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The second day of Red Carpet Radio at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was hectic, as many BBMA finalists, presenters and performers stopped by to chat with “Ralphie Tonight.” Check out some of the photos and conversations below with Hozier, Tori Kelly, Fall Out Boy and more.
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Special thanks to BBMA co-host Ludacris, who also made some time for the show. We chatted with him while he waited for a car to pick him up… in the back of the MGM Grand Arena… on a curb. In Vegas, there is a first time for everything.





A few staples of the Las Vegas scene stopped by Red Carpet Radio at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards to chat with “Ralphie Tonight.”
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Terry Fator won the second season of the NBC competition “America’s Got Talent.” The entertainer just marked his sixth year headlining at The Mirage on The Strip. Fator believes he’ll be there many more years to come. He also gave his thoughts on the end of “American Idol,” noting that he’ll miss it and is happy there are other shows like “AGT” and “The Voice” still on the air.

Carrot Top has been in Vegas for 30 years – he’s spent about the last 10 performing at The Luxor. The comedian is hoping to attend Sunday’s award show, and you might be surprised as to what he is looking forward to. Of course, Carrot Top also quipped about everything from “Fifty Shades Of Grey” to “Deflategate.”

And Robin Leach – a former Channel 7 reporter – needs no introduction. The former “Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous” host dished about his recent chats with Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey regarding their Vegas residencies.

Mariah Carey is back in the headlines, and for the most part it does not have to do with her estranged husband Nick Cannon. The biggest selling female artist of all time recently dropped a single, “Infinity.” It is the only new track on the album #1 to Infinity. The compilation will feature the latest song plus all 18 of Carey’s number one hits. It drops May 18.
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Carey also kicked off “Mariah #1 To Infinity,” her new residency at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace, on May 6 to rave reviews. She’ll perform on the Billboard Music Awards, which are also in Sin City, on May 17.

So on Thursday we flashed you back to January of 2014, when Ms. Carey stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” and recalled the time Jermaine Dupri helped her pick “Touch My Body” as a single. Of course, tt went on to be a number one hit.

Marc Scibilia stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” to talk about his forthcoming, Butch Walker-produced album Out Of Style, his tour with James Bay and much more. The Nashville-native grew up, like me, in Western New York. So of course, there was a bit of reminiscing and catching-up to do (Marc and I have known each other for a while).
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It is shaping up to be a big 2015 for the singer/songwriter. Earlier this year, his cover of the classic “This Land Is Your Land,” ended up on Jeep’s Super Bowl commercial. Outside of the Halftime Show, it was the most “Shazaamed” moment of the night. Scibilia’s debut LP drops this summer. Check out our chat and a video of Marc performing the first single, “How Bad We Need Each Other” below.

Caleb Hawley, a Fieldhouse Music recording artist, stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” on Wednesday. He performed a couple of his tracks – “Bada Boom Bada Bling” and “Little Miss Sunshine” before chatting about life in Harlem, plans for 2015 and lessons learned from his run to Hollywood Week on Season 10 of “American Idol.”

More on Hawley, including his releases Side 1 and Side 2, can be found here. Watch video of his acoustic performance and interview on “Ralphie Tonight” below.



Perhaps one of Ed Sheeran’s most endearing qualities is his honesty. Sound familiar? Probably because you’ve read that before. That was almost two years ago, but it doesn’t matter. Perhaps another endearing quality of the “Thinking Out Loud” singer is the massive amount of global success he has achieved does not seem to have changed him for the worse.

Speaking with a radio station in New Zealand, Sheeran was surprisingly asked if he “approved” of Calvin Harris dating Taylor Swift. Not-so-surprisingly, Sheeran fielded the question with his usual honesty and candor.

Later in the interview, the radio DJs brought up One Direction’s song “Little Things.” Sheeran noted that he did not write it for the fellas, before breaking the TMI threshold as only Ed can.

We’d say, “Never change, Ed,” but that obviously does not need to be stated.

With his new album Handwritten debuting atop the Billboard 200, we figured it was a good time to revisit our chat with Shawn Mendes. The 16 year-old Canadian has amassed a huge and loyal online following, and will surely see many of “Mendes Army” out at Taylor Swift’s “1989 World Tour.”

Mendes will serve as one of the supporting acts for Swift’s North American stadium dates.

“The New York Spring Spectacular” held its Opening Night at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday (3/26). The production stars Derek Hough, Laura Benanti and The Radio City Rockettes. A number of celebrities from music, movies, sports and modeling came out to see the show, and chatted with “Ralphie Tonight” on the Red Carpet.

Tickets for the seven-week engagement, which runs through May 3, are on sale now.

Long story short, I won a contest with Homejoy and Clorox that included a free apartment cleaning and a visit from THE David Hasselhoff.


So The Hoff sat down on my couch and talked about some upcoming movie projects and why he was in the apartment to begin with.

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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.