Lil Wayne continues to reinvent how he sells and markets his music. Of course, Tha Carter III‘s commercial success is widely attributed to the release of free mixtapes leading up to the album. Now, Wayne drops the Tha Carter IV, and his next single isn’t on the standard edition of the LP! “Mirror” is the second of three deluxe edition tracks and it features the smooth vocals of Bruno Mars.
These California rockers nearly stole the show Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards with their performance of “My Body.” What made the performance even more compelling was the band’s company: YTG invited 250 of their closest friends on stage for the song. I played the studio version from the group’s self-titled LP on “The Ralphie Radio Show” Monday; the VMA performance is below.
As “American Idol” finalist Pia Toscano is currently finding out, everything happens for a reason. The Season 10 contestant revealed on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that her early elimination from “Idol” afforded her a chance to get a head start on recording her debut album.
“I had a lot of time before we started the finale rehearsals and before we started tour, so I got about eight to nine songs done already for the album,” said Toscano of her first LP, set for a tentative November release on Interscope Records. “So now when I get off tour, we’re just going to finish up.”
“It kind of was like an overnight thing,” Toscano admitted of her success. “That was the scariest part, adapting to this life overnight.”
As Toscano is also currently finding out, “this life” can become tiring at times. But the singer, who despite barely sleeping the previous night seemed energetic during out chat, is doing her best to take it all in.
“It’s so much fun, we have a blast on tour,” she said. “This is the dream.”