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The second day of a backstage broadcast is usually a bit more hectic, and while the entire weekend was busier with our “Malibu Mansion Live” event, Saturday was no different from previous day two experiences. Notables that I spoke with included Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara, Michael and Luke from 5 Seconds of Summer and Joe Jonas’ new band DNCE.





It was a nice welcome to our Westwood One Backstage broadcast for the 2015 American Music Awards: my first interview of the day was the venerable Pete Wentz, bassist for one of my favorite bands Fall Out Boy. Another favorite of mine, alt-pop outfit Walk The Moon stopped by as well. Also swinging through our area: Pentatonix, Lindsey Stirling and R5.




Ketih Caulfield, Co-Director of Charts at Billboard, called the show to talk about the highly anticipated albums from One Direction and Justin Bieber. Caulfield told us who, according to industry forecasters, would end up with the number one album in the country for the week.
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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva explained why white dresses are a trend this winter.


Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on the air!

Photo: instagram.com/beyonce

Photo: instagram.com/beyonce

Justin Bieber and One Direction are both quite successful. If you’re a new artist, you would probably love to be mentioned in the same conversation as those artists.

With perhaps maybe one exception: sharing an album release date.

Alessia Cara, a soulful 19 year-old singer/songwriter who like Bieber hails from the Toronto, Canada-area, dropped her debut LP Know It All last Friday. In addition to it being “Friday The 13th,” it was also the day that Bieber and 1D released Purpose and Made In The A.M. respectively.

“I know! It was like, ‘Excellent date, guys! Thanks!’” Cara joked when I brought this up to her Monday. “I just try to see it as three great albums on the same date.”

Cara purchased and enjoys both; her and Bieber share a record label home in addition to the release date. The teenager is not only a fan of Bieber’s music; she is happy that he and other artists like The Weeknd and Drake are changing the perception of Canadian music.

“I feel like Canadians are such underdogs most of the time, especially in music at first,” Cara explained. “You would never think that you should go to Toronto or like, Ontario, to find artists. That was never the cool place to go to look for music.”
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The aforementioned artists, along with Cara and Shawn Mendes are changing that. The Canadian teens have known each other for quite some time but met for the first time recently backstage at Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour; Mendes was a supporting act and Cara was tapped for a cameo to perform her hit “Here” with Taylor.

“(Mendes) was like one of the first people to ever tweet out anything of mine and it was before I was signed, before I had a song. He tweeted one of my covers,” she recalled. “It was two-ish years ago, and he always updates me on where my song is at (on the charts).”

The short answer to that update: high. The track has spent the past two weeks in the top 10 most played at pop radio nationally. But as Cara later told me, there can be one down side to the airplay.

“All my friends hate (‘Here’) now! They keep messaging me like, ‘I’m sorry Alessia, I hate ‘Here.’”

Thankfully for them Cara has a whole album of material that they will love just as much, if not more, than the big radio hit.

Jason Lipshutz, Deputy Editor of Digital at Fuse Media, called in to offer his insight about the head-to-head battle between Justin Bieber and One Direction for the top spot on the Billboard 200. Bieber released Purpose and 1D Made In The A.M. on Friday the 13th of November.
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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talked about a trend popular for the season: red dresses.


Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on the air!
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PageSix.com Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell phoned in for the latest “Weekend Scoop.” Andrew had news on Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s new relationship, plus talked about Busta Rhymes’ day in court and Janet Jackson’s night out in Chicago.
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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva chatted about a big collaboration – designer Balmain teaming up with the popular retailer H&M.


Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on the air!
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The first ever “Stream Com NYC” took place Halloween weekend in the city. Hollywire’s Chelsea Briggs was in town for the event, which showcased the online video community. Now Chelsea and I have known each other for a minute, but as I explain at the beginning of our chat, I didn’t see her here until I literally ran in to her in Times Square of all places. Decked out in an Ellen DeGeneres costume, seeing a familiar face in the middle of 44th and Broadway was a pleasant surprise. Chelsea later made her way down to the studio where we talked in a more comfortable setting about the success of YouTubers and Viners along with her love for NYC pizza.

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