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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.”
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.

Electro-pop band Parade Of Lights stopped by 95.5 to chat about the success of “Golden,” the album Feeling Electric, and the band’s ties to Big Time Rush and Metro Station.

Lisa Moskovitz, RD, Founding Dietitian and CEO of NY Nutrition Group, called us up and talked about a report issued this week that linked processed meats like sausage and bacon directly to cancer.

Another award show, another night poised to center around music’s biggest name: Taylor Swift.

As details about this year’s American Music Awards continue to be revealed, the inescapable number is 6. That is the number of nominations that Swift scored this year, and if she sweeps, the “Wildest Dreams” singer will have more AMAs than any other artist ever.

Keep in mind that the award show was created by Dick Clark back in 1973. The AMAs are 16 years older than Swift, who as I’m sure you’re well aware of by now, was born in 1989.

I asked Charlie Puth, who is up for two AMAs this year thanks to “See You Again,” what makes Swift so successful.

“She knows her brand so well,” he told me at the ABC Good Morning America studio in Times Square, shortly after revealing nominations on GMA. “When she brings all of the artists to go perform with her on her show, there’s no guessing. She knows exactly where everybody is supposed to stand. She just knows the stage very, very well.”

Puth is referring to the number of A-list cameos that have taken place during Swift’s “1989 World Tour,” which is continuing to headline and sell out stadiums and arenas across the country.

“She knows exactly what she wants to hear in her music, and her fans want to hear the same thing,” continued Puth, even admitting that he feels his ability to so acutely breakdown Swift’s success sounds a bit “stalker-ish,” but he is a big fan of her work.
Thankfully for the Rumson, N.J. native, he will only have to battle Swift head-to-head in one of the two categories he is up for. Wiz Khalifa and Puth’s “See You Again” is nominated for “Song of the Year” with “Blank Space.” The “Furious 7” track is also in the running for “Collaboration of the Year,” unleashed by T-Mobile.

“I don’t even know what to say,” was Puth’s response when I brought up the two nominations, including one in a major category for the show. “I never thought this would happen to me. It’s such an honor to be a part of the song with Wiz.”

The duo performed the track in May at the Billboard Music Awards in what proved to be a learning experience for the 23 year-old.

“My one piece of Charlie advice to myself would be, ‘Charlie, don’t get so star struck the moment you start playing the piano,’ because I saw all of the Kardashians just lined up and I was like, ‘Oh!’” he recalled. “I kind of messed up because I got so star struck.”

No word if Puth will perform at The AMAs; Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez and 5 Seconds Of Summer have been confirmed for the show in Los Angeles. Jennifer Lopez will also perform in addition to hosting the festivities, which will air live on ABC Sunday night November 22 at 8 p.m.

Zella Day did not take a typical path to the stage. The 20 year-old grew up in a small Arizona town known more for skiing and snowboarding than sunbathing. When she was young, Day moved with her mother and sister to California, but the purpose of the trip was not so she could live out her dreams as an artist. Rather, her parents divorced, and Day’s grandmother lived in Long Beach.

The singer/songwriter’s first gig was on the stage of her grandma’s coffee shop; 11 years later she is now performing at much bigger venues across the U.S. Day stopped by our studio and chatted about her family, along with the transition she has made this year from supporting to headlining act. Day, a self-proclaimed “small-town” girl, also talked about exploring our wonderful city.

Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood and more descended upon the Upper West Side to premiere Vin’s passion project, a new film called “The Last Witch Hunter.” Diesel, along with co-stars Rose Leslie and Elijah Wood stopped to chat with us about making the movie. Ciara, who recorded a cover of the Rolling Stones’ classic “Paint It Black” for the trailer, also chatted with me.
“The Last Witch Hunter” is set in the city, and hits theaters October 23.

BONUS CLIP: Vin Diesel reacts to the news that “See You Again” is up for Song Of The Year at the 2015 American Music Awards.

BONUS CLIP: Elijah Wood, who scored his first movie role in “Back to the Future II” is asked if he is pulling for the Cubs (In the movie, it is predicted that the Cubs win the World Series in 2015).

“Locked Away,” the Caribbean-infused pop song with a catchy chorus sung by Adam Levine, could have been the song of the summer. Matter-of-fact, the duo that comprises R. City intended for the track to be just that. However Timothy and Theron Thomas were not able to release to the track to the masses until July; despite the fact that it was ready in May.

“We got Adam Levine on the song, and then just clearing it with his label and the time that it takes to get that process done took a little longer than we had expected,” Theron revealed to me. “We were so ready to get it out.”

Levine recorded his vocals at the beginning of May, and the Atlanta-based group planned on a June release. However at least one lesson was learned: once you’re on a major record label, you will not always have full control over a project’s timeline.

“As songwriters and producers, we come in, we write the song and then we leave,” Theron explained. “We’ve always been independent, and we’re really famous in the Virgin Islands, so we used to put out independent albums put out music on our own.

“When you’re signed to a label, you can’t do ‘guerilla-style’ stuff. People have to sign waivers and stuff has to be cleared.”
But on the flip-side it was the label, Dr. Luke’s RCA imprint Kemosabe Records, that enabled the Levine collaboration in the first place. Luke, nee Lukasz Gottwald, played the track for the Maroon 5 front man and he immediately agreed to sing its hook.

The whole project is quite improbable considering that when R. City first entered the studio with Luke, the goal was to write hit pop songs; “Katy Perry records.” Gottwald had already seen the duo’s talent first-hand as they collaborated on Becky G’s single, “Shower.” A mutual friend tipped Luke off to the Thomas brothers’ talents as singers. Any aspirations that they, or their manager had for a Perry placement quickly vanished.

You can only imagine the expression on the face of Ray Daniels, R. City’s manager, when Dr. Luke told him he had R. City records to play him instead of other collaborations; the artists weren’t even signed, although that too was about to change.

“He started to get a lot more cool about it once he heard the music,” Timothy said.

“Luke started playing him records and (Daniels) was like, ‘Okay, cool, I get it,’” recalled Theron.

And it all worked out the way it was supposed to: “Locked Away” hit number one on the pop radio airplay chart on the same week that the duo’s debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of, hit shelves.

CeeLo Green spent a little over a year out of the spotlight and hasn’t released new music in almost five (save his 2012 Christmas LP). The last year was controversial at best: Green was sentenced to three years probation following a no contest plea after authorities charged him with supplying ecstasy to a woman. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office brought that case to court after dropping sexual battery charges, citing insufficient evidence.

The last public report on Green’s probation came in May, and it was completely positive. Green, nee Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, complied with all conditions and a judge relieved the singer of having to attend any further court hearings. It seems the experiences of his past year have affected him, but not necessarily changed the former “Voice” coach.

“I’ve endured quite a bit, and I’ve experienced quite a bit,” Green told me as we chatted for a few minutes about his forthcoming album, Heart Blanche, due out November 13. “I’m at the time of my life where, I just felt like more mature music needs to co-exist. It’s definitely from the same signature soul perspective of CeeLo Green and even more introspective and reflective, but still enjoyable and entertaining.”
I followed up by asking if he is reflecting on the past year in these songs; he confirmed that and elaborated.

“It’s a culmination of that (and) just a desire to kind of get back in and contribute again,” Green responded. “You just feel like you’re being idle.”

But while the “Forget You” artist probably wasn’t moving at the pace he had grown accustomed to, he was far from idle. Green recorded his new LP while fulfilling community service requirements with Volunteers of America, working with homeless veterans. And his therapist said that anytime Green was asked about his upcoming project, he exhibited a “genuine humbleness.”

The same could be said during our chat, which was the second time I have interviewed Green.

“You ever heard the term, ‘carte blanche’?” he asked after I inquired about the new album’s title. “It means, ‘one who has the ability to act as he wishes, behave, create.’ You know what I’m saying?

Heart Blanche; music being a matter of the heart.”

Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are still friends, despite what you may have read, regardless of its accuracy.

Let’s rewind to June of 2013 when I spoke with Lovato following her “Good Morning America” performance in Central Park. At the time, Gomez was experiencing a career-high in radio airplay with the single, “Come And Get It.”

“I’m really, really excited for (Gomez),” Lovato told me. “And I’m excited for all of the people I’ve grown up with… Selena especially because I’ve known her since I was seven years old.”

A lot can change in two years: chart positions, relationship statuses, hair colors… and much did. So it makes sense that in a recently released interview with Complex, Lovato had changed her tone on the relationship she shares with Gomez.

“But, you know, when you’re young and you get older, you change and people change,” she said after clarifying that the distance that grew between the two former Disney stars had nothing to do anymore with Justin Bieber. “You have things in common, and then all of a sudden, you don’t. It’s just a part of life.”

But it didn’t make sense, at least not to fans of Lovato and Gomez, who saw the two pose for a selfie on Instagram just a few weeks ago.

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Were they no longer friends after that selfie? Was Demi throwing shade at Selena? Was the “Cool For The Summer” singer misquoted?

According to a tweet posted on Wednesday by Lovato, none of the above.

“Interviews are done months and months before the issue is published. I lot (sic) can change between then and now,” she wrote. “Don’t read into the bullsh–.”

Or rather, read it knowing that at first it was accurate but at the present moment it may no longer be.

Crime Watch Daily host Matt Doran called in to chat about the new show airing nationally, weekdays at 4 p.m. on PIX 11 in New York, and the special running this week around a new interview with Joey Buttafuoco.