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A little over six years passed in between my last two interviews with the band All Time Low. During that stretch, I did run-in to the guys a couple of times. During a 2014 trip to Baltimore, the band’s hometown, for Derek Jeter’s last game at Camden Yards I ended up at the same bar as lead singer Alex Gaskarth. Talk about a small world: Gaskarth played a DJ set at that same venue the previous night. I was there the next day, Sunday, because it also served as Baltimore’s designated Buffalo Bills Backers Bar.

The place is owned by Alex’s bandmate Jack Barakat.

Then this past February while in Los Angeles for The GRAMMYs, I saw singer Cassadee Pope and her boyfriend, ATL drummer Rian Dawson outside of Microsoft Theater. They were chatting with friends and I was filming vignettes with Westwood One, so I just stopped briefly to say hello.

Of course, what I didn’t see was the engagement ring on Pope’s hand. Dawson popped the question that day. However a few weeks ago, the pending nuptials were reportedly called off.

Many things besides relationship statuses can change in six years. During the span in between our sit-downs, the Baltimore quartet added four studio albums to their discography and changed record labels twice. They switched up the band’s sound as well, although Gaskarth insists that the new sound has nothing to do with All Time Low’s new home at Fueled By Ramen.

“I think the change in direction of music was something that was already happening within the band,” the front man explained. “We knew we wanted to try some new things and go in some different directions on the album.”

With All Time Low’s previous deal at Hopeless Records up, the guys felt that signing with Fueled By Ramen made the most sense.

“Fueled By is rad, they always have been,” Gaskarth continued. “I love their roster now and I love what they do.

“I think the biggest part of us switching (to FBR) was that we sort of had the idea in mind that we kind of wanted to try some new things with our music, and (FBR) was all about it.”

Fueled By Ramen most notably housed Fall Out Boy and still counts Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, Twenty One Pilots and Young The Giant as a part of its roster.

“Fall Out Boy served as inspiration for us when we were younger,” Gaskarth noted. “Panic!, we kind of came up around the same time; obviously different trajectory and different path but (Brendon Urie) has been at it just as long as we have and works just as hard, if not harder than we do.”

For the three aforementioned groups, it is kind of fun to pause-and-reflect on both their longevity and evolution: FOB still headlines arenas, Panic! was nominated for a GRAMMY last year and All Time Low is charting a single at Adult Contemporary radio. Of course there have also been other acts that have come and gone not just from the label, but the scene; something ATL is cognizant of.

“Yunno, we’ve seen a lot of our friends’ bands and other bands fade out, and it’s amazing to sort of be in the other category of still being able to do it.”

And if All Time Low continues in that category for six more years, the band can celebrate a 20th anniversary.

For the fourth consecutive year I teamed up with The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a year-long international event open to both amateurs and professionals, to announce the winner of the $20,000 Song Of The Year. Winners receive cash in addition to prizes from Yamaha, Audio Technica and others.

This year, the grand prize winning song came from the country category: “Alcoholiday,” a track penned by Andrew Peebles, Brett Sheroky and New Jersey native Joe Fox.

Check out the announcement, the $20,000 Song Of The Year and the full press release below.

Via JLSC.com: Joe Fox, Andrew Peebles and Brett Sheroky were announced as the winners of the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Contest ‘Song of the Year’ for their original song “Alcoholiday.” The announcement was made on 95.5 PLJ in New York with radio host Ralphie Aversa.

As ‘Song of the Year’ winners, songwriters Andrew Peebles, Brett Sheroky & Joe Fox won $20,000 in cash in addition to prizes from Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Other World Computing (OWC), Genelec, Disc Makers, Digital Media Academy, Neutrik and more. They have also received other prizing throughout 2016 after winning both the Lennon Awards and the Grand Prize packages in the Country category. The song was selected to win the top prize by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Executive Committee of Judges, consisting of legendary and contemporary superstars such as Fergie, Prince Royce, George Clinton, Matthew Koma, American Authors, Switchfoot, Bootsy Collins & more.

A total of over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes will be distributed this year by the year-round John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is open to both amateur and professional songwriters. Visit JLSC.COM for more information about the contest and to enter for your chance to become the next ‘Song of the Year’ winner. Entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is the fourth woman in the U.S. to receive the title of “Master Of Wine.” She recently penned a new book called, “Rosé Wine: The Guide to Drinking Pink” and explained on the show why Rosé is so popular. Simonetti-Bryan also offered a few thoughts on Rosé-in-a-can.

“The Cocktail Professor” LaTanya White checked in on Friday, ahead of #NationalTequilaDay, to offer up a recipe for an awesome tequila cocktail that even non-tequila drinkers will enjoy.

(Pictured: My favorite tequila, jalapeño-infused Tanteo with a simple Margarita mix on the rocks)

LaTanya’s drink: The Jalisco
1-1.5 oz aged tequila
Your favorite coconut water
Agave nectar
Fresh lime

Steve Aoki is a well-traveled individual and yes, he’s known to throw a cake or three during his live performances. But that doesn’t necessarily qualify him as a human Yelp when it comes to finding a good piece of cake in the city.

“I don’t know. I don’t know all the bakers here,” the DJ told me when I jokingly asked him if he could recommend a spot. Aoki chatted with me in his green room ahead of performing downtown as a part of the BUILD Series, a live set that was also streamed on Yahoo Music. “I get the cake delivered to the stage.”

No, Aoki isn’t running to bakeries across the globe picking up cakes. But that doesn’t mean the whole “caking” process is one that he takes lightly; there’s a six-page tour rider specifically for the confection. And in 2015, Aoki said that he would limit throwing cakes in people’s faces to his headlining shows as opposed to festivals due to shoulder strain.

He did make an exception this past March at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and it was quite the toss.

Perhaps the California-native felt a little stronger this past year after clearing parts of his massive touring schedule to work on his new album, “Kolony.” The album marks a departure for Aoki as he changes his process to focus more on the vocalist and less on his music, thus Kolony’s full-fledged venture in to hip-hop.

“I’m not necessarily trying to make EDM records that hip-hop artists can fit on but just make great songs that really give the lead to the vocalist,” he explained. “I’m influenced by everything. When I’m (in New York), I listen to a lot of hip-hop. When I’m traveling overseas I listen to a lot of music from those countries where I go.”

Aoki’s goal was to work “in the now” and throw out the rule book so that first and foremost, he could change the game for himself. Staying present forced the producer at times to meet an artist in their studio or invite one to his, although inevitably some of the collaborations occurred remotely. However in one instance, Aoki reached back in to the vault and dusted off an unreleased acapella.

“With Mase, I mean I had that acapella for years,” Aoki revealed while talking about the track “$4,000,000.” “I’ve been working on that song for years. Luckily, I had ‘Kolony’ to give me a deadline.”

Now that it’s out, the DJ will hit the road, or rather the air again. Aoki spends most of the next month touring Europe, save a quick stop to Kazakhstan. It’ll be his first time performing in the Central Asian country.

Hopefully, somebody knows a good baker in town.

Lisa Lampanelli stopped by the studio on Friday to talk about “Stuffed,” her off-Broadway show that kicks off October 5 at Westside Theatre. Tickets are on-sale now here.

The insult comic also talked about her alma mater (hint: it’s also mine – Go Orange!), her time on “Celebrity Apprentice” with Donald Trump and much more.

Not only is Rita Ora in a good place, it sounds like her peers are as well.

“Everyone’s just being really nice to each other and it feels really good,” the “Your Song” singer said in an interview that aired on my show Monday. “Everyone just shows so much support. It feels like we have a little community going on, which I like.”

The comments were a response to my observation of watching Ora’s interaction with Vanessa Hudgens and Drake backstage at the Billboard Music Awards in May. There were no cameras around as the entertainers exchanged pleasantries.

“I mean I’ve known some people in this industry since I was like 18, so it’s nice to just see people do their ‘thang,’” Ora continued. “My mom always taught me to be nice, to be respectful, and then you’ll get it back.

“And if not, then we can take it outside!” the 26 year-old joked.

With the way in which tabloids cover the London-native across the pond, it’s inevitable that Ora sometimes finds her name linked to stories that aren’t so respectful. That does not seem to have affected her disposition negatively; but she’s clearly cognizant of the coverage. This was evident in Ora’s reaction when I mentioned that she spent last summer filming “America’s Next Top Model” down the street from me.

“So I was annoying you then basically,” she retorted, semi-kidding I think. “There were loads of paparazzi. You must have been so angry at me.”

For the record, I wasn’t inconvenienced at all; however the same can’t be said for the people who lived next door to the models’ townhouse. Regardless of its downfalls, Ora is still thankful that she gets to do what she loves.

“I’m an entertainer, yunno?” she responded when I asked about her venture in to TV hosting. She’s currently the host of ABC’s competition “Boy Band.” “I think every time I’ve done a TV (show) it’s been the right timing; like the opportunity came the same time as my music coming out and I just felt like it was perfect to be visible on multiple platforms.”

Ora’s new single, co-written by Ed Sheeran, is called “Your Song” and is available now. Her new album is slated for a fall release. She revealed that the LP is “kind of done” and is in the mastering and mixing phase.

A new lawsuit from journalist Kevin Powell claims that the creators of the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me” used portions of various interviews and stories he wrote about Shakur for VIBE Magazine without properly credit. Attorney Jill Stanley is covering the story and called in to the show to break down details of the claim, along with offering some insight as to how things might play out in court and in theaters.

Hear our conversation below and read Stanley’s thoughts here.

Hunter March, who has amassed 400,000 YouTube subscribers, stops by to chat about the new show he’s hosting on GSN, “Emogenius.” Teams of two, using emojis, play for $10,000.

March also chatted about how he got his start in front of the camera and his grandfather, the late Hal March, who hosted the iconic game show, “The $64,000 Question.”

“Emogenius” airs Wednesday nights at 9 pm on GSN.

Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo is on a hot-streak at the moment between the infectious Selena Gomez-assisted “It Ain’t Me” and “First Time” featuring Ellie Goulding. The songs are the first and second singles, respectively, from his forthcoming sophomore album. He also played two more tracks, one of which John Newman sings on, at Ultra Music Festival this year. But despite these big collaborations that he’s completed, the DJ now has his sights on another, although it might be difficult to accomplish.

“Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite artists,” he told me recently, noting that there are other singers he’d like to share the studio with as well. “(Ed) is so busy all the time so it’s tough to find time to go in to the studio but that’s a dream collaboration for me, to work with Ed Sheeran.”

Working with Sheeran might be a tough task to clear though – pun intended. The only known, notable Electronic Dance Music collaboration the Englishman has ever participated in was on the Martin Garrix track, “Rewind Repeat It.”

Does it sound familiar? It shouldn’t. The song never saw the light of day. Garrix offered up his side of the story this past March during an interview in his home country of the Netherlands.

“It’s all label issues and a lot of headaches,” Garrix told Dutch station Radio 538, via Billboard. “It was going to be an official track, so we postponed all my other singles, but the label delayed the track because they wanted to release other tracks from Ed first. At one point, it was two years ago, I didn’t release a radio single for five, six months. So, then you get annoyed. So, I don’t think we’re ever going to release the track.”

Another person that Kygo has worked with though is Julia Michaels, who is also finding quite a bit of success on the American airwaves these days.

“I’m so happy for her,” he said. “She’s such a nice person as well. She’s been writing so many hits, and now she’s releasing her own hits. It’s just very well-deserved. I think she’s going to do a lot of big things in the future.”

The two teamed up for “Carry Me” off Kygo’s first LP “Cloud Nine.” There is no title or release date for the follow-up album.