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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?)

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I talked Justin Bieber, Vans Warped Tour, and Drake’s new number one album.

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I looked ahead to the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil lawsuits, broke down Drake’s comments on Twiter and Tumblr ruining our generation, and previewed new music from Gym Class Heroes.