Michael Franti is known to his fan base for his philanthropy and philosophy as much as his music. Franti might be the last artist that you would think to hear shout out Jay Z and Beyonce in a song. But, the San Francisco singer does just that on the track “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like).” The gesture took at least one fan by surprise.

“(The fan) was coming at it from this political angle,” recalled Franti during an interview that aired Monday night on “The Ralphie Show.” “I was like, ‘Should I shout out like (Vladimir) Putin and (Bashar al-) Assad?’”

Franti does not believe that name-checking the presidents of Russia and Syria would have been more appropriate. Rather, the singer attempted to use the situation to dispel a misnomer about him and his music.

“I write songs about every aspect of life,” he explained. “Politics is one of them. I care about what’s happening in the world as much as I always have. Not every day, do I wake up in the morning and turn on CNN or whatever and follow the 24 hour news cycle. I get up like everybody else. I make breakfast for my son and I get him to school and I pick him up afterwards. I want to make music that goes for people’s 24 hour life cycle, not just the 24 hour news cycle.”

Without directly addressing it, Franti perhaps also fully explained the title of his band’s latest LP, All People. The group released the album in July and promoted it while touring with Train and Gavin DeGraw. Franti has a massive amount of respect for Pat Monahan and his band, who the “Say Hey” singer first met over 15 years ago back in San Francisco. The trek was Franti’s first encounter with DeGraw.

“Gavin is an awesome guy; horrible soccer player, he’s the worst soccer player, but he’s an incredible guy,” joked Franti. “He’s pretty athletic, it’s just soccer is not one of his things.”

We’ll refrain from the puns we could drop about Gavin not being able to “Follow Thru” on the field or noting that we “Don’t Wanna Be” stuck on his team. Instead, note that Franti and Spearhead will tour up until the holidays, and are also enlisting the help of Monahan and others for a new foundation called, “Do It For The Love.” Franti and his partner Sara started the organization to help send people with advanced stages of life threatening illnesses, kids with disabilities, and wounded veterans to see some of their favorite artists live. More info is available here.


Life & Style Weekly reports that Beyonce’s ex-boyfriend is speaking out about how he actually cheated on Queen Bey! Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also chatted about Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth splitting and how P!nk celebrated her 34th birthday on “The Ralphie Show.”

Justin Timberlake will release the second half of songs he wrote over a year ago with Timbaland on September 30. It all happened during a whirlwind month when over 20 songs were worked on within a 30 day period. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 will actually feature 11 songs instead of 10 as on the first installment, because Timberlake simply wanted to release more of the music they created. On Friday, the second single from part two, “TKO,” hit iTunes.

“Tim and I went in (to the studio) over a year ago with Rob Knox, Jerome Harmon… a bunch of great producers,” said Timberlake via telephone on “The Ralphie Show” earlier this month. “I just told them, I said, ‘Look, I don’t have any expectations for this music even coming out. Let’s just write a bunch of music and have fun doing it and keep it to ourselves.”

Timberlake teased in an open letter to fans that the album only marks the second of four quarters in the process of his new journey. Outside of the LP, the only other known item on Timberlake’s agenda is his upcoming solo arena concert.


In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva highlights a rule that celebrities are breaking, wearing white after Labor Day.

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“Dads” is a new comedy on FOX that premieres Tuesday night at 8. It is a Seth MacFarlane creation, and stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two best friends who find their lives turned upside down when their fathers, actors Peter Riegert and Martin Mull respectfully, decide to move in with them.

Vanessa Lachey plays Camila, Ribisi’s wife. When asked if she could ever picture her real life husband, singer Nick, as an overbearing father who meant well, she laughed.

“Nick is not an overbearing guy,” she told “The Ralphie Show” at FOX’s radio junket for its new fall lineup. “But I could see, to that point, how moms become overbearing because I swore to my son, who is now 11 months old, I would never be that mom.”

Camden is now one year old, and despite Vanessa claiming she would never make his friends or potential girlfriends feel uncomfortable, she admits that may be easier said than done.

“Already, I’m like, ‘Are you flirting with her?’” Lachey said, half-kidding, we think. She painted her husband in a softer light. “Nick is just like his father, which is over loving in such a sweet way. Nick said the one thing that hurt him the most growing up was his dad saying, ‘I’m disappointed son.’”

The actress can only hope now that it’s the audience, already with high expectations given MacFarlane’s creator and executive producer credit, that isn’t disappointed.

In a continuing trend with big pop stars and their hyped-up new singles, the new Britney Spears song “Work BxxCH” leaked on to the Internet Sunday. Spears’ camp decided to push up the radio and iTunes release from their original spots on Monday at 6pm and Tuesday at midnight, respectively.

“Work BxxCH” is the type of track we’ve come to expect from Spears. The synth-heavy, up-tempo song was written and produced by will.i.am and Otto Knows. Spears will perform the song and possibly release more details about her forthcoming eighth studio album Tuesday on “Good Morning America.”


Life & Style Weekly reports that Robin Thicke’s marriage is on the rocks. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Justin Bieber’s nondisclosure agreement that he makes party-goers sign and New York Fashion Week on “The Ralphie Show.”

In an interview almost a year ago on “The Ralphie Show,” Adam Levine made it clear that when it came to the music industry, he was a fan of second chances.

“If I had to choose between something to watch, it would be the person that had been knocked down a couple times, where you’d want to see, ‘Oh my God, is this person going to finally do it?’” “The Voice” coach responded after I asked him about Cassadee Pope, the former Hey Monday lead singer who was shooting for higher stars after a first attempt under Columbia Records. “If it’s someone’s first chance, sorry kid, yunno, tough call. Who cares? You’re going to have ten more.”

Pope was happy enough just to receive that second opportunity, and was also pleased to hear Levine’s comments.

“I got a lot of comments when I was on the show about how I already had my chance; I should not be doing a show like that, I already had some success,” the season three winner recalled during an interview with “The Ralphie Show” that aired Thursday. “Hearing him say that means a lot because I felt like I had been through the grind. I had worked really hard, and it didn’t work out, and this was finally a chance to really knock it out of the park.”

In the process, Pope would transform from a pop-rock princess that played rough with the boys on stage to a solo, country artist who felt comfortable performing in front of teenagers and senior citizens alike.

“The only thing that has really stayed the same are my friendships, and my relationship, and my family; we’re still very close,” Pope remarked. She has dated All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson since her days as the front woman for Hey Monday. “But, everything (else) is different.”

Pope was down in the dumps after leaving her band. She packed up and moved to Los Angeles, where a not-so-successful solo EP and acoustic tour would await her. Teaching vocal lessons for extra cash, Pope received a call one day from her former manager. “The Voice” wanted her to sing in a private audition. She shunned the opportunity for season two but then agreed the next time around. As a member of “Team Blake,” Pope became the early favorite to take home the show’s top prize.

Pope’s debut album, Frame By Frame, comes out October 8.

Jason Sagebiel fought in the Iraq War as a scout-sniper for the Marine Corp. Upon returning back to the states, he released that during combat he suffered a brain injury. Sagebiel rebuilt his cognitive skills by re-learning to play guitar, an instrument he knew since age 13. He now runs Sage Music, a school in Long Island City that combines traditional music education with special focuses on psychology and health.

Sagebiel talked about his unique story in an interview that aired September 11, 2013 on “The Ralphie Show.” To find out more about his school and their free summer concert series in Long Island City, click here.


In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva spotlights the color of spring 2014, Dazzling Blue.

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