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  • Ever Felt Awkward at a Party? Alessia Cara Can Relate.

    Posted on 08/27/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Alessia Cara

    We all love a good party anthem, there's no doubt about that. But have you ever been in a social situation where you're just like, "Ugh. This is weird. This is awkward. GTG ASAP."

    Yeah. Us, too.

    For all those times you've wondered, "What if I don't want to be the life of the party tonight? Is that cool?" Yes. It totally is. And 19 year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara will be the first to tell you that.

    If you haven't heard Alessia's new single "Here", check it out (~here~ lol). It's an anthem for the introvert, an ode to all those people who'd rather be kickin' it with their friends and talking about their big dreams than rolling deep to a party.

    Can you dig? We can.

    This star-on-the-rise is poised for really big things. Alessia is a teen with a huge voice (seriously, her pipes are unreal) and an even bigger message. And we are so stoked because she is stopping by TeenNick Top 10 TONIGHT at 9pm to chat about her new music! You don't want to miss it!

    In the meantime, take a moment to appreciate the epic realness of this Instagram:

    home for a day means tragic outifts

    A photo posted by ALESSIA CARA (@alessiasmusic) on


    Yas. Queen.


    9pm. Tonight. See you then!

  • You'll Never Believe the Story Behind Kaya Stewart's Hit Single 'In Love with a Boy'

    Posted on 08/19/2015 by TeenNickBlogger


    Fresh Artist Kaya Stewart


    Picture this: You didn't study for your math test and you're already anticipating the consequences. A less-than-stellar grade will most likely result in a stern talking-to from the 'rents and you'll think to yourself... "I have got to keep those YouTube benders in check." The struggle is real, we get it.

    But for TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Kaya Stewart, that wasn't exactly the case.

    By now, you've probably heard Kaya's stomping hit single "In Love With A Boy." What you maybe don't know is that she wrote that song on the back of a math test she knew she wasn't going to ace. And according to Billboard, the very boy in the song was in her middle school math class!



    Now, we can't promise you'll be able to make beautiful music out of questionable study skills, but we can promise you a super-exciting appearance from Kaya Stewart on TeenNick Top 10 TONIGHT! You'll hear more about her upcoming music and you also get to check out her killer combat boots. Boom. You're welcome.

    9PM is where it's at, y'all!

    Fresh Artist Kaya Stewart


    Fresh Artist Kaya Stewart


  • 5 Reasons We Want to be BFF With Fresh Artist Kelsea Ballerini

    Posted on 08/13/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Chances are, you've heard the super-sweet and totally infectious country stylings of our TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist, Kelsea Ballerini. Her hit "Love Me Like You Mean It" has already topped Billboard's country airplay songs charts, and her new single "Dibs" is taking over country radio as we speak. If you haven't heard these tunes, be warned, they WILL get stuck in your head.

    To celebrate Kelsea's place on our impressive Fresh Artist roster (hello, alumns include 5 Seconds of Summer, Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes) and our general obsession with her, we rounded up 5 reasons we want to be her BFF, like, yesterday.

    1. Her idea of a good time = good food + good people. I mean, where do we sign up?



    2. Her dog, Josh (named after country singer Josh Turner), will paralyze you with his cuteness. HE'S SO FLUFFY.

    missin my pups this morning. HE'S SO FLUFFY. #joshthedog

    A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on



    3. She freaks out just as much as we do when it comes to Nick Jonas.

    my 13 year old self really just lost all chill. #ACMawards50

    A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on



    4. She worked really hard to get where she is today and she didn't give up even when she hit a few roadblocks. If you're interested in stars' path to success, check out this awesome video in which Kelsea talks about her journey.



    5. This is how she celebrated her first #1. We didn't think it was possible to love Kelsea more, but this girl is going to do big things.



    Catch Kelsea on TeenNickTop 10 TONIGHT at 9pm!

  • These TeenNick Top 10 BTS Photos of Selena Gomez Are Officially Making Us Freak Out

    Posted on 08/06/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

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    Selena and DJ Maxwell are total BFF. What can we say?�\_()_/�

    TeenNick Top 10


    Being this adorable should be a crime. Catch Selena talking new music and clowning around on the TeenNick Top 10 season premiere TONIGHT, August 6th at 10pm!

  • Get Ready... TeenNick Top 10 Is Back!

    Posted on 08/04/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    TeenNick Top 10

    TeenNick Top 10 fans, rejoice! Your favorite music countdown show is back and hotter than ever. This Thursday, August 6th, we're kicking off a brand-new season of TeenNick Top 10 complete with new music, new celeb interviews, new Fan Favorite voting, new Dances with Amanda and... wait for it... two new uh-mazing correspondents.

    Your loyal host and taste-maker Nick Cannon is going to be passing the mic coast-to-coast for all of the latest and greatest in music, fashion and culture. Get ready to be obsessed, because YOUR new TeenNick Top 10 correspondents are DJ Maxwell and Morgan Lynzi!

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    If there's one thing DJ Maxwell knows a lot about, it's music. He's your go-to for what's trending, who's burning up and which fresh, new track might just be next on the soundtrack to your life. Plus, we're taking our Interview Takeovers to the next level, as DJ Maxwell sits down and clowns around with some of the biggest celebs in the game. (Spoiler alert: he is, like, total BFF with Selena Gomez.) Straight from the center of the universe, DJ Maxwell is your NYC TeenNick Top 10 correspondent.

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    On the other side of the country repping the Best Coast, is Morgan Lynzi. She's Top 10's authority on fashion and teen culture, and straight from Los Angeles, she's taking it to the streets to talk to you about everything you love. Fun fact: She's obsessed with Pharrell. And we're obsessed with her.

    Tune in this Thursday, August 6th at 10pm for a brand-new season of TeenNick Top 10!

  • Fresh Artist Shawn Mendes is Going to the Kids' Choice Awards!

    Posted on 03/19/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    The Vamps: Rapid Fire


    Hold up, wait a minute. We have some major news. The sweetly-singing Shawn Mendes is going to his first ever Kids' Choice Awards!

    We fell in love with the Vine-superstar-turned-singer/songwriter when he was a TeenNickTop10 Fresh Artist, and now it's like, of COURSE, we knew he would go on to do big things.

    In addition to walking the Orange Carpet and taking in all of the amazing performances, Shawn will be presenting one of the highly coveted Nickelodeon Blimps to a superstar winner. Yep, excited does not even begin to explain how we're feeling right now.

    Make sure to catch Shawn and all of the other amazing stars at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards on March 28th at 8pm on Nick!

  • Top 10 Fiercest Fifth Harmony Lyrics

    Posted on 02/20/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    If there's one thing we love about Fifth Harmony (excluding the obvious and undeniable: their pipes, their moves, their hair...), it's that they sing songs about the power of sisterhood and being fiercely feminist. We thought it only fitting to celebrate their success by rounding up the top ten fiercest lyrics from their latest album, Reflection!

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: Getty Images | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "Reflection"


    Because first, you learn to love yourself.

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: VEVO | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "BO$$"


    BAI.

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: VEVO | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "BO$$"


    I pledge allegiance to my independent girls!

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: VEVO | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "BO$$"


    Confidence? So in right now.

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: MTV | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "We Know"


    The right way isn't always the easy way...

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: Getty Images | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "This Is How We Roll"


    ...but that's what your girlfriends are for.

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: Getty Images | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "Worth It"


    It's truly as simple as that.

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: Getty Images | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "Brave, Honest, Beautiful"


    Just in case you need to see it in writing...

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: Getty Images | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "Brave, Honest, Beautiful"


    ...you're fearless.

    5H Fiercest Lyrics

    Credit: VEVO | Photoshop: TeenNick | Song: "BO$$"


    Any questions?


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    Do you have favorite Fifth Harmony lyrics, Harmonizers? What's your favorite song from Reflection? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to tune in to TeenNick Top 10 Fridays at 10!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Ella Henderson

    Posted on 01/23/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Ella Henderson


    If you haven't heard of Ella Henderson, chances are you've heard her hit song. "Ghost" — the one with the ear-wormy line, "I keep going to the river to pray..." — is a soulful, stomping pop tune that combines the driving power of Adele with the honeyed vocal tricks of Leona Lewis. The chart-topping single is basically a microscopic representation of Ella's immense talent, so you better believe there's more where that came from with this pop diva.

    Ella's debut album Chapter One was released roughly two years after her time on X-Factor UK. It recently charted at #11 on the Billboard 200, proving her undeniable transformation from contestant to star-in-the-making. We sat down with our brand-new Fresh Artist to hear more about her life, her career so far and... oh, something about dolphin noises? Check it out below!

    1. The lyrics in "Ghost" are pretty metaphorical. What does "ghost" in this song refer to?

    When I wrote this song is was at a time when I'd spent almost 2 years writing the album but I still didn't feel like I'd found my first single. People were telling me that when you have your first single you know, you just have that gut feeling; and I was frustrated that I hadn't had that yet. Ghost is about that something or someone that is 'haunting' you; you can't eat, you can't sleep, it's tormenting your mind and you can't get rid of it. The thing I love about Ghost is that it means different things to different people, but regardless of what your personal 'Ghost' is, it's a feeling everyone can relate to in some way.

    2. What is the best advice you've ever received or the single most important lesson you've learned about the music industry?

    To be yourself, stay true to who you are and to work hard. And most importantly to enjoy it.

    3. What was one of your most memorable moments as a contestant on X Factor?

    My first arena audition. I was so nervous! I always said I was never going to cry on TV but getting a standing ovation from the judges and the audience was so overwhelming and unexpected. Having praise from the judges I think it was the first time I started to really believe in myself.

    4. When you need a breather from your crazy life, what do you like to do to relax?

    When I have a day off I love to spend it with my family and close friends and do 'normal' things like going to the cinema and walking my dog!

    5. Do you have any pre-show rituals or interesting warm-ups you do before you perform?

    I make a weird dolphin noise before I go on stage! I have a fear that my voice will give out when I open my mouth so by doing it offstage it means I don't wobble later.

    6. What is one moment in your career so far that has made you wonder, "How did I get here?"

    I remember shooting my first music video for Ghost and being out in New Orleans in this amazing location with a whole team of people around me, all there for my video. That was definitely a big pinch me moment! But I have pinch me moments almost daily! I feel so lucky to be doing the job I've always dreamt of. To be out in America performing and releasing my album over here is surreal!


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

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Jacquie Lee

    Posted on 01/09/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Jacquie Lee


    You know those voices that come along every once in a while? Those totally arresting, chilling vocal pipes that can take any one song and transform it into something that, really, no one else could match? Well, if you can't remember the last time you were truly blown away by a top-notch singer, meet Jacquie Lee.

    Our newest Fresh Artist made a name for herself on NBC's The Voice, but is poised to break out in her own right. Already a proven cover QUEEN (have you seen her cover of Sia's "Chandelier"? Or Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie"?), Jacquie is now making a name for herself as a talented and focused singer-songwriter. Learn more about this powerhouse performer in our exclusive interview below!

    1. What was some of the best advice that your coach Christina Aguilera gave you on The Voice?

    Journal! It helps you stay grounded and remains constant in your life when everything is changing.

    2. As one of the younger contestants on the show, you were known for your unique ability to emote and really express yourself with your voice. How do you connect with music you perform?

    Well CeeLo says I swallowed an old lady but I don't think that's the case... Unless she snuck in there while I was sleeping. My connection with the music I sing comes from a place deep inside of me. It comes from my heart, my gut and my soul. I'm just lucky and look at it as a gift.

    3. Your breakout song "Broken Ones" has such a relatable message. What was the inspiration behind it? Why did you choose that particular subject?

    It's something that needed to be said! Everyone has their insecurities and demons they face on a daily basis and they shouldn't be scared or feel alone. Music is one way to never have to feel alone.

    4. Having gotten your start singing covers, was it important for you to establish yourself as a writer and artist?

    So glad this question was asked. It's so important for me to establish myself as Jacquie lee rather than "that chick from The Voice." I want people to see me as what I am, and everything that is happening post voice is truly a blessing. Getting signed to Atlantic records with supporters like Lyor Cohen and Julie Greenwald is truly unbelievable and makes me work even harder.

    5. What is one of the most star-struck moments you've had since being on The Voice?

    Since then, it was probably opening for Christina Perri at her Fresh In The Park concert. It was surreal, and meeting fans after the concert was fun.

    6. What is one thing that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?

    Probably that I am very athletic. I dislike working out so I get the majority of my exercise from playing flag football.

    7. What's next for you and your career?

    More music, fun, laughs and work. I will work until I get to where I want to be.


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

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Lecrae

    Posted on 12/12/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Lecrae


    Rapper Lecrae is an anomaly. The Texas native and our newest Fresh Artist has made his mark with a brand of inspirational rap that stands out not only for its refreshing message, but because it's just really, really good. Case in point: His Grammy-nominated album, aptly named Anomaly, became the first full-length to top both the Billboard 200 chart and Gospel Albums chart in the same week. *Drops mic*

    Lecrae shared some of his thoughts on what music means to him, how he plays a unique role in the genre of hip-hop and his love for a certain TeenNick chairman ;). Check out our exclusive interview below!

    1. How did you start rapping and writing music? Are there any musicians who have really inspired you?

    I started at about 11 with my neighbors. I got really serious at 13. 2 Pac, Lauryn Hill and Outkast were some of my biggest influences.

    2. What do you think is one of the most common misconceptions about the rap and hip hop genre?

    That all the content is degrading and glorifies negativity.

    3. What advice would you give to young people, musicians or not, about spreading positivity and making their voice heard?

    I'd tell them to be confident in the truth. Integrity is what matters. Your consistency can change people's lives. Also realize that you'll face opposition for your position so stand firm on your convictions. Allow your character to keep you wherever your talent takes you.

    4. You occupy a unique space in hip hop. Are there any challenges you've had to face establishing yourself in the community?

    For me I focus on being who I was created to be. I don't worry too much about being accepted. I think when you live for people's acceptance you'll die from their rejection. I know people appreciate me and what I do so I focus on that.

    5. What is one message you hope your fans will take away from listening to your music?

    There are plenty of messages. One is that they would be who God created them to be not what this world demands them to be. Success is not about comparing yourself to others, it's about accomplishing the mission you were created to accomplish.

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked LeCrae a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Kalin and Myles



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