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She helped usher in a new era of pop music in the 90’s, becoming the best selling teenaged artist of all time in the process. She overcame personal issues to release some of her most heralded songs to date; before 2011’s Femme Fatale she never placed three singles in the top 10 off one album. And in a move that certainly looks visionary in hindsight, she helped change the idea that only “legacy” or “past their prime” acts take up a residency in Las Vegas. Her show at Planet Hollywood is one of the hottest tickets on The Strip.

It is obvious that throughout her much-publicized career, despite the trials and tribulations, Britney Spears has always found a way to set new trends. This is no different with the release of her new song, “Pretty Girls,” which features rapper Iggy Azalea.
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The weekend prior to the single’s scheduled launch, Spears teamed up with Uber in Los Angeles to give fans a preview of the track. On Sunday, any user of the car sharing service in LA that requested a “Bee” ride at 3 pm west coast time was eligible to be picked up in a SUV branded with Spears’ name. When inside, the fan would get to hear the track ahead of its official midnight release, and even leave with a few pieces of Spears merchandise.

Unfortunately for Spears’ camp, a trend the singer could not buck is the leak of a record ahead of its on-sale date. A version of the song hit the Internet on Saturday. This could explain the push to release the song Monday at midnight, as opposed to the originally announced date of May 5.


“Pretty Girls” is the first new music Spears has released since her 2013 album Britney Jean. The collaboration with Azalea was produced by the Invisible Men, the same production team behind last year’s anthem “Fancy.”The songs share similar bravado but Britney brings a distinctively different sound to the track – which the duo can only hope duplicates the success of Azalea’s breakout hit. Spears’ last chart-topper in the states was “Hold It Against Me” in 2011.

Spears and Azalea have already filmed the music video although no release date has been set. The two will team up to premiere the song on television in a few weeks, performing it live on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The award show airs live May 17 at 8 pm on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas.

Mariah Carey and fun. lead singer Nate Ruess each released new singles on Monday, both in support of albums due out later this year.
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For Carey, “Infinity” marks a new chapter in both her personal and professional life. The song is the first from the songstress since separating from husband Nick Cannon. “Infinity” is also the only new recording on the compilation #1 to Infinity. The album will feature the latest track plus all 18 of Carey’s number one hits. It hits shelves May 18. Carey kicks off “Mariah #1 To Infinity,” her new residency at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace, on May 6.

Perhaps suprisingly, you could say the same in regards to “new chapters” for Ruess. His first solo single, “Nothing Without Love,” was actually meant for fun. But according to Rolling Stone, it was his new relationship with designer Charlotte Ronson (Mark’s sister) and the hiatus away from the GRAMMY-winning band that allowed him to begin writing the lyrics to the song. Ruess confided in the magazine that for the first time, he felt “comfortable in my own skin.” This revelation led the singer to keep “Nothing” for himself and continue on with his LP. Grand Romantic will be released June 16. The artist dropped a second song from the album, “AhHa” on Monday.

What do you think of the songs? Listen below and sound off on Twitter – @ralphieaversa.

Robert, Joe and David comprise Life Of Dillion. The UK-based trio stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” to chat about the band’s new single, “Overload” and making the trek to the U.S. from England.

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.

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“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.

On Monday, Carly Rae Jepsen returned to the airwaves with the first single from her forthcoming third studio album. “I Really Like You” is very reminiscent of “Call Me Maybe”: catchy hook, up-tempo synths and lyrics suited for a hopeless romantic.


Also similar to Jepsen’s breakout hit: a little assistance from the guy that helped bring her to the masses, Justin Bieber. The pop star along with Tom Hanks star in the music video for “I Really Like You,” which was filmed in New York City. Bieber discovered Jepsen after hearing “Call Me Maybe” on the radio back in their native Canada. He and his manager, Scooter Braun, signed the singer to a record label deal.

In the spirit of the above interview, we’ll flash you back to some of Ms. Jepsen’s other appearances on our show; none more infamous than her first. This was an interview taped in Philadelphia back in May of 2012. We recorded the interview in the front seat of my car.


Here’s a December 2012 chat in much comfier digs: her record label’s New York office.

Here’s another (and we’ll stop here but there are more) – this one happened during GRAMMY weekend in 2013; Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was up for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. It lost to fun. “We Are Young” and Adele “Set Fire to the Rain” respectively.

A couple of pop radio staples released new singles on Monday to their eager fan bases.

After months of rumors and Instagram photos, the world finally got to hear the single that DJ/producer Zedd and Selena Gomez collaborated on. While speculation ran rampant over their personal relationship, there is no doubt that the duo can combine to create a hit record in the studio. Zedd, nee Anton Zaslavski, is billed as the title artist on “I Want You To Know,” with Gomez as the feature. OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder told Billboard that he wrote the single and gave it to Zedd.

Monday also marked the return of FUN. lead singer Nate Ruess. The front man is working on a solo album and unveiled “Nothing Without Love” as the first single.

“I remember taking a trip upstate to finish the lyrics,” Ruess wrote on Facebook, “and returning thinking that I’d finally been able to say everything I’d ever been feeling in that moment, and it’s applied to my life in so many different ways ever since.”

Ruess calls it his favorite song that he’s written. No other details on his solo effort are available yet.

What do you think of the tracks? Let me know on Twitter – @ralphieaversa.

If you were someone who thought that “Dancing With The Stars” winners Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis were dating – you were wrong. At least, according to Mark Ballas.

“Max and Meryl aren’t dating either,” Ballas told “Ralphie Tonight” in studio last week. “Here’s the thing, this is what happens: You get sucked in to the performances and the passion and ‘Oh, they almost kissed.’”

You also probably have read (if you enjoy keeping up on such things) that for the better part of this past season, Chmerkovskiy and Davis have played coy when asked about the subject matter. Dare we say they well…. danced around it?

“I think it’s because so that we do what we’re doing right now,” Ballas responded when I brought this up during our conversation about them. “They’re just intelligent. They know how to play the game.”

It is a game that Ballas is well-aware of but is not currently playing. After a season of “DWTS” that ended with a shoulder injury, the artist is now turning his attention to physical therapy and the promotion of his new single, “Get My Name.”

“The day we put it out, it debuted at number 24 on the iTunes Pop Chart,” Ballas recalled proudly of May 5. “I’m doing this all independently; no (record) label. So considering that, I’m really excited.”

The song is a fun pop track – Ballas croons over a bouncy beat infused with a bit of jazz. His “DWTS” cohort Derek Hough directed the song’s music video, a total throwback to the era of the 50’s and 60’s. “Get My Name” is the first single from Ballas’ forthcoming LP.

“This is the first full studio album I’ve done,” the singer said of the project. “I’ve done acoustic EPs and I’ve done acoustic stuff before, which has been a little more stripped back because I hadn’t had the resources or the access to amazing producers in the genre that I wanted to go in to.”

That changed when Ballas signed a music publishing deal with Nashville-based BMG.

“(BMG) put me in the studio with some great producers like Jim Beanz, The Stereotypes, and then the producer that’s done a majority of my record’s name is Wizz Dumb,” Ballas revealed. “He’s Timbaland’s protégé; he works in that camp.”

It certainly makes sense that an artist who has drawn comparisons to Justin Timberlake and opened up for Robin Thicke would be working with someone on Timbaland’s team. But Ballas pulls no punches about the fact that he wants to create his own lane as an artist who can sing, dance, and play guitar. He hopes to educate the masses that he possesses all of those talents with an album release tentatively slated for late summer.

Ballas is also looking to jump on to a tour for a major artist as a supporting act. The singer says that while he is undecided on a return to “Dancing,” he will have four months off regardless.

Mitchy and Danielle of Oh Honey stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” to talk about their tour with James Blunt and EP “With Love” featuring the single, “Be Okay.”

Oh Honey also performed the single in studio!

Coldplay is back and set to release its sixth album, Ghost Stories, on May 19. Last month the band premiered “Midnight” as a warm-up tune. Now, the UK quartet drops “Magic,” the first single. A download of the song is available by pre-ordering the LP on iTunes.

Justin Timberlake will release the second half of songs he wrote over a year ago with Timbaland on September 30. It all happened during a whirlwind month when over 20 songs were worked on within a 30 day period. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 will actually feature 11 songs instead of 10 as on the first installment, because Timberlake simply wanted to release more of the music they created. On Friday, the second single from part two, “TKO,” hit iTunes.

“Tim and I went in (to the studio) over a year ago with Rob Knox, Jerome Harmon… a bunch of great producers,” said Timberlake via telephone on “The Ralphie Show” earlier this month. “I just told them, I said, ‘Look, I don’t have any expectations for this music even coming out. Let’s just write a bunch of music and have fun doing it and keep it to ourselves.”

Timberlake teased in an open letter to fans that the album only marks the second of four quarters in the process of his new journey. Outside of the LP, the only other known item on Timberlake’s agenda is his upcoming solo arena concert.