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Justin Bieber and One Direction are both quite successful. If you’re a new artist, you would probably love to be mentioned in the same conversation as those artists.

With perhaps maybe one exception: sharing an album release date.

Alessia Cara, a soulful 19 year-old singer/songwriter who like Bieber hails from the Toronto, Canada-area, dropped her debut LP Know It All last Friday. In addition to it being “Friday The 13th,” it was also the day that Bieber and 1D released Purpose and Made In The A.M. respectively.

“I know! It was like, ‘Excellent date, guys! Thanks!’” Cara joked when I brought this up to her Monday. “I just try to see it as three great albums on the same date.”

Cara purchased and enjoys both; her and Bieber share a record label home in addition to the release date. The teenager is not only a fan of Bieber’s music; she is happy that he and other artists like The Weeknd and Drake are changing the perception of Canadian music.

“I feel like Canadians are such underdogs most of the time, especially in music at first,” Cara explained. “You would never think that you should go to Toronto or like, Ontario, to find artists. That was never the cool place to go to look for music.”
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The aforementioned artists, along with Cara and Shawn Mendes are changing that. The Canadian teens have known each other for quite some time but met for the first time recently backstage at Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour; Mendes was a supporting act and Cara was tapped for a cameo to perform her hit “Here” with Taylor.

“(Mendes) was like one of the first people to ever tweet out anything of mine and it was before I was signed, before I had a song. He tweeted one of my covers,” she recalled. “It was two-ish years ago, and he always updates me on where my song is at (on the charts).”

The short answer to that update: high. The track has spent the past two weeks in the top 10 most played at pop radio nationally. But as Cara later told me, there can be one down side to the airplay.

“All my friends hate (‘Here’) now! They keep messaging me like, ‘I’m sorry Alessia, I hate ‘Here.’”

Thankfully for them Cara has a whole album of material that they will love just as much, if not more, than the big radio hit.

On Thursday night, Neon Trees will be the musical guest on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” The band will perform “Sleeping With A Friend,” its new single from Pop Psychology, out April 22. But the performance will mark the group’s last on the show with Fallon at the helm. The TV host moves to “The Tonight Show” on February 17.

“There’s definitely an energy in the studio right now,” lead singer Tyler Glenn said of Fallon’s digs in 30 Rock. “That’ll be fun to be one of his last [musical guests].”

Neon Trees appeared on Fallon during the band’s first album cycle for Habits. Glenn admits he is a big fan of The Roots, and also likes the music of another guest Thursday night: Drake.

“I love that new single he put out,” Glenn said, presumably referring to “Hold On We’re Going Home.” “I didn’t know he could sing.”

While offering props, the front man stopped short of saying he could see a collaboration between his band and Drake; at least not of the musical variety. When I asked Glenn if he’d try to take anything from Studio 6A as a memento, he joked that the only thing he might grab is a photo with the hip hop star.

Bonus: Glenn talks about touring with Maroon 5. Check back later in the week for more video!

Anytime Panic! At The Disco releases new music, it is almost always judged against the band’s 2005 debut A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Lead singer Brendon Urie has heard this a million times over, and regardless of what people think he seems happy that an audience has an opinion period.

“Either love it or hate it; but I hate the middle ground,” Urie told “The Ralphie Show” about the seemingly polarizing affect PATD’s music has since they were introduced with the super-hit “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies.” “That’s always going to be said; ‘We want the old stuff, we want the old sound.’”

That stated, it seems the new stuff is more on the loved than loathed side of the band’s fan base. Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die debuted at number two this week on the Billboard chart, selling 84,000 copies. It certainly is a nice ode not just to Panic’s evolving sound, but also the personal stories that Urie shared throughout the album.

“A lot of times in the past, we’d make up stories,” Urie shared about previous songwriting material. “It could have been based on something personal, but it became this exacerbated thing and just exaggerated stories and lies. That’s always fun to do, but yeah this time around I kind of had the more hip-hop thing where like it’s just more confessional.”

Urie cites Drake and Kendrick Lamar as influences, but charts his love for the genre back decades.

“I was always in to A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul and a bunch of different sounds,” Urie revealed. “It was already so eclectic in its own genre, but called the same thing.”

In addition to the storytelling, the lead singer channeled the hip-hop’s sonic diversity on PATD’s fourth album.

“This record for us is the most eclectic we’ve had so far,” Urie noted. “It’s like 80’s synth-pop and like, hip-hop influence, and some like, 80’s anthem-rock influence.”

The inspiration to continuously change was also behind the choice of “Miss Jackson” as the first radio single from the LP.

“’Miss Jackson,’ for me, sounded like nothing we’ve ever done before,” he explained. “I felt like it was the best introduction to this album.”

So while Urie conceded that there will always be hints of that rookie effort in Panic’s music (he mentioned the piano in “Casual Affair” as a specific example), don’t expect anything of the band’s to sound like A Fever again; especially with the immediate success of the recent release.

BONUS CONTENT: Panic! At The Disco performs “This Is Gospel” and “Miss Jackson” acoustically for “The Ralphie Show.”

Despite Bieber releasing Believe Acoustic today, IDJMG serviced another single from Believe to pop radio; the track features Justin’s fellow Canadian Drake.

This month marks 11 years since R&B singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash returning from the Bahamas, where she shot the music video for “Rock the Boat.” A second posthumous album is in the works for the singer, and this is allegedly a track from it – featuring one of Aaliyah’s biggest fans, Drake.

The two Canadians connect for another great track of The Bieb’s forthcoming album Believe, due out Tuesday.

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So Drake and Chris Brown walk in to a nightclub. No punchline, although punches were allegedly thrown. Entertainment reporter Jill Wilderman thinks both could use a baby sitter.

The brawl between the entourages of Brown and Drake is currently under investigation by the NYPD.

Check out Jill’s blog here and follow her on Twitter here.

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Life & Style Weekly reports in the magazine’s latest edition that Drake and Rihanna might be rekindling their romance. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also talked about Adam Levine’s new Victoria’s Secret model girlfriend and sightings of Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise on public transportation from Connecticut to New York City!

First, this was posted and November and I just heard it… how is that possible? Second, why do artists only do cool covers for radio overseas?! By the way, listening to this gave me chills.

Title track from Drizzy’s latest LP… these two make great music together, no? (See what I did there?)