OneRepublic made headlines shortly after the tragedy in Newtown – lead singer Ryan Tedder has family in Connecticut. The band set out to raise $50,000 for the victims’ families and has almost doubled that total. OneRepublic will release its third LP, Native, in January 2013.
Life & Style Weekly reports that Harry Styles and Taylor Swift have now been spotted together in New York, London, and Los Angeles. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Suri’s first Christmas since the separation of her parents Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
As first reported by “The Ralphie Show,” Ke$ha contradicted herself on Twitter when she claimed that she was “forced” to sing the lyrics of “Die Young.” The singer/songwriter took most of the credit for writing the song in an interview last month while in studio to promote her new album.
Last Thursday, the artist may have been forced to do something else: issue a statement explaining herself. The day after her now-deleted tweet, TMZ ran a story with a clip of Ke$ha’s interview from “The Ralphie Show.” The story was subsequently picked up by Perez Hilton, the UK’s Daily Mail, Newsday, and hundreds of other outlets across the world.
On her official website, the singer clarified her comments.
“After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young,” she wrote. “Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase “die young” in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.”
For the first time in 15 years, Miss USA has to vacate her crown… to become Miss Universe.
20 year-old Olivia Culpo of Cranston, RI won the 61st Miss Universe pageant during a live, televised broadcast from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. The middle child of five won’t be moving out of her apartment, much less the city she now calls home, for the next year.
“It’s just a really interesting city,” Culpo told me last month when she visited “The Ralphie Show” on 95.5 PLJ in New York. “I love the culture; I love the different people who come together. It’s just like a giant melting pot of cultures.”
The former Boston University student also joked that New York’s operating hours go hand-in-hand with her nonstop schedule.
“I love it here. Nothing ever closes,” she said. “That’s great for people who don’t sleep like me.”
Matter of fact, Culpo noted that her responsibilities as Miss USA actually put her at a disadvantage against other countries.
“You’d be surprised; for ‘Universe’ there’s such less time to prepare because I have my duties as Miss USA, which are my dedications to philanthropy and other things like that,” Culpo said. “And then on top of that, I have to prepare myself for Miss Universe.”
But in the end, it all worked out for the first-time pageant contestant – Culpo had never attempted to win a crown prior to winning Miss Rhode Island USA at the end of 2011. The Ocean State native won out over 88 other contestants from across the globe in a NBC telecast hosted by Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic. Cee Lo Green, Nigel Barker, and Scott Disick served on the celebrity-filled panel of judges.
And as for that vacated crown – Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether, who placed first-runner up in Miss USA, will assume the title and its responsibilities.
A band is only going as far as its lead singer can take it. In the case of Train, that explains the seemingly non-stop run that the trio has been on since 2009. Front man Pat Monahan is one of the most durable singers in the business; known for performing two acoustic showcases and a full band live set in a day’s work. But as Monahan found out last week, he is still human.
“I had to get on this steroid,” revealed Monahan of medical treatment he received after he essentially burned out during a stretch of holiday show performances. “I’ve never had to do before. I’ve heard about other singers doing it but, I just was incapable of singing.”
Not wanting to cancel on Train’s fans, the physical ailment didn’t stop Monahan from trying. But once the singer lost his voice mid-show in Tennessee, he knew that it was time to seek help.
“I’m in the league of, the more I use (my voice), the better it gets,” he explained. “It’s more like practice than it is singing incorrectly.”
Monahan has used his voice quite a bit as of recent, and not just for performing in arenas. In addition to a hectic year-end schedule that included a guest spot during the Miss Universe Competition, a music video shoot for “Mermaid” and a collaboration with the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition,” Train recently stopped by Sandy-ravaged Sea Bright, NJ. The band performed for storm victims at the local fire hall to raise awareness and funds for the recovery efforts. Footage of the show will be broadcasted Christmas Day on VH1.
“Before what happened in Connecticut, (Sandy) was the one, profound heartbreaking event in my life,” Monahan said. “Sea Bright was closed down. You couldn’t even get in. There were places that were on the beach that are now behind buildings. There’s not one business that works currently. Many people don’t have homes. Everything is bad there.”
It seems the benefit show affected Monahan positively, as he hinted at possibly lending a helping hand (or voice) to Newtown, Conn. in 2013.
“My pursuit is not to make more and more money,” Monahan said. “It’s to make a difference in somebody’s life.”
Monahan continued, citing the letters he received from people who were moved by “Hey, Soul Sister.”
“I don’t know how to write about these events and make people feel better, but man I have to do something,” he said. “I certainly would like it to be better for people.”