Diggy Simmons is the 17-year-old son of the famous rapper “Run” from Run-D.M.C. When he was 14, Diggy decided to start working on his own music, and has now released his first album. Our own Marie Morreale got to talk with him about his music, his goals, and what it’s like to be rap royalty.
Yes, the boys of One Direction are cute and funny and talented. But did you know that One Direction has already made music history? In March 2012, their album Up All Night entered the U.S. Billboard 200 pop album chart at #1, the first time ever for a debut album by a U.K. band. Not even The Beatles accomplished that!
Last week, I posted a One Direction Trivia Quiz with some much less serious facts about these 5 adorable boys from the U.K. How much do you know about the boys' sillier sides? Here are the answers.
Cody Simpson’s life has been a whirlwind the past few years since he moved to the U.S. from Australia to pursue a singing career. We first met him at Scholastic two years ago when he first started making some noise, and it’s really exploded for him since then. (Have you seen the video of our acoustic performance of Cody’s song “iYiYi” from 2 years ago? Adorable, right?) He is a lot more grown up now (as you can see in this new video), and his life has a lot of cool perks like getting invited to Justin Bieber’s birthday party, and getting court-side Lakers tickets. Recently, he came back to Scholastic to talk about his life now.
Are you dying of One Direction infection? If so, I’m totally with you. I’m old enough to be their auntie, but I still think they are awesome, so I made this One Direction Trivia Quiz to test how much you really know about these 5 adorable boys from the U.K.
You can find some of the answers in our One Direction interview. For the rest, just use your “sense of Direction.” (Ha ha! Sorry I’m such a dork.) I hope you like my quiz!
Introducing British Boy Band ONE DIRECTION!!!
Even though they are huge in England, a lot of people in the U.S. don’t know about this British band yet. But you should because they are awesome! They are currently touring with Big Time Rush; their debut album will be released here on March 13, their single “What Makes You Beautiful” made it to the iTunes top 10; and they will be appearing on an episode of iCarly sometime during the fifth season.
And they are not bad to look at, either. Here they are in order from left to right: Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne.
Our Scholastic interviewer Marie Morreale chatted with the guys over the phone about their experience as mega-superstars in England. Find out about their embarrassing pranks on each other, which one of them farts the most, and what they love about Americans. Whether you have never heard of them, or you already have One Direction infection, read on because this interview is hilarious!
Have you heard of the singer Manika (pronounced Ma-NEE-ka)? First of all, she is super-pretty, but also super-smart and super-inspiring. Manika was discovered by Frank DiLeo, a.k.a. Michael Jackson’s manager! She recorded her first song when she was 16 years old. She has also written a book and raised $15,000 for her favorite charity, all by herself and before she even graduated from high school! Talk about Kid Power! Read on to find out more about this amazing teen.
Many of you are already big fans of the Australian singer/songwriter Cody Simpson. His CD came out last year featuring the single “On My Mind,” and he toured in the summer of 2011 with Greyson Chance. He just turned 15 on January 11, and now he is headlining his own sold-out tour in the U.S. and Canada. We sat down with him to get the scoop on his music and more!
Big Time Rush has a BIG year planned for 2012. Their new album, titled Elevate, is out. They will be doing a concert tour in the U.S., and their new movie will premiere on Nickelodeon this spring. Big Time Movie looks like a hilarious, madcap adventure through London as the guys find themselves driving exotic cars and jumping out of helicopters to avoid evil henchmen, British secret agents, Swedish spies, and a billionaire businessman.
And to top it all off, James got an adorable new puppy. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should totally take a look. It’s sooo cute!
We talked to them about the album, the movie, and their other plans for 2012. Plus, they revealed which of the boys is a neat-freak. It’s not who I would have guessed!
It’s time again for a new STACKS Blast Sweepstakes, and this month’s prize is a good one! For September 2011, we are offering you a chance to win a free Justin Bieber Never Say Never DVD (rated PG)! But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.
The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we give you a newsletter full of games, videos, celeb news, books, message board happenings, and a sweepstakes you can enter. First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you wait until September 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter to win the Justin Bieber Never Say Never DVD.
While you’re waiting for your newsletter to arrive, you can check out this adorable video of baby Justin from the movie.
Sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter now so you can enter the sweepstakes when it comes. Good luck!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
How loud would you scream if you found out that you were going to the premiere of the new Justin Bieber movie, Never Say Never (rated G), AND you were going to interview Justin Bieber on the Purple Carpet? When Scholastic Kid Reporter Cassandra Hsiao found out she got that assignment, she “screamed out loud and jumped with joy, turning the whole house upside down.”