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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talked about a trend perfect for Halloween, skeletal style.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”

Taylor Swift covered Vance Joy’s single “Riptide” during a recent appearance on BBC Radio in the UK. Joy, a 26 year-old singer/songwriter from Australia, posted a video of the performance on his Facebook page along with, “There is a lot of emotion and joy in this cover. Thank you Taylor Swift.”

And in perhaps another sign of his appreciation, Joy told me Monday on “Ralphie Tonight” that he preordered Swift’s new album, 1989. At the time we spoke, he did not yet have an opportunity to listen, but stated he was a fan of “Shake It Off” as well as “Out Of The Woods,” two songs released ahead of the album’s Monday reveal.

Joy also noted that, via his manager, he noticed an impact from the world’s biggest pop star co-signing on one of his songs.

“I saw my manager a couple of days later and he said, ‘There’s been a lot of feedback about the cover and… it’s kind of I guess brought the song in to a whole new field of people’s vision,’” Joy recalled. “I saw these big bags under (my manager’s) eyes and I knew he’d been working hard.”

But for the artist from Melbourne, the experience transcends the priceless exposure.

“As a songwriter, I just admire what a great cover she did,” Joy stated. “Totally flattered.”

The nod from Swift comes as the Aussie begins his attempt to break in to the US market. It’s been a good year for Australians, as 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sia, and Iggy Azalea have all enjoyed success in the States.

“We get all the American music, we get all of the music from the UK,” Joy began to explain. “The sound of Australia is a unique sound but it’s also very easily passed around the world. There’s no barriers to sharing music now.”

While Joy talks about the globalization of music with the same subtle confidence he exudes on his debut album, he is quick to mention that the aforementioned artists are big names, and is a bit hesitant to be grouped in with them because of that. But when jokingly asked if he or 5SOS would be approached in a mall back home first, the hesitation vanishes.

“Definitely (5 Seconds Of Summer)!” he said through laughter. “I definitely wouldn’t get mauled. I think people would be like, ‘Oh, is that? Oh, maybe not? Oh, he’s gone.’”

Joy is speaking from personal experience at this point, so the confidence is definitely back.

In this advance clip from my interview with Demi Lovato, the songstress explains why she waited until 1989 was released before she purchased Taylor Swift’s new album. Apparently Lovato is not a fan of preordering on iTunes.

I caught an exclusive look at the filming of Apl.De.Ap’s music video for his song “Be,” which will be on iTunes November 28. The track serves as the first single from his forthcoming solo album. “Be” features Honey Cocaine. The final scenes for the video were shot at PhD Rooftop Nightclub inside Dream Downtown in New York.


Apl also gave his thoughts on whether a Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather fight will ever happen, Fergie’s new song, and Will.I.Am’s new wearable device during his chat for “Ralphie Tonight.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Lady Gaga underwent quite the makeover on a commercial flight recently. Reporter Evan Real also talked about Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva highlighted a trend that Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez enjoy, black and white stripes.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”

I woke up (very) early Tuesday morning to join a panel on the PIX 11 Morning News. We discussed Monica Lewinsky’s address in Philadelphia at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, her new Twitter account, and the timing of it all.

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Selena Gomez and her mother are speaking again. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also talked about Katy Perry’s first crush and Chrissy Teigen’s Christmas present for husband John Legend on “Ralphie Tonight.”

I was on hand as The Rockettes held their first rehearsal for this season’s “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” The show kicks off November 7 and runs through December 31. Tickets are available here.

If Jessie J could change her hit record or remix “Bang Bang,” she would add artists to it… a lot.


The UK singer gave “Ralphie Tonight” a few names and talked about her new album Sweet Talker, which is in stores now.