Epic Records artist Kat Dahlia stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” and talked about the time she lived in New York City and the process that led to the creation of her debut album My Garden.
Dahlia also talked about how Miami views their own superstar Pitbull and explains, or at least tries to explain, the premise for her new music video to “I Think I’m In Love.”
Kelly Clarkson is going on tour this summer. She insists that the concert is “a big show, vocally.” And thanks to piece of information that Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler gave her about nine years ago, she also insists that performing on back-to-back nights is not her cup of tea.
“I remember when I first started out, my agents would be like, ‘Well this artist does four in a row!’” Clarkson recalled during an interview on “Ralphie Tonight.” The “Heartbeat Song” singer would reply with, “’Well, they’re dancing! So that’s real different, and that’s great for them. But I can’t do that.’”
Then one night, her and Tyler were conversing over the rigors of singing on the road, with Clarkson admitting that she was finding the schedule difficult on her voice.
“’Oh girl, I do to,’” Tyler told Clarkson. “’I only do one show, then one day off,’” the rocker continued.
That was the moment when the singer realized that she could exercise a little more control over her own schedule. But Clarkson went out of her way to note that her reasoning for the tour’s pacing has more to do with the fans than it does her or her newly expanded family.
“Vocally I have a very demanding show, so I don’t normally love to do back-to-back (dates),” she said. “I want to give (the audience) the best of me each show.”
Joining Clarkson on her 32 city North American trek will be acapella group Pentatonix and singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson. The tour opens nearby on July 11 in Hershey. Clarkson will close out the dates nearby as well, with a September 20 show in Camden, N.J.
The concerts are in support of Clarkson’s sixth studio album Piece By Piece, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 earlier this month. After releasing a holiday LP in 2013, the former “American Idol” winner contemplated releasing separate pop and country albums last year.
“Well, I was creating life in 2014,” explained Clarkson of why the music had to wait. Understandably things were put on hold as she and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed daughter River Rose in to the world. “But I did make both, and I’m still working on the (country) one.”
Clarkson also revealed that she is working on a pop/R&B album based off of covers she has done on tour with her band. Both projects contrast the uptempo and modern sound of Clarkson’s latest release; a sound that certainly was better suited for a sooner-rather-than-later release.
“We had this really great pop project kind of just sitting here waiting and I was definitely ready to just get it out.”
And judging by the sales figures, Clarkson’s fans were more than ready to support it.
Before performing on “The Tonight Show,” Hozier chatted with “Ralphie Tonight” about the success of his single “Take Me To Church,” walking red carpets and reacted to something that Annie Lennox recently said about his hit song on our show. We also asked Hozier if he cares about the potential label of “one-hit wonder,” and his answer might surprise you.
The singer also talked about the next singles off his album in both the U.S. and UK respectively, In America, “Work Song” is the next track to be released from the LP; he performed it on “Fallon” last week.
Before heading to 30 Rock for “Tonight Show” rehearsals, Hozier chatted with “Ralphie Tonight” about the performance and what we could expect.
Hozier performed the second US single, “Work Song,” from his self-titled album. The full conversation with Andrew will air Monday evening (3/9) on “Ralphie Tonight.”
At the turn of the New Year Black Eyed Peas founding emcee Will.I.Am. tweeted that in 2015, BEP would return with new music. However if you’re seeking for new music from the quartet, look no further than Apl.de.Ap. The artist has kept busy since The Peas’ hiatus through charity work, his record label, and filming “The Voice” back in The Philippines. Apl is also working on a solo album and dropped the first single in January.
“Be” features Canadian-Cambodian rapper Honey Cocaine and singer Jessica Reynoso, who was on Apl’s team during season one of “The Voice PH.” Parts of the music video were filmed in Manhattan and Brooklyn last October.
“It’s about really being yourself,” Apl said of the track when we caught up with him during the video’s production at PH-D Rooftop Lounge atop The Dream Downtown Hotel in New York’s Chelsea district. “Sometimes in the music business you’re always trying to conform in a music genre. In the history of the Black Eyed Peas we’ve gone through different music genres… at the end of the day, you always go back to who you really be.”
For Apl – that’s hip-hop, evident in both his and Honey’s verses. Reynoso’s vocals on super-catchy hook add a nice touch to the song.
“Be” serves as the first single from the forthcoming AP3, due out this year. Just between his charitable efforts, “The Voice,” and the various music projects he is attached to, Apl is already set for a busy 2015.
But the Filipino surely is also looking forward to this May, when his fellow countryman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao takes on Floyd “Money” Mayweather in Las Vegas. If his music endeavors are as fortuitous as his boxing predictions, then it should be a great year for the emcee; Apl told me last October he believed the two would eventually get in the ring to give the fans the fight they’ve been asking for.
Tori Kelly invited “Ralphie Tonight” in to her Manhattan hotel room where she talked about her new single with super-producer Max Martin, what she likes to dip her chicken fingers in and what it will take for her to finally get a tattoo.
And yes, for a split second we thought she was pregnant before meeting her. Find out why in our chat.