Category Archives: Music

February 15, 2013

Little Mix Interview

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Little_mix2_2Little Mix Interview

Originally auditioning as solo performers, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall became Little Mix during the 2011 series of The X Factor UK, and went on to be crowned the show’s first ever victorious group. Their single “Cannonball” shot straight to No.1 in the UK & Ireland, and they released their debut album DNA in December 2012. Their story sounds similar to One Direction’s, and in fact, Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik are engaged! Find out more about this lucky group of women.

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January 25, 2013

Taylor Swift Interview

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Taylor_swiftREDTaylor Swift “Read Every Day” Live Webcast
October 2012

Q: Moving from Philadelphia to Nashville, how did that influence you as a writer?
Taylor: I became obsessed with poetry really early on because my favorite books were the Dr. Seuss books and Shel Silverstein and the books where you have the stories come together through rhyming. That was always my favorite kind of book to read because it sounded like a song. Like when you have a line of poetry where the rhymes hit at the right ends of the sentences, it sounds kind of like lyrics. English class was always my favorite class because of the reading, the writing, and mostly because of the poetry.

Q: Did you have teachers who recognized your creativity early?

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November 2, 2012

Anna Graceman Interview

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AnnagracemanAnna Graceman Interview

If you watched America’s Got Talent last season, you saw how amazing Anna Graceman was. Only 11 years old and 4 feet, 3 inches tall, she looked tiny, but she was a HUGE performer! She didn’t win, but she’s 12 years old now and just released her first album. Definitely a huge accomplishment! Find out more about her life now. . .

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October 19, 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen Interview

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Danceparty_130Carly Rae Jepsen Interview

There is this really obscure little song. You probably haven’t heard of it. Hardly anybody has but it’s really good. It’s called “Call Me Maybe.” Have you heard of it? OK, I’m just kidding. I know you have all heard it at least a million times and watched about 300 different parody videos: the version with Justin Bieber and his friends, the Harvard Baseball team, the U.S. Olympic Swim team, Cookie Monster, and countless others. Read on to find out how Carly Rae’s life was changed by this 1 little song.

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September 21, 2012

Weekend Dance Party

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Danceparty_130One Direction, Conor Maynard & Beyonce's Snuggie Kid

It's been a long time since we had a dance party on the STACKS, but the brand new One Direction video is out, and I just can't contain myself!

Here are 3 videos that you should watch this weekend if you want to dance like crazy. (And who doesn't?)

Conor Maynard "Turn Around" featuring Ne-Yo
You might as well know I'm a complete and total Mayniac. This may be my favorite Conor Maynard video yet. The song is awesome, and the video effects of Conor falling through the air, surfing on top of a moving bus, and floating in a phone booth are amazing. And Ne-Yo's dancing. . . yeah, I love this video! It's the perfect way to get your dance party started.

Beyoncé "Countdown" (Snuggie Version)
Admit it. I know at least some of you have tried to reenact your favorite videos in your Snuggies. Well, the incredibly talented 16-year-old Ton Do-Nguyen is now famous for doing just that. He reenacted Beyoncé's "Countdown" video frame by frame including every dance move, facial expression, and even video effects . . . also while wearing a Snuggie. Beyoncé herself posted it on her website under the heading "Brilliant," and said, "I think he did this video better than I did." 

One Direction "Live While We're Young"
Joy, joy, joy, joy, joy! From the first frame of Harry waking up in a tent, to Louis jumping off a rope swing into a river, to the lads flipping around in those giant bubble/hamster wheel thingies, to the final frame where Zayn sings the last line and then falls over (with help from Louis), this video is 1D perfection. This song makes you NEED to dance, and I may never stop singing it. "Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy 'til we see the sun!" PS. If you watch closely, you will see Zayn making a heart sign with his hands, and a very funny expression with his face. Priceless!

If you have just watched these 3 videos and you still want to dance to "Gangnam Style," then . . . I'm speechless. I still love you, but I just don't know what to say to you.

Leave a Comment to let us know what songs are playing at YOUR dance party.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

September 7, 2012

One Direction Wins 3 VMAs!

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IDOne Direction Wins 3 VMAs!

Did you watch the 2012 Video Music Awards last night? If you missed it, here is a rundown of my favorite winners: One Direction, One Direction, and One Direction!

They were nominated for Best New Artist, Most Share-Worthy Video for “What Makes You Beautiful”, and Best Pop Video for “What Makes You Beautiful”, and the loveable lads won all 3!

LouieNiall was just gushing his thanks to all the 1D fans, saying “You are incredible! 3 VMAs! We love you all sooo much! All 3 are for you! Thank you.”

Louis says, “Wow, can’t believe we won 3 awards. I said it on stage but I’ll say it again. The awards are because of you guys! Thank you everyone!”

Aww. You’re welcome! Congratulations on a job well done!

In his speech, I don’t think Louis thanked his hairstylist, but that was definitely an interesting new look. What do you think? Thumbs up or down to his slicked back style? Leave a Comment!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photo courtesy of MTV

August 23, 2012

One Direction New Song

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Icon_comingsoon2Big announcement today from One Direction! They have a new song coming out!!! A new song!!!! AAAHHH!

You have no idea how hard it is for me to not scream out loud right now, but I'm in the Scholastic office and my friendly coworkers would think I'm crazy, but yeah, if you're screaming right now, I totally understand.

Anyway, here's what I know. The song is called "Live While We're Young" and it is the first single from One Direction's album coming out in November. You can preorder the new song on iTunes starting tonight at midnight, but the actual song will be released on October 1 in the U.S.

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The lads just announced it today. Niall had this to say, "Now you've heard the name of the first single! Cannot wait for you to hear the song itself now! And Harry says, "Hope you like it. xx"

XX!!!!!!! That's 2 virtual kisses from Harry to you. Leave a Comment to tell us all how excited you are for the new 1D song.

PS. What do you think of Liam's hairstyle? I really like it.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

August 17, 2012

Conor Maynard Interview

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ConorConor Maynard Interview

Conor Maynard is a 19-year-old British pop singer with a great YouTube discovery story. "I did a cover of Ne-Yo's 'Beautiful Monster,'" Maynard told MTV News. "[Ne-Yo] told a story where one of his friends called him [like] 'Yo man, isn't this kid singing 'Beautiful Monster' better than you singing it?' He was a bit like, 'Ah, no, I'll check that out.' And he was like, 'This kid does sing better than me!'"

Now, with his debut album, Contrast, already out abroad and the U.S. release coming in October, people are of course comparing him to Justin Bieber. I've heard 2 singles from the album so far, (OK, I admit to obsessively watching the videos for "Vegas Girl" and "Can't Say No" like a hundred times a day.) and I think he is more like Justin Timberlake. Sometimes he even reminds me of Michael Jackson. Either way, this guy's got massive talent!

Lucky Marie Morreale got to interview him. (First One Direction, then Austin Mahone, and now Conor? Some girls get all the luck!)

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August 3, 2012

Writing Prompt: Olympics Closing Ceremony

London2012The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled “A Symphony of British Music.” While the details of the August 12th spectacle are still being kept super-secret, the organizers have said that they ”will work with some of the country’s most globally successful musicians, along with some of the industry’s stars of tomorrow.” There are TONS of rumors flying around – One Direction? Jessie J? QUEEN?

Sounds AWESOME!

Personally, I would be excited to see the John Lennon tribute and Take That’s performance of “Rule the World,” my favorite song of all time (I really hope The Wanted make an appearance, too; I’m a huge fan)! Darcy Bussell, the famous British ballerina, will be dancing with 300 other members of the Royal Ballet in a grand performance while the Olympic torch is put out. I can’t wait for that, either!

So, I want to know. What rumors are you hoping are true? More importantly, what’s YOUR dream lineup? Would you have a laser light show, flying acrobats, holograms, colored mist, fireworks? Share your Closing Ceremony wishlist in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)

Image courtesy London 2012