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When you ask Vance Joy about the celebrities he encountered while touring with the world’s biggest pop star, the first people he brings up are Taylor Swift’s backup dancers. Then Joy will mention the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and eventually you’ll get a funny anecdote about telling his friend’s father that he once met Julia Roberts.

That is Joy in a nutshell. He’s a tall, good-looking guy with an Australian accent that can sing and play guitar; he can effortlessly command any room he’s in. The artist has a successful album with a big hit already under his belt and he played stadiums across the country with the aforementioned Swift. Yet none of it has seemed to affect Joy much. The singer, nee James Keogh, is still a kind and unassuming person who will even on occasion (and by accident) introduce himself by his birth name.

Joy is blessed with many talents, one being the ability focus on what matters and not take the rest of it too seriously.

“The most important thing is just songwriting and dedicating a lot of time and focus to the craft,” Joy responded when I asked what he learned from his first album that he’s bringing in to “Nation Of Two,” due out February 23. “It can be hard and it can be frustrating but you have to keep pushing and the songs will eventually come.”

There are four songs out ahead of the LP, including the lead single “Lay It On Me,” which he performed acoustic for us at Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17. Joy noted that the tracks were chosen because of how they represent his body of work, with special attention given to tempo.

“I’m proud of all of the songs, but those are probably the most upbeat,” he explained. “Those are the ones I wanted to show first, and then some of the slower songs I think will sink in to people over time.”

His fans will have a chance to hear them live as well, as shortly after our chat Joy announced a massive world tour, with dates in North America kicking off April 13.

The times’ they are-a-changin’. It used to be based on call-in requests or “call-out” research panels. Lately it’s charts populated by tweets or “Shazams.” And for Starley, it was a zero-percent skip rate on Spotify.

“It went nuts online,” Starley, surname Hope, said of her track “Call On Me.” A remix by producer Ryan Riback made its way to a playlist on the streaming service and what followed was the makings of a hit record, although some stations in the U.S. opt for the original opposed to the dance version. “It broke my career as an artist and it’s really cool.”

And interestingly enough for Starley, the newcomer has zero preference on which version people hear.

“I think it’s really good to have different versions out of something because if certain people like that dance version, that’s great,” she explained. “But if it reaches a certain other type of people with the slower version, I’m cool with that… the more, the merrier.”

Hey, the idea of a popular remix worked out well for Mike Posner, who scored a GRAMMY nomination in part to the popularity of SeeB remixing “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” from its original form. There Starley and I were, talking about this inside Staples Center during GRAMMY weekend as Posner’s track was up for “Song Of The Year.” But first things first – the singer wants to release more music.

“I’m working on an album, working on my next single,” she revealed. “I haven’t got any dates, but it’s definitely coming.”

Hopefully for Starley like “Call On Me,” her fans will be sure not to skip over it.

Cody Simpson wants you to know something: he isn’t “The Australian Justin Bieber.”

“I’m not really, I mean… first of all, I’m Cody Simpson,” the 13 year-old clarified on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “I’m a big fan of Justin and I love his music.”

The Aussie is certainly aware of the reasons behind the comparisons: both “tween” heartthrobs, both pop singers, both discovered on YouTube. And while Simpson continues to distinguish himself from “The Bieber” – he is still flattered to be mentioned in the conversation.

“He’s been so successful with what he’s been doing,” Simpson said. “To even have like, half the success he’s had would be incredible.”

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Surely the Australian teenager is well on his way: Simpson is already creating quite the stir internationally – winning an award and performing at the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards back in his home country. Now in the States, he has embarked on a multi-faceted promotional tour which includes stops at radio stations, local music stores, and middle schools.

“We’re all really proud of him,” said Simpson’s father Brad, who has accompanied Cody on his U.S. promo run. “As long as he keeps having fun (and) keeps his feet on the ground.”

The father and the team assembled around the teen manage the latter in a number of different ways: Mr. Simpson joked that he still has Cody on an allowance – and there’s a policy amongst Simpson’s camp: every fan gets at least one photo and one autograph, time permitting.

Simpson’s first single is called “Iy Iy Iy” and features Flo Rida. His debut album is due out early next year.

Jess of The Veronicas calls up The Ralphie Radio Show to chat about 90210, the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in The World list, “Take Me On The Floor”, and headlining 97 BHT’s “Summer Jam 2009”.

Part 1: “90210”, Summer Jam, Drunk Dialing/Texting

Part 2: “Take Me On The Floor”, FHM 100 Sexiest Women

More about Summer Jam here.

FHM calls her one of the most sexiest women in the world. In her home country of Australia, the singer’s personal life creates as many headlines as the music she makes with her twin sister, Lisa. And you don’t have to travel any further than the duo’s latest single to pick up on the bisexual tendacies. 

Jess Origliasso comprises one half of the power-pop group The Veronicas. The Australian-imports will headline 97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009 on June 6 – coincidentally enough, my 24th birthday.

“You’re a younger man than me!” Jess exclaimed after I informed her how old I’d be turning. Of course, Origliasso isn’t that much my elder – her birthday is on December 25, 1984. I immediately rebuffed that our age difference is not notable.

“You can prove me wrong when we see you babe,” the singer responded – as I immediately began to wonder if Jess flirted with all radio DJs like this.
Anyways, what is notable is The Veronicas current run in America – they haven’t gained this much attention in the states since Lisa dated Ryan Cabrera. “Untouched”, the first single from Hook Me Up, gained a solid amount of radio airplay across the nation, and suddenly the group became relevant again, sans the rumored relationships.
Now the sisters are touring the country and popping up on television, with a recent cameo on The CW’s 90210.

“We were doing a show in Ohio, and they had the TV’s on while we were on stage,” Jess said. “(The cameo) came on as we were on stage.” 

Speaking of female-friendly TV shows, The Veronicas currently have The Pretty Reckless opening up for them. TPR, also on the Summer Jam bill, is fronted by Gossip Girl‘s Taylor Momsen.

“She’s a really cool chick,” Jess commented on Momsen. “We’re always giving support and power to women in music.”

But the ladies tour and support the fellas too – most recently The White Tie Affair. When I spoke with lead singer Chris Wallace a few weeks ago, the Chicago-native insisted I bring up his name during the interview.

“We drunk text each other all the time,” revealed Origliasso. “We have lovely drunk text conversations.”

Jess didn’t elaborate, although if you listened or read about my interview with TWTA, I could only imagine what those messages entailed. 

I suppose all of the aforementioned comes with the territory when you and your sister are named the second most beautiful women in the world by FHM. If you’re wondering, the ladies lost out on the top spot to actress Megan Fox.

“She’s pretty sexy,” said Origliasso of The Transformers star. I immediately responded that it sounded as if she had a crush on Fox. “She’s gorgeous, who wouldn’t?”

Yup, let the rumors begin.

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After missing her call, Ralphie phones back Jess Origliasso to chat about The Veronicas LP and the hit song, “Untouched.” BTW – is there good Italian food in Australia?



The Veronicas CD, Hook Me Up, is in stores now.

this study shows that more australian men find happiness on-line than in real life… say, with a woman or something.

oy, oy, oy.