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.
“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.
Life & Style Weekly reports that Nick Cannon seems to have moved on from Mariah Carey, while the singer is simply just trying to look ahead to her upcoming Las Vegas residency. Senior News Director Jessica Finn also talked about Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio on “Ralphie Tonight.”
Tori Kelly invited “Ralphie Tonight” in to her Manhattan hotel room where she talked about her new single with super-producer Max Martin, what she likes to dip her chicken fingers in and what it will take for her to finally get a tattoo.
And yes, for a split second we thought she was pregnant before meeting her. Find out why in our chat.
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.