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.
Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds called in to “Ralphie Tonight” to chat about the band’s sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors. Reynolds also offered some insight in to the band’s album release week schedule and a recent chat they had backstage at “The Tonight Show” with Taylor Swift.
Reynolds and company are preparing for the band’s forthcoming arena tour, and the front man talked about what Imagine Dragons is planning for the set.