September 7, 2012
One 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!
Niall 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!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Photo courtesy of MTV
August 23, 2012
Big 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.
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.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
August 17, 2012
Conor 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!)
August 3, 2012
The 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?
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
July 13, 2012
Austin Mahone Interview
Austin Mahone is an average 16-year-old 10th grader from San Antonio, Texas. . . except that he has a massive number of fans on his video channel where he puts up his own music videos. He now has 2 original songs, “11:11″ and his newest song which I am addicted to, “Say Somethin.” Marie Morreale, famous for her interview with One Direction, met Austin a few weeks ago and got the scoop on this all-American hottie. Read on for the interview and the adorable picture of Austin in his room with all his fan mail plastered all over the walls.
July 6, 2012
Katy Perry Movie
The first woman in music history to have five Number One singles from one album, Katy Perry has scaled the heights of pop music stardom few have reached before her. So when the artist invited two filmmakers to tag along on her “California Dreams Tour,” she thought it might produce something of interest to her fans.
Katy said, “I could instinctively feel that something important was about to happen that year. It felt like this big wave was coming, and it felt like it was going to be a long one. So I reached out to two filmmakers and said, ‘Hi, guys. I’d like to you come on the road and document the ride.’” That ride was a year-long world tour across the United States, Europe, South America and the Far East. Cameras caught her live concerts and also the reality of her day-to-day life away from the stage lights and candy-colored costumes.
The result is Katy Perry: Part of Me (rated PG), a backstage pass, front row seat, and intimate look at the real Katy Perry. Katy: “This movie is a journey. Last year, I had a year I’ll never be able to recreate. . . amazing highs and some big lows, but that’s life. Everyone goes through the good and the bad, but it makes you stronger. But no matter what, as with my live concerts, my ultimate goal with this movie is to make people smile.”
Are you a fan of Katy Perry’s music? Leave a Comment to let us know what you think.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Images courtesy Paramount Pictures
May 25, 2012
DIGGY SIMMONS, Run-D.M.C. progeny
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.
May 1, 2012
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.
April 27, 2012
Cody Simpson Interview
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.
April 24, 2012
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!