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Maroon 5, here’s your “call and response.” Owl City – sleep on this. VV Brown knows what she’s in for on her upcoming trek with both acts.

“I’ve heard that (the guys in Maroon 5) are pranksters,” noted Brown, who kicks off her slate of dates with the band on August 5. “Well, I’m a prankster,” she warned, half in jest.

While the fellas of M5 are chill, laid back, and relatively social – I warned VV when she stopped by “The Ralphie Radio Show” on Wednesday that Owl City’s Adam Young is the exact 180 – shy and introverted from all reports I’ve heard.

“Oh no, I can charm a lion,” she responded, dismissing my claim. “I think sometimes, people just need to be understood. I’ll try and understand him.”

I wished her the best of luck with that task.


Part 1: Touring, Trickers, Big Bird

Part 2: “Shark in the Water”, Lost Guitar



“(Young) is probably sick of people kissing his butt all the time, and he just needs someone real to just tell him how it is,” continued Brown. “I always keep it real.”

The UK singer isn’t joking with that claim – all of her vocals from Traveling Like the Light are the demo versions – no retouching, no auto-tune, no thirty takes of one note. But just because she’s real, doesn’t mean she isn’t awkward, at times.

“I’m the kind of person that talks about inappropriate things at the wrong time,” admitted the artist, before offering up an example. “Just talking about poo around the dinner table… I’m very honest as well.”

If I could only be a fly inside the catering tent for this tour.

V.V. Brown called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to chat about her single, “Shark In The Water.”

Part 1: “Shark In The Water”, Fearing Big Bird


Part 2: Touring with Pink


Marvin Humes, a member of JLS, called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” from across the pond to chat about the UK boy band’s single, “Everybody In Love”, produced by J.R. Rotem.

JLS placed second in the 2008 season of “The X-Factor,” Simon Cowell’s version of “American Idol” in the UK.

Part 1: “Everybody In Love”, working with J.R. Rotem

Part 2: Success in the UK, coming to the States, working with Simon Cowell

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Amy Odell of New York Magazine’s “The Cut” blog breaks down Mrs. Obama’s style while overseas with President Obama for the G-20 Summit.


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