Atlantic City, a red carpet, two album release parties, zero hours of sleep. It was one for the books.

Adam Friedman performed an acoustic version of his single “Lemonade” and then chatted about working with Mike Posner on the track and going to school at Berklee with Charlie Puth.
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Michael Grubbs, the lead man of the indie pop outfit Wakey Wakey, stopped by to chat about the album “Overreactivist” he released in February and how he sometimes lives vicariously through others to write music.
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Chrissi Poland chatted about opening for Lady Gaga, landing a gig in Vegas and writing her debut full length album in the desert before returning to New York to record it.
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Singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner stopped by the show to chat about his new album, “Great Lakes,” which he decided to release weeks earlier than his initial target date of Summer Solstice. Wagner explained why he pushed up the date and spent two years writing and recording the tracks.

This interview was the first in a series last week highlighting independent artists.

The release party for “Great Lakes” was last Thursday at Rockwood Music Hall, and hosted by yours truly.

I love Delta but they were wrong, twice.

Also, some very talented musicians are featured in this video.

A 5 hour bus ride to Syracuse, there for about 9 hours, then a 3 hour car ride back to Niagara Falls…

It was a busy, busy day.

G-Eazy sent a direct message on Instagram to say he was a fan of her music. Katy Perry tweeted, “she’s one to watch,” with a link to the up-and-coming singer’s single. And a quick Google search of her work won’t yield a single negative review.

There is a lot of buzz around Lèon, a 23 year-old singer and the latest in the line of pop exports from Sweden. From Alesso to Tove Lo to Max Martin, the European country has gained a solid reputation across the pond for its music. Lèon certainly recognizes that, yet has to really wrack her brain when asked why so much good pop music comes from Sweden.

“We have a lot of dark days in the year,” the singer, who hails from Stockholm, attempted to explain during an interview on my radio show. “When summer arrives, you have like two months of bliss and then that’s taken away from you.”

Lèon also guessed that Sweden’s pop perfection could be attributed to the honesty of the songwriters’ lyrics and the country’s melodic language, but even she prefaced all of that with the fact that she just doesn’t know.

To one of her points though, the songstress’ debut single “Tired Of Talking” from her debut EP “Treasure” is based on a true story.

“I’ve had my fair shares of weird situations,” is how Lèon began the tale. “Basically it’s about a person that I had a thing with for years but we were never together.”

As Lèon began to fill in the facts of the story, things became more interesting: the guy is from Sweden, they met when she was 18 and that meeting took place outside of a McDonald’s.

And he probably hasn’t heard the song yet.

“But yeah, that’s basically what it is about. And me just being probably fed up and finally getting some self-respect I guess.”

I sensed Lèon was in a position where she didn’t want to say too much more about the guy but had more respect for me than to lie or change the subject. So naturally, I segued the conversation to McDonald’s – and what the chain is like overseas.
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“I don’t really (eat) McDonald’s,” she said before adding, “It’s pretty fresh I think in Sweden, I think they’re trying to make it (healthier).

Lèon herself has had to modify her diet a bit. At a young age she chewed so much gum that doctors told her she permanently injured her jaw.

“I could chew like, 25 gums a day,” revealed Lèon of her… gum addiction? “Sometimes my cheek swells.”

Now she has to wear a brace before she goes to bed in order to prevent further damage. It’s a rather bizarre story yet relatively speaking, the singer still falls on the tamer side of pop stars with addictions.

Chatted with DJ Pauly D, Aubrey O’Day, Willis McGahee and Jessica White – all stars of the new E! reality show “Famously Single.” We had a bit of fun.