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With another month gone, here’s a quick look at what ANDPOP was up this March via Instagram photos!
1. The Human Hashtag
In a brand new episode of Talking Sh*t, the ANDPOP staff talk shit on the hash tag.
Ever wondered about when it was first used? We didn’t either but we now we know!
The ANDPOP staff lay out how to explain what the hashtag is to your elder folk, when and where it’s appropriate to hashtag, when it isn’t and how to use hashtags to get noticed on the interwebs! Because getting noticed on the internet is all we really want, right?
On top of all that good fun, we throw out a little challenge to all of you: the human hashtag. We all know what you’re thinking: “what the eff could that possibly be? It better not be as stupid as planking, owling or the ‘Harlem Shake.’” You have to watch the video to find out!
British boy band Lawson paid a visit to our fair city earlier this month during their first North American tour. Luckily for us, the quintet was nice enough to sit down for a good old fashion livestream. The boys were kind enough to answer our questions as well as perform four songs for their dedicated Canadian fans!
Missed the show? Don’t fret! Here’s every song from their acoustic set at Toronto’s Gibson Guitar and watch the livestream in full here.
Learn to Love Again
Standing In The Dark
Taking Over Me
When She Was Mine
Steve-O, self-described asshole, remembers the exact year he started skateboarding. It was 1985 and he had just seen Michael J Fox in Back To The Future, with his grandma. The Killer Karaoke host then started filming his skateboarding progression, using a camera his dad won. Right there folks, are the very roots of Jackass.
In part two of his Small Talk interview with ANDPOP’s Simon Mohos, he tells us all about how skateboarding weeds out the weaklings (“Even good kids are bad kids because every year by nature you’re vandalizing everything”) and that time he toured with the circus.
We hosted a livestream with UK’s Lawsonlast Friday in front of a live studio audience and they performed a four-song acoustic set. Make sure to watch the full interview (over and over) below, check out exclusive photos on Facebook and tweet us your favourite part at @andpop with the hashtag #LawsonOnAndpop.
Lawson fans waited outside, huddled under blankets, since 7 am in Canada’s cold temps to see their favourite guys in person. That’s dedication right there and it’s not hard to see why they’re obsessed!
UK’s Lawson sat down with ANDPOP host Simon Mohos for a live interview and performance at Toronto’s Gibson Guitar during their North American debut. Along with taking fan questions they performed four acoustic songs, that included their most recent track “Learn to Love Again,” off Chapman Square.
We basked in much Twitter love under the hashtag #LawsonOnAndpop and even made someone’s life (see below).
Thanks to everyone who came out, we had a blast!
Watch it here
Holy shit. MGK is the KING.
We’re giving him an honorary gold crown (with an official ANDPOP engraving of course) for giving one of the most chilled out, honest interviews we’ve ever had. ANDPOP’s Casey Jones sat down with the Cleveland rapper and knew it would be a good interview as soon as he started rolling a joint, completely casual. Read more…
As much as we rant about selfies, we’re all culprits. Who hasn’t taken photos of themselves over and over again until they capture the most flattering angle? On this week’s episode of Talking Sh*t, Brittany, Casey, Denique and Simon discuss selfie photo culture and the terribleness that goes with it, namely, duck face, mirror shots and obnoxious poses.
Tweet us your thoughts at @andpop with the hashtag #ShamelessSelfies or comment below!
Check out some of our office selfies below
For someone who used to play for free food, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has sure come along way.
“One night we were gonna play at a restaurant and gonna get paid but then it started snowing and no one else came to the show. It was just me my brother-in-law and I think my girlfriend. We cancelled the gig but it gave us free food and then we started playing for free food,” he said. “You just do what you gotta do to get out there.”
The Georgia singer was crowned Idol of the eleventh season of the show in May of 2012 and since then found success with his coronation song “Home,” which is on his debut album The World From The Side of the Moon.” It became the best selling of all the coronation songs.
Although it has been a whirlwind since then, Phillip’s prefers to stay at home. In our new episode of Small Talk the singer talked about being a homebody at heart and writing embarrassing teenage love ballads.
Watch it here
UK’s Lawson will be doing a livestream interview with ANDPOP, in partnership with Universal Music Canada and YouTube on Feb. 1 at 7 pm ET. Our host Simon Mohos will be sitting down to chat with the guys in front of a live studio audience, armed with all your burning questions. PLUS, the four guys will be serenading you with their beautiful music, starting the show with a live performance.
It’s all going down in Toronto but the whole interview will be streamed live on YouTube. If you’re not a lucky member of our studio audience, you’ll be able to connect with us in real time on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook with your questions. Make sure to use the hashtag #LawsonOnANDPOP — let’s get it trending!!
Make sure to tune in on Feb. 1 at 7 pm ET. You’ll be able to watch it live here:
You can only be so popular in high school when you play a trombone. Despite her band camp tendancies, Nelly Furtado says she was actually pretty popular and involved in high school activities when she was 16.
“It’s horrible, I was popular!” she said. “We were the cool girls. We were also really involved in school activities. I was the head of the graduation committee, organizing all the grad events.”
Needless to say, host Jordan Bortolotti was disappointed his 16-year-old self probably wouldn’t have a chance with Nelly Furtado’s 16-year-old self.
“You never know!” said Nelly.
In this episode of Way Back When, the singer talks about playing the trombone, being obsessed with TLC and what her teen self would think of her current pop-stardom.
Watch it here
Talking Sh*t is back with some new faces! Our first order of business: Try and figure out what it is about celebrity couples and gossip that gets us all hot and bothered. Am I the only one who thought Harry and Taylor were going to last forever? No? My god that’s terrible.
We go over everything from our favourite celebrity couples (Kimye!!) to what makes a strong celebrity nickname. Jelena, Delena, Finchel… there are too many to keep track of.
Tell us in the comments below why people give a sh*t about celebrities and if we’re all doomed….
Watch it here
We’ve been following Canadian singer My Name is Kay since falling in love with her debut single and first music video, aptly called “My Name Is Kay.” ANDPOP’s Caity Babcock caught up with her for our newest episode of Small Talk and talked about everything from pre-stage rituals (try “peacocking”) to her favourite female rappers.
“When I moved out on my own I kinda started developing my own type of style. So it’s been a blend of everything. I learned how to rap from MCs in London,” she told us. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Missy Elliot, I think she’s one of the best. No one can replace her, she is one of the best female rappers of all time. Then obviously people like Nelly Furtado, I love her. She can actually freestyle and everything.”
To end the interview, we had a hilarious balloon-blowing competition with the singer (we try not to sexualize things).
Watch it here
When you’re travelling as much as Sweden’s DJ duo Icona Pop, you start considering yourself a drifter. Time blends together when you’re living out of your suitcase and while it’s bizarre you learn to love it. Aino Jawo and Caroline Elizabeth Hjelt feel like drifters, especially since releasing their single “I Love It” and their Iconic EP.
“I think it makes you feel free in a very strange way when you learn to live like that,” Aino told ANDPOP’s Jordan Bortolotti on the newest episode of Small Talk.
“I think when you travel a lot you meet people, they show you new music, you see new places. It’s like this creative little chaos,” said Caroline. “It’s easy to feel inspired and just like ‘AHH’ write stuff. It’s nothing you can switch on and off, it just happens.”
In fact, one time they both stayed with a guy who had a TON of video games to offer and he served them perfect little sandwiches. Apart from being inspired by cool people on the road, Aino and Caroline love going to late night clubs — the darker the better. They even call themselves Club Kids.
“It’s kind of romantic when you think about it,” said Aino. “What happens there kind of stays there.”
Watch it here
Aren’t they adorable?? These two cats definitely know the meaning of “sharing is caring.” Both kitty’s take turn eating out of one bowl, as one kitty swipes it from the other when he feels it’s his turn!
To celebrate the release of Frankenweenie on Blu-ray, available Jan. 8, ANDPOP and Disney are giving away five copies of the four-disc combo-pack.
A must-add to any Tim Burton collection, the hilarious 3D stop-motion animated film is filled with quirky characters and unexpected twists. The Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) includes tons of bonus material, including a behind-the-scenes look of how Burton brought Frankenweenie to life. Along with an all-new original short called “Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers,” you’ll get to see Burton’s original live-action short called Frankenweenie (1984).
It’s easy to enter! All you have to do is like our Facebook page fill out the contest form below before Jan. 22 at midnight. Don’t forget to read more about the film and watch the trailer after the jump.
*The contest is open to everyone in Canada, excluding Quebec.*
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Steve-O told us he kicks people in the nuts when they ask because that’s just the type of guy he is. Honestly, his poor testacles have been through a lot of trauma in their time but it was a lone volleyball that hurt the most.
ANDPOP’s Simon Mohos sat down with the Jackass star and talked about his show Killer Karaoke. In the show, he challenges contestants to perform their favourite songs in extreme and outrageous circumstances for $10,000. Contestants are subject to sporadic shocking, waxing, hoisting or facing phobias.
“It’s basically an exercise in exploiting people’s willingness to sacrifice their dignity to be on TV,” he said. According to The New York Times, it’s the greatest show in television history!! “It’s exciting for me to be working as a guy who doesn’t just hurt himself.”
Now, 80s high five!!
Watch it here
If you have semi tech savvy grandparents you’ve probably taught them a thing or two about social media. Austin Mahone sure has. He tried to teach his grandfather how to use Twitter but he couldn’t master the reply key. “My granddad, I tried to get him on Twitter and he was everyday asking me the most ridiculous questions,” he told ANDPOP‘s Jordan Bortolotti.
He also talked about getting on to the weird part of the Internet — haven’t we all been there? “You can find anything! It’s definitely cool because under the Related Videos on the side the most random videos come up. And then I click on another one and another one…” he said. “You start on something and then you’ll click on another video and it takes you to a whole other thing.”
If you’re like us, you’re probably caught in a web of Austin Mahone videos.
Watch it here
Believe it or not, Bridgit Mendler actually started her career acting in soap operas, and we managed to track down the footage! She even re-created her well-rehearsed soap opera reaction, which is much alike to Derek Zoolander’s.
In this interview we talk about her brief foray in daytime dramas and how she got her start in acting. Her one line: “I hate you and I wish I’d never been born,” (seriously).
We also wanted to find out how she balances Good Luck Charlie and her budding music career. “It’s nice that they’re complimentary. You can share an audience, which is good, and sometimes there’s opportunity for synergy on the channel,” she said. “I think it’s important to make a definitive line. I don’t want my character on Good Luck Charlie to have the same singing voice as me in real life. I’ve made an effort to make it not be that.”
Apparently she has it all figured out!
Watch it here