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In an interview almost a year ago on “The Ralphie Show,” Adam Levine made it clear that when it came to the music industry, he was a fan of second chances.

“If I had to choose between something to watch, it would be the person that had been knocked down a couple times, where you’d want to see, ‘Oh my God, is this person going to finally do it?’” “The Voice” coach responded after I asked him about Cassadee Pope, the former Hey Monday lead singer who was shooting for higher stars after a first attempt under Columbia Records. “If it’s someone’s first chance, sorry kid, yunno, tough call. Who cares? You’re going to have ten more.”

Pope was happy enough just to receive that second opportunity, and was also pleased to hear Levine’s comments.

“I got a lot of comments when I was on the show about how I already had my chance; I should not be doing a show like that, I already had some success,” the season three winner recalled during an interview with “The Ralphie Show” that aired Thursday. “Hearing him say that means a lot because I felt like I had been through the grind. I had worked really hard, and it didn’t work out, and this was finally a chance to really knock it out of the park.”

In the process, Pope would transform from a pop-rock princess that played rough with the boys on stage to a solo, country artist who felt comfortable performing in front of teenagers and senior citizens alike.

“The only thing that has really stayed the same are my friendships, and my relationship, and my family; we’re still very close,” Pope remarked. She has dated All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson since her days as the front woman for Hey Monday. “But, everything (else) is different.”

Pope was down in the dumps after leaving her band. She packed up and moved to Los Angeles, where a not-so-successful solo EP and acoustic tour would await her. Teaching vocal lessons for extra cash, Pope received a call one day from her former manager. “The Voice” wanted her to sing in a private audition. She shunned the opportunity for season two but then agreed the next time around. As a member of “Team Blake,” Pope became the early favorite to take home the show’s top prize.

Pope’s debut album, Frame By Frame, comes out October 8.

If Yellowcard is taking another trip down Ocean Avenue with the release of When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes last month – the street has certainly changed a bit since 2003.

“I don’t even know that a record release is as relevant as it used to be,” admitted lead singer Ryan Key. The front man called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” while on tour with All Time Low and Hey Monday in Tempe, AZ. “People are buying digital singles and things like that and the way you can talk to your fans online, through Facebook and Twitter… it’s so much more in your hands.”

Key was referring specifically to the delayed release of Lights and Sounds. The band hoped to release the record in ’05 – and had launched a tour to support the album based on that. However after Yellowcard hit the road, Capitol Records pushed back the date. Key cites this moment as one that not only soiled the band’s relationship with the label, but killed the momentum built from the previous album, which went platinum in the states.

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Now in 2011, Yellowcard finds themselves back together, making music, performing live, and fulfilling radio commitments. Now the “elder statesman” on the road (at least on this tour: YC just announced a June co-headlining trek with Good Charlotte), its Key who is sharing his war stories with bands like All Time Low about the joys and pains of recording on a major label. Meanwhile Key’s band has found new life, not just with a new LP, but with a new audience.

“We don’t really get a chance to play for a lot of people who haven’t seen our band or heard our band before,” said Key. “This tour is a really great opportunity to do that because All Time Low and the other bands have younger fans. Yunno, their fans are the age that are fans were back in ’04, ’05 when our band was kind of taking off.”

But despite the age, err, generation gap – Key still finds a highlight every night on stage – performing “Ocean Avenue.”

“Especially on a tour like this, where that’s a really familiar song for a lot of people who never got to see a show or don’t have a record but they know that song,” Key explained. “That really brings the whole crowd together. It’s pretty amazing.”

The next single from Yellowcard’s latest LP is “Hang You Up” and can be listened to above. It’s the only track on the album that Key wrote completely himself.

The leaves aren’t the only thing changing this time of year for the band Hey Monday. The group wrapped a summer-long trek on Warped Tour, and then amicably parted ways with bassist Jersey Moriarty. The band’s latest effort, Beneath It All, made it to iTunes, but in a shortened EP form as opposed to a previously planned LP.

Still, the Florida-based pop rock band pushes forward, with the single “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and a tour that kicks off next month with fellow pop-rockers Cartel.

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Oh, and a new, albeit temporary, bassist in Mike Gentile’s brother, Chris. Lead singer Cassadee Pope tells “The Ralphie Radio Show” that the search for a permanent replacement will kick in to full force after the tour.

“We’re going to probably keep looking around, it’s not a priority right now,” Pope said. “But, we’re going to keep our eyes open. We’ll probably hold auditions at some point but we’re probably going to keep it within’ the people that we know in the industry so it doesn’t get too out of hand.”

Don’t look for a Craigslist posting in the near future either – Pope joked that “nothing good” could come from a search on the online classifieds website.

Hey Monday begins its fall, headlining tour on October 20.

Hey Monday lead singer Cassadee Pope says the band’s forthcoming LP is about two years in the making – as that’s when she started penning tracks for it.

“I had a ton of songs all ready, to go in the studio,” she said aboard Hey Monday’s bus during a sit down with “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “We took the time off between the ‘Glamour Kills’ tour and the AP tour to go in and record the album, which was about a month and a half.”

Pope noted that the recording of Beneath It All went rather quickly because the band entered the studio prepared. Entering armed with some pretty big names never hurts either.

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Check out some of the new tracks now at Hey Monday’s official site.


Butch Walker was the first person the front woman named when I inquired about who she co-wrote songs with. Walker is behind a many pop hits, and co-penned Hey Monday’s “How You Love Me Now”, a single from the band’s debut Hold on Tight. But unlike the first go-around, Pope actually wrote with Walker in person, opposed to over the Internet. Other collaborators include Vertical Horizon’s Matt Scannell, the duo S*A*M & SLUGGO (Sam Hollander and Dave Katz), and The Hooters’ Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman.

Guitarist Mike Gentile revealed Hey Monday is currently planning a fall tour, amidst much promo for the new album, and may even find some unlikely time off in the process.


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Full lineup here.

Of course, some of the highlights…
– The Cab
– Hey Monday
– Sum 41
– We The Kings

And headlining…

THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS!

By even his own account, he stretched the truth, but that didn’t stop All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth from describing the band’s upcoming fall tour as a “spectacle on wheels.”

“A little bit like Cirque du Soleil, minus leotards, plus alcohol and tattoos,” described Gaskarth of The Glamour Kills Tour. “And still maybe a few backflips, I dunno.”

The lead singer eventually toned down the hyperbole, but point taken – the upcoming trek, which includes supporting acts We The Kings, Hey Monday, and The Friday Night Boys – will be a sight to behold. The tour is comprised of 41 dates, kicking off in Hartford, CT, moving west, and the ending back east in Philadelphia.

Not too shabby for a band that just a mere two years ago, played the Smartpunk Stage at Vans Warped Tour. Since that time, All Time Low has opened for Fall Out Boy, toured Europe, and landed a sweet record deal that affords them a healthy amount of radio promotion. The band itself built up quite a following in the process. You know you’re big when someone starts a Twitter account on behalf of… your hair.

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“I’ve been made aware of it. It’s not anyone that I know,” revealed Gaskarth of the Twitter account, whose username is conveniently enough, “gaskarthsHair.” “Yunno, more power to ‘em. If they want to speak on behalf of my hair, they’re entitled to.”

Among the other perks of the fame: invites to award shows. Alex and crew were at the MTV VMA’s, and the front man thought Lady GaGa’s performance was “phenomenal.”

“They did a good job of sort of adapting that already-strange video in to an even stranger and harder to understand stage performance,” said Gaskarth. But she has the most phenomenal live voice. I give that girl props.”

Not so phenomenal: the antics of a one KanYe West. Alex likened his first reaction to that of everyone else’s inside Radio City Music Hall.

“Everyone gasped, everyone rolled their eyes, everybody sighed, and everybody forgot about it.”

But unfortunately for West, Alex is incorrect on one point – as no one has forgotten it.

Hey Monday stopped by The RRS to chat and perform a couple of tracks acoustically, including the group’s new single, “How You Love Me Now” – off of the LP – Hold On Tight.

Part 1: Cassadee’s “Tree” Story, Hey Monday’s VMA Plans


Part 2: The Wingman joins Hey Monday on-air

Working with big name songwriters and producers can have both pros and cons. This came to light in the recent feud between Kelly Clarkson and her record label over releasing the track, “Already Gone” to radio stations. Clarkson felt the song sounded too similar to Beyonce’s “Halo.” OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder wrote and produced both.

Butch Walker is behind many tracks from quite a few big name artists – from Avril Lavigne to Simple Plan, Katy Perry to Pink. Walker’s latest production is the song, “How You Love Me Now.” It’s a single from Hold On Tight, the debut LP of Hey Monday, a pop-rock group fronted by Cassadee Pope. The lead singer insists she wasn’t worried about the final collaboration with Walker sounding too similar to his other pieces of work.

“That’s always a risk,” admitted Pope. “But if you stay true to what your sound is and everything, and if it clicks with that other person, it’s usually just what you want.”

Pope called in to The Ralphie Radio Show on Tuesday to chat about a plethora of topics – including the new single, which Cassadee describes as “prideful.”

“It’s just about getting your heart broken and then that person wanting you back, but they also have someone else on the side,” Pope explained. “And you just kinda tell them that that’s not gonna happen.”

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Hey Monday’s debut LP also spawned the track, “Homecoming” which Pete Wentz featured on his CitizensFOB mix-tape last fall. The pop rockers are signed to Wentz’s Decaydence label. The association with the Fall Out Boy bassist carries many perks – Hey Monday supported Fall Out Boy on the band’s “Believer’s Never Die Tour Part Deux” last spring. Pope and Wentz also cameo together in Degrassi: The Next Generation TV Movie. In case you’re wondering, the lead singer did not meet actor and Young Money emcee Aubrey “Drake” Graham – he does not appear in the film.

Currently Hey Monday is playing a set of acoustic shows at Hot Topic stores across the country. Pope admitted, the idea to shop before or after performing at the malls is tempting.

“I kinda splurged the first few days, but I’m being good now,” said Pope. “I kinda had an episode in Forever 21. I bought a lot of shirts and, I think I bought a skirt too. I packed light for this tour because I knew I’d be shopping.”

This fall, Hey Monday will tour to support We The Kings and All Time Low.