Archives For The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

Bassist Pete Wentz tells “The Ralphie Show” that Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, is completely recorded.

“I think if anything, we would have to worry about (the release date) getting pushed forward,” revealed Wentz of the current slated target of May 7. “I’ve heard that discussion, but I don’t know.”

Typically the only time an album release is pushed forward is if the lead single takes off on the charts and the LP will fall in front of some type of tour. Fall Out Boy will hit the road for 33 shows starting May 14. Right now, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” had a solid debut on the Billboard Hot 100, landing at 26. The video features rapper 2 Chainz in the role of an arsonist. I asked Wentz why he chose the hip hop artist.

“That’s exactly why,” replied Wentz, insinuating that the band simply wanted to get people asking questions, not exactly a foreign idea to FOB’s game plan. “Hopefully we’ll have something else down the road.”

That “something else” is a possible remix to “My Songs Know,” a collaboration that Wentz admitted he is holding his breath for.

Fall Out Boy fans were holding their breath that the band would return from its self-described hiatus to release new music and tour. While it seems everyone in the group agrees that the break was necessary, at least one member could have continued to play: drummer Andy Hurley.

“I think there was an oversaturation and I think people needed to decompress from years of touring and stuff,” Hurley noted.

“I mean, it ended up being a super healthy thing for all of us personally and for the band too,” Wentz added.

The GRAMMYS are a celebration of the best music from the past year. However this weekend, it will be impossible to look back without also remembering the life of Whitney Houston. Last year during the award show weekend, the singer passed away at the age of 48, just mere hours before she was scheduled to attend Clive Davis’ annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Jordin Sparks, who had grown close to the legend while filming the re-make of the 1976 movie “Sparkle,” said that on Thursday night, it finally hit her that a year had gone by.

“I was doing this event called ‘For The Love of R&B’ and it was an event that started last year, and it was one of the last places Whitney performed,” Sparks said. “I sang one of her songs… and that is when it hit me.”

The “American Idol” winner tackled Houston’s classic, “I Have Nothing,” for her first time.

“All of the sudden I just had these uncontrollable shakes,” Sparks said. “I realized how much I really miss her.”

Sparks credits Houston with her growth as both a musician and a person.

“Whitney really inspired me to be myself and to be okay with that,” she said. “I’ve always been OK with who I am, but to be able to just speak freely and be like, ‘You know what, this is me and that’s OK.’”

The singer said Houston’s energy is definitely reflected on the new music that she’s currently writing. Sparks revealed we could hear a first single from her forthcoming album as soon as the end of this month.

“The Package Tour” has created quite a buzz throughout the country. New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men join forces for a tour that was originally scheduled for a little over 30 dates this summer. But the demand for tickets has been overwhelming, causing second shows to be added in some cities and brand new venues to be attached to the itinerary.

Naturally – the media has had a little fun with the tour name and its popularity. Such headlines as “New Kids on the Block’s Tour Is Now a Bigger ‘Package’” have been popping up, no pun intended, across the Internet. NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre is cool with that; after all, he thought of the title.

“We were having a conference call, and they were like, ‘Once we put the package together…’ and I said, ‘Let’s call it ‘The Package,’” McIntyre told me in Los Angeles. “It has all the proper rock and roll innuendo so it’s perfect.”

The roots of this lineup date back to the last North American tour that NKOTB performed on with Backstreet Boys. During a stop in Orlando, Boyz II Men joined the bands on stage for a surprise cameo.

“The place went ballistic,” McIntyre recalled. “When you see it and you witness it, you’re like, ‘We gotta do this again.’”

The boys from Boston would then link up with 98 Degrees at the Summer Mix Tape Fest in Hershey, PA this past summer. Added dates to the tour include Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, second dates in Uncasville, CT and Beantown, and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

The five fellas who comprise The Wanted are moving in to a Los Angeles home for a new reality show set to debut later this year on E!. Max George, who has been romantically linked to Lindsay Lohan, wouldn’t exactly say whether the actress would be making cameos throughout the first season’s run.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of surprises on this show,” George stated. “I think there’s probably going to be a few guest appearances.”

The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran interjected rather quickly after hearing the question about Lohan, telling George, “I don’t think you’re going to have a choice.”

George has become the de-facto front-man for the faction since his relationship to Lohan entered the headlines. The two insist they’re not dating.

“I’m not spilling any beans!” George replied when I asked what trouble his band-mates are getting in to, considering he takes the majority of the heat for the group. “Unless there’s a camera in my bedroom, then you might see.”

The TV show will follow the guys’ personal lives and in to the studio, where The Wanted will record its first worldwide, full-length album.

“We’ve been writing this album for two years because we didn’t put an album out last year,” George explained. “’All Time Low’ was our first single in the UK, and it’s one that we love.”

The track serves as the next American-released song for the boy band. George said the band moves in to their new digs in about two weeks, with the premiere of the show set for this June.

Florence Welch’s collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris for the track “Sweet Nothing” is certainly a departure from her work with Florence + The Machine. Still it seems Welch is enjoying her foray in to the Electronic Dance Music world.

“I’ve always loved the remixes of things,” she told me. “It’s almost like (the remix) frees you from (the song).”

Welch contrasted it with her own songs, which are so personal to her that it’s sometimes hard to share them with say, radio stations.

“It’s like someone seeing you naked or something,” Welch said of exposing her lyrics to the masses. “It’s exposing. With a remix, you can enjoy from almost an outside perspective. I loved hearing what (Harris) did with my vocal.”

In addition to the original song, Harris did remix Florence + The Machine’s “Spectrum (Say My Name).” Welch admitted that she’s “in to the euphoria of dance music,” and with “Sweet Nothing” now climbing up the radio airplay charts, perhaps this is the start of her becoming more comfortable with revealing her emotions in music to an even larger audience.

An on-and-off again girlfriend. Friends that continue to drive and get pulled over in a Ferrari. Photos circulating that show alleged drug use.

You might guess that this is another story about Lindsay Lohan. Rather, these are the latest headlines surrounding teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. As alarming as each new report from TMZ may seem, Dr. Drew Pinksy told Cumulus Media’s “The Ralphie Show” that he doesn’t see a cause for concern, yet.

“I think when you see a young person using substances, if that’s in fact what’s happening, that doesn’t necessarily equate to addiction,” explained the TV host during a radio broadcast backstage at the 55th GRAMMYs. “Young people experiment; young people use substances.”

Dr. Drew notes that humans, and particularly males, operate off of an arousal system until age 25, and are thus “prone to use substances.” The “Celebrity Rehab” doctor doesn’t believe there is an addiction issue at hand, although he’s seen plenty of said issues in Hollywood.

“The rest of us would have family and lawyers that pull us aside and say, ‘Hey, get it together dude! You’re going to lose your job; we’re going to kick you out of the house,’” he said. “Celebrities don’t have that. They have people going, ‘Good! Well done!’”

The doctor said he looks not so much at the use, but the consequences – specifically citing Lohan’s trials and tribulations. In that context, it seems Bieber is many family blow-ups and court proceedings away from anything that might raise a flag in Dr. Drew’s eyes.

Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik characterizes the band’s last LP, Something For The Rest Of Us, as a reflection of how the band viewed its surroundings: at times dark, depressed, and without hope.

“I mean, that’s one of those albums that every artist says, ‘Well, I had to make that album,’” Rzeznik told Cumulus Media’s “The Ralphie Show” during a radio broadcast backstage at the 55th GRAMMYs. “(The new album) is very upbeat, up-tempo.”

Many artists on a major label don’t have the freedom to simply record and release an LP simply because they feel the necessity to. And while Rzeznik quipped that he “almost got dropped,” from Warner Bros. Records, the front man is now looking forward to Magnetic.

“Most of it was written in New York,” Rzeznik said of the album, due out May 7. “The energy was just fantastic there; I’d never done anything like that before.”

It’s almost hard to believe that a 27 year-old band with over 10 million albums sold worldwide is still experiencing new things in the studio. Here’s something even more surprising: that same band has actually shared a stage with pop singer Ke$ha, twice. The last time was earlier in the year during the Creative Coalition’s 2013 Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C.

“I was saying to myself, ‘Do I really have to go on stage after that?’” Rzeznik recalled after witnessing the “TiK ToK” singer perform. “There’s like 20 people on stage; everybody’s dancing around, playing tubas and stuff, and you’re like, ‘What am I gonna do?’”


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Ed Sheeran is very close with Harry Styles. He wrote One Direction’s second number one hit in the UK, “Little Things.” The singer is also close with Taylor Swift: Sheeran duets with the starlet on her latest album and will be performing North America’s biggest venues with her later in the year. Styles and Swift recently went through a public break-up after a brief but just-as-public romance. Where does that leave Sheeran?

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“I’d rather not comment on that,” Sheeran replied during an interview in studio on “The Ralphie Show.” “You could probably guess, but yeah, I’d rather not comment on that.”

Sheeran did shift gears though and talk exclusively about the 1D singer, telling a story that the media had never reported about, until now.

“I saw (Harry) in LA about three months ago,” recalled Sheeran. “He had a day off and he went out… and spent like two or three grand on Domino’s Pizzas and drove around for the whole day just giving it to homeless people.”

“The A Team” singer said this wasn’t a first-time occurrence.

“People write about Harry all the time in a negative way with all his love life and stuff like that but like, he does stuff like that a lot,” he continued. “I think it’d be nice to get out there that he’s a pretty genuine dude.”

In an interview with Capital FM overseas, Sheeran noted that of all the One Direction fellas, he’s the closest with Styles. He elaborated on “The Ralphie Show.”

“The strangest thing about Harry is that he lived on my flat for a while but like, he had two houses,” Sheeran said. “He had two, very plush houses in London and he’d just come and stay.”

As for why he would crash with the singer/songwriter instead of shack up in one of his own pads, Sheeran believes it’s because Styles would rather hang with friends than in a huge house alone.

With both of their schedules, it’s surprising either of the artists is in the same place for an extended period of time. Sheeran is enjoying quite the ride with the success of “A Team,” – culminating with a Grammy nomination for “Song of the Year” and a performance at the awards show with Sir Elton John.

“I got a call from Elton being like, ‘I couldn’t get you a solo slot, but would you mind playing with me?’” he said. “You can’t really say anything other than, ‘Yes, please!’”

The combination of the hit record with his down-to-earth persona and his links to Swift and One Direction have propelled Sheeran to other big spots as well. During this particular trip to New York, the Englishman was gearing up to play a sold-out Radio City Music Hall and perform at NBC’s “Today.” His fans, which refer to Sheeran as “Ginger Jesus” and call themselves “Sheerios,” couldn’t be happier.

“(‘Ginger Jesus’) gives me reminiscence of The Beatles, and I’m just staying the hell away from that.”