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Hello! Magazine.com Lifestyle Editor Jordi Lippe called “Ralphie Tonight” for this week’s Thursday edition of “Weekend Scoop.” She had news on Jessica Simpson’s wedding anniversary, Shakira’s stance on Donald Trump’s derogatory statements and talked about a few celebrities she saw out and about in New York City recently – Ricky Gervais and Will Ferrell, who was on 23rd Street in Christmas pajamas, filming something.

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Demi Lovato’s fans are calling the release of her latest single “Cool For The Summer,” “a new era” for the singer. Lovato concurs.

“It’s definitely sexier, it’s more mature and it’s fun,” she said of the new track. “That’s the thing about my music that I feel that sometimes I lack is, the fun element of it because I get so deep with my story and blah-blah-blah-blah-blah.

“It’s just like, ‘f— this!’ I just want to have fun with my music. I want to talk about things… sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll – let’s do it.”
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Yep, it’s a new era alright. By her own account, Lovato’s trials and tribulations are well documented. She’s dealt with an eating disorder, substance abuse and a stint in rehab. Through her autobiography and music that was subsequently released, Lovato has addressed all of this with a strong front, inspiring other young girls that they too can overcome their obstacles.

The current state of Lovato may be perhaps the greatest evidence of that achievement. The singer exudes confidence and is as busy as ever: a joint record label venture with Nick Jonas, a skincare line, hair extensions, a new iPhone game and music are all on her plate at the moment.

“I have never been more confident in my music, in myself and just ready to go,” she confirmed. “I’ve never wanted it this bad my whole life and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make this album the biggest album I’ve ever released.”

Lovato’s fifth studio LP has no street date as of yet. While she elaborated on the direction of her art, she admitted that she has “no idea of what the track listing is going to look like yet,” although did confirm that she plans to record a collaboration for the project with rapper Iggy Azalea.

And that in itself should tell you that regardless of how it appears, the final set will look much different from anything Lovato has released before.




January and February were a bit of a blur for me. I started off the year with a live broadcast in Times Square for the ball drop. From there, it was off to Jamaica, Florida and Los Angeles to cover my third consecutive GRAMMY Awards.

The following weekend – we’re at Valentine’s Day now – I found myself back in New York City for NBA All-Star Weekend. Festivities were split between the Barclays Center (All-Star Saturday including the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout) and Madison Square Garden (Sunday’s All-Star Game). But of course, this is the Big Apple, so parties and events were taking pace throughout the five boroughs.

Our All-Star Saturday started in Times Square, where I covered a charity event that Dwyane Wade was holding in conjunction with the Sandals Foundation – the charity arm of the famed Sandals Resorts. After a quick trip back to my apartment uptown for a workout, shower and dinner – I hopped on the train and made the trek down to Brooklyn. Spike Lee was holding an event at an art gallery not far from Barclays Center, and I was invited to cover its red carpet.
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From a content perspective, the soiree was a brick. But from a cultural and educational scope, it was a slam dunk. I met many personalities, including Spike (who I had just interviewed at The GRAMMYs and actually recognized me; surreal moment) along with some of the stars of his film “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.”

I also took a different approach to this red carpet: I decided that I would agree to interview anyone that the publicist asked me to speak with. I normally don’t do this but I decided that while I might not recognize the name of every person there, because it was a Spike event the people would all be at least interesting. And they were, tenfold.

Fast forward to last week – I sign on Twitter and see that Misty Copeland is trending. The ballerina became was named the American Ballet Theater’s principal dancer: the first female African American to hold this title in the organization’s 75 year history. The name sounded so familiar to me.

Because thankfully, I agreed to interview her at Spike’s event. She couldn’t have more graceful in speaking with me; some random radio DJ that has never even been to a ballet. I was able to connect the dots by a quick Google search. As soon as I saw that “Misty Copeland Under Armour” was a suggested term, I knew I had my woman, as I was able to recall us chatting about her cheering on fellow UA Athlete Steph Curry during All-Star Saturday.

Congrats “#PrincipalMisty,” and check out the audio below.

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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva spotted and talked about a couple of seasonal colors that work well together: white and gold.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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Photos: Instagram

In the latest edition of “Weekend Scoop,” we checked in with our friends at People! Staff Writer Patrick Gomez was in New York from Los Angeles and talked about celebrity reaction to the history ruling that lifted the ban on same-sex marriages nationwide.
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Gomez also chatted about People‘s cover story – an interview with “Magic Mike XXL” star Channing Tatum.

The band Heffron Drive is returning to State Fair Meadowlands in New Jersey for a second-straight year. Last time around, there wasn’t a whole lot of new music from the Kendall Schmidt-fronted group. He and Dustin Belt have made up for that since – releasing Happy Mistakes along with the acoustic-driven Happy Mistakes Unplugged. Schmidt will play the latter in its entirety this Tuesday (6/30); he will not partake in any fried Oreos on the midway.

“I can’t do it man,” Schmidt said from his Los Angeles home on Thursday. The former Big Time Rush member called in to “Ralphie Tonight” while the birds were still chirping out west (we could hear them). He said he might do regular cookies but “that’s probably the only desert I’ll go for, because the fried Oreos, I just… I can’t. It makes my stomach hurt.”

The lead singer plans to take in some of the sights at the fair though, although he also pumped the breaks on the “spin-y rides,” again drawing from personal experience.

“Throughout the years I’ve been blessed to go to like, so many theme parks and play shows of all sorts,” he explained. “I’ve had the VIP access where you just jump to the front of the rollercoaster right away at pretty much all of them, and I’ve ridden myself out a couple times.”

While he seems to have a storied past in the amusement park/fairgrounds department, the history is much more shallow when it comes to performing this acoustic record live. Matter-of-fact, Schmidt said he’s only played it through completely one other time – at its release concert in L.A.

“Fortunately everything we were doing on the ‘Unplugged’ album had been written already,” Schimdt said of the task in converting songs not originally recorded with guitars to an acoustic LP. “Really the process of it was just reconstructing everything but I’ve done songs of all sorts.”

An example of this can be found on the new Hilary Duff album. Breathe In. Breathe Out. features a duet with the singers called “Night Like This.” Schmidt estimates that he has called Duff a friend for about 15 years.

“I think (the song) was based on a night that either Hilary had or wanted to have,” he said. “When I was recording the song with her, she told me all about the feeling of it and there was even a time when I was singing a line and she was like, ‘Yunno imagine standing there with me, like you’re saying this to me.’

“The song ended up really coming together. I’m so proud of it.”

Something else Schmidt is proud of: the success had by MKTO – a group that is signed to the record label formerly inhabited by Big Time Rush. The guy that manages MKTO used to produce BTR’s tours.

“I’m always kept up to date with everything that they’re doing,” Schmidt said, although he noted he has not had a chance yet to check their new single “Bad Girls.”

Before we hung up, Schmidt also said that his BTR-mates are all “excellent,” although Logan Henderson “is a bit of a mystery-man, so I can’t fill you in too much,” on him.

Hey, we all have a friend like that – just like I’m sure we all know someone that won’t go near a fried Oreo.

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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva chatted about a seasonal trend, one-piece swimsuits.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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For the latest Weekend Scoop, we returned to our friends at Life and Style Weekly. Reporter Melissa Roberto talked about stories that the magazine was covering on Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.

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A few weeks ago, I wrote that Rachel Platten “has experienced a lot in 2015.” And that was before she performed her hit “Fight Song” in front of 50,000 people with Taylor Swift.

The latest chapter of the fairy tale that has been Platten’s year might trace back a little further in time, but for our sake let’s rewind to about a week and a half ago. Swift, in the midst of her massive “The 1989 World Tour,” was set to perform at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Backstage she held court with Platten and a couple of country artists: singer Kelsea Ballerini and the group Little Big Town.

This is public knowledge because of Swift’s Instagram page. The “Shake It Off” singer posted a series of videos to the social network, including one of her and the rest of the crew singing along to “Fight Song.”

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A week later the 34 year-old artist found herself in the middle of Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, singing her uplifting anthem with Swift.

And to think, when I spoke with Platten just after her birthday in May, she was simply looking forward to touring with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri this summer.

“I can’t wait! I’m so excited,” she told me before joking about the tour’s title, “Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too.”

“Thank God (the word ‘Boys’) was added (to the title),” she added while laughing. The trek kicks off July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena. “So sorry!”

Platten probably still can’t wait to support Caillat and Perri but the singer has to be just as excited about the trajectory of her single on the charts. Prior to the Swift co-sign, “Fight Song” peaked at 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s now at 25.

On the Nielsen BDS Pop Chart, the single moves to 30 this week, up five spots and over 400 spins. That chart reflects the number of times a song is played on Top 40 stations across the country.

It is probably not a coincidence that this all takes place after Platten’s cameos with Swift. Still, it is a testament to the Massachusetts-born singer’s talent along with the fact that “Fight Song” clearly had a lot more fight left in it as well.

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Photo: http://instagram.com/taylorswift


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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva highlighted a trend Rihanna and others love – double-sided earrings.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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