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  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Nico & Vinz

    Posted on 07/25/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Nico & Vinz


    By now you've probably cruised down the highway to Nico & Vinz's breakout single "Am I Wrong?" blasting through the speakers. Or maybe you've tapped your toes to its infections beat at a pool party. In whatever way this inspiring and totally danceable summer smash has soundtracked your summer, it's pretty obvious that this Norwegian hit-making duo is doing something so right.

    But here's the thing: For Nico & Vinz, there's a lot more where that came from. We caught up with our new Fresh Artist to learn more about their debut album, their musical influences, and fun facts about their past! Check it out!

    1. Coming from Norway, how does it feel to see your music spread across the globe?

    It's almost indescribable. We're are having the time of our lives right now, trying to soak it all up. We always had a dream of having our music reach and touch people all over the world, and to see that dream happen is beyond amazing. We're truly grateful for the support and we're working to pay you back with the best music we can make!

    2. Your sound has roots in African rhythms and textures, but with a Scandinavian pop twist. What do you think is most special about that unique combination of influences?

    The most special thing about it is that it's very personal, it's Nico & Vinz. We figured that the best way to be unique, is to be yourself, because there's no one like you. So we started making music with that mentality and mixed our personalities and backgrounds in the music. Born and raised in Norway with parents from Ghana, Ivory Coast and Norway, influenced by the hip hop-culture.

    3. Has music always been your main focus and passion? How did you two become a duo?

    Nico wanted to be a professional soccer player and Vinz was studying before we decided to focus on music at the age of 20.

    4. Can you remember the first album or record that made a lasting impression on you?

    Nico: Nas Illmatic
    Vinz: Dr. Dre 2001

    5. For fans who are eager to hear more music from you, what can they expect in the coming months?

    Right now we're in the midst of finishing up our debut album Black Star Elephant, which will be out during fall. The album is a story based on our journey from where we started to where we've come now. We are very excited about releasing it and we definitely feel like this is our best music so far!

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked nico & Vinz a series of silly questions, and here's what they had to say!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire



    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: Vote For Your Favorite Videos + Some MAGIC! Headed Your Way This Friday!

    Posted on 07/24/2014 by Kayla6548

    The competition continues, and this Friday we're letting you in on ALL the action with a new episode of TeenNick Top 10. And wow, do we have some BIG news for you!

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    Joining us this week on TNT10 are new artists Nico & Vinz! This Norwegian dynamic duo is making great strides toward the top with their hit single "Am I Wrong." Just last week they were third in the countdown, but a lot can happen in a few days! Be sure to vote right here! Oh, and look out, Ariana Grande, your reign over first place may be in jeopardy. To read more about the singing/songwriting pair, be sure to check out our Q+A with Nico and Vinz themselves!

    But speaking of the long-locked pop star, Ariana Grande has been TAKING OVER! Did you know her song "Problem" has been certified double Platinum? Not to mention that the music video was nominated for three 2014 Video Music Awards ("Best Pop Video," "Best Female Video" and "Best Collaboration"). Way to go, girl!

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    And let's not forget about our celebrity guest MAGIC!, who will also be joining us this Friday. Last week the totally original, Canadian band was at number four in the countdown with their single "Rude." But maybe with a little help from their fans, they'll make the top three this week!

    So take those headphones off for just a minute and listen closely everyone! Make sure you vote for your favorite song right here, and tune in at 10 pm ET on TeenNick to watch TeenNick Top 10. You won't regret it!

    TeenNick Top 10




  • Degrassi Recap: 'Believe' Part 2

    Posted on 07/22/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    It's hard to believe that we're nearing the end of the chapter, but that doesn't mean the Degrassi drama is slowing down one bit! If you haven't seen "Believe Pt. 2", watch it online and then read our recap!

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Maya and Miles started getting re-cozy, but Miles was nervous that his testimony in court would shake things up (again). Remember when he almost kissed Zoe at his fateful party? Well, Maya didn't. And sooner or later, she was going to find out.

    When Winston took the stand, he testified that Miles and Zoe were about to fool around before Zoe passed out.

    And Maya decided she had had enough.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2


    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Meanwhile, a gossip TV segment that was released surrounding the trial revealed that Zoe was actually booted from West Drive for pill popping. She was trying to move on from the trial by focusing on her audition, but this new video launched a disastrous wrench into her plan. Now the whole world knew her little secret.

    As the video started to spread, things went from bad to worse. And when Zoe didn't know where to turn, she picked up her old habit: She swiped a few pills from Zig and popped them in school.

    It didn't take long before Zoe, high on prescription drugs, started hallucinating in class.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    It seemed like her world was beginning to crumble. Was Zoe starting to crumble with it?

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Still high on the pills, she lashed out at the reporter who spread the terrible stories.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    And later on, Zig found Zoe crying in the back of the bus. She had reached the end of her rope, but Zig sat with her, comforted her, and tried to give her perspective.

    Back in the courtroom, before Becky's testimony, Luke accidentally revealed something really important: At the time of the alleged assault...

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    When Becky heard this, she was certain that Zoe never consented. As heartbreaking as it was, Becky knew she had to tell the truth on the stand.

    As things were finally starting to turn around, Zoe mustered enough strength to give her honest and moving impact statement in court.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    After her statement, she thanked Zig. And gave him money to pay off the gang, and get out of dealing drugs for good.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    And when the jury finally came to their decision, Luke and Neil were found...

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2


    Guilty.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Although Zoe was able to find justice in this heart-wrenching case, Becky's world was now turned upside down. Thanks in large part to her testimony, her brother was now convicted of sexual assault. And when Becky turned to her mom for support, she was cold. Oh, so cold.

    Zoe's story sheds light on the complicated issue of sexual assault. It can happen to all kinds of people, and all-too often blame is assigned to the victim. Situations like these aren't easy to talk about, but if you or someone you know have been affected by sexual assault, there are resources available and it is never too late to get help. Tell someone you trust. You don't have to deal with this alone. Call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE or go to www.rainn.org.



    What did you all think of this eventful episode? What do you think is in store for the finale? Get to talkin' in the comments!

  • Alien Dawn Marathon Coming To TeenNick + New Adventure Game!

    Posted on 07/21/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Alien Dawn Marathon


    Meet Cameron Turner. He's a totally normal 16-year-old boy who goes to school, enjoys skateboarding with his friends, and spends most of his time searching for his missing astronaut father.

    Hold up, what?

    Let us explain: Sixteen years ago, Cameron's father was on a mission to intercept an asteroid headed for Earth. But when he suddenly disappears without a trace, it's up to Cameron and his friends to find Mr. Turner by uncovering clues hidden in the animated pages of a comic book.

    Alien Dawn Marathon


    And now it's time to get your paranormal party pants on because Alien Dawn is coming to TeenNick for a full series marathon starting July 26th at 12pm ET! Tune in for every episode of this epic mystery to see Cameron and his friends kick some serious alien butt. It's gonna be out of this world.

    Alien Dawn Marathon

    Alien Dawn Marathon


    But there's MORE! While you wait, uncover how the comic conspiracy began by playing this brand NEW Alien Dawn adventure game! It's up to you to unlock what lies behind the mystery of the comic... before time runs out!

    Alien Dawn Marathon


  • TeenNick Top 10: Your Favorite Videos, Every Witch Way and the Return of 5 Seconds of Summer

    Posted on 07/17/2014 by Kayla6548

    TeenNick Top 10


    Can you believe that it's already mid-July?! Summer is flying by, but that doesn't mean we're slowing things down here at TeenNick. In fact, we're just getting started! So while you're catching some rays by the pool or sipping on a cold glass of lemonade, be sure to turn on this summer's best hits.

    TeenNick Top 10


    This Friday, TNT10 will be welcoming the cast of Every Witch Way, as well as the return of fresh artist 5 Seconds of Summer! So don't sweat it if you missed them on previous episodes, because now's your chance to check out this four-piece Aussie band. And did we mention that listening to their hit single "She Looks So Perfect" is the best way to gear up for a summer sunset?

    TeenNick Top 10


    And let's not forget last week's episode featuring a Kid's Choice Sports 2014 Takeover! We hope you all voted for your favorite A-list athletes. But just in case you were too busy hanging out at the beach, there's still time to vote before the show on Thursday, July 17th at 8pm ET!

    TeenNick Top 10



    Be sure to tune in at 10 pm ET on TeenNick to watch this week's ultimate countdown! In the meantime, let us know which summer single you think is the hottest by voting right here.



  • Degrassi Recap: 'Believe' Part 1

    Posted on 07/16/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    This week on Degrassi, we took it to court. Zoe's trial against Becky's brother, Luke, has been a long time coming and on last night's episode it all went down in a judge's gown. If you haven't seen "Believe Pt. 1" yet, watch it online here here before reading our recap!

    DISORDER IN THE COURT
    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 1

    Zoe's fame from West Drive drew a lot of media attention to her sexual assault case. Reporters began swarming the Degrassi campus for information about the case, and some were questioning whether accusations against Becky's brother, Luke, were fabricated. As if the media circus wasn't enough to handle, Zoe was also preparing for an important audition. To say the least, she was having trouble focusing.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 1

    The first day in court, Zoe's lawyer began to question Luke about the Hollingsworth party and the incident in the pool house. When the lawyer asked if the encounter with Zoe was consensual, Luke replied, "She didn't say no." He also denied taking advantage of Zoe's intoxicated state to violate her while she was passed out.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 1

    Then, as Frankie was questioned by the prosecution, Zoe's case started to look even weaker. When asked, Frankie had to admit that Zoe "wanted to hook up that night" even though she was really drunk when she said it. With the video evidence expunged from the investigation, the defense was starting to convince the jury that Zoe's reputation would suggest she was more into hooking up with Luke than she really was. Why were they asking what she drank, why she was there, what she did to "lead him on?"

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 1

    Zoe lashed out at her lawyer for not doing more to command the trial, and her lawyer told her to stay out of court. Feeling helpless, she decided that the best way to share her side of the story was to talk to a reporter directly. But when her quote was used against her in court, it seemed as though the trial was her's to lose. The victim is never to blame, and we hope the jury can see that. Only 'yes' means 'yes.'

    TRUE NORTH
    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 1

    But Becky was also having a hard time with the impending trial. Since her mom made it clear that they would need her to defend Luke's innocence, she struggled with what she would say on the stand, truly believing that her brother was guilty but not wanting to abandon him.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 1

    She became so overwhelmed, in fact, that she left the court room in the middle of Luke's questioning to return to Degrassi for an orienteering assignment. She just so happened to be paired up with Drew and less-than-stellar compass skills got them lost. Becky became noticeably frustrated and Drew suspected that it wasn't just about orienteering � it was about the trial. Drew tried to comfort Becky about her situation, assuring her that no one would ever blame her for supporting her brother.

    OLD HABITS DIE HARD
    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 1

    With all of the press surrounding the trial, Maya wanted to do something to support Zoe. She decided to get Miles' help making T-shirts and placards for students to wear at the trail. And as they started spending time together, Maya even made it seem like there was a chance that Miles could have another shot.

    But here's just one thing. When Miles testifies in court, he's going to have to admit to almost making out with Zoe while he and Maya were still dating. Something Maya never found out about. Oof.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 1

    And even though Zig didn't seem too happy about #Mayales reconnecting, he had bigger problems on his hands. When a member of the gang came around Degrassi, Zig tried to tell him he had retired. But it doesn't look like he's going to be off the hook that easy.


    What did you think of this episode? What do you predict will happen next week? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to tune in for "Believe Pt. 2" next Tuesday at 9pm ET!



    Zoe's story sheds light on the complicated issue of sexual assault. It can happen to all kinds of people, and all-too often blame is assigned to the victim. Situations like these aren't easy to talk about, but if you or someone you know have been affected by sexual assault, there are resources available and it is never too late to get help. Tell someone you trust. You don't have to deal with this alone. Call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE or go to www.rainn.org.

  • TeenNick Top 10: Kids' Choice Sports Takeover!

    Posted on 07/10/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    TeenNick Top 10


    Hut... hut... HIKE!

    Are you ready to get your head in the game?! Kids' Choice Sports 2014 is right around the corner, and the competition is fierce! On Thursday, July 17th at 8pm ET on Nick, join some A-list athletes and pro football Hall Of Famer Michael Strahan as he hosts our FIRST EVER awards show all about sports!

    TeenNick Top 10


    Here at TeenNick, we're warming you up with a very special Kids' Choice Sports-themed episode of TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10pm ET. Tune in for some all-star videos and get a glimpse of Nick Cannon's athletic side (or, you know, lack thereof...)!

    TeenNick Top 10


    Plus, your favorite host will be joined by some very special, very sporty guests: Olympic gold-medal gymnast McKayla Maroney and twin brothers Jason and Devon McCourty of the NFL! These all-star athletes are not to be missed.

    TeenNick Top 10


    TeenNick Top 10


    And while you're waiting patiently for Friday's episode, why not head over to Nick.com to vote for your favorite athletes and sports moments for Kids' Choice Sports 2014?? Find out if your favorites made the cut on July 17th, and tune in to TeenNick Top 10 this Friday to get a taste of the action! Now�play ball!

    TeenNick Top 10




  • Five World Cup Nail Art Designs To Get You Pumped For The Finals

    Posted on 07/10/2014 by Kayla6548

    Its MAJOR crunch time over in Brazil as the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is upon us! If you haven't been keeping up with the soccer (or should we say, football?) madness, a total of 64 matches are being played in 12 cities across Brazil to see who will be the new world champions.

    With 32 teams participating, it's now down to the final TWO: Germany and Argentina will duel it out in the championship game this weekend as Brazil and the Netherlands, who both came up short in the semifinals, will compete for third place. Here at TeenNick, we've been fiercely watching to see which team will bring home the cup. All we know is that it's gonna be a nail biter!

    World Cup Nail Art

    Credit: StephsNails


    To celebrate the global soccer competition, we've asked some of our favorite nail artists to share with us World Cup nail art that represents the final four countries still in the tournament. And wow, are we impressed!

    World Cup Nail Art

    Credit: Ideias de Caroline


    Unfortunately for Brazil, after winning 4 games and tying 1, they suffered a brutal 7-1 loss to Germany two nights ago. *Sheds tear* But, it's not over yet! We're still rooting for you, Brazil, in your final match against the Netherlands for third place. Here's hoping these festive green and blue nails with gold star decals get you in the zone just as much as they did for us!

    World Cup Nail Art

    Credit: Princess and Polish


    Undefeated throughout this entire competition, Argentina has been killing it! With one of the world's best players on their side, Lionel Messi, Argentina is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the championship game. And look at those perfectly painted Argentinean flags. Don't the suns just scream winner?!

    World Cup Nail Art

    Credit: LaLaLacquer


    The Dutch have been pretty dominant on the field as well! Beating Spain, who were the defending champions of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was a huge triumph for them. We're pretty sure they came back with a vengeance after they were the runner-ups to Spain in the 2010 finals. Their World Cup journey stopped short, however, after a brutal loss to Argentina in a penalty kick shoot-out. But that didn't stop our girl at lalalacquer from doing an awesome job of combining the Dutch flag with the country's famous tulips. Flowers on nails just never get old, do they?!

    World Cup Nail Art

    Credit: Little Red Loves



    Talk about powerful! These nails definitely show the strength of Germany's team as they enter the finals against Argentina. The black, red and yellow ombre effect is definitely what we call FIERCE! And isn't the soccer ball just the perfect reminder of what this competition is all about? We're talking about the love of the game, of course!

    During these final days we wish the remaining teams the best of luck! Fans, be sure to show your spirit. Again we'll be biting our nails in anticipation (or should we say painting them...)! Which country nail design are you rooting for?

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Out of My Head'

    Posted on 07/09/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    So. Much. Drama. Did you catch last night's Degrassi? We've got a lot to wrap up, so if you haven't seen "Out of My Head" yet, watch it online here and then read our recap!

    I CAN'T BE SEEN WITH YOU
    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    Tristan was on cloud nine ever since he and Mr. Yates began a passionate, if totally illegal and secret, love affair. And even though Mr. Yates made it very clear that no one could ever know about their relationship (hello, RED FLAG #367!), it didn't take long for Maya to find out what was going on.

    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    She reported the situation to Principal Simpson, which prompted a pretty intense questioning, where, despite Tristan's denial of everything, it was clear the allegations were true. Before long, Mr. Yates was suspended and faced with an investigation for having inappropriate relations with a student, and Tristan was devastated.

    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    Tristan, sure that their love could conquer anything, insisted that they could figure it out together. Yates disdainfully replied, "How could you be so na�ve?"

    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    Convinced that Maya was out to sabotage the only love Tristan's ever known, he blew up at her for ruining his life. In his eyes, how could she possibly know what it feels like to lose a love when guys are fawning over her all the time?

    But, we ask you Degrassians, were they really in love? Or was Mr. Yates a master-manipulator taking advantage of a student genuinely hoping and searching for love? We've seen this play out on Degrassi before (does anyone remember when this happened to Paige with Mr. O?), and at the end of the day, Tristan's a kid and Mr. Yates is an adult.

    Our hearts break for Tristan, but it's not too difficult to see the true colors of this doomed and inappropriate relationship. And as for Tristan's friendship with Maya, do you think he'll be able to understand why she did what she did?

    THE REAL REASONDegrassi: Out Of My Head

    Frankie was concerned that her mom paid Becky to allow her to walk in the fashion show. Worried that she didn't land her spot based on merit, but rather based on her reputation as the rich girl, Frankie confronted Becky.

    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    Much to Frankie's surprise, Becky revealed that the only reason she wasn't originally chosen was because Winston, apparently, couldn't be around Frankie�because he liked her so much.

    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    So Chewy has feelings for his best friend's sister, after all! Frankie feels the same and, well, Miles will just have to survive!

    SURPRISE BY DESIGN
    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    When Imogen thought her new love interest Jack didn't like her designs for the Degrassi fashion show, she decided to completely transform them from Hollywood Glamour to verrry avant garde haute couture. And even though Imogen was sure her new boundary-pushing designs would impress Jack, Becky was really upset that she ruined the original dresses and compromised the theme of the fashion show.

    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    Imogen realized that she had made a huge mistake and put her own needs in front of her friend's (and those of the whole fashion show). When it came time to fill in for Tristan as the emcee, she took the stage to publicly apologize to Becky.

    Degrassi: Out Of My Head

    And since Imogen realized her mistakes, she didn't entirely have to face her karmic comeuppance: Not only did Becky accept her apology, but Jack totally liked her designs all along (and was still into her)! See, Immy? Just being you is good enough!


    If you're still thinking about last night's episode, we feel you! Put some of those thoughts in the comments!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: 5 Seconds of Summer

    Posted on 07/03/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: The Vamps


    You know that anywhere, anytime music that just puts you in a good mood no matter what? Well, Aussie pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer are pretty much the poster boys for that kind of feel-good vibe. And chances are, you've already come across (and subsequently played on repeat) 5SOS's mega-hit "She Looks So Perfect." But we're here to tell you that Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton are only getting started.

    We caught up with our new Fresh Artist to learn a little more about their debut album which drops July 22nd, their experience on tour with One Direction, and the ultimate question: Boxers, briefs or tighty whities?

    1. From your hit single "She Looks So Perfect" to your TV debut on the Billboard Music Awards, we can imagine the past few months of your career have been quite the whirlwind. What is the biggest difference in your lives right now compared to a year or two ago?

    It's been a whirlwind! Four hours sleep a night, lots of air miles, lots of new cultures. Our love for touring remains the same, and we cannot wait to be back in America!

    2. Your songs are very lyrically driven and clever. If you had to choose one line from one of your songs as your favorite, which would it be and why?

    If Hollywood could see me now
    I'd get the starring role
    But they won't so I'll just keep on acting a fool


    From "Heartache on the Big Screen"

    3. Having been on tour with One Direction, what have you learned from the band that has helped you with your own career?

    They work so hard, and have shown us that by working hard you can achieve big things no matter where you are from.

    4. What is one of the craziest things a fan has ever done for you?

    [One fan] bought us a star. It was called the A155 Star in the Milky Way...

    5. Your debut album drops in July! In three words, can you describe what fans can expect from the album?

    High energy rock!

    6. And finally, what is one thing in America that you wish you had in Australia?

    Squirrels!

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked 5 Seconds of Summer's Ashton Irwin a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire



    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!