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For my fifth consecutive year, I made the long (a couple blocks) trek to the Upper West Side and covered the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking in the sights and talking with some of the parade’s performers and special guests. Hear from Fitz & The Tantrums, Laurie Hernandez, Daya, Jacob Whitesides, Aloe Blacc, Ben Rector, Brett Eldredge and more!

Stars converged inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden for a special benefit concert honoring what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. A few of the musicians participating in the event along with the evening’s host, Kevin Bacon, stopped to chat with me on the red carpet. The concert aired on AMC Saturday, December 19.
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In my first report for OK! TV, I went backstage at Hammerstein Ballroom during soundcheck for VH1’s “You Oughta Know” concert. Mary Lambert, Aloe Blacc, and American Authors all stopped by to chat about the show and what they’ve been up to this past year.

OK! TV airs in New York weeknights at 11:30 pm on WLNY TV (channel 55 on TWC/10 on FiOS).

During “The Ralphie Show” Backstage at The GRAMMYs broadcast, Aloe Blacc spoke about the success of his new single, “The Man,” and the U.S. release date for Lift Your Spirit.

Blacc also talked about his hectic schedule and balancing family life with the success he’s currently experiencing in the U.S. after hit singles “Wake Me Up” and “The Man.”

The Denver Broncos will battle the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s Super Bowl. Chris Daughtry wants a good game first-and-foremost. However if Daughtry has to pick a team to root for, it usually isn’t one of the two playing for the championship.

“My dad is a huge Steelers fan, so I typically go that way,” Chris told me on “The Ralphie Show.” “He went from the Redskins to the Steelers.”

Daughtry has no Pittsburgh roots, but did note that his dad began rooting for the black and yellow because he liked Terry Bradshaw. The “Waiting For Superman” singer says that if the band is free the night of February 2, they’ll get together to watch the game. Otherwise, it’s business as usual. Daughtry is in the midst of promoting the aforementioned single from his band’s latest LP, Baptized. UK tour dates are on tap, and a U.S. trek will be announced by the band soon.

Check out the rest of the interview to hear about Chris possibly working with Aloe Blacc and the one snack he always needs come gametime.

Aloe Blacc recorded the acoustic version of “Wake Me Up!” inside Mike Einziger’s home studio with Avicii. The Incubus guitarist and superstar DJ, nee Tim Bergling, mixed it in to one of 2013’s biggest hits.

“I think Avicii is an incredible producer, and he knew at least a little bit of what he wanted to do,” Blacc told “The Ralphie Show” recently. “I went in to record a song written by Mac Davis for Avicii, and that’s when we first met. Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park suggested to Avicii, ‘You should get Aloe to sing this song.’”

Blacc admitted that he and Shinoda were far from great friends; the two know each other through a mutual friend.

The “I Need A Dollar” singer characterized the song he recorded as country-esque. Given the context that Davis was involved, it makes even more sense. But Avicii is mixing both genres and beats with his releases. The second single from the DJ’s album True could be considered even more country: “Hey Brother.”

“To see what Avicii is doing makes perfect sense to me,” Blacc, who cited his indie, multi-genre days as the reason why he understands the producer’s approach. “He’s melding worlds of really good songwriting, and really popular production. He’s going to hit a home run every time.”

Blacc released a Wake Me Up EP this past year. He is preparing his full-length album, Lift Your Spirit. The LP will include production contributions from Pharrell Williams and Rock Mafia.