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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.

From #ItsNotTheHolidaysUntil and the Republican Presidential Debate ratings to the release of Justin Bieber and One Direction’s new albums, there was a lot to talk about on HLN’s “The Daily Share” Thursday.

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.

On HLN’s “The Daily Share” ahead of Halloween – we chatted about Ellen DeGeneres’ costume, a possible Hocus Pocus reboot, the trend #YouMightBeSingleIn5Words, Empire, the U.S. deficit and the death of model Sam Sarpong.

Thursday marked the three year anniversary of Sandy devastating the tri-state area. Many people were affected in a number of different ways; some are still experiencing the aftermath. We remember.

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Lots of headlines covered on HLN’s “The Daily Share” – from the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots to Richard Gere, #WhatZombiesDoForFun and a new rift between the U.S. and Chinese governments.

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.

I had a chance to chat about all of the regular favorites on HLN’s “The Daily Share” Monday – from #MondayMotivation and #4WordsToLiveBy to NFL and NCAA Football headlines.

It is that time of year already. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular kicks off November 13, and the Rockettes held their annual media day on the Upper West Side. I attended, selfie stick in tow, to see how the ladies are preparing for the upcoming season of shows.

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).