20% off on Macy's BTS Saturday Teen Vogue event on 8/10 (offer valid only on 8/10).


  • TEENNICK TOP 10: Macklemore Still On Top!

    Posted on 07/31/2013 by baileyb2112

    Another week, another countdown! Friday's episode of TeenNick Top 10 featured killer new music and a special appearance by Degrassi stars Luke Bilyk and Munro Chambers! Plus, we watched Macklemore make it all the way to the top AGAIN!

    Here's the full list of songs from Friday, 7/26/13:

    1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis f/Ray Dalton "Can't Hold Us"
    2. Selena Gomez "Come & Get It"
    3. 
    Mariah Carey f/Miguel "#Beautiful"
    4. Zedd f/Foxes "Clarity"
    5. Jason Derulo "The Other Side"

    6. 
    Calvin Harris f/ Ellie Goulding "I Need Your Love"
    7. 
    Ariana Grande f/Mac Miller "The Way"
    8. 
    Big Time Rush "24/seven"
    9. Justin Timberlake "Mirrors"

    10. Bruno Mars "Treasure"


    Want to see your favorite videos top the next countdown? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!

    Then, don't forget to check out TeenNick Top 10's updated Spotify playlist, featuring all your favorite songs from last week's episode, plus a few new nominees!

    Can Macklemore keep the #1 spot or will he be de-throned?? Find out when you tune in for a special Back to School Style episode of TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET!





  • Movie Mondays: Karate Kid II

    Posted on 07/29/2013 by baileyb2112

    The Karate Kid is back! We know you missed Mr. Miyagi...

    Tune in to The Karate Kid Part II tonight at 8 PM ET to see the continuing story of Miyagi and Daniel as they take an emergency journey to Okinawa and learn all about Miyagi's mysterious past!



  • TEENNICK TOP 10: Macklemore Tops the List!

    Posted on 07/23/2013 by baileyb2112

    The votes are in! TeenNick Top 10 returned last Friday with a stellar new countdown of your favorite videos, with Macklemore making it all the way to the top.

    Here's the full list of songs from Friday, 7/19/13:
    1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis f/Ray Dalton "Can't Hold Us"
    2. Selena Gomez "Come & Get It"
    3. Justin Timberlake "Mirrors"
    4. Jason Derulo "The Other Side"
    5. 
    Zedd f/Foxes "Clarity"
    6. 
    Mariah Carey f/Miguel "#Beautiful"
    7. 
    Calvin Harris f/ Ellie Goulding "I Need Your Love"
    8. 
    Ariana Grande f/Mac Miller "The Way"
    9. 
    Big Time Rush "24/seven"
    10. 4Count "She Ain't You"


    Want to make sure you get to see the videos you love on the countdown next week? Vote NOW for this week's episode right here!

    Then, don't forget to check out TeenNick Top 10's updated Spotify playlist, featuring all your favorite songs from last week's episode, plus a few new nominees!

    Who do you think will top the list this week? Find out on Friday at 10 PM ET on TeenNick!