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Florence Welch’s collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris for the track “Sweet Nothing” is certainly a departure from her work with Florence + The Machine. Still it seems Welch is enjoying her foray in to the Electronic Dance Music world.

“I’ve always loved the remixes of things,” she told me. “It’s almost like (the remix) frees you from (the song).”

Welch contrasted it with her own songs, which are so personal to her that it’s sometimes hard to share them with say, radio stations.

“It’s like someone seeing you naked or something,” Welch said of exposing her lyrics to the masses. “It’s exposing. With a remix, you can enjoy from almost an outside perspective. I loved hearing what (Harris) did with my vocal.”

In addition to the original song, Harris did remix Florence + The Machine’s “Spectrum (Say My Name).” Welch admitted that she’s “in to the euphoria of dance music,” and with “Sweet Nothing” now climbing up the radio airplay charts, perhaps this is the start of her becoming more comfortable with revealing her emotions in music to an even larger audience.

An on-and-off again girlfriend. Friends that continue to drive and get pulled over in a Ferrari. Photos circulating that show alleged drug use.

You might guess that this is another story about Lindsay Lohan. Rather, these are the latest headlines surrounding teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. As alarming as each new report from TMZ may seem, Dr. Drew Pinksy told Cumulus Media’s “The Ralphie Show” that he doesn’t see a cause for concern, yet.

“I think when you see a young person using substances, if that’s in fact what’s happening, that doesn’t necessarily equate to addiction,” explained the TV host during a radio broadcast backstage at the 55th GRAMMYs. “Young people experiment; young people use substances.”

Dr. Drew notes that humans, and particularly males, operate off of an arousal system until age 25, and are thus “prone to use substances.” The “Celebrity Rehab” doctor doesn’t believe there is an addiction issue at hand, although he’s seen plenty of said issues in Hollywood.

“The rest of us would have family and lawyers that pull us aside and say, ‘Hey, get it together dude! You’re going to lose your job; we’re going to kick you out of the house,’” he said. “Celebrities don’t have that. They have people going, ‘Good! Well done!’”

The doctor said he looks not so much at the use, but the consequences – specifically citing Lohan’s trials and tribulations. In that context, it seems Bieber is many family blow-ups and court proceedings away from anything that might raise a flag in Dr. Drew’s eyes.

Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik characterizes the band’s last LP, Something For The Rest Of Us, as a reflection of how the band viewed its surroundings: at times dark, depressed, and without hope.

“I mean, that’s one of those albums that every artist says, ‘Well, I had to make that album,’” Rzeznik told Cumulus Media’s “The Ralphie Show” during a radio broadcast backstage at the 55th GRAMMYs. “(The new album) is very upbeat, up-tempo.”

Many artists on a major label don’t have the freedom to simply record and release an LP simply because they feel the necessity to. And while Rzeznik quipped that he “almost got dropped,” from Warner Bros. Records, the front man is now looking forward to Magnetic.

“Most of it was written in New York,” Rzeznik said of the album, due out May 7. “The energy was just fantastic there; I’d never done anything like that before.”

It’s almost hard to believe that a 27 year-old band with over 10 million albums sold worldwide is still experiencing new things in the studio. Here’s something even more surprising: that same band has actually shared a stage with pop singer Ke$ha, twice. The last time was earlier in the year during the Creative Coalition’s 2013 Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C.

“I was saying to myself, ‘Do I really have to go on stage after that?’” Rzeznik recalled after witnessing the “TiK ToK” singer perform. “There’s like 20 people on stage; everybody’s dancing around, playing tubas and stuff, and you’re like, ‘What am I gonna do?’”


ralphieaversa's Backstage at The GRAMMYS Day 2 album on Photobucket




ralphieaversa's Backstage at The GRAMMYS album on Photobucket




In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva highlights a trend Beyonce wore during her halftime performance, knee-high socks.

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

Andy Vidockler, Wesley Schultz, and Jeremiah Fraites grew up together in Ramsey, NJ. The three friends dreamt of breaking through in the music industry. Vidockler eventually turned his attention to a career in education, while Schultz and Fraites continued down the path traveled by many struggling artists before them.


About two years ago, Vidockler found himself teaching Kindergarden in Success Academy Bronx 2, one of nine such schools in New York City. Looking to inject some art in to the classroom, the teacher began playing his students videos of Schultz and Fraites, now comprising two-thirds of The Lumineers. The kids took a liking to the songs, and were star-struck when a then relatively-unknown Schultz showed up to say greet them during class.

“I remember visiting the school, with my girlfriend at the time,” Schlutz recalled while sitting back stage before The Lumineers’ performance at Terminal 5 in New York on Saturday. The night previous to his school-visit, the singer had a late night, although he almost immediately knew he made the right choice to wake-up early and visit the classroom. “I walked in, and all of the kids immediately said, ‘Hey! It’s Wesley!’ They knew me from the videos.”

Schultz was taken aback, and the kids’ love for his music left a major impression on him. The lead singer continued to keep in touch with Vidockler, and never forgot those kids that latched on to the band’s songs before any of the tracks hit the airwaves.

Last Saturday night, about 20 kids from Success Academy Bronx 2 joined their favorite band on stage at Terminal 5 to sing “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers’ break-out anthem. While the 6, 7, and 8 year-old got the thrill of a lifetime on stage, Vidockler said his students have learned a bigger lesson from the music group’s rise to the top of the charts.

“It has showed them that if you have a dream and you’re willing to plug hard enough, and make sacrifices, you can achieve your dream,” the teacher said. “It’s been the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”

Vidockler can provide a pretty good account to The Lumineers’ rise to fame – he remembers seeing the group perform to a room of 35 people in Jersey. The next time he saw them, the attendance had increased to 300. When the childhood friend flew out to Colorado to see the band perform, he joined over 9,000 others in doing so. Now The Lumineers’ are on a sold-out U.S. tour, with two nominations at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards and an upcoming appearance on “Ellen.”

“Crazy,” was the first work Schultz said when asked to put this ride in to words. “It’s basically the epitome of a snowball effect, yunno? “(Just) having a lot of patience over a number of years and then kind of having it break, but not break in any sort of logical way, just ‘boom,’ all at once.”

Most of the band’s success has centered on “Ho Hey.” The Lumineers originally wanted to invite the children from Success Academy Bronx 2 to perform it during “Saturday Night Live,” but producers stopped the plan because Paul McCartney had already performed with a children’s chorus this season. That wasn’t the only idea Lorne Michaels and company shot down.

“Jer was planning to wear an Abe Lincoln costume that Neyla (Pekarek) gave him for his birthday,” Schultz revealed. “For some reason they wouldn’t let him do it. That was kind of bizarre.”

Obviously it isn’t just perseverance and patience that The Lumineers have mastered. The band seems to be just as good at compromising and working with others. Those kids should still be paying attention.


Life & Style Weekly reports that Katy Perry was recently spotted out and about in LA with another man. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also chatted about Britney Spears’ reunion with Jason Trawick on “The Ralphie Show.”

Domino’s Pizza is gearing up for its biggest night of the year this Sunday with the Super Bowl. But that didn’t stop the restaurant from taking notice of a story told by Ed Sheeran Wednesday night during an interview on “The Ralphie Show” about an act of kindness displayed by One Direction’s Harry Styles.


“I saw (Harry) in LA about three months ago,” recalled Sheeran. “He had a day off and he went out… and spent like two or three grand on Domino’s Pizzas and drove around for the whole day just giving it to homeless people.”

Chris Brandon, a spokesperson for Domino’s, expressed the company’s gratitude for Harry’s actions on “The Ralphie Show” Thursday night.

“All we really want to say though is, thank you to Harry for involving us in such a cool thing that he did,” Brandon said via telephone. “My understanding is that Harry and One Direction have plenty of fans so I’m not sure if they need many more but they certainly gained a bunch more today from us here at Domino’s.”

Brandon noted the restaurant was not just impressed with Styles’ actions, but how he went about his work of charity.

“It sounds like Harry kind of didn’t do this for publicity or kind of do this so that everybody would find out,” Brandon noted. “We kind of found out the same way everybody else has.”

Brandon added that Domino’s was “honored and flattered” by Styles choosing the pizza chain for help in his gesture.

Ed Sheeran is very close with Harry Styles. He wrote One Direction’s second number one hit in the UK, “Little Things.” The singer is also close with Taylor Swift: Sheeran duets with the starlet on her latest album and will be performing North America’s biggest venues with her later in the year. Styles and Swift recently went through a public break-up after a brief but just-as-public romance. Where does that leave Sheeran?


“I’d rather not comment on that,” Sheeran replied during an interview in studio on “The Ralphie Show.” “You could probably guess, but yeah, I’d rather not comment on that.”

Sheeran did shift gears though and talk exclusively about the 1D singer, telling a story that the media had never reported about, until now.

“I saw (Harry) in LA about three months ago,” recalled Sheeran. “He had a day off and he went out… and spent like two or three grand on Domino’s Pizzas and drove around for the whole day just giving it to homeless people.”

“The A Team” singer said this wasn’t a first-time occurrence.

“People write about Harry all the time in a negative way with all his love life and stuff like that but like, he does stuff like that a lot,” he continued. “I think it’d be nice to get out there that he’s a pretty genuine dude.”

In an interview with Capital FM overseas, Sheeran noted that of all the One Direction fellas, he’s the closest with Styles. He elaborated on “The Ralphie Show.”

“The strangest thing about Harry is that he lived on my flat for a while but like, he had two houses,” Sheeran said. “He had two, very plush houses in London and he’d just come and stay.”

As for why he would crash with the singer/songwriter instead of shack up in one of his own pads, Sheeran believes it’s because Styles would rather hang with friends than in a huge house alone.

With both of their schedules, it’s surprising either of the artists is in the same place for an extended period of time. Sheeran is enjoying quite the ride with the success of “A Team,” – culminating with a Grammy nomination for “Song of the Year” and a performance at the awards show with Sir Elton John.

“I got a call from Elton being like, ‘I couldn’t get you a solo slot, but would you mind playing with me?’” he said. “You can’t really say anything other than, ‘Yes, please!’”

The combination of the hit record with his down-to-earth persona and his links to Swift and One Direction have propelled Sheeran to other big spots as well. During this particular trip to New York, the Englishman was gearing up to play a sold-out Radio City Music Hall and perform at NBC’s “Today.” His fans, which refer to Sheeran as “Ginger Jesus” and call themselves “Sheerios,” couldn’t be happier.

“(‘Ginger Jesus’) gives me reminiscence of The Beatles, and I’m just staying the hell away from that.”